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Competitive and Sustainable Growth

New Materials and Production

Improving materials and the processes that transform them into products is fundamental to both industrial competitiveness and sustainable development.

A significant improvement to a single material can have a radical effect on the quality of all the products into which it is fashioned, while new materials can lead to entirely new products. New techniques which could improve a wide number of materials are therefore of strategic importance to European industry. Moreover, medium- and long-term generic research into new and improved materials will be integrated with research into materials processing technologies, which will focus in particular on increasing quality and shortening production cycles. Finally, the need to move European industry towards a more sustainable future will be behind all research activities.

Improving existing materials and developing radically new or improved ones
  • nanostructured materials, supramolecular chemistry, colloidal systems and biomimetic materials
  • structural and light material for construction, transport and high-temperature applications
  • optoelectronics and sensor-related materials
  • new and improved bio-materials

Sustainable use of materials
  • extending materials' limits
  • life-cycle approaches
  • new applications for renewable raw materials such as organic chemicals
Reducing production cycles
  • fine chemistry, minerals, metals, polymers, composites and ceramics
  • micro- and nanopowder processing
  • surface, coating and interfacial technologies

New technologies for steel (1)
  • cost-effective and flexible production technologies
  • reduced energy consumption, lower emissions and increased recycling
  • improved downstream processing
  • improved high strength steel grades

    (1) Coal and steel research will increasingly be included in FP5 as the ECSC treaty expires in 2002.


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