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Increased uptake of CRAFT awards from SMES in the European CERAMIcs industry

Objective

CERAMICRAFT is an initiative within the Economic & Technological Intelligence programme to promote the use of CRAFT and other SME Specific Measure opportunities by the ceramics industry in Europe. The project will address the problem that the ceramics industry in Europe is fragmented, with many small companies competing with each other in local markets. In general they do not collaborate to compete more efficiently with imports from non-European suppliers or to export more aggressively. A consortium of NCPs and specialist ceramic RTD performers [CERLABS] from 11 countries will collaborate to determine and co-ordinate the business & technological needs for future prosperity and to encourage & facilitate the preparation of proposals for Commission funded RTD projects. The ultimate objective is to submit 40 CRAFT Exploratory and other proposals focussed on the key business issues. In addition, professional assistance will be given to SMEs who are currently engaged in EC funded projects.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

Centro Ceramico di Bologna
Address
Via Martelli 26
40138 Bologna
Italy

Participants (5)

Centre Technique Des Tuiles et Briques
France
Centre de Recherches de l'Industrie Belge
Belgium
Ceramics and Refractories Technological Development Co
Greece
Instituto De Tecnologica Ceramica-AICE
Spain
NETHERLANDS ORGANIZATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Netherlands