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

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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/aliphatic compounds
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

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

Participation ended

Norway
Address
Asdalstrand 291
3960 Stathelle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Petter Waervagen (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION DES PRODUCTEURS D'ARTICLES EN MATIERES PLASTIQUES ET ELASTOMERES ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 101 034
Address
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Brussels
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Geert Scheys (Mr.)
British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Association Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 70 149
Address
Berewyk Hall Court 5 White Colne
CO6 2QD Colchester Essex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Dorken (Mr.)
European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 89 682,50
Address
Avenue Des Arts 2
1210 Brussels
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Lorenzo Zullo (Dr.)
Clwyd Compounders Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 372
Address
Gardden Industrial Estate
LL14 6RG Ruabon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Haywood (Mr.)
ROBINSON BROTHERS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 196 227,25
Address
Phoenix Street
B70 0AH West Bromwich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dave Compton (Dr.)
MGN Transformaciones Del Caucho SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 608 452,75
Address
Camino De Calvario
28864 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Maria Salamanca Vaca (Mr.)
MIXER SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 613 609,55
Address
Via Chiara 6 C
48022 Bagnacavallo
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Andrea Galanti (Mr.)
Grand Synthesis Latvia
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 4 300
Address
Morica 20B-21
LV1083 Riga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kristaps Mekss (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 9 166,40
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Galtelli (Dr.)
Norner AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 3 305
Address
Asdalstrand 291
3960 Stathelle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Petter Waervagen (Mr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 7 257
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Middle Aston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joanna Love (Dr.)