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Open Innovation Ecosystem for Sustainable Nano-functionalized Flexible Plastic and Paper Surfaces and Membranes

Project description

Innovation for nano-functionalised flexible plastic surfaces

Today, a wide range of products, including packaging, consumer electronic devices and even car windows, use plastic and paper-based flexible materials and films based on nano-enabled functionalisation of the surfaces. The sector is facing a major challenge consisting of overcoming plastic waste pollution by following the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy and adopting digitalisation and products ready to be integrated into smart frameworks. The EU-funded FlexFunction2Sustain project is the first European initiative aiming to support the industry with a sustainable open innovation ecosystem that will enhance innovation for nano-functionalised flexible plastic and paper surfaces and films. The services will be offered to EU SMEs through an independent single entry point legal institution.

Objective

Plastic and paper based flexible materials and films are used in a wide range of daily life products e.g. in packaging, furniture surface finish, consumer electronic devices, architecture or in car windows.
Applications represent well established multi-billion Euro markets. Key Enabling Technologies for a majority of these applications are based on nano-enabled functionalization of the surfaces. Today, Industry faces game-changing, critical challenges for societal acceptance and economic competitiveness: (1) Overcome plastic waste pollution and follow the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy towards the development of sustainable materials; (2) Keep pace with digitisation and get products ready for integration of smart systems and intelligent products.
FlexFunction2Sustain will be the first European Initiative to support the Industry in overcoming these challenges through a sustainable Open Innovation Ecosystem. FlexFunction2Sustain will develop dedicated services to boost innovation for nano-functionalised flexible plastic and paper surfaces and membranes and offer those services to users, in particular SMEs, in all 28 EU countries through an independent single entry point (SEP) legal entity with multiple regional front offices. FlexFunction2Sustain connects complementary pilot lines to a set of 9 connected lab-2-fab facilities covering all major nano-surface processing techniques for (flexible) plastic and paper surfaces and membranes. The facilities and novel surface functionality will be demonstrated in six relevant industrial application scenarios. 20 pre-commercial pilot cases will demonstrate the Services of the FlexFunction2Sustain OITB
The FlexFunction2Sustain OITB is prepared to support the client at any point in the innovation chain from TRL4 to TRL7 with and integrated technological, business development and verification/pre-certification service portfolio that helps the client to progress quickly through the innovation chain.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-TO-IND-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-NMBP-HUBS-2019

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Net EU contribution
€ 3 143 387,69
Address
HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 3 143 387,69

Participants (24)