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    IK4-CIDETEC, a Technology Centre belonging to the IK4 Research Alliance, specialises in generating and transferring knowledge and technology in the areas of Materials (Nanomaterials, Biomaterials and Sensors), Surfaces (Ceramic and Metallic Coatings, Surface Processing) and Energy (Batteries, Fuel Cells and Materials for Energy systems). Our mission is to enhance business competitiveness and capacity for innovation through the development of new products and processes. We aim to become strategic allies of our clients, helping them define their innovation strategies and providing information and technology solutions that add value to their businesses.IK4-CIDETEC had an annual turnover of 10M€ in 2013 and at the present time employs a highly qualified staff of 125 people, 50% of them PhDs. IK4-CIDETEC has previous experience in participation in EU funded projects. In FP6 IK4-CIDETEC participated in eleven projects and in FP7 has been involved in 34 projects. Seven of the FP7 projects are coordinated by IK4-CIDETEC: 5 NMP (ORION, GREENLION, ECLIPSE, PneumoNP, MARS-EV), 1 FCH JU (SHEL) and 1 AAT (IN-LIGHT).




    ALGAENERGY, founded in 2007, is a biotechnology company working in the microalgae biotechnology sector. The successful cultivation of microalgae requires a deep knowledge of the biotechnology involved. The development of a multi-disciplinary focus covering subjects as biology, biochemistry, genetics, engineering, physics and chemistry. ALGAENERGY is highly aware of this and, as a consequence, is collaborating with some of the best researchers and institutions in such areas.




    Antartic Seafood S.A is a Chilean company founded in 2006. It is specialized in crustacean fishing of Shrimps, prawn, lobsters and Crabs. Thanks to our sea and land facilities, ANTARTIC is dedicated to extract the finest products of our coastline, always respecting the regulations, habitat and environment. ANTARTIC supplies the domestic and international markets under strict process plant condition complying with the highest standards, bases on the HACCP and ISO 9001 normative which allow the company to be certified to export to European, Asian and America markets. Antartic SeaFood has over 300 direct employees. USD 5.2 MM sales in 2010. Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Japan and USA are ANTARTIC´s main markets.


  • C.I. BANACOL, S.A.

    C.I. BANACOL, S.A.

    BANACOL was founded in 1980 as a company dedicated to the growth and merchandising of bananas in the region of Uraba in Colombia. As from then we have grown with the communities of the regions where we operate, with a diligent, efficient, attentive and solidary business vision, focused on Cultivating Welfare in everything we do. With over 8.700 banana cultivated hectares in Colombia and Costa Rica, 1.862 pineapple hectares in Costa Rica; and an annual exportation of 29 million banana boxes, 12.5 million pineapple boxes, 2 million plantain boxes and the recent line of Tropical and Frozen products, BANACOL is one of the most important multinational corporations in the production and commercialization of agro industrial products with offices in Latin America, the United States and Europe. BANACOL has over 8.500 direct employees.




    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe undertaking contract research on behalf of industry and public authorities. Commissioned by customers in industry, it provides rapid economical and immediately applicable solutions to technical and organizational problems. Within the framework of EU technology programs, the Fraunhofer institutes are actively involved in industrial consortia which seek technical solutions to improve the competitiveness of European industry. At present, they maintain about 80 research units, including 60 research institutes, at 40 different locations in Germany. An annual turnover of about 1.65 billion € is generated in contract research by about 18,000 employees. The Fraunhofer institute for environmental, safety, and energy technology UMSICHT develops applied and custom-made process engineering technologies.




    Established in 1994, GALACTIC is a fully integrated company with manufacturing units in Europe (Belgium), Asia (China) and America (US). GALACTIC produces and sells more than 100 thousand tons of lactic acid-based products in more than 65 countries and builds tight links with its distributors and customers by pursuing an innovative and solution oriented approach. GALACTIC’s mission is to remain at the forefront of the lactic acid expertise and continuously developing new molecules for natural solutions, thus providing a constant growing portfolio of top quality, environmentally friendly products that are mutually beneficial to all its stakeholders (customers, partners, employees and shareholders). GALACTIC is one of the world leaders in lactic acid production by fermentation from renewable resources.


