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News for 17 January 2005


The Future of Thermoplastic Composites in Europe

17th January 2005 0 comments

A new, publicly-available study into the future of thermoplastic composites in Europe has just been published by the Coronet consortium – a European Commission funded network of 18 research and industrial partners spanning 9 European countries. The aim of the study was to benchmark Europe’s current thermoplastic composites activities, forecast changes in thermoplastic composites activities and identify gaps in European research infrastructure against future requirements. There are 3 complimentary reports produced as an output of the work of this project, namely Competitive Benchmarking, Foresight Activity, and Identification of Future Research Needs. In first of the 3 reports, Competitive Benchmarking, data was obtained on a total of 225 recent, current and future research projects, results and infrastructure in Europe, North America and the Rest of World, which was then analysed and summarised in tabular form by research area (materials, processing etc.) and by region. Key research and key infrastructures were then highlighted in each of the research areas and each of the regions, allowing a direct side-by-side comparison of the relative activity in each region. To ensure that the research database was well accessed and well-used, it was designed and created to allow online uploading, editing, searching and categorising of the data, integrated as a major new element within the Coronet network’s web site and can be found online at http://www.coronet.eu.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=84&tabid=168 .

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