1. Victrex
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Victrex Manufacturing Ltd is the world leader in the manufacture of poly(aryl ether ketone) thermoplastic polymers, including PEEK. The company was formed by a management buyout from ICI in 1993 and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1995. Victrex headquarters are situated at Thornton Cleveleys in the north-west of the UK. Whilst the company head quarters and manufacturing sites are located in the UK, the company has a global presence with commercial and technical teams located around the world. Victrex currently employs approximately 500 people worldwide. Victrex is a specialist in the manufacture, supply and use of poly (aryl ether ketones). Victrex supplies commercially, three basic polymer materials, these being PEEK, PEEK-HT and Victrex ST.


IMMG SA was established in June 1988 by four PhD engineers previously engaged in advanced RTD in the Field of Experimental Mechanics. The activities of the company focus on the design, development and manufacture of high-precision mechanical parts, including thermoplastics and on the provision of services in mechanical testing of materials and structures. During the last years emphasis was placed on the design and manufacture of polymer composite structures and nanocomposites. The company has successfully participated or coordinated many European and National RTD projects and has developed a leading testing laboratory where many new materials from more than forty large European Industries have been already examined.


The EADS Innovation Works are the corporate research centres of EADS, with sites in Germany, France, Spain, Singapore and Russia and provide world-class capabilities in aeronautics, defence and space research topics. Consistent with the EADS research & technology strategy and covering the skills and technology fields that are of critical importance to the EADS group of companies, the EADS Innovation Works are organized in five trans-national Technical Capability Centres: Composites Technologies - Metallic Technologies & Surface Engineering - Structures Engineering, Production & Mechatronics - Sensors, Electronics and Systems Integration - Simulation, Information Technologies & Systems Engineering. The EADS Innovation Works are an operational and strategic entity for the creation of added value by technology innovation.

4. Polymade

Polymade ITT GmbH, situated near by the city of Cologne, is a young technology company, working in the fields of the coating of filaments and textiles and fabrics. Polymade is a high technology company, specialised in the development of architectural textile materials. It was founded by Prof. G.K. Brueck and Alshaya in 2001. It has expertise in coating filaments and fabrics with Teflon terpolymer based coating. It has also expertise in extrusion, dip coating and a combination of the former. It has extensive expertise in architectural textiles and its recent development is the “New international Bangkok Airport”.
5. Nanozar

Nanozar is a company founded by leading scientists from the Spanish CSIC-ICB research institute that focuses on the development of the technologies for the dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes in a wide variety of matrix materials. The aim is to to develop Carbon Nanotube composites for a broad range of applications.Through its founders Nanozar combines the expertise available at leading research centre CSIC-ICB on the fabrication, functionalisation and compounding of Carbon Nanotube materials with the expertise available at the University of Zaragoza on the reinforcement of polymer materials with Carbon Nanotubes. In total the Nanozar team has more than 50 person-years experience in CNT-related research.
One of the founding shareholders in Nanozar is the company Bax & Willems, a specialised consultancy firm with a track record of over 15 years in New Business Development and the creation high-tech start-ups. In a similar way, Nanozar has secured the involvement of Prof. Antonio Miravete of the University of Zaragoza, and leader of the Group of Composite Materials, which has been active in the Composites area for 23 years.


USFD is one of the leading Universities in the UK and in the last national research assessment exercise the department involved was ranked in second place in the country for Mechanical Engineering. The Dynamics Research Group within this department is internationally recognised in the field of structural dynamics.

7. Nationa Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

The research group of NTUA-CI has carried out extensive research activity in the scientific areas that are related to static-dynamic analysis and design of structures. The research group has the capacity to undertake scientific work at the forefront of modern research in the following areas: Static and dynamic analysis of large-scale and non conventional structures, verification and validation of commercial software, development of scientific computer codes for the analysis and design of structures. This research group, created by Professor M.Papadrakakis over 15 years ago, consists of 6 post-doctoral researchers, 15 PhD students and a number of postgraduate students. The field of interest of this team is the development of algorithms and software for the solution and design of large-scale structural systems in high performance computing environments.


The Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) is a cross-faculty centre based at the University of Bristol, between the Engineering, Chemistry and Physics Schools. ACCIS hosts 3 University Technical Centres (UTC) with Rolls-Royce plc, GE Aviation and Agusta Westland in the areas of composites development and manufacturing, structural integrity and dynamics/vibrations. Other major programs in the area of advanced composites are the Airbus Bristol-Bath Strategic Partnership (8 PhDs), Great Western Research (15 PhDs), collaborations with EADS Innovation Works, BAE Systems and Vestas.
ACCIS has state-of-the-art uniaxial and multiaxial testing machines, impact rigs, contact and noncontact vibration equipment (speckle and Laser Doppler interferometry), SEM andviscoanalysers to process and evaluate polymers and metals. The manufacturing capabilitiesare provided by RTM equipment and compression moulding (rated to 5000 C), honeycomb routing, classical composite lay-ups with autoclave processing (manual and automatic).

