The Perspective of Producers and End-Users Roadmap
There are 90 naturally occurring chemical elements on Planet Earth. Eighteen elements are classically described as non-metals (e.g.: noble gases and halogens), seven as half-metals. The remaining 65 chemical elements are metals, 60 of which are commercially available. Metals and alloys are essential for a vast number of industries and industrial products. Some
20+ metals are considered "critical" for Europe's industrial future.
Non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials underpin the global economy and our quality of life. They are vital for the EU's economy and for the development of environmentally friendly technologies essential to European industries. However, the EU is highly dependent on imports, and securing supplies has therefore become crucial. A sustainable supply of mineral products and metals for European industry requires a more efficient and rational consumption, enhanced substitution and improved recycling. Recycling from scrap to raw materials has been rapidly gaining in quantity and efficiency over the last years. However, continuous re-use cannot provide alone the necessary quantities of mineral raw materials, due to i) recycling losses, ii) the worldwide growing demand in raw materials, and iii) the need of "new" elements for the industry. To fully meet future needs, metals and mineral products from primary sources will still be needed in the future.
H2020 started on 1st January 2014 and in its second pillar, “Industrial Leadership”, the programme LEIT (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies) focuses, amongst other areas, on advanced materials and nanotechnology. In order to kick-start the development of a Policy for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AM&N) Modelling, Simulation and Design a one day meeting was held on 27th February 2014 in Covent Garden, Brussels, BE to exchange points of view among a range of stakeholders from the EU’s materials modelling community.
A wide invitation was sent out to (250) experts to express their opinions on future needs for materials modelling, simulation and design. Participants submitted their input in the form of a focused presentation document, from which a number were selected to present at the meeting. The input can be categorized into scientific issues (extensions to the functionality of models) and policy issues (underpinning exploitation and commercialisation).
The European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies – EuMaT
This Strategic Research Agenda of EuMaT ETP has been prepared with a broad involvement of experts from universities, research centres and the industry from the EuMaT Partnership and other communities.
EuMaT – European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies has been launched in order to assure optimal involvement of industry and other important stakeholders in the process of establishing of R&D priorities in the area of advanced engineering materials and technologies. EuMaT should improve coherence in existing and forthcoming EU projects, in the field of materials R&D.