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Activating Value Chains for EU leadership in FORMulation Manufacturing 4.0

Objective

AceForm4.0 will strengthen European leadership in the development and commercialisation of innovative and sustainable formulated products by i) engaging stakeholders and establishing a strategic common vision, European 2025 roadmap for formulated products and an associated implementation plan; and ii) facilitating knowledge exchange activities aiming at the formation of new collaborative value chains and partnerships in the context of the challenges, barriers and opportunities offered by Industry 4.0 and the drive towards a Circular Economy. Whilst a number of the challenges faced by manufacturers of formulated products are shared with the wider process industry, their nature is very different. Being often micro-heterogeneous, formulated products tend to be unstable and rely on a judicious selection of ingredients and fine-tuned production methods to guarantee physical and chemical stability during their lifetime. Compared to basic chemicals, this makes product development far more challenging in terms of, e.g.: 1) predicting the properties of combined ingredients at an early stage of their lifecycle for optimal use of ingredients; 2) designing new manufacturing processes and equipment; 3) selection of adequate modelling and simulation processes to minimise resources and energy utilisation; 4) scale-up from lab to production; and 5) developing in-stream high throughput metrology to enable quality control, plant automation and supply chain management. AceForm4.0 will establish and engage a European-wide Formulation Interest Group, comprising of stakeholders from industry, research institutes and government bodies to identify specific cross-sector challenges, barriers and opportunities. The resulting common European strategy will provide a framework for the rational development of sustainable products and stimulate targeted investment in RDI initiatives leading to new commercialised products, manufacturing facilities and services.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-CSA-2016
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

CENTRE FOR PROCESS INNOVATION LIMITED LBG
Address
Wilton Centre Wilton
TS10 4RF Redcar Cleveland
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 143 595

Participants (6)

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 112 908,93
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
DECHEMA GESELLSCHAFT FUER CHEMISCHE TECHNIK UND BIOTECHNOLOGIE E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 125 625
Address
Theodor Heuss Allee 25
60486 Frankfurt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Strategisch Initiatief Materialen
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 139 750,01
Address
Technologiepark 935
9052 Zwijnaarde
Activity type
Research Organisations
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 52 246,06
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 52 000
Address
Cours Leopold 34
54052 Nancy Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)