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Final Report - COT-2 (Composites-on-Tour-2)

Project ID: 30194
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY

Abstract

Composites are made up of two different materials with complementary properties. The combination of the two substances yields a new material offering different advantages. Composites are light, rigid and strong. They may be produced in large or small series. Their production process and their use save huge amounts of energy. They are even more environmentally sound if they are made up of natural fibres. Finally, the use of composite materials in the production process of consumer goods offers any number of possibilities for innovation by designers and enterprises.

The final report covers the action taken. With COT-2 K.U. Leuven and Design Vlaanderen opted for an uncompromising international approach. This opened the design competition up to designers from all over the world and the exhibition travels with the prize winners of the Brussels design competition from Brussels to Paris, Barcelona, Budapest, Ljubljana and Eindhoven. It may even go as far afield as Korea and Japan.

This cross-border strategy promotes international networking between designers and commercial and industrial circles. Such globe-straddling cross-pollination often leads to innovative product development.

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