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HI-REACH - HIGHLY RECYCLABLE INTEGRATED ALUMINIUM CHASSIS COMPOUNDS AND PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY (HI-REACH)

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The action deals with industrialisation and market uptake of an innovative solution for producing and supplying chassis components for motorcycle applications. Innovation regards product, process and business model. Product innovation: coherent system design of the rear traction module compound instead of five independently developed components. Process innovation: spindle manufacturing and process technology for the cast components, whose distinctive feature is the elimination of harmful binders and recycling of sand dies. Innovation in business model: supply chain integration, where the compound is developed and proposed to the motorcycle manufacturers as a unique integrated high value subsystem rather than the components to be developed and sold separately by different suppliers. Environmental footprint is greatly improved in terms of raw materials use, end-of-life recycling, sand cores recycling and elimination of harmful substances. Expected results of the action are process industrialisation (quality and costs) and market uptake at European level. Pre-series samples of components to be used for product certification and business development are foreseen.

Benefits

Validation and market uptake of more efficient supply chain model, where component manufacturers sell more value and control overall eco-efficiency
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Results

  • Commercial introduction of the First Tier supplier business model for the traction module thanks to the industrial application of the eco-innovative product-process solutions.
  • Increase in sales (new markets/customers, higher value sold) and in profits through cost efficiency.
  • Improved environmental footprint through: • materials recycling: >12 kt/yr raw materials saved in FY2012 • reduction of process wastes: > 100 t/yr raw materials saved • improved CO2 emissions: >300 t/yr saved • energy efficiency: > 3.000 MWh/yr saved.
  • First public dissemination event was the participation to the Motor Bike Expo Show in Verona in January 2011.
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COM, COMETA
ZONA INDUSTRIALE EST
66043 CASOLI Abruzzo
Italy
Contact point: 
Name: 
Mr Gianni Crognale
Tel: 
+39 0872 99 271

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Duration:
02/07/2010 to 01/07/2012
Contract number: 
ECO/09/256087

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