Consortium

The consortium is led by the CEA (French alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission). This organization is Widely acknowledged as an expert in its field of expertise.  CEA is actively involved in the European Research Area and its international presence is constantly growing.
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advanced materials research

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The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas:

  • defense and security,
  • low carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies),
  • technological research for industry,
  • fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.

Drawing on its widely acknowledged expertise, the CEA actively participates in collaborative projects with a large number of academic and industrial partners.

The CEA is established in nine centers spread throughout France. It works in partnership with many other research bodies, local authorities and universities. Within this context, the CEA is a stakeholder in a series of national alliances set up to coordinate French research in energy (ANCRE), life sciences and health (AVIESAN), digital science and technology (ALLISTENE), environmental sciences (AllEnvi) and human and social sciences (ATHENA).

new product design

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is one of the leading research and technology organisations in Europe.

VTT has 75 years’ experience supporting our clients’ growth with top-level research and science-based results.

VTT develops new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services. The company cooperates with a lot of customers to produce technology for business and build success and well-being for the benefit of society.

design driven companies

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WalterPack is a company that specialises in the design and production of high-quality decorative technical surfaces and parts, using technologies such as IMD, IMF and IML, among others.

WalterPack began producing thermoformed plastic parts for a wide variety of industrial sectors, and has been taking over and building up around it a group of companies focused on the provision of comprehensive solution services and the manufacture of plastic parts, with the automotive industry being one of its main customers and the force behind all the company’s innovation processes.

innovative companies

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Polar presents a combination of expertise in sports, physiology and electronics, coupled with a deep understanding of customer needs. It’s no surprise that Polar has been leading the way in technological innovations and heart rate monitors since 1977.

Polar caters for all levels of fitness by offering a comprehensive product range, along with essential support and advice. Everything from improving an athlete’s sports performance to helping people enjoy a healthier lifestyle, and aiding rehabilitation and weight management.

This desire to be the best is made possible by ambitious and highly talented professionals.

product design companies

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Cardiff Met engages in research that is at the interface of new knowledge creation and its application.

With an excellent track record in applied research, supported by a strong base of expertise and advanced scholarship, the university’s research has direct application in business, industry, the professions and the community at large.

design driven companies

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Albea manufactures or source innovative items that offer improved ergonomics, visual standout, new gestures, trendy looks and environment-friendliness.

Albea invents new technologies and new processes to make packaging stand out and be more efficient, more competitive and environmentally-friendlier.

digital innovation

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Autoliv develops, manufactures and markets protective systems, such as airbags, seatbelts and steering wheels. Statistically, more than three airbags or seatbelts from Autoliv have been delivered to every vehicle produced globally during the past ten years. Autoliv is the global leader with a 38% market share.

design thinking

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World Leader in Fluorinated polymers, Arkema proposes Piezotech® products, a range of electroactive fluorinated polymers and inks for organic electronics. These intelligent materials exhibit unique piezoelectric, pyroelectric, high-k, electrostrictive, or electrocaloric, properties and can be processed with standard printing technologies.

innovate product design

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The University of Glasgow work with partners in all sectors to help them achieve their business goals. Whatever the business challenge, the University can bring new thinking into the organisation concerned, creating innovative approaches to product, process and service development.

advanced functional materials

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WertelOberfell was founded in 2007 by Gernot Oberfell (1975) and Jan Wertel (1976). Both studied Industrial Design in Stuttgart at the State Academy of Arts, a school which is based on the principles of the Ulmer Schule and the Bauhaus.

Their work ranges from furniture, lighting and industrial products to experimental research pieces for companies such as Braun, Neff, Philips, Panasonic, Sony, Yamagiwa, Bulthaup, MGX by Materialise, Iker, Nowystyl, DuPont Corian and others.

Some of their work has been exhibited in several museums and exhibitions around the world and is part of the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and others.

Gernot and Jan share a strong interest in new technologies and manufacturing processes, and at an early stage in their careers discovered the possibilities of computer aided design. Software is not just used as an everyday tool, but becomes through experimentation a source of inspiration, helping to discover new and exciting form languages. Their work combines these experiments with the logic and beauty of organic forms and the reality of product design: the right use of materials, production processes and ergonomics.

Their work has been widely published in numerous magazines, books and design blogs.

product design companies

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RBnano develops and markets coatings and surface treatments for metals, glass and plastics.
With its range of products MINK and HYBE, RBnano customizes its formulations for:

  •  Anti-corrosion on steel, aluminum, magnesium, zinc,…
  • The mechanical properties improvement (surface reinforcing, anti-scratch, reduction of friction, abrasion resistance))
  •  Coloured coatings, transparent or opaque
  •  The surface physical properties (electrical conductivity, adhesion, wetting, anti-reflective, magnetism)
  •  Innovative properties (anti-bacterial, transparent conductor, thermochromic)
innovate product design

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LEITAT is a Technological Institute, recognized by the Catalan Government (TECNIO) and by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, with the mission of collaborating with companies and other entities to create economic, social and sustainable value by RD projects and technology processes from innovation and creativity. Leitat is the brand of the private entity Acondicionamiento Tarrasense.

Leitat is a private non-profit association of industrials with own legal and patrimonial capacity established in 1906. Leitat performs its activity according to the current legislation, its articles of association and its Internal Regime Rules.

Leitat, from dynamism and proximity, provides flexible management in an open innovation environment as collaboration and cooperation driving force for technology transfer and promoting the principles of professionalism, respect for people and environmental care, at the same time.

design driven innovation

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IPC is the Industrial Technical Center with an expertise on plastic and composite innovation in France. Since 2016, IPC have new ways to support all companies, especially small businesses and SMEs, whatever the process used, thanks to a contribution established to finance R&D, innovation, transfer of technologies and skills.

IPC builds, thanks to a rigorous and open methodology, with the experts and the industrialists, its general research program (PGR) around resourcing projects, collaborative projects and collective actions.

innovative ideas

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Infineon Technologies Austria AG is a group subsidiary of Infineon Technologies AG. Energy efficiency, mobility and security are the central global challenges that Infineon addresses with its semiconductor and system solutions. Whether in the car, in the smartphones, industrial electronics or with debit cards and ID cards – know-how from Infineon Austria is found in many everyday applications. Innovation is the driver and at the same time binding element across all product groups, from analog and mixed-signal circuits to high-frequency and power semiconductors all the way to Embedded Control solutions.

design innovation centre

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Advent is one of these companies that has spent the last fifteen years developing the core materials, components and processes that will change the energy sector.

Advent developed, and manufactured materials and components that will impact the major energy challenges:

  • Portable Power
  • Stationary Power
  • Hydrogen Production
  • Renewable Power Storage
  • Transportation
  • Organic Photovoltaics
industrial design innovation

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In 12 years, we have brought together different professions and different experts – now amounting to 70 people – to efficiently carry out an innovation project: from the emergence of a promising concept to the deployment of innovations on the market.

We found the best experts from these different professions who work together to structure, implement and make these innovations real growth drivers for our customers: startups, SMEs, ETI and groups.

We are expanding our business beyond our core expertise to differentiate ourselves from our competitors. The best example is UMI (United Motion Ideas), a startup created in 2013, which disrupted the market research by allowing to test very quickly the market potential of an innovation directly with the professionals of the sector.