01 August 2017
01 August 2017
Microcab has announced its involvement in the new pan-European project ECOBULK – Circular Process for Eco-Designed Bulky Products and Internal Car Parts.
With a budget of €12.3 million, the project brings together 27 partners across 12 countries and runs from 2017 to 2021 as part of the H2020 Research and Innovation funding platform.
ECOBULK, through a large scale demonstration effort, will contribute to 'closing the loop' of composite products in the automotive, furniture and building sectors by promoting greater re-use, upgrade, refurbishment and recycle of products, parts and materials. It will bring opportunities for both the environment and the economy by offering business opportunities along the entire new defined supply and value chains. ECOBULK's approach will be based on identifying and promoting commonalities in processes, technologies, products and services, ensuring replicability and transferability to other industrial sectors.
"Many in the UK R&D community see the Brexit process as an unwelcome distraction so to win a major EU project now gives us an important bridge of continuity at a time when our future relationship to Europe remains unclear," says John Jostins, Microcab's CEO.
SABIC is launching its STADECK heavy-duty panel for the building and construction industry. Made from glass fibre reinforced thermoplastic resin, the lightweight panel is said to offer significant advantages across a range of applications where weight saving is important.
Project 12 has collaborated with Total Composite Solutions (TCS), the UK partner of Microtex, on automotive OEM projects for bespoke carbon parts.
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) will install a sheet moulding compound (SMC) production line at its facility in Pouance, France, to support the need for its composite formulations in Europe.