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A Safer Alternative Replacement for Thiourea Based Accelerators in the Production Process of Chloroprene Rubber

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 243756

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2010

  • End date

    31 May 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 637 682

  • EU contribution

    € 2 010 392,45

Coordinated by:

ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE COSTRUTTORI DI MACCHINE E STAMPI PER MATERIE PLASTICHE E GOMMA

Italy

Objective

In December 2007, the European Commission imposed a total of € 247 635 000 fines on the five largest manufacturers of chloroprene rubber for participating in a cartel. As a result of this price fixing and market abuse by large enterprises, the SME involvement in this sector has diminished and requires research investment to re-build its presence. Additionally there is increasing pressure to replace the vulcanisation accelerator, ethylene thiourea (ETU), due to its assessment as a Cat 2 rep carcinogen as per the EU classification, IARC and EPA. It is believed that under REACH it will be classified as a CMR substance (Carcinogenic/Mutagenic/toxic for Reproduction) which will lead to legislation prohibiting or banning its use. The ‘SafeRubber’ project aims to develop a safer alternative accelerator to replace the carcinogenic ethylene thiourea (ETU) based accelerators to be used in the manufacturing of rubbers such as polychloroprene (CR) and epichlorohydrin (ECO). This will be based around a new catalyst molecule that has tri-functionality, which offers the added benefit of reducing consumption of metal oxides during manufacturing, lowering manufacturing costs and giving SMEs another unique differentiator, allowing them to compete in the market.
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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

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 127 837

Administrative Contact

Claudio Celata (Mr.)

Participants (12)

Norner Innovation AS

Norway

ASSOCIATION DES PRODUCTEURS D'ARTICLES EN MATIERES PLASTIQUES ET ELASTOMERES ASBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 101 034

British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Association Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 70 149

European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 89 682,50

Clwyd Compounders Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 179 372

ROBINSON BROTHERS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 196 227,25

MGN Transformaciones Del Caucho SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 608 452,75

MIXER SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 613 609,55

Grand Synthesis Latvia

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 4 300

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 9 166,40

Norner AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 3 305

THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 7 257

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 243756

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2010

  • End date

    31 May 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 637 682

  • EU contribution

    € 2 010 392,45

Coordinated by:

ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE COSTRUTTORI DI MACCHINE E STAMPI PER MATERIE PLASTICHE E GOMMA

Italy