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Speciality and fine chemicals manufacture, SME tools in support of environmental and sustainable systems

Objective

The proposal focuses on the Speciality and Fines sector of the European Chemicals Industry. The 20,000 SMEs operating here represent 94% of all manufacturers and formulators, contributing 157bn pa to European GVA. Following a major review, these SMEs are under increasing pressure to produce, in a sustainable manner, chemical products which are ecologically safe and of low risk to health. In particular, the imminent REACH legislation (Regulation, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals) seeks innovation in t he assessment and categorisation of all chemicals manufactured in Europe in terms of their toxicological and health impacts.

However, SME experience tends to revolve around traditional product lines and this group will experience difficulty and high costs in innovating their manufacturing in keeping with the new imperatives. Survival may be threatened, particularly in Speciality and Fines where a large grouping produces a multiplicity of products, all needing attention. Research will be focused here, on the Sustainability issues surrounding REACH. Green Chemistry alternatives will be introduced and innovative supply chain configurations developed around them, offering enhanced approaches to Sustainability.

A methodology will be developed to provide support t o SMEs in migrating towards REACH-compliant and Sustainable Futures. It will be the basis of an online, self-help Toolbox incorporating the research knowledge generated above. It will provide an entry point to identify gaps in their current level of preparedness and signpost approaches and tools to enable them to move cost-effectively to the more sustainable supply chains essential for the future. Dissemination and Training will be key aspects of TESS, leading to awareness of the issues and stimulating take -up and use of the Toolbox by SMEs. Initial industrial use is planned for the later stages and the partners will support more intensive exploitation for an extended period after project completion.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

CHEMICALS INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
Address
Kings Buildings, Smith Square
London
United Kingdom

Participants (17)

ARRAN CHEMICAL COMPANY LTD
Ireland
Address
Monksland Industrial Estate
Athlone Co, Rosecommon
BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF CHEMICAL SPECIALITIES
United Kingdom
Address
Sixth Floor, Dean Park House 8-10 Dean Aprk Crescent
Bournemouth
CHEMICAL INDUSTRY FEDERATION OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Etelaranta
Helsinki
CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Northampton Square
London
ERCHEM LTD
Greece
Address
Akropoleos 18
Alimos, Athens
ESSENSCIA
Belgium
Address
Diamant Building, Boulevard Auguste Reyerslaan, 80B
Brussels
EUROPEAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY COUNCIL
Belgium
Address
Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse.4
Brussels
FEDERAZIONE NAZIONALE DEL INDUSTRIA CHIMICA
Italy
Address
Via Giovanni Da Procida
Milano
GHENT UNIVERSITY
Belgium
Address
St Pietersnieuwstraat 25
Ghent
ORGANICA FEDICHEMIE GMBH
Germany
Address
Kunstseide Str. 5
Wolfen
ROBINSON BROTHERS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Phoenix Street
West Bromwich West Midlands
UNIVERSITY OF HULL
United Kingdom
Address
Cottingham Road
Hull
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
Address
Heslington
York
VANTACO OY
Finland
Address
Malmarintie 20
Vantaa
VERENIGING VAN DE NETHERLANDE CHEMISCHE INDUSTRIE
Netherlands
Address
Vlietweg 16
Leidschendam
VICKERS LABORATORY
United Kingdom
Address
Grangefield Ind Estate, Richardshaw Road
Leeds
VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5, Espoo
Espoo