KET4CleanProduction – use of advanced manufacturing technologies and related key enabling technologies (KETs) by SMEs to improve their production processes

Client profile:

SMEs, research organisations, support institutions

Client need:

Providing assistance to small and medium enterprises active in the manufacturing sector to connect them with technology centres in other countries and solve their clean production challenges, resulting in the improvement of sustainability, innovativeness, and competitiveness in the following areas: microelectronics, nanoelectronics, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies

Provided solution to meet the needs:

The KET4CleanProduction project is funded by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The use of advanced manufacturing technologies and related key enabling technologies leads to the improvement in production processes of SMEs, making them more material- and energy-efficient. Within the Project’s micro-grant proposals for production upgrade, small and medium entrepreneurs are provided with an opportunity to receive grants of up to 50,000 EUR. Micro-grants are offered for transnational cooperation projects between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and at least 2 KET technology centres (KET TCs), which aim to integrate key enabling technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges.

This year, the Bor-plastika company joined the KET4CleanProduction project and received a €50.000 grant for the introduction of the moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) technology in their production processes. The project was implemented in cooperation with two research-technology organisations, the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory from Portugal and Jožef Stefan Institute from Slovenia. The main objective of this project was to improve the existing technology for the production of wastewater treatment plants and to reduce raw materials and energy consumption. The introduction of the MBBR technology will achieve all that while maintaining or improving the performance of the company’s devices.