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Eco-efficient and high productive stone processing by multifunctional materials

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 516417

  • Start date

    1 July 2005

  • End date

    30 June 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 006 716

  • EU contribution

    € 1 930 326

Coordinated by:

D'APPOLONIA SPA

Italy

Objective

Figures on world stone trade show that the market share of the EU countries has been decreasing over the last few years in favour of relatively new Far East and Southern American countries. The main reasons for this is that the sector has not made any sign ificant technological progress and operations are faced by low productivity and efficiency, fluctuation in the quality of the final stone product, huge quantities of waste material, high energy consumption and critical safety for the workers. The developme nt of environmentally friendlier technologies is also an issue, considering that stone is a non-renewable resource. Furthermore the European equipment manufacturers have been made more aware of safety and health (noise, dust, etc.) of the operators through recent stringent regulations that requires for alternative technologies. To address this issue scattered attempts have been registered in Europe to apply knowledge-based multifunctional materials in stone tools and equipment. The most promising are based on the application of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA). Several products have been developed by our Core Group SMEs based on this novel material. However, the available results show that macro-scale SMA elements have a lower level of reliability and performance r eproducibility with respect to micro-scale SMA devices so far applied in the medical sector. The proposed project aims at developing optimized procedures and qualification methodologies in SMA processing able to guarantee repeatable and reliable performanc es as well as a predictable life-cyde for SMA elements to be widely applied in the stone sector. The proposal complies with the Gall as it aims at grouping a large number of European lAGs fully representing the 60.000 stone SMEs with the goal to generate t he necessary knowledge on SMA technology to improve their technological status and transform the rather traditional and regionalised Stone Sector into a modern, competitive #

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Coordinator

D'APPOLONIA SPA

Address

Via San Nazaro 19
Genova

Italy

Participants (26)

EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF NATURAL STONE INDUSTRIES

Belgium

ZENTRALVERBAND DER DEUTSCHEN NATURSTEINWIRTSCHAFT

Germany

ASSOCIAZIONE INDUSTRIALE DI MASSA CARRARA

Italy

ASSOCIACAO PORTUGUESA DOS INDUSTRIAIS DE MARMORES E RAMOS AFINS

Portugal

BULGARO-ITALIANA TARGOSKA, ZEMEDELSKA E INDUSTRIALNA KAMARA

Bulgaria

ASSOCIATION OF MARBLE COMPANIES OF ATTICA

Greece

DITTA RIPAMONTI DR. GIANNI SAS

Italy

MINCON INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Ireland

TESIMAG SRL

Italy

SODEX OOD

Bulgaria

TECHMI - PAVEL MILEV

Bulgaria

GRANITOS MACEIRA SA

Portugal

MASERC - MARMORES SERGIO COELHO LDA.

Portugal

SCHWIEREN STEIN COLOGNE GRANIT- UND GRABSTEINWERKSTAETTEN

Germany

ZEIDLER & WIMMEL, STEINBRUCH - UND STEINMETZBETRIEBE, GMBH & CO.

Germany

ABRA TOMASZ CZEKAJ

Poland

ECSEL S.P.A.

Italy

MEGAMARM LTD

Greece

LASKARIDIS MARBLE ABEE

Greece

SVILUPPO ITALIA TOSCANA SCPA

Italy

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS OF AS CR, V.V.I.

Czechia

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

HERRAMIENTAS DE DIAMANTE S.A.

Spain

G.CHIRSSSAFAKIS S.A.

Greece

MARMORES GALRAO-EDUARDO GALRAO JORGE & FILHOS SA

Portugal

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 516417

  • Start date

    1 July 2005

  • End date

    30 June 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 006 716

  • EU contribution

    € 1 930 326

Coordinated by:

D'APPOLONIA SPA

Italy