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Re-engineering of natural stone production chain through knowledge based processes, eco-innovation and new organisational paradigms

Re-engineering of natural stone production chain through knowledge based processes, eco-innovation and new organisational paradigms

Objective

The need for an IP (I-STONE) to address the current problems and the future requirements of the European Stone Sector originates from the ever increasing need of the EU Construction industry for more and higher quality stone products and the fact that despite its economic importance, the Stone Sector has not made any significant technological progress the last decades. The primary aim of I-STONE is the re-engineering of the stone production chain, in order to considerably increase its efficiency and productivity, minimise the amount of stone wastes disposed in the environment, produce a new generation of multifunctional products based on stone wastes and safeguard the quality in stone application and use. The ultimate target of the project is to transform the rather traditional Stone Sector into a modern, competitive and knowledge-based industry and ensure a lasting technological superiority of EU over its competitors.

These objectives will be achieved with the incorporation of nanotechnology and intelligent manufacturing in stone processing and through the creation of new applicable knowledge and radical innovations in advanced materials and multifunctional products. The main radically new knowledge to be developed includes: the development of a new generation of consolidating agents with chemical characteristics similar to that of the stone, which will efficiently consolidate the stone products and prevent them from breaking during their processing; innovative extra thin cutting disks, a new generation of Ultra Fine Dispersed Diamonds and new heavy metal free metal-diamond bonds resistant to high temperatures and mechanical stresses that will lead to the development of innovative high-speed drilling and cutting tools to maximise productivity and new multifunctional products from stone wastes for construction applications with energy storage and self-cleaning properties.

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Coordinator

PEDRINI S.P.A

Address

Via Fusine 1
Carobbio Degli Angeli (Bergamo)

Italy

Administrative Contact

Giuseppe GANDOLFI (ING.)

Participants (41)

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"PETRU PONI" INSTITUTE OF MACROMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY

Romania

AGENCIA CORDOBA CIENCIA SE

Argentina

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LAS INDUSTRIAS DE LA CONSTRUCCION

Spain

ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH AND LNDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES.

Spain

ATLAS COPCO ROCK DRILLS AB

Sweden

B GRELK CONSULT

Denmark

BELGIAN BUILDING RESEARCH LNSTITUTE

Belgium

BOHLER MILLER MESSER UND SAGAN GMBH

Austria

CEVALOR - CENTRO TECNOLOGICO PARA O APROVEITAMENTO E VALORIZAC DAS ROCHAS ORNAMENTAIS E LNDUSTRIAIS

Portugal

CONSORZIO CETMA - CENTRO DI PROGETTAZIONE, DESIGN E TECHNOLOGIE DEI MATERIALI

Italy

D'APPOLONIA S.P.A.

Italy

DIAMOND LNNOVATIONS INTERNATIONAL SALES

Ireland

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL AND METALLURGICAL SERVICES LTD.

Greece

EVOLUZIONE DELLA RICERCA INDUSTRIALE NEL COMPRENSORIO APUANO SCARL

Italy

EXTREME MATERIALS S.R.L

Italy

GEOANALYSIS S.A.

Greece

GRANIET LMPORT BENELUX BV

Netherlands

IBAG SWITZERLAND AG

Switzerland

INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL EXPLORATION

Greece

INSTITUTE OF SURFACE CHEMISTRY OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE

Ukraine

IZHEVSK STATE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Russia

IZHEVSKIY INSTRUMENTALNIY ZAVOD

Russia

LEVANTINA Y ASOCIADOS DE MINERALES, SA

Spain

MARMOL COMPAC SA

Spain

MARMOR & GRANIT I KRISTIANSTAD AB

Sweden

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, LABORATORY OF METALLURGY

Greece

PROCEMA GEOLOGI SRL

Romania

PROCEMA SA

Romania

RIPAMONTI DR. GIANNI S.R.L.

Italy

S.C. CONEX COLOR S.R.L.

Romania

SP TECHNICAL RESEARCH LNSTITUTE OF SWEDEN

Sweden

SPACE RESEARCH LNSTITUTE OF BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

STATSOFT POLSKA SP. Z O.O.

Poland

SVILUPPO ITALIA TOSCANA SCPA

Italy

TRION TENSID AB

Sweden

UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD NATIONAL DE CORDOBA

Argentina

UNIVERSITAT HANNOVER

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF LUENEBURG

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE

Netherlands

ZENON S.A. - ROBOTICS & INFORMATICS

Greece

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 515762

  • Start date

    1 March 2005

  • End date

    30 November 2008

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 742 650

  • EU contribution

    € 6 759 934

Coordinated by:

PEDRINI S.P.A

Italy