The Metal-Processing Technology,Wood, Furniture and Packaging Institute, AIDIMME, is a nationally based, private non-profit making association whose aim is to foster improvement in the competitiveness of companies in the metal processing sector through R & D both in their processes and their products.

AIDIMME has a lot experience in regional, national and European projects. Since 2002, AIDIMME has been involved in 45 projects about ALM that allow increasing the knowledge in these new manufacturing technologies. Furthermore, AIDIMME has participated in 25 EU projects in different areas like manufacturing process, environmental issues and ALM applications.

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LAURENTIA is a SME specialized in R&D in new materials and new technologies, capable of supporting companies and research centers to grow through innovation. Today, Society is facing a series of challenges related to sustainable growth being environmentally friendly. Taking it into account, it is necessary to work on the development of new materials and technologies to address these challenges. Nanomaterials provide to the products different features and properties converting them into high added value. However, the current synthesis and manufacturing processes of nanomaterials have a high economic cost that makes expensive the final product, limiting its application to specific sectors.
With this vision, LAURENTIA was born as a bridge between ideas and opportunities in the field of sustainable nanomaterials and ICT Technologies, being a facilitator for companies and research organizations that are committed to innovation as a way for growth.
The mission of LAURENTIA is:
• Development of sustainable nanomaterials from natural resources and / or waste.
• Development of efficient manufacturing processes of nanomaterials.
• Introduce ICTs in the new model of smart and sustainable city.
LAURENTIA has a team of dedicated experts which readily adopts the process of ‘shared innovation’, pooling knowledge and skills from research organisations and industrial organisations and consortia of industrial companies to achieve shared goals. LAURENTIA has relevant capacity and experience in synthesis of nanomaterials and scale up of production processes. In doing this, LAURENTIA has developed numerous partnerships with clients, industry, academia, trade bodies, professional bodies and other
Research institutions.


CEIT-IK4 is a private multidisciplinary non-profit RTO closely connected to TECNUN, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Navarra (Spain). Its mission is to provide the industry with services through the development of technical research projects and to form young researchers and PhD students.

CEIT-IK4 promotes excellence in applied research by publishing non confidential results and participating in scientific and technical forums. This RTO also has a comprehensive doctoral teaching program in the industrial area.

CEIT-IK4 understands all aspects of the client’s position and therefore can seek out the best possible collaborations across the industry. CEIT-IK4 promotes high added value solutions through research projects and by training young researchers within a commercially productive framework.

CEIT-IK4 has a staff of 248 employees and 93 PhD students and an annual budget over 15 M€. CEIT-IK4 consists of three departments (Materials, Applied Mechanics, and Electronics and Communications) and three R&D Units (Unit on Microelectronics and Microsystems, Environmental Engineering Unit and Biomedical Engineering Unit).

The IK4 Alliance was formed in 2005 in line with a federal model, whereby its members share strategies and combine capacities without giving up their sovereignty. Through a shared strategy, the sum of the capacities of the nine RTO’s provides the alliance with the flexibility it needs to adapt to the characteristics of any company. Today, IK4 is a benchmark on the European scene and is among the continent’s main private, scientific and technological corporations. Attention should be drawn to IK4’s leading role in the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme, in which it has participated in over 200 research projects and led 63 of them.


The Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) founded in 1973 is a public institution devoted to higher education and to research and development (R&D) activities. The main scientific and technological domains are information and communication technologies, electric, electronics, mechanical and chemical engineering, civil engineering, architecture, food and agricultural technologies, business sciences and fine arts. Today, the UPV academic community includes more than 36,000 students, 2,843 members of teaching and research staff and 2,396 administrative and support staff members. UPV budget is over 250 M€.

Research in the Spanish team is conducted in the Centro de Reconocimiento Molecular y Desarrollo Tecnológico (IDM) at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. This center is currently hosting around 80 employees (lecturers, grant fellows, technicians), working in several areas of the application of molecular concepts in various scientific-technological fields. During the past decade, the IDM has specifically worked in the synthesis of functionalized organic-inorganic hybrid materials and in the field of nanomaterials for sensing applications. It has complete laboratory facilities for the synthesis and characterization of functionalized nanoscopic materials as described in the project. The Center has a number of fully-equipped laboratories for organic and inorganic synthesis and has access to most of the typical organic and inorganic characterization techniques including NMR, FT-IR, UV-VIS, fluorescence, GC, GC-MS, HPLC, plasma emission spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction facilities, ATG-ATD, TEM, SEM and atomic force spectroscopy. The team possesses profound experience and formative capacity for the training and education of future academics in the field of the present project.

Zoz GmbH

Zoz GmbH ( is the core and the materials-company of Zoz Group and a globally operating manufacturer in mechanical process engineering with more than 20 years experience in this field. Focusing on nanostructured materials, Zoz GmbH is the worldwide market leader and a small but global player which does not only apply to equipment but also to nanostructured materials such as powder materials, coatings and bulk parts manufacturing by Mechanical Alloying and other High Kinetic Processing routes.

In equipment manufacturing, a wide range of mechanical process engineering is covered. Next High Kinetic Processing devices (Simoloyer®) for Mechanical Alloying, High Energy and Reactive Milling (HKP), we offer equipment for milling and particle size reduction, mixing and dispersing, sieving and filtering, atomizing, degassing and passivation.

