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Targeted research action on polymer materials - TRA ON POLYMER MATERIALS

Network overview

    The general aim of this Targeted Research Action (TRA) is to secure added value to EC funded research projects. The TRA is set up to help participants in complementary projects, covering different technologies of the programme, to co-ordinate their activities around a specific objective. As such, the action is of importance to a wide range of industries made up of users and producers - including SMEs - as well as research centres and universities.

    The main objective of the TRA on Polymer Materials is to establish an efficient interface between the related RTD projects on Polymers supported by the EC.

    In particular the TRA aims at:

    - providing a European forum for the development, dissemination and exchange of scientific and technological knowledge and ideas relating to all aspects of Polymer Materials and their industrial processing;

    - accelerating the dissemination and exploitation of research results;

    - improving the synergy and co-ordination of research being carried out in the EC programmes;

    - inform EC RTD programme planners about technological trends and research needs and priorities for the future;

    - supporting socio-economic targets by scientific and technical excellence.

    The approach to meet objectives includes the following activities facilitating the transfer and dissemination of technology and expertise:

    - cluster meetings and network steering meetings and annual TRA workshops, where all projects will be represented;

    - publication of quarterly bulletins, project database containing non-confidential project information both as a hard copy and on the WWW;

    - publication of an annual TRA report with project achievements and results from the workshop and meetings;

    - round table meetings with representatives of industry, government and society;

    - co-ordination of activities with related TRAs.

European dimension and partnership

    The added value of implementing the network can be classified in three categories: the (research) consortia/partners, the programme and the Community.

    - For the partners in the projects increased exchange of mutually relevant information on technological aspects for future exploitation;

    - For the programme a better coherence between running projects;

    - For the European Community in general strengthening of industrial competitiveness will result in the development of sound and proven scientific and technological frameworks, and increased dissemination of quality information to European producers and converters of polymers.

    The TRA on Polymer Materials is a real trans-European initiative. It consists presently of 27 different research projects, where industrial enterprises, universities and research organisations from many European countries are active.

Potential applications

    The TRA stimulates the creation of scientific knowledge infrastructures. Transfer of new technological results from one market sector to another can offer new potential. The chances for industrial application of new technological know-how is increased by a network approach. Special attention will be given to involve SMEs, which would have only limited opportunities to obtain information on polymer research without the network.

Contract Brite-Euram Nr: BRRT-CT97-5025

    EC Contribution

      1 404 400 ECU

    Starting Date

      1 December 1997

    Closing Date

      30 November 2001


      48 months

    EC scientific officer

      Salvador CERVERA MARCH
      Fax: +32-2-296 05 50


      Other E3T Consult BV
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      P.O. Box 3014
      2480 KE Woubrugge AA
      Evert P. Brouwer
      Tel.: +31-172-51 89 44
      Fax: +31-172-51 83 03


    Industries Air Liquide SA Paris (FR)
    Research Centres Asociación Centro Tecnológico GAIKER - Zamudio (ES)
    Research Centres Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe - Bruxelles (BE)
    Research Centres Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Villeurbanne (FR)
    Universities Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute - Thessaloniki (GR)
    Research Centres Conseil Européen de l'Industrie Chimique - Bruxelles (BE)
    SME Consorzio sulle Applicazioni dei Materiali Plastici e Problemi di Difesa dalla Corrosione - Napoli - Portici (IT)
    Industries Daimler-Benz AG - München (DE)
    Industries DOW Benelux NV - Terneuzen (NL)
    Other Dr. GOTHLICH Lutz - Limburgerhof (DE)
    Industries DSM Performance Polymers BV - Sittard (NL)
    Research Centres ERA Technology Ltd. - Leatherhead (GB)
    SME Euro - Projects (LTTC) Ltd. - Woodhouse Eaves - Leicestershire (GB)
    Other European Plastics Converters - Bruxelles (BE)
    Industries Hoechst Portuguesa SA - Mem Martins (PT)
    Industries Hoechst-Perstorp AB - Perstorp (SE)
    Industries Imperial Chemical Industries Plc - Slough (GB)
    Universities Johannes Kepler Universität Linz - Linz - Auhof (AT)
    SME Jowat Lobers und Frank GmbH & Co. KG - Detmold (DE)
    Industries PCD Polymere Gesellschaft mbH - Schwechat-Mannswörth (AT)
    SME PI Management Consultancy - Den Haag (NL)
    Research Centres Pira International - Research Association for the Paper and Board, Printing and Packaging Industries - Leatherhead (GB)
    Industries Production Engineering Research Association - PERA - Owon (GB)
    Research Centres Rapra Technology Ltd. - Shrewsbury - Shropshire (GB)
    Research Centres Scientific Generics Ltd - Cambridge (GB)
    SME Sinco Engineering SpA - Pozzilli (IT)
    Research Centres Swedish Environmental Protection Agency - Stockholm (SE)
    Industries Thomson Marconi Sonar SAS - Sophia Antipolis (FR)
    Universities Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Madrid (ES)
    Universities Université Catholique de Louvain - Louvain-la-Neuve (BE)
    Universities University of Leeds - Leeds (GB)

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