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SAFERUBBER - A Safer Alternative Replacement for Thiourea Based Accelerators in the Production Process of Chloroprene Rubber (SAFERUBBER)

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  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 07/10/2010
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In December 2007, the European Commission imposed a total of 247 635 000 fines on the five largest manufacturers of chloroprene rubber for participating in a cartel. As a result of this price fixing and market abuse by large enterprises, the SME involvement in this sector has diminished and requires research investment to re-build its presence. Additionally there is increasing pressure to replace the vulcanisation accelerator, ethylene thiourea (ETU), due to its assessment as a Cat 2 rep carcinogen as per the EU classification, IARC and EPA. It is believed that under REACH it will be classified as a CMR substance (Carcinogenic/Mutagenic/toxic for Reproduction) which will lead to legislation prohibiting or banning its use.

The SafeRubber project aims to develop a safer alternative accelerator to replace the carcinogenic ethylene thiourea (ETU) based accelerators to be used in the manufacturing of rubbers such as polychloroprene (CR) and epichlorohydrin (ECO). This will be based around a new catalyst molecule that has tri-functionality, which offers the added benefit of reducing consumption of metal oxides during manufacturing, lowering manufacturing costs and giving SMEs another unique differentiator, allowing them to compete in the market.


Start date: 2010-06-01
End date: 2013-05-31

Duration: 36 months

Project Reference: 243756

Project cost: 2.64 million euro
Project Funding: 2.01 million euro

Subprogramme Area: SME-2 Research for SME associations
Contract type: Research for SME associations/groupings


Coordinatore: ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE COSTRUTTORI DI MACCHINE E STAMPI PER MATERIE PLASTICHE E GOMMA - ITALY - CELATA Claudio

Altri Partecipanti

  • EUROPEAN TYRE AND RUBBER MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION - BELGIUM
  • ASSOCIATION DES PRODUCTEURS D'ARTICLES EN MATIERES PLASTIQUES ET ELASTOMERES ASBL - BELGIUM
  • GRAND SYNTHESIS LATVIA - LATVIA
  • CLWYD COMPOUNDERS LIMITED - UNITED KINGDOM
  • BRITISH RUBBER AND POLYURETHANE PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION LIMITED - UNITED KINGDOM
  • UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA - ITALY
  • MGN TRANSFORMACIONES DEL CAUCHO SA - SPAIN
  • NORNER INNOVATION AS - NORWAY
  • THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED - UNITED KINGDOM
  • ROBINSON BROTHERS LIMITED - UNITED KINGDOM
  • MIXER SPA - ITALY
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-SME : RICERCA A FAVORE DELLE PMI nell'ambito del programma specifico “Capacità” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea