Innovation has been identified in the European agenda as a top priority to boost the European economy and competition in the global markets by using breakthrough and/or scientific knowledge in key areas of industry. The “Innovation Union” is one of the seven flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy.

As part of this strategy, several European initiatives and projects have been initiated and are ongoing in order to link innovation with economic growth and better quality of life in Europe. The Innovation Union contains over thirty action points including ground-breaking proposals like the European Innovation Partnerships.

IMA-Europe has become a very active partner on some of the main European innovation platforms.

European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials

The EIP on Raw Materials consists in bringing together the public and private efforts at regional, national and EU levels in research, development and innovation (RDI). For more information, go to our page on Raw Materials.

Association Sustainable Process Through Resource & Energy Efficiency (A-SPIRE)

A-SPIRE gathers 50 industry and research stakeholders willing to form the largest European Private Public Partnership dedicated to innovation in resource and energy efficiency in the process industries. For more information, go to our page on SPIRE.

STOICISM (Sustainable Technologies for Calcined Industrial Minerals in Europe)

STOICISM is a European consortium project consisting of 17 companies, universities, associations and R&D institutes. The aim of this Research Development and Innovation consortium is to develop technologies, design and integration to reduce impact on the environment, contribute to the sustainability of European mineral resources and exploiting new, high value-added mineral products.

The RDI technologies will be tested for the calcination of minerals, notably diatomaceous earth (DE), perlite and clay. Eventually, the processes implemented will easily be transferable to many other industrial minerals. The STOICISM project will benefit from a FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) grant. IMA contribution in the project will mainly consist in disseminating the initiative to the concerned audiences. For more information, go to our page on STOICISM