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Europe launches 7-year, €1B R&D program for new metals: “Metallurgy Europe”

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Program overview of Metallurgy Europe as presented in a 2012 position paper from the ESF. Click to enlarge.

European industry has launched Metallurgy Europe, a 7-year, €1-billion ($1.3-billion) R&D program in the field of metals research and manufacturing. The program was recently been selected as a new Eureka Cluster, and it will integrate the efforts of more than 170 companies and laboratories from across 20 countries.

Some of the largest engineering companies in Europe have joined forces, including Airbus Group; BP; Siemens; Daimler; Rolls-Royce; BMW; Thales; AvioAero; PSA Group; BAE Systems; Philips; Ruag; Sener; Bombardier; OHB Systems; Linde Group; ESI; Rolex; Richemont; ArcelorMittal; Sandvik; Bruker; SKF; Johnson Matthey; Tata Steel; GKN; Boston Scientific; ThyssenKrupp; Outokumpu; Haldor Topsøe and Fiat. More than 60 small and medium-sized companies are also teaming up.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and a number of European organizations such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF); the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL); the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA); and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE-ITER) are also providing their expertise and innovation to this initiative.

This new program allows us to enter the high-tech metals age. The top management of industry have come together for the first time on this important topic, and there is a confident feeling that Metallurgy Europe will deliver many unique, exciting and profitable technologies.

—Prof. David Jarvis, Chairman of Metallurgy Europe and Head of Strategic and Emerging Technologies at ESA

Background. In 2012, the Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee (MatSEEC) of the European Science Foundation presented a position paper entitled “Metallurgy Europe”. This document was developed by a working group led by Professor Jarvis. MatSEEC recommended the creation of the “Metallurgy Europe” research and development program, based on substantial and sustained contributions from the EC (Horizon 2020), national funding agencies, EU industry, EIRO forum partners and academia. The position paper called upon European decision-makers and funding agencies to act and to implement that central recommendation.

The report identified 17 future material requirements and 50 cross-sectoral metallurgical R&D topics, to be funded during a 10-year period (2012-2022). The 50 topics were categorized according to (i) material discovery; (ii) novel design, metal processing and optimisation; and (iii) fundamental understanding of metallurgy.

They comprise R&D activities on theory, experimentation, modeling, material characterization, property testing, prototyping and industrial scale-up.




Where will the major part of the R&D funds ($1.3B) come from?

Will the 170+ firms and/or interested parties involved pay to improve their products?

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