Simulation capabilities are provided by workstations multiprocessor grids with all the major commercial FE codes and numerical packages.

9. BAM

The BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing is a senior scientific and technical Federal Institute with responsibility to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.The technological  productivity of the Federal Republic of Germany is based on competitive high-quality products, which are to ensure by innovative measurement and testing technology. BAM has its responsibility in: Advancement of safety in technology and chemistry, physical and chemical inspections of materials and plants including supply of reference methods and reference materials, promoting the transfer of knowledge and technology in BAM's key areas, collaboration in developing legal regulations like on safety standards and threshold values, consulting on safety aspects of materials technology for the Federal Government and industry.

BAM is the successor of the Public Materials Testing Office (Staatliches Materialprüfungsamt) founded in 1871 and of the Chemical-Technical State Institute (Chemisch-Technische Reichsanstalt) set up in 1920.



Buildair is an international firm with Headquarters in Barcelona, Spain and offices in Asia, Latin America and the United States. Over a decade specialized in the design, engineering and construction of inflatable buildings, portable hangars, pneumatic fast deployment bridges, temporary facilities and domes for leisure and events. Buildair ingeniería y Arquitectura, S.A. Specialists in covering large scale space.
Great experience behind an enormous variety of developments in the field of pneumatic engineering. Inflatable tents, pneumatic structures, pavilions, inflatable enclosures, inflatable covers, portable hangars, inflatable structures and many other projects in which textile engineering, security and Image are essential. The most advanced technology in the design and construction of inflatable and pneumatic projects. Our constant research & development effort has allowed us to find many different innovative applications of pneumatic technology for the covering of temporary large scale locations, facilities and events. Buildair's technology is the Safe Alternative that enables our clients with the technology to secure and meet their space covering requirements with fast and easy deployment structures, increasing their social impact, branding and Corporate Image reach.


CIMNE is a research organization in Barcelona, Spain. CIMNE was created in 1987 as a Consortium between the Catalan Government and the Technical University of Catalonia. CIMNE is an autonomous RTD centre. CIMNE employs some 180 scientists and engineers from different technical fields and nationalities specialised in the development and of numerical methods to a wide class of engineering problems. Among others the research activities of CIMNE cover the development of innovative constitutive models for composite materials and structures, new numerical methods for non linear analysis and safety studies of structures. In the last twenty two years CIMNE has taken part in over 900 RTD projects with over 200 companies and organizations. The outcome of the research is recorded in over 1200 scientific publications, technical reports and educational software codes published by CIMNE. CIMNE received one of the 2002 IST Awards for a new software product named GiD.

12. AVL

AVL LIST GmbH was founded in 1948 by Prof. H.C. Hans List. AVL is the world’s largest privately owned and independent company for the development of powertrain systems as well as instrumentation and test systems with about 1750 employees in Graz (over 600 graduated engineers) and a worldwide network of 45 representations and affiliates resulting in total 4100 employees worldwide. AVL´s Powertrain Engineering division activities are focused on the research, design and development of various powertrains in the view of low fuel consumption, low emission, low noise and improved driveability. The Instrumentation and Test Systems division is an established manufacturer and provider of instruments and systems for engine and vehicle testing including combustion diagnostic sensors, optical systems as well as complete engine and powertrain test beds. The Advanced Simulation Technologies division develops and markets the commercial simulation tools and simulation methods which are necessary for the powertrain development work. Experience in a wide range of simulation project work using analytical and numerical methods. Typical project definitions are: Development of simulation models based on customer data, Prediction of structural behaviour based on simulation models, Development of new methodologies, Increase of efficiency and advanced solutions based on existing models.


As a spacecraft prime contractor, Astrium Satellites is confronted to the use of CFRP materials in its spacecraft structures. In order to fit with the high expectations of future mission’s performances, Astrium has gained experience over the past years on reinforced materials developments. Hence, it is well placed to identify near term applications of such new materials. From its heritage in space spans over 30 years of successful programmes, EADS Astrium has got a full capability in all fields of space systems engineering and development. This capability encompasses all facets of the space industry and includes Telecommunications, Earth observation, Scientific and Exploration missions together with their associated ground segment hardware and software. Number 1 in Europe and no. 3 worldwide, Astrium employs 15,000 men and women in five countries: France, Germany, theUK, Spain and the Netherlands. 15,000 professionals chosen from among the very best, all passionate about space and driven by the great adventure of our time – bringing the infinite potential of space down to Earth for the benefit of mankind.

14. Volvo

The Volvo Group is one of the world's leading providers of commercial transport solutions, providing such products as trucks, buses, construction equipment, engines and drive systems for boats and industrial applications, as well as aircraft engine components. The Volvo Group also offers financial solutions and an increasing share of other services to its customers.

