Cluster activities have been continuously financially supported through the following EU projects:

Cooperation – Clusters – Call I.

Smart Coating Systems for Process Control and Increased Wear Resistance in Processing of Natural Fibre Reinforces Polymers (CORNET SmartNFR, call No. 01_15_007 Cooperation – Clusters – Call I. – Collective Research, project No. CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/15_007/0001161)

Programme title: Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness
Call: 01_15_007 Cooperation – Clusters – Call I. – Collective Research
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/15_007/0001161
Preliminary project application submitted: 24.9.2015
Expected starting date: 1.1.2016
Expected closing date: 31.12.2017
Expected duration: 24 months

Summary: The project is focused on the development of advanced resistant coatings and sensory thin systems on the surface of extrusion and injection molding tools. These thin and durable layers will result in increased chemical and mechanical resistance of the tools used in the processing of polymer blends with a high content of fillers based on natural fibers. At the same time, the process will be optimized through direct measurement of pressure distribution and processing temperatures.

Objective: The aim of the project is the development, verification and pilot operation of new systems of highly resistant layers on the surfaces of the functional parts of the processing equipment. The resulting effect is a verified and quantified extension of tool life and thus an improvement in the production economy. At the same time, the project will develop a nano-sensory layer on tool surfaces, which will allow continuous scanning and recording of conditions in long-term processing.

Development "Centre for Modeling of Plastic Products" (Plastr 2015 – Infrastructure, call No. 01_15_008 Cooperation – Clusters – Call I. – Shared Infrastructure, project No. CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/15_008/0001226)

Programme title: Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness
Call: 01_15_008 Cooperation – Clusters – Call I. – Shared Infrastructure
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/15_008/0001226
Preliminary project application submitted: 24.9.2015
Expected starting date: 1.1.2016
Expected closing date: 30.11.2017
Expected duration: 23 months

Summary: The development of cluster infrastructure, which is currently gathered in our "Centre for Plastic Products Modeling", consists of 2 investment objectives:
I. Computer tomography scan – a unique X-ray-based device that enables non-destructive structural analysis and defectoscopy of plastic products in 3D outputs with nano-size resolution
II. Process simulation – the equipment that enables modeling of technological processes in plastics processing and modeling of processing tools

Objective: The objective of the project is to broaden the cluster development infrastructure resulting from:

  • The need of using computer tomography (CT) in nano-dimensions when solving Plastr R&D projects
  • The necessity of simulation of plastics processing technologies (injection moulding, extrusion, etc.) for both optimization of technologies and construction of processing tools

Overall, the goal can be defined in such a way that Plastr completes the equipment of its own R&D infrastructure to the level that ensures synergies with the regional R&D centers and enables the use of this background for new research projects.

Research and Development for Plastic Production (Plastr 2015 – R&D, call No. 01_15_007 Cooperation – Clusters – Call I. – Collective Research, project No. CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/15_007/0002305)

Programme title: Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness
Call: 01_15_007 Cooperation – Clusters – Call I. – Collective Research
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/15_007/0002305
Preliminary project application submitted: 24.9.2015
Expected starting date: 1.9.2015
Expected closing date: 31.8.2017
Expected duration: 24 months

Summary: Project of research and development consists of 3 subprojects:

  1. Testing of new polymers, additives and secondary materials
  2. Design, 3D modelling and scanning of plastic products
  3. Effective processing of internal technological wastes and development of technologies enabling processing of still unusable technological wastes

Objective:

  1. Increasing the competitiveness of Plastr member companies
  2. Increasing the flexibility of Plastr members (especially SMEs) in developing new plastic products
  3. Increasing the volume of processed internal technological wastes
  4. Development of technology for heterogeneous technological wastes processing
  5. Interdisciplinary use of external industrial or non-industrial wastes as a secondary raw material for processing in Plastr member companies

Plastr 2015 – Cluster Development (Plastr 2015 – Development, call No. 01_15_012 Cooperation – Clusters – Call I. – Cluster Development, project No. CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/15_012/0001230)

Programme title: Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness
Call: 01_15_012 Cooperation – Clusters – Call I. – Cluster Development
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/15_012/0001230
Preliminary project application submitted: 27.10.2015
Expected starting date: 1.9.2015
Expected closing date: 31.8.2017
Expected duration: 24 months

Summary: The project addresses the further development of Plastr activities in the following areas:

  1. People – activities focused on secondary school/university students, internships, education of Plastr employees, training of member companies specialists, technical conferences
  2. Plastr promotion – websites, publication in professional journals, compulsory publicity
  3. Interdisciplinary cooperation of Plastr
  4. Joint use of professional databases and portals
  5. Joint purchase (energy, selected types of raw materials, overhead materials)
  6. Professional groups activities
  7. Benchmarking

Objective: Increased participation of member companies in individual subprojects implemented by Plastr

Cooperation – Clusters – Call III.

