Project Co-funded by the European Commission - LIFE+ Financial Instrument


Brembo - Coordinator

Brembo is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of high performance braking systems and components for cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles. Brembo develops and manufactures brake discs, calipers and pads, master cylinders, assembled and pre-bled brake modules and wheels; in Europe it’s the only one producing the entire brake system. The heart of the Brembo company is constituted by the team of engineers and technicians who work out of the R&D Centre at Kilometro Rosso Science Park. Brembo has built its success on its highly innovative approach, which over the years has made it unique around the world. Its dedication to innovation, which takes the form of a constant commitment to research and development, is geared towards ensuring that the company retains its competitive advantage. Today the company operates in 16 countries of 3 continents, with a pool of more than 7000 employees, about 10% of whom are engineers and product specialists active in the R&D. Brembo is the coordinator of the activities related to COBRA  implementation. During the COBRA project, Brembo will conduct tests performance of the cement-based brake pads in terms of braking, durability as a function of the hydraulic binder mix and friction compound. Brembo will develop the pilot press line and pads prototypes.

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CTG is the Technical Centre of Italcementi Group. Based in Bergamo, CTG activities include designing and building industrial plants & machinery, modernizing & optimizing production processes, checking techno-economic performance of the Group's plants, doing R&D into materials, products and processes and providing specialized technical assistance. CTG's R&D activities are concentrated at i.lab, Italcementi's new Research and Innovation Centre, designed by US architect Richard Meier and certified LEED Platinum. i.lab is provided with state-of-the-art equipment for designing, developing and characterizing cementitious materials and final products in terms of chemical, physical and mechanical performance. In addition to special analyses, materials evaluation and technical assistance rendered to both the Group's production units and customers, the R&D department is strongly focused on proposing R&D projects and ensuring realization thereof, also in close collaboration with international universities and renowned research centres. Through the activities of i.lab, Italcementi Group intends to anticipate market trends and needs promoting the concept of building materials fostering sustainable construction. Within the COBRA project, CTG will set up and characterize novel cementitious materials for the manufacture of braking pads entailing a lower impact on the environment and on health. The project activities will involve laboratory tests and the setting-up of a pilot line for the production of the new materials.

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IRCCS Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research

The IRCCS Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research is a privat, not-for-profit biomedical research organization, established in 1961, with three research units: Milan, Bergamo (Centro Anna Maria Astori), Ranica (Centro di Ricerche Cliniche per le Malattie Rare Aldo e Cele Daccò). The Institute’s main research headings are the battle against human diseases (cancer, cardiovascular, nervous, mental, kidney and rare diseases), the toxic effects of environmental contaminants and research on drug addiction. Within the Institute training activities involve laboratory technicians and graduate researchers with PhD programs. The Institute is also involved in dissemination of the results of basic and applied research to the general public. The Department of Environmental Health Sciences will be responsible of the chemical characterization and toxicological assessment of nanoparticles generated by braking systems. The Department of Biomedical Engineering will be involved in toxicity studies using human cell lines in vitro. The potential of reducing effects on the environment of nanoparticles produced by an innovative braking system will also be investigated.

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CiaoTech S.r.l. - PNO Group

CiaoTech S.r.l. is member of PNO Group B.V. The PNO Group, established in 1984, is specialised in Innovation Management, providing support services to private and public organizations in Innovation processes, Technology Transfer, and funding for research, development and innovation. PNO is made up of a pool of around 250 professionals across 12 EU states including scientists, engineers, consultants, a Brussels policy advisory service, as well as financial and legal experts. The company has the proven capability to link innovation suppliers and adopters from a unique Europe-wide network in multiple sectors, using advanced methodologies and proprietary on-line networking. PNO supports over 2000 clients throughout Europe, annually developing over 120 European consortia fostering their successful implementation in many technology domains. During the COBRA project PNO will conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analysis in order to assess the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the project from the procurement of raw materials to the product’s disposal. Such an analysis will be performed in compliance with ISO 14040 (definitions and procedures), ISO 14067-1 (quantification) and ISO 14067-2 (communication) standards.

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