DPI (Dutch Polymer Institute) is a public-private partnership performing pre-competitive research into polymers and their applications, linking scientific knowledge to the industrial need for innovation. The annual research budget amounts approximately 28 million € per annum. This results in added value for universities in the form of scientific publications and for companies in the shape of intellectual property. More than 35 international companies in polymer science and engineering and about 35 knowledge institutes, throughout the world, are committed partners of DPI. Some 200 researchers (PhDs and Post-Docs) are currently involved in DPI projects at knowledge institutes supported by more than 300 industrial contact persons. DPI is a virtual institute without own research facilities, but the EU project researchers can make use of the extensive expertise available at DPI affiliated knowledge institutes. In addition, DPI employs high quality research criteria to its granted projects, which are subject to an annual peer review by an independent review panel (Scientific Reference Committee) consisting of four internationally renowned scientists in the field of polymers. The high quality of the research is acknowledged by an ever increasing average impact factor of publication output, which amounted 4.5 in 2011, and an ever increasing citation impact factor of 2.04 in 2011. Last but not least, the affiliated knowledge institutes have state of the art characterisation equipment for polymer science and engineering.
IK4-CIDETEC, a Technology Centre belonging to the IK4 Research Alliance, specializes in generating and transferring knowledge and technology in the areas of Materials (Nanomaterials, Biomaterials and Sensors), Surfaces (Ceramic and Metallic Coatings, Surface Processing) and Energy (Batteries, Fuel Cells and Materials for Energy systems). Our mission is to enhance business competitiveness and capacity for innovation through the development of new products and processes. We aim to become strategic allies of our clients, helping them define their innovation strategies and providing information and technology solutions that add value to their businesses.IK4-CIDETEC had an annual turnover of 10M€ in 2013 and at the present time employs a highly qualified staff of 125 people, 50% of them PhDs. IK4-CIDETEC has previous experience in participation in EU funded projects. In FP6 IK4-CIDETEC participated in eleven projects and in FP7 has been involved in 34 projects. Seven of the FP7 projects are coordinated by IK4-CIDETEC: 5 NMP (ORION, GREENLION, ECLIPSE, PneumoNP, MARS-EV), 1 FCH JU (SHEL) and 1 AAT (IN-LIGHT).
The Arkema Group was created in October 2004 from the reorganization of Total’s Chemicals branch. Its three business segments, Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products, combine coherent and integrated industrial activities, most of which boast either world or European leading rankings, with internationally recognized brands and products. Present in over 40 countries with 15,200 employees, the Arkema Group operates 80 industrial facilities in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as sales subsidiaries in every region of the world. 2010 turnover was 5.9 billion €. With a resolutely international presence, a solid commercial ranking, an industrial strategy focused on new plants and development projects, and a sound financial structure, Arkema’s assets combine to make the Company a major world chemical player. Arkema France gathers more than 10 000 employees spread over more than 30 industrial facilities and research centers.
FZJ is the largest Helmholtz Research Centre of Germany and one of the largest Europe-wide with about 4700 staff members. Its main task is the exploration of topics of scientific relevance to meet the great social and scientific challenges of our society. Interdisciplinary between physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering sciences, the research comprises long-term contributions in basic research for Science and technology, as well as concrete technological applications for industry. Recently the "Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS)" was founded. Additionally, since 2010, FZJ coordinates the contribution of seven German Research Centers to the European Spallation Source.
The ESPCI is an engineering school, which comprises twenty laboratories with widely varied research themes, from physics to biology and chemistry. The Soft Matter and Chemistry laboratory, Unité Mixte de Recherche affiliated to both ESPCI and CNRS was established in 2001 and is involved in researches combining fundamental and applied aspects of polymer and colloids science. Its research spans a wide range of activities including synthetic and supramolecular chemistry, the design of functional and stimuli-responsive materials and formulations, nanostructured polymers, pastes and composites. Made up of around thirty members, including eight permanent researchers, the Soft Matter and Chemistry laboratory maintains collaborations with industrial companies, in sectors as diverse as chemical, petroleum, automotive, biomedical, pharmaceutical, coatings, cosmetic and water treatment industries. The recent discoveries, by researchers from the laboratory of a self-healing rubber and of a new class of organic materials, the vitrimers, behaving as the glass, have attracted the attention of the general public.
