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The KIC brings together more than 100
partners from 20 EU member states, including
KGHM Polish Copper SA, the RISE Research
Institutes of Sweden, and the University of
Milano-Bicocca in Italy.
Partners will be supported by the creation of six
co-location centres spread throughout Europe.
The supporting hubs will be located in six cities,
namely Espoo, Finland, which will be home to
the Baltic Sea co-location centre; Metz, France,
which will operate the central co-location
centre; and Wrocław, Poland, which will be the
site of the eastern co-location centre. The final
three co-location centres will be based in Luleå,
Sweden, which will host the Nordic co-location
centre; Rome, Italy, where the southern co-
location centre will be stationed; and Leuven,
Belgium, where the western co-location centre
will be based.
As work gets underway to set up the new KIC,
Portal spoke to EIT Raw Materials co-ordinator
and the director of the Helmholtz Institute
Freiberg for Resource Technology, part of HZDR,
Professor Jens Gutzmer. He set out the core
aims of the new KIC, the importance of the
education element to the EIT Raw Materials,
and its relationship with the European
Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials.
What core challenges will the KIC
be looking to overcome?
It’s really exciting as it is a unique opportunity
for the entire raw materials sector in Europe.
Yet at the same time, it is a huge challenge to
try to establish the new KIC and ensure it
benefits all partners involved.
If you assess the raw materials sector in Europe
and the value chains globally, there are issues
that need to be addressed. Considering primary
resources, taking copper as an example: the
material is mined in Chile due to a
concentration of raw materials, it is then refined
in Europe, and it is finally manufactured into
A
new European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) is seeking to
turn Europe’s dependence on raw material imports into a
major strength by contributing to innovation and efficiency
increases in the sector. EIT Raw Materials is aspiring to be the
strongest raw materials partnership on Earth, boosting
competitiveness, encouraging growth and job creation, and
realising radical innovation and entrepreneurship. The KIC brings
together multiple leading actors from across the raw materials
value chain, including businesses, educational establishments and
research institutes from all over Europe, realising the EIT’s
knowledge triangle.
The KIC, set up by the EIT, has a number of core aims. By 2018, it is
envisaged that it will support the development of more than 40 incubated
ideas, as well as create 16 new start-up innovative companies.
Furthermore, it is hoped that more than 1,000 master’s and PhD
students will gain EIT label degrees over the next three years, and by
2022 it is hoped that 70 patented new products and services would have
entered the market.
EIT Raw Materials is co-ordinated by the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-
Rossendorf (HZDR), and its head office will be located in Berlin, Germany.
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Raw start
Speaking to
Portal, Professor Jens Gutzmer,
co-ordinator of the EIT Raw
Materials and director of the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource
Technology, details the key elements of the new KIC
Professor Jens
Gutzmer
The KIC hopes to
revolutionise the
processing of
raw materials
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