Metallurgy Europe research programme to be funded with one billion euros



1 September 2014 – Paris, France – European industry has decided to ‘put the pedal to the metal’, by creating the world’s largest research consortium in the field of metals research and manufacturing. Media are invited to learn about the new programme in a press conference at London’s Science Museum on 9 September 2014. Aptly called Metallurgy Europe, the R&D programme will be funded to the tune of one billion euros over seven years.

The programme has recently been selected as a new Eureka Cluster, and it will now integrate the skills, ingenuity and energy of over 170 companies and laboratories from across 20 countries.

140901-pmwj26-metallurgy-IMAGESome of the largest engineering companies in Europe have joined forces, including the likes of Airbus Group, BP, Siemens, Daimler, Rolls-Royce, BMW, Thales, AvioAero, PSA Group, BAE Systems, Philips, Ruag, Sener, Bombardier, OHB Systems, Linde Group, ESI, Rolex, Richemont, ArcelorMittal, Sandvik, Bruker, SKF, Johnson Matthey, Tata Steel, GKN, Boston Scientific, ThyssenKrupp, Outokumpu, Haldor Topsøe and Fiat to name just a few of the major players on board. Over 60 small and medium-sized companies are also teaming up. (image courtesy of European Science Foundation)

The European Space Agency (ESA), and a number of European organisations such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE-ITER) are also providing their unique expertise and innovation to this initiative.

Many breakthrough discoveries are expected in this domain that could be worth billions of euros to the European economy. Several tech start-ups and new factories have already been created in preparation for the mass manufacturing of the new alloys and products.

“This new programme allows us to enter the high-tech metals age,” says Prof. David Jarvis, the Chairman of Metallurgy Europe and Head of Strategic and Emerging Technologies at ESA.

“The top management of industry have come together for the first time on this important topic, and there is a confident feeling that Metallurgy Europe will deliver many unique, exciting and profitable technologies,” continues Prof. Jarvis.

The team believes that the programme has the potential of creating over 100 000 new jobs in the materials, manufacturing and engineering sectors.

The 9 September programme begins with doors open at 9:30 and will end at 12:00. Location: Science Museum, Director’s Suite, Exhibition road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. (Underground: South Kensington)

For further information and for media who wish to attend the press conference please contact: Rosita Suenson, Communication Office, Tel: + 31 652 062 158; Email: [email protected]

For further information regarding the Science Museum, please contact: Press officer Laura Singleton; Tel – 020 7942 4364; [email protected]

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. For more, visit http://www.esa.int/ESA.

Source: ESA