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LoadSEC Report Summary

Project ID: 710968

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - LoadSEC (Helping Europe's infrastructure to draw up with Europes increasing economic performance! Sutstainable and easy load securing!)

Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2017-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Several tens of thousands accidents, millions loss due to damaged freight and damaged lorries, and billions of EUR economic loss by traffic congestion resulting from those accidents – a sad and alarming record mainly caused by insufficiently secured freight transportation on Europe’s roads. Therefore the European Commission has passed different norms for load securing – EN 12195-1 to -4 and EN 12640. However, truckers face the problem that there are no adequate means for implementing those norms. Although freight is lashed down by tension belts, it minimally moves during transportation, due to the non-anti-slippery surface of the load bed. This minimal moves lead to the effect that lashing down is during transportation loosened by constant jiggling resulting in insufficiently secured load.
Therefore KCN GmbH has developed a novel anti-slippery floor (ASF) for load beds of lorries and trailers. This ASF is by its coating indestructible and by its adhesion and profitability superior to all other ways of load securing. Project output is the ability to produce the current ASF panel prototypes (TRL 7) in a way meeting the identified market requirements, i.e. in homogenous quality at acceptable price to required quantity, by a process innovation.
This is to successfully enter key user market of lorries and trailers. Europe’s corresponding high-volume market is valued at EUR 126 bn. for this field of operation, continuously growing.
The LoadSEC-project is integral part of KCN’s strategy of developing and producing permanently new solutions for different coating applications to make world safer and more efficient.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Since beginning of the project, KCN has successfully adapted the ASFs for automated mass production meeting the quality characteristics defined. First steps to process automation have been initiated. With great success, the ASFs have been presented at several trade fairs to trade public at large, particularly to forwarding, logistics and automotive industries. The project and the ASFs have been successfully introduced to relevant audiences by numerous publications, workshops, conferences, social media, online presence and direct mailings. At that, numerous stakeholders and potential customers have been addressed. Load securing experts, load securing inspectors and professional driver academies have been absolutely convinced of KCN’s ASF, recommending them to their clients.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

In contrast to all other alternatives for load securing (for example rubber mats), KCN’s ASFs are more advanced: compared to the state of the art they will be at the end of the project more economic, nearly indestructible, sustainable, easy to install and maintenance free. By their fix installation on the loading area they will simplify load securing and guarantee load securing to a maximum. Both industry and society benefit from the business innovation project and its outcome: Several tens of thousands of accidents, millions loss due to damaged freight and damaged lorries and billions of EUR economic loss by traffic congestion resulting from those accidents are prevented and avoided.

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