Volvo Group has about 90,000 employees, production facilities in 19 countries, and sales activities in some 180 countries. Group sales of products and services are conducted through both wholly owned and independent dealers. The global service network handles customer demand for spare parts and other services.


Fibroline France, located in Ecully near Lyon, has pioneered a radical new manufacturing approach to composites and fibre reinforced materials in general. Its revolutionary dry powder impregnation technology greatly reduces the direct materials cost and the ecological footprintin composites manufacture, and enables the development of new products with specific functionalities and material characteristics.

Fibroline is an engineering company, and the main objective of the company is to market the process through license agreements (exclusive or non exclusive) with industrial partners for particular applications and territories. Fibroline has however also the possibility to produce tailor made products and semi-products (such as GMT, cosmetic pads…) for niche markets or pilot production. This process uses a high voltage generator to electrically charge powder particles in an AC current field, and distributes them throughout any kind of porous structure (nonwoven, fabrics, foams etc.). The types of powder include thermoplastics, thermosets as well as carbon black and a broad range of additives and functional powders.

16. K.U.Leuven

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is the 8th European university in the Leiden ranking. The HIVOCOMP research will be carried out in the Composite Materials Group of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, belonging to The Leuven Materials Research Centre - an interfaculty collaborative centre, providing a coordinating link between materials science and technology research groups at the KUL. The Composite Materials Group (CMG) in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at KUL focuses its research in the area of polymer matrix composites. Long-term research has lead to development of integrated design tools for fibre reinforced composites, comprising theory, experimental methodology and software tools for simulation of architecture and mechanical properties of textiles and fibre reinforced composites on nano, micro and meso level, integrated with macro-analysis of manufacturing and performance of composite parts.

17. TenCate


TenCate is a multinational company that combines textile technology with related chemical processes. We develop and produce specialist materials with specific properties. Protective materials for fire-fighting clothing, and strong, lightweight materials in aircraft are good examples of these, as are materials that block UV radiation for applications like tentcloth and awnings. TenCate’s activities can be divided into four areas of application: (i) safety and protection, (ii) aerospace, (iii) sport and recreation, (iv) infrastructure and the environment. TenCate Aerospace Composites evolved into one of the innovative technology and manufacturing leaders supplying advanced composite materials for structural and semistructural components as well as interior applications. The company produces continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic prepregs, laminates and sandwich panels, thermoset adhesives, cyanate ester and epoxy resin systems and syntactic foams. These materials offer quality solutions to a variety of applications in commercial and military aerospace, industrial and medical applications, microwave and RF communications and electronics.

18. CAM

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology of Cambridge University, covers a wide and exciting array of activities ranging from quite fundamental research in biology through to the traditional fields of chemical engineering. In particular, the Polymer-Fluids group at the Department focuses has 14 members and is involved in a number of research projects dealing with Multipass rheometers, Microcapillary films, Carbon nano tubes, Oscillatory flow mixing, Biofuels, Ink jet technology and Image archiving. An important part of the Departments’ research portfolio is the commercialisation of research and an increasing number and success of spin-out companies have grown out of the research activities and projects in which the department is involved.


VAMP TECH was founded in November 1988, based on the idea to develop a strong chemical know-how for flame retardant, combined to various polymeric families. The first selfextinguishing formula was thus created on a large base of thermoplastic compounds. The range of technical products has been widening over the years and includes PP, PA6, PA66, PBT, PET, PPA, PPS, PEEK, PS, ABS, PC, PC/ABS, PC/PBT, PSU. The distribution of engineering plastics is also combined to the compounding, in order to offer always more choice to customers as well as to face their sudden needs. Involved sectors include the moulding and extrusion of products for various industrial applications such as household electrical appliance, electronic and automotive sectors, furnishing, building industry, sport and spare time and others. In 2008 VampTech introduced a wide range of antistatic compounds.

20. R-Tech

Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH is a private company, active in the area of risk technologies and risk management, providing related services, R&D and products. R-Tech leads or participates in a large number of national, international and EU projects. R-Tech is an SME and it was established in 2007. R-Tech is an independent member of Steinbeis Group, established in 1971, and is an independent founding member of the EU-VRi (European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management EEIG and an independent member of KMM-VIN (European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials AISBL). Main application areas of R-Tech competencies are in the areas of assessment, analysis and management of technical risks, integrating these aspects other aspects, such as business, financial, organizational, IT and human behavior related ones. All the tools and supporting databases are web-based.

All the above activities are complemented by activities and efforts in the areas of standardization and education. R-Tech has, e.g., coordinated the work on producing the CEN document on Risk-based inspection and Maintenance CWA 15740:2008 and has lead theeducational projects in the area of industrial safety.