The European Commission has identified pilot plant facilities as a strategically important factor for making European industry more competitive. Coordinated by Swerea MEFOS, Metnet is a newly established network of independent pilot plant facilities for mineral technology and metallurgy in Europe.
Within the framework for EIP Raw Materials, the European Commission has requested that interested parties in the minerals and metals industry agree on a Raw Materials Commitment (RMC) to meet the challenges implicit in the Strategic Implementation Plan. MetNet has been acknowledged by the Commission as a “Raw Materials Commitment” and, together with several other pilot plant facilities in Europe, Swerea MEFOS has agreed on collaboration to achieve an assured raw materials supply and to strengthen European industry.
In addition to Swerea MEFOS, Metnet members include GTK (Finland), BRGM (France), IMN (Poland), Elkem (Norway) and Eramet Research (France).