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Development of a new Bio-Composite from renewable resources with improved thermal and fire resistance for manufacturing a truck internal part with high quality surface finishing

Objective

"The main objective of NATURTRUCK is to develop injected plastic parts for the commercial vehicles industry (mainly cabin truck parts) made with thermoplastic composite materials from renewable resources (at least 80% w/w), namely physically modified polylactic acid (PLA) grades and natural fibres, with improved thermal and flame retardancy properties and high quality surface finishing to be used in truck internal parts as a real alternative to low-gloss standard ABS grades at a competitive cost. By achieving the challenging NATURTRUCK objectives, the availability of PLA with improved properties and optimised production process will allow NATURTRUCK SME’s partners, and consequently the EU industry, to fabricate new thermoplastic biocomposite products suitable to satisfy the commercial vehicles manufacture sector stringent mechanical, thermal, fire resistance and eco-friendliness requirements, at a cost comparable to current ABS price, increasing their differentiation from competitors and creating significant market opportunities.
The main innovation of NATURTRUCK in comparison with previous projectsis the possibility to tailor the properties of commercial PLA grades by a synergic combination of different types of additives and reinforcements (radiation susceptors, chain extenders, flame retardants and natural fibres) and post-annealing techniques based on non-conventional high frequency energy sources. This challenge makes NATURTRUCK a real ""beyond of the estate of art"" project, due to the smart combination of technologies and materials employed, which will permit for instance to increase the rate and percentage of the crystalline phase in the PLA biocomposite and in consequence to increase its thermal resistance and mechanical properties."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polylactic acid

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 44 179,93
Administrative Contact
Itziar Carracedo Fernández (Ms.)

Participants (12)

QUIMICAS DEL VINALOPO SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 180 107
Address
P I La Noria Ii Avenida Casa Garrincho 3
03638 Salinas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monica Amoros (Mrs.)
BAFA BADISCHE NATURFASERAUFBEREITUNG GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 118 978,72
Address
Stephanstrasse 2
76316 Malsch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Almut Frank (Ms.)
RE8 BIOPLASTICS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 184 677,75
Address
Sven Hultins Gata 9C
41288 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Bräck (Mr.)
POLYCOM PREDELAVA PLASTICNIH MAS INORODJARSTVO SKOFJA LOKA DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 140 253,34
Address
Poljane Nad Skofjo Loko 76
4223 Poljane Nad Skofjo Loko
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Smigovec Ljubic Tina (Dr.)
PLASCAM PLASTIK OTO CAM SANAYI VE TIC A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 133 072,24
Address
Pelitli Koyu, Maden Bayiri Caddesi 22
41400 Gebze Kocaeli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yigit Seyranli (Mr.)
BULMA TECNOLOGIA SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 111 324,65
Address
Calle Alginet 11
46250 L Alcudia Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cesar Miro Escarti (Mr.)
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Participation ended

Sweden
Address
Gotaverksgatan 10
405 08 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Henri Feys (Mr.)
INSTYTUT WLOKIEN NATURALNYCH I ROSLIN ZIELARSKICH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 18 080
Address
Ul. Wojska Polskiego 71 B
60 630 Poznan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Izabela Maciejowska (Ms.)
FUNDACION PARA LA PROMOCION DE LA INNOVACION, INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO EN LA INDUSTRIA DE AUTOMOCION DE GALICIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 12 068,80
Address
Poligono Industrial A Granxa 249
36400 Porrino Pontevedra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Raquel Ledo (Ms)
PROAC TECHNICAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 64 334,95
Address
Calle Nuestra Senora De Montiel Num 2 Bajo
46160 Lliria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Amparo Enguidanos Castillo (Ms.)
BAFA NEU GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 60 121,28
Address
Stephanstrasse 2
76316 Malsch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Almut Frank (Mrs.)
RENAULT TRUCKS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 31 801,34
Address
Route De Lyon 99
69800 Saint Priest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc-Henri Feÿs (Mr.)