The kickoff meeting of the European MSP-REFRAM project (Multi-Stakeholder Platform for a Secure Supply of Refractory Metals in Europe) was held last week in Paris, on 14 and 15 January. The 21 consortium members gathered to discuss the activities to be carried out during the 19 months ahead of them.
Refractory metals (tungsten, tantalum, rhenium, molybdenum and niobium) are highly strategic metals today, and are mainly imported from a limited number of countries. The European primary production remains low although resources exist in Europe, as primary resources but mostly as secondary resources (industrial waste, urban mines).
Valorising these resources requires coordination and networking between researchers, entrepreneurs and public authorities in order to harmonise technologies, processes and services, develop standards, and create new potential opportunities for export of eco-innovative solutions and for seizing new markets.
MSP-REFRAM will address these challenges by creating a common multi-stakeholder platform that will draw the current value chain of refractory metals value chains and identify its innovation potential in order to support the implementation of the EIP on Raw Materials. Coming from industry, research, public sectors and civil society, both consortium members and external experts have joined forces with expertise covering the full value chain including mining, processing, recycling, and application.
Partners: CEA, AMPHOS 21, BRGM, CARTIF, CHALMERS, E-MINES, ERAMET, GTK, ICCRAM, IDENER, IMN, AGENCIA DE INNOVACION Y FINANCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE CASTILLA Y LEON (ADE), UNIKL, LUT, LGC, SWEREA MEFOS, NTUA, TU Delft, VTT, LGI CONSULTING and PROMETIA.