Fraunhofer is a non-profit scientific organization consisting of 60 institutes. Fraunhofer conducts contract research on behalf of industry, the service sector, EU and government. The Fraunhofer-institute UMSICHT (Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology) provides experimental lab-scale and pilot plant investigations, evaluates and optimizes technical processes of prototype scale. The business unit Materials and Interaction develops innovative material components on the basis of polymers.
ACCIONA Infraestructuras is a leading European construction company constructing and managing buildings and civil infrastructures under the sustainability principles, with an international presence in more than 30 countries and turnover in 2010 of 3.1 billion €. ACCIONA has 15.800 employees. It is part of ACCIONA Group, whose business lines are Construction, Real State, Urban-Environmental Services, Energy, Logistic and Transport. ACCIONA’s business strategy is tightly linked to sustainability and in recognition of the company’s efforts and commitments in that direction, received in 2009 the Award for Corporate Sustainability of the EU Business Award.
ACCIONA plays an active role in different EU Construction /Materials/Nanomaterials/ Eco efficiency and Energy related Technology Platforms, Initiatives and Working Groups such as: ECTP, FA Cities and Buildings, E2B A, NanoFutures, HFC-Platform, EUMAT, SUSCHEM, Inter-ETPs group, Artemis and H2FC JTIs, EUROACE, ENCORD, FIEC, among others, and at international level the Executive Committee of the “Caring for Climate” platform of the UN Global Compact initiative.
Critical Materials, CMT (www.critical-materials.com) is a high-technology company providing technology and efficient products for the monitoring, diagnosis and prognosis of critical applications of advanced materials. The company envisions that self-healing bio-inspired systems will revolutionize the design and maintenance of long lasting equipment and moved to provide the technology and efficient products necessary for this. CMT positions itself as an enabling technology provider for the “nervous system and bio-brain” of critical applications of advanced materials.
The Delft University of Technology, with its 165 years of existence, is the oldest technical university of The Netherlands. At this moment the DUT has 20.000 students over eight Faculties. The Novel Aerospace Materials (NovAM) group was established in 2003 in order to provide the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the DUT with a research group dedicated to the development of novel materials for aerospace and space applications, although materials for other applications are also developed. At this moment the group has 35 members led by 3 permanent staff. Research at NovAM focuses on five main lines: thermodynamic design of novel metallic systems; high performance polymers; piezoelectric materials; self- healing materials and coatings technology.
Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group and world leader in aramids. Its products Twaron®, Sulfron®, Teijinconex® and Technora® are renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight and is used in different applications and markets including automotive, ballistic protection, marine, civil engineering, protective clothing, fiber optic cables and oil & gas. The four high performance fibers are produced in the Netherlands and Japan. Teijin Limited, the holding company for the Teijin Group, is listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges. The group had a consolidated turnover of USD 9.8 billion (JPY 815.7 billion) and USD 9.2 billion (JPY 761.5 billion) in assets in the fiscal year that ended on 31 March 2011. The Teijin Group has 17,542 employees, distributed over 150 different companies worldwide.
The SKF Group is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF was founded in 1907 and grew at a rapid rate to become a global company.
As early as 1920, the company was well established in Europe, North and Latin America, Asia and Africa. Today, SKF is represented in more than 130 countries, with about 45,000 employees. The company has more than 100 manufacturing sites and also sales companies supported by about 15,000 distributor locations. SKF also has a widely used e-business marketplace and an efficient global distribution system.
BIWI is a public limited company, based in Glovelier, Switzerland, specialized in the technics of production of tools and technologies regarding molding of elastomers and plastic material. It has an expertise in the field of the production of high precision and is active on the markets of the high technology, particularly in the following fields: plastic injection, rubber molding, plastic mold and rubbers, design and manufacture of molds. BIWI at the present time employs 136 persons.