Zoz GmbH has also long-term experiences in the field of research and development of nanostructured materials with outstanding performance such as nanocrystalline and amorphous materials, ODS, MMC, MCC, CCC, M/C-Polymer compounds, WPC, Battery- and Hydrogen-Storage in the field of advanced materials for science and industry.

The interaction of equipment-manufacturing, materials-design and materials-production by using own equipment leads to definite profitable process-engineered solutions and economically thought-out products and parts.


The company TLS Technik GmbH & Co. Spezialpulver KG was established in 1994. Since 1996 TLS produces special metal powders. Today TLS has 8 employees. Three inert gas atomizer for different alloys are in operation.

We use a special crucible free melting process to avoid ceramic impurities in the powder. This method is also suitable for melting reactive metals like titanium or zirconium. Our powders are used in surface technology, metal injection moulding, and other applications.

Our main products are:

  • Ti powder for aircraft and medical application
  • NiCrBSi and Co base alloys for thermal spraying
  • Al-alloys for metal foam application
  • Cu (99,995) for sputter targets in the electronic industry


APR is a SME specialized in design and production of precision components and assemblies, delivering QUALITY – ON TIME with top performances in terms of cost reduction through smart manufacturing.

APR production is capable to manufacture metallic parts from any type of raw material alloys, including super-alloys, γ-Ti and any Stainless Steel, Titanium and Aluminum, as well as Hi-Performing Polymer compounds.

Thanks to an unmatched level of investments in R&D towards innovative manufacturing and smart production, we are ready to serve any industry sector where production engineering and manufacturing capabilities are a must to produce with 5-axis CNC machines precision components and assemblies under any severe traceable quality standards.

APR manages the entire sourcing of materials, special treatments, NDT or any external specific production phase and we deliver precision OEM assemblies under proven and certified kaizen/lean manufacturing methods in order to meet Customers MRP just-in-time feeding requirements.

APR has qualified engineers to self-release our products according to the quality requirements of GKN Aerospace and GE Aviation.

Under these paradigms APR produces aero-engine and aero-structure COMPONENTS, SUB-ASSY and EQUIPMENTS for the main players for both engines and aircraft sector such as Blisks/IBR, engine casings, mounts, brackets and links, monolithic window frames, Jack Screws and Pivot Fittings for horizontal stabilizers.

With this background, APR is successfully serving the Power Generation industry too, supplying centrifugal impellers up to 1400 mm diameter and airfoils.

Recently APR became the key leader of a cluster composed by SMEs entities in the Italian aerospace district.


VITO nv is an independent research organization that provides innovative technological solutions to industry and public authorities. It also offers scientifically based advice and support in the research domains of environment, energy, materials and remote sensing in order to stimulate sustainable development. The Unit Environmental Risk and Health of VITO is active in the field of nanosafety in characterizing exposure scenarios (team Air Quality Measurements, AQM), evaluation of human health impact (team Applied Bio&molecular Systems, ABS), and risk assessment (team Exposure and Risk Assessment, BREM).

The team AQM monitors engineered airborne nanoparticles in occupational settings using an indoor nanoaerosol test chamber, and a wide range of online instrumentation, sampling and characterization techniques resulting in: identification of possible suitable metrics and measurement methods for the exposure assessment of nanoparticles. Also transformation processes occurring between source and receptor are studied.

The team ABS aims at developing generic knowledge about the interaction of chemical substances and (nano)particles with biological systems using a combination of in vitro cell/tissue models with molecular technologies (proteomics and transcriptomics), and biostatistical data analysis and bio‐informatics. A strong focus is on discovering novel biomarkers and mechanistic pathways predicting human health outcome, mainly in the areas of immune disease and cancer. Team ABS also offers contract research for industry involving screening of environmental compounds for environmental and human health hazard using high-quality standards (ISO, OECD, GLP).

The team BREM is a multidisciplinary research team working on environmental and occupational exposure modelling and risk assessment of chemicals. Integrated and comprehensive risk assessment models for government, industry and small to medium sized enterprises are developed and applied. Also exposure scenario’s are developed and measured and estimated exposure data combined to perform safety assessments and recommend risk management measures.

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TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations. Over 700 skilled staff provides industry with engineering solutions in joining and associated technologies for many engineering materials (metals, plastics, ceramics, composites and electronic assemblies). Some 3500 companies and organisations, representing virtually all sectors of manufacturing industry from over 60 countries around the globe, benefit from TWI services.

TWI has been involved in the development of laser based AM and powder materials processing technologies for a number of years, including both selective laser melting and laser metal deposition. This has included the application, modelling and procedure development of NDT and geometric scanning methods for validation of samples produced by its AM technologies.

TWI has dedicated AM equipment and experienced staff available to support Nanotun3d in both project management and delivery of results. TWI’s expertise includes the application, modelling and process development of laser additive manufacturing technologies for metals. Part of TWI’s focus is to promote the manufacturing freedoms offered by metal based AM technologies across industries such as aerospace and medical and to drive innovation on the complementary nature of both additive and subtractive processes. Within Nanotun3d, TWI will be directly involved in the process development for SLM, material characterisation and structural modelling. TWI is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 0088 and BSOHSAS 18001:2007.