Centexbel (CTB) is the Belgian scientific and technical centre for the textile industry, located in the heart of the Belgian textile industry with strong links to the majority of the textile companies. CTB offers a complete range of standardised testing, it is a notified body for protective clothing, and can deliver CE marking and testing. CTB is also involved in standardisation committees and offers technological advice and training to companies in Belgium or abroad. Via a recent take-over of the “Flemish Plastic Centre” its expertise and services have been diversified towards the plastic and composite industry.
General project management and financial administration. Support to LA ZELOISSE in adaptation of natural fibre to novel formulations. Consolidate a circular economy with stakeholders.
La Zeloise is a family business established in 1868. La Zeloise was initially a jute mill and has continued on this tradition in working with especially natural fibre products. La Zeloise has several in house production technologies with focus on needle felt production. Needle felts are produced in a large variety of weight and quality, with a variety of natural fibres including flax, hemp and especially recycled jute. In addition, the possibility exists to combine it with in line finishing, coating and thermo-fixation. The production is focused on products for the technical textile market especially the agrotextile market, aiming at products with high performance and respecting the environment.
Production of natural fibres from agricultural waste. Pilot plant optimization. Industrialisation plan.
AVANTIUM is a worldwide recognized leader (Cleantech Top 100 Company) in catalytic biomass conversion into furanic building blocks and high throughput technology. It has created an impressive patent portfolio in this area and is a proven adept of the open innovation model. From 2011 to 2015, these novel concepts will be demonstrated in a first of a kind pilot facility. AVANTIUM has over 140 employees and employs a team of 65+ highly educated professionals (more than 40 PhD’s) who are experts in biomass pre-treatment and conversion, humins, methyllevulinate, syngas chemistry, organic chemistry, catalysis, engineering of robotic systems, process engineering, statistics, analytics, chemo informatics and software development.
Production of natural resins from renewable resources. Pilot plant adaptation. Industrialisation plan
The Laboratory of Physics of Condensed Matter, LPMC, (http://lpmc.unice.fr/) is a joint laboratory between CNRS and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS). It was founded in 1973 and gathers 52 permanent professors, assistant professors and researchers specialized in materials science and peculiar behaviours of condensed matter and over than 50 PhD student and postdoctoral fellows. LPMC has an internationally recognized expertise in several fields including biomass derived materials and valorisation of monomer/polymer from biomass into new commodity materials; kinetics of polymerization/phase transitions, thermo-mechanical and surface characterization, synthesis of conducting and superhydrophobic polymers, complex fluids rheology, interfacial dynamics, plant biomechanics, quantum information, optical fibres. LPMC is turned to international since more than 20% of its staff comes from abroad.
In collaboration with AVANTIUM for resins characterization, optimization of thermo-mechanical performances, industrialization and regional awareness. Transferability and replicability of the results. Dissemination.
IK4-CIDETEC Technology Centre is a member of IK4 Research Alliance, working in the generation and transfer of knowledge and technology in the fields of MATERIALS (nanomaterials, polymers and composites, biomaterials and sensors), SURFACES (ceramic and metallic coatings, surface processing) and ENERGY (batteries, fuel cells and materials for energy systems).
Adaptation of recyclable composition, use of hardener adapted to biocomposites formulations.
AITIIP Technology Centre is an Innovation and Technology Centre for the development of projects in design and manufacturing of plastic material and transformation processes. In collaboration with other companies (mainly SMEs), technological centres and universities, AITIIP has extensive multidisciplinary knowledge on the Science-Technology industry.
Technical supervision. Dissemination and Communication planning. Adaptation and optimization of processing technologies (LRI and RTM). Manufacturing of samples for stakeholder validation.
Sispra is a Spanish based SME founded in 1998 and exclusively devoted to R&D and production of composite materials and parts. Our mission statement stresses the importance of innovating, designing and manufacturing the highest quality composite material parts, eliminating mass and reducing energy consumption focusing on environmental aspects, recycling and reusing of materials.
Validation of proposed solution. Manufacturing of proposed demonstrators. Definition of business case in collaboration with stakeholders.