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Multifunctional interior roof component for the future automotive industry

The focus will be on studying various technological aspects for construction of self-supporting light structures of multifunctional interior roof components for the transport industry and developing new types of complex 3d-structures.

The project will focus on studying various technological aspects for the construction of self-supporting light structures of multifunctional interior roof components for the transport industry and developing new types of complex roof components for motor vehicles which meet future demands for environment, safety and energy consumption. The objectives of the technological aspects are self-supporting light structures, processing methods of porous 3D-structures, fire resistance, sound-absorbing, antistatic and clean interior roof components. The consortium consists of a group of six organisations from two EUREKA-countries FINLAND and RUSSIA. Three Finnish and two Russian industrial enterprises operate using comprehensive expertise in manufacturing interior elements for automotives and the transport industry. The Coordinator organisation VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND is a research and development institute. The automotive industry is heavily involved in the sustainable development of European society and the European economy. This is due to its major social, economic and technological importance and to the increasingly global nature of the European automotive market. The automotive industry is also Europe's principal value-added contributing industry, generating about nine percent from direct manufacturing alone, as well as being the main industrial contributor to gross domestic product. The demand for new cars has been growing on average 1% less a year during the past ten years and this trend is forecasted to continue. Product competition in the product market has increased. Sales growth has been coming from developing regions, with South America, INDIA, CHINA and Eastern Europe leading this trend. The current booming area is Eastern Europe. Sales and trade in Eastern European countries such as POLAND, HUNGARY, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA and RUSSIA will grow and lead to increasing diversity in market needs. Consumers have developed particular expectations as regards vehicle features, performance or safety. In emerging markets, social characteristics, government tax structures and income levels also generate needs for diverse cars. Key research issues to meet the challenges of future mobility and road transport systems address mainly societal challenges on energy, environment, safety and mobility where the automotive industry can contribute in seeking and implementing solutions. Regulation, in particular safety and the environment, has been a dimension shaping the evolution of the car industry. Laws to regulate tailpipe emissions and fuel economy have been in place in Europe, the U.S.A. and JAPAN. More recently, the recycling became another target for regulation. In Europe the take-back policy is soon to be a reality. In Europe 80% of the car must be recycled with not more than 15% going to the landfill. By 2015 the European standards will be 90% recycled and no more than 5% to the landfills. Technological change is at the core of today's vehicle. Instead of earlier consumer demands for better vehicle performance and reliability, today and in the future, driving forces behind technological implementation are safety, reduced environmental impact and additional consumer features unrelated to the operation of the vehicle such as stereo systems and navigational aides. Demands for improved vehicle performance, improved vehicle safety and crash worthiness and reduced environmental impact have led to numerous developments in structural areas. In the years to come, increasing investment will be required in materials production that uses renewable raw material sources, as the scarcity of oil is driving up the price of plastics. The need for alternative energy sources and new materials and related technologies has opened up many new opportunities. The development of traditional materials also continues to hold significant potential. In particular, the more efficient reuse and recycling of raw materials will be important for sustainable development in the future. Major scientific and technological achievements can be expected to flow from interdisciplinary cooperation between the natural sciences and technology fields in materials development. Keywords: automotive, interior roof, composite material.
Acronym: 
MULCO
Project ID: 
4 004
Start date: 
01-10-2007
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
1 560 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Design of Vehicles
Market Area: 
Motor Vehicles, Transportation Equipment and Parts

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.