Plastr 2017 – Internationalization (call No. 01_16_081 Cooperation – Clusters – Call III. – Internationalization, project No. CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/16_081/0008704)

Programme title: Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness
Call: 01_16_081 Cooperation – Clusters – Call III. – Internationalization
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/16_081/0008704
Preliminary project application submitted: 17.1.2017
Expected starting date: 1.1.2018
Expected closing date: 31.3.2019
Expected duration: 15 months

Summary: The project focuses on the fulfillment of the internationalization strategy "Internationalization of Plastr activities in the period 2017 – 2020". The Strategy's Action Plan defines the following key activities:

  • Intensification of cooperation with the Slovak Plastics Cluster
  • International trade (raw materials, energies)
  • Cooperation in preparation of international projects of SMEs – Horizon 2020, CORNET
  • Activities in committees (recycling, construction) of the EuPC association
  • Benchmarking of European plastics clusters

Objective:

1. Fulfillment of the Action Plan of the “Internationalization of Plastr activities in the period of 2017 – 2020” strategy
2. Networking of plastics clusters
3. Increasing the success of obtaining subsidies from international calls for projects

Cooperation – Clusters – Call IV.

Plastr 2018 – Shared Infrastructure (call No. 01_17_151 Cooperation – Clusters – Call IV. – Shared Infrastructure, project No. CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_151/0011814)

Programme title: Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness
Call: 01_17_151 Cooperation – Clusters – Call IV. – Shared Infrastructure
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_151/0011814
Preliminary project application submitted: 20.10.2017
Expected starting date: 1.1.2018
Expected closing date: 30.11.2019
Expected duration: 23 months

Summary: The project follows the previous Plastr investment projects and aims to:

  • Equip the existing "Centre for Plastic Products Modeling", which serves the needs of cluster members
  • Provide technological and instrumental background for new R&D projects realization 

Objective:

The objective of the project is to broaden the cluster development infrastructure resulting from:

  • The need to have a compounding technology that meets new trends in R&D
  • The necessity of simulation of plastics processing technologies (injection moulding, extrusion, etc.) for both optimization of technologies and construction of processing tools

Overall, the goal can be defined in such a way that Plastr completes the equipment of its own R&D infrastructure to the level that ensures synergies with the regional R&D centers and enables the use of this background for new research projects.

Industrial Development in the Field of Plastic Waste and New Applications of Plastics (Plastr 2018 – R&D, call No. 01_17_103 Cooperation – Clusters – Call IV. – Collective Research, project No. CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_103/0011804)

Programme title: Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness
Call: 01_17_103 Cooperation – Clusters – Call IV. – Collective Research
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_103/0011804
Preliminary project application submitted: 19.10.2017
Expected starting date: 1.1.2018
Expected closing date: 31.12.2019
Expected duration: 24 months

Summary: This R&D project is divided into 2 subprojects: "Waste" and "Application". The solution will focus mainly on the development of polymer blends based on recyclates and natural fillers and on the development of new applications of plastics.

Objective:

  • Increasing the competitiveness of Plastr member companies
  • Increasing the flexibility of Plastr members (especially SMEs) in developing new plastic products
  • Increasing the volume of processed internal technological wastes
  • Development of technology for heterogeneous technological wastes processing
  • Interdisciplinary use of external industrial or non-industrial wastes as a secondary raw material for processing in Plastr member companies
  • Harmonization of R&D processes with evolving legislation

Plastr 2018 – Cluster Development (call No. 01_17_149 Cooperation – Clusters – Call IV. – Cluster Development, project No. CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_149/0011818)

Programme title: Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness
Call: 01_17_149 Cooperation – Clusters – Call IV. – Cluster Development
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_149/0011818
Preliminary project application submitted: 20.10.2017
Expected starting date: 1.1.2018
Expected closing date: 31.12.2019
Expected duration:  24 months

Summary: The project addresses the further development of Plastr activities in the following areas:

1. People – education, technical conferences
2. Plastr promotion – websites, publication in professional journals, compulsory publicity
3. Interdisciplinary cooperation of Plastr
4. Joint use of professional databases and portals
5. Joint purchase (energy, selected types of raw materials, overhead materials)
6. Professional groups activities

Objective:

  • Increasing the active participation of member companies in individual subprojects implemented by Plastr
  • Increasing the competitiveness of Plastr member companies by applying new raw materials and additives; Introduction of new technologies in Plastr member companies; Eliminating the weaknesses of SME members that do not have an infrastructure to test new materials
  • Increasing the professional level of employees of Plastr member companies; Transfer of R&D outputs to operators and technologists; Presentation of plastics processing innovations; Focus on secondary school/university students through joint activities (professional excursions, internships, etc.)
  • Increasing the competitiveness of cluster member companies by cutting costs (joint purchase of electricity, gas, selected raw materials and overhead materials)
  • Ensuring the functional administrative Plastr facilities (operation of Plastr's office, promotion and publicity)
  • Sharing experiences and examples of good practice with other partners through international cooperation, especially by means of:
  • - Plastr membership in the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) association, which aims to promote the interests of plastic processors at European level
  • - The active cooperation with the multinational platform PlasticPortal, which runs an specialized internet catalogue of companies and manufacturers in the field of plastics, including the labor market in the given sector