New EUREKA Cluster to invest 1 billion euro in European metallurgy

The newest of EUREKA Clusters, Metallurgy Europe was launched at London’s Science Museum on 10 September 2014. It boasts one billion-euro budget for its first two-year mandate. EUREKA Clusters are long-term, strategically significant public-private partnerships, working with Europe’s leading companies to develop competitive-boosting technologies. The Metallurgy Europe Cluster is a co-initiative of EUREKA and the European Space Agency, the first of its kind and a very important step in the cooperation between the two biggest transnational programmes for research in Europe.

“We’ll be laying the technical foundations for the discovery of new materials – metallic compounds, alloys, composites, superconductors and semiconductors,” explained Prof. David Jarvis, Head of Strategic and Emerging Technologies at European Space Agency (ESA) and Chairman of Metallurgy Europe. Metallurgy Europe is conservatively projected to create at least 100 000 new jobs, based on the 10 million people today employed by the metals and end-user industries across the EU plus Switzerland and Norway.

More than 180 industrial partners have signed up, including some of the largest engineering companies in the continent: Airbus Group, BP, Siemens, Daimler, Rolls-Royce, Thales, Philips, and more along with small and medium firms. “The amount of money invested and the size of our support network makes us the largest consortium of its type in metallic materials and advanced manufacturing,” Prof. Jarvis concluded. “It stands us in good stead to be the front runner in this field for quite some time.”

Organised along 13 topics, the potential results include novel heat-resistant alloys for space and nuclear systems, high-efficiency power lines based on superconducting alloys, thermoelectric materials converting waste heat into power, new catalysts for the production of plastics and pharmaceuticals, bio-compatible metals for medical implants, as well as high-strength magnetic systems.

Lightweight alloys and composites for the aerospace and automotive industries could potentially slash the weight of spacecraft components, as well as reduce today’s two-tonne cars by more than half.

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