PolyMetal

Stroškovno učinkoviti polimerni materiali kovinskega videza in otipa / Kosteneffiziente Kunststoffe mit optischen und haptischen Eigenschaften von Metallen

The main goal of the project is the CB cooperation, networking and joint R&D of SMEs, R&D institutions from less developed, non-urban areas (e.g.: Miren, Stainz, Leoben, Slovenj Gradec) and one of the leading European home appliances manufacturer on the development of polymer based solutions, which could replace stainless steel or aluminum for design demanding products in different sectors. By distributing the knowledge to other SMEs, students and R&D institutions, the R&I base in this technologically and economically relevant field will be strengthened.

The joint R&D activities will focus on a promising research area, the development and processing of cost efficient, metal look and feel a like polymer solutions. So far, for higher aesthetic value of high-end goods, stainless steel and aluminum are used for the manufacturing of parts of home appliances, lights, sports equipment, etc. For the manufacturing of more complex shapes, the use of stainless steel is technically demanding, expensive and time consuming.

The project will connect competent R&D institutions with partners from industry (Gorenje) and SMEs (Hiebler, Intra-Ligthing) and thus encourage the transfer of knowledge and expertise for developing new products and technologies. The partnership includes HE and R&D institutions (MUL, FTPO and PCCL), who will distribute the know-how and knowledge gained to students and companies in the CB area. The proposal represents a good example of CB collaboration of R&D stakeholders on a demanding technological challenge, which will lead to new joint R&D activities, foster the basis for new products&processes and lead to sustainable growth, new jobs, increased internationalization and global competitiveness of the region.

Priority axis 1

Investment Priority 1b
SO 1: Strengthening R&I in technological and economic fields of strength through CB cooperation of relevant stakeholders

Project duration

1 May 2018 – 30 April 2021

Contracted ERDF

528.141,99 EUR

Project Partners

Gorenje gospodinjski aparati, d.d. (Lead Partner)

Fakulteta za tehnologijo polimerov

Richard Hiebler GmbH

Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH

Intra lighting d.o.o.

Montanuniversität Leoben