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New manufacturing infrastructure for the production of high quality Natural Fibres

Objective

Natural fibres offer a route to the production of sustainable composites, replacing inorganic and petrochemical based fibres with high-embodied energy. One of the main obstacles to the exploitation of natural fibres is the limited consistency of supply, with batch-to-batch variations in quality. Retting – a process whereby plant stems are left to weather in the fields – has been identified as being the weak point in fibre processing in the as a result of variable weather conditions during the retting period. Mechanical decortication – the removal of the outer layers – is often damaging to the fibres. UltraFibre will develop a clean processing technology called ‘hydroacoutstic decorticaton’ to extract the fibre from the plant after harvesting avoiding reliance on degree of dew retting. The fibre produced will be of much higher quality, without the physical damage caused by mechanical decortication, circumventing reliance on unpredictable weather for completion of dew retting in fields. Chemical treatments have been used to modify fibres to improve matrix to fibre adhesion in composite materials. However, these chemical treatments use hazardous materials, are time-consuming and create a significant level of waste. Therefore, a treatment process that does not pose a threat to the natural environment and that is reproducible, whilst creating little or no hazardous waste, would be extremely advantageous. To achieve this end, UltraFibre will develop a ‘soft plasma’ treatment process that will integrate with the hydroacoustic decortication process to produce high quality fibre for the rapidly expanding composites materials sector.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Coordinator

ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE COSTRUTTORI DI MACCHINE E STAMPI PER MATERIE PLASTICHE E GOMMA
Address
Centro Direzionale Milanofiori
20090 Assago Milano
Italy

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Cerizza Alessandro (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 303 640

Participants (13)

European Industrial Hemp Association
Germany
EU contribution
€ 313 587,50
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack - Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Dominik Vogt (Mr.)
THE BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 294 857,50
Address
Bath Place 6 Rivington Street
EC2A 3JE London

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Davey (Mr.)
KENAF ECO FIBERS ITALIA SPA

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Italy
Address
Via Pieve 85
42016 Guastalla

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carla Alberini (Ms.)
MAREK RADWANSKI EKOTEX

Participation ended

Poland
Address
Kowalowice Ulica Parkowa 4
46 100 Namyslow

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marek Radwanski (Mr.)
ACXYS TECHNOLOGIES
France
EU contribution
€ 195 350
Address
Rue Des Vingt Toises 148
38950 Saint Martin Le Vinoux

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Sindzingre (Dr.)
OMEGA MAKINA SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI

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Turkey
Address
Sanbir Bulvari Bolge 4 Cadde 11
34416 Istanbul

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niyazi Topsever (Mr.)
MOVEVIRGO LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 193 500
Address
New Portreath Road
TR16 4QL Redruth

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pamela Williams (Ms.)
CENTRO EUROPEO SVILUPPO APPLICAZIONI PLASTICHE SRL CONSORTILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 69 250
Address
Via Vienna 56
24049 Verdellino Zingonia

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luca Garlini (Mr.)
SMITHERS RAPRA AND SMITHERS PIRA LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Shrewsbury Road
SY4 4NR Shrewsbury

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Suzanne Wilkinson (Ms.)
GREENGRAN B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Galvanistraat 1
6710 AG Ede

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Snijder (Mr.)
INCONTROL ULTRASONICS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
The Swan Centre, Swan Street 8a
LE12 7NW Sileby

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Rawson (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ruben Van Deursen (Mr.)
I.C.M.A. SAN GIORGIO INDUSTRIA COSTRUZIONI MACCHINE E AFFINI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 372 060
Address
Via Madonnina 75
20010 San Giorgio Su Legnano

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giorgio Natale Colombo (Mr.)