  • LTU · Lulea University of Technology

    LTU · Lulea University of Technology

    Luleå University of Technology (LTU) has 1600 employees and about 14 000 students. Research is carried out in close cooperation with companies such as Shell, Ericsson, Ford/Volvo, LKAB, Airbus, Volvo Aero and ABM and with the University’s international partners such as MIT and Stanford University. Luleå University of Technology has an annual turnover of more than 140 million € and research has a turnover of more than 70 million €. Our research is organized in eleven strong research profiles. Within these profiles, the University are building strong research clusters that are highly relevant for favourable development in society and the commercial and industrial sector. The interaction between world class research in our engineering disciplines and as well as humanities and social sciences results in new approaches and a greater holistic view that fosters good research and leads to exciting, innovative solutions.


  • PUC · Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

    PUC · Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile was founded in 1988, with only two degrees, Law and Mathematics. After 120 years the university is one of the two most prestigious in Chile and is recognized as one of the most important Universities in South America with a very good International Ranking among different Universities in the world. Actually, the University has about twenty thousand undergraduate students and almost three thousand graduate students in different fields in eighteen faculties with one thousand and three hundred full and part time faculties. The University is a leader in research and development of new technologies in the country with strong programs with different industries and numerous join programs with the most important Universities in the world. The Macromolecules Group of the Faculty of Chemistry, which is involved in the present project, is a prestigious polymeric group in the world with an important record of high quality publications in the area. This group is well equipped for the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials as well as for the analysis and characterization of polymers at interfaces.


  • UMONS · University of Mons

    UMONS · University of Mons

    The Centre for Innovation and Research on Materials and Polymers (CIRMAP, directed by Ph. Dubois) at University of Mons (UMONS) is internationally recognized in the design, the modelling, the synthesis, the (plasma)processing, the characterization (structural and morphological as well as physico-chemical properties and ultimate performances such as mechanical, fire resistance…) of polymer-based materials. More precisely, the project research activities will be performed in the Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Materials (LPCM; head: Ph. Dubois). CIRMAP has more than 120 members including 7 academics, 24 senior scientists, 32 PhD students, 10 undergraduate students, and 24 technicians and administrative staff members.


  • UPB · Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

    UPB · Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

    Pontifical Bolivarian University is a Colombian non-profit institution of private higher education. It focuses its work on the establishment of a more civilized society, just and educated, inspired by the gospel values. Is a prestigious institution competitive and positioned in the learning environment both nationally and internationally. The university is academic wealth in different areas of knowledge and ongoing encouragement and impetus to the development of research projects in undergraduate and graduate students, and apply knowledge for the benefit of society. It seeks a constant and close relationship Company - University by the processes of technology and knowledge transfer, consulting and advisory services through the Integrated Centre for Development Research-CIDI.


  • UPV-EHU · University of the Basque Country

    UPV-EHU · University of the Basque Country

    The ‘”Materials&Technologies” group of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), addressed by Prof. I. Mondragon, gathers around 50 researchers, including academics, postdoctoral researchers, PhD and Master students, with specific experience and worldwide recognized expertise in polymer composites and nanocomposites including renewable matrices and fibres and also their nanostructuring. In the period 2006-10, this group alone has published 140 papers in high-level international journals.




    Biopac is a company focused on the development, commercialisation and marketing of environmentally friendly and compostable packaging products. It has strong commercial relationships with many ‘blue chip’ companies and large retailers in the UK and Europe. Customers include Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Wm Morrison, Red Bull, Auchan, Tesco. Biopac has significant experience in New Product Development and interfacing with end user needs having successfully launched a number of novel compostable products within the retail sector. Biopac has extensive knowledge and experience in the development of biodegradable and compostable packaging, with numerous products established in the market place; having knowledge of food packaging (and in particular fresh produce) requirements and a deep understanding of those products already on the market and under development.

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