Approved projects

Turning laboratories into factories

Acronym: LabFact
Duration: 04/2017- 03/2021 (48 months)
Total budget: €5,738,426
ERDF: €3,959,513

Description:

The University of Southampton will lead a project that aims to use the latest technology and developments in the chemical industry to help improve competitiveness of SMEs based in the South of England and the North of France.

The project, known as LabFact, will unite world-class research centres in the Channel area to support and train SMEs on clean and environmentally friendly ways to manufacture fine chemicals via a series of development courses and consultation services.

These training sessions will allow smaller companies in the industry to learn cutting-edge production techniques which will in-turn help unlock new, low cost and low waste manufacturing opportunities.

The project will also develop and make available 1000 new ‘chemical scaffolds’ (molecules that can be easily modified). They play an important role in providing pharmaceutical, agrochemical and biotech industries with a rapid means to develop new products such as next generation medicines and agrochemicals.

By developing and supporting the implementation of this new chemical technology the project will help improve the attractiveness and competitiveness of companies based in the Channel area, cutting the current trend which has seen more and more jobs in the industry moved to Asia where employment costs are less. 

Outputs:

  • 1000 unique fine chemical products delivered to market using smart chemical processing methods and reagentless technologies
  • Consultation and training for SMEs on how to carry out R&D in smart chemical manufacturing and reagentless technologies to increase innovation in production systems
  • The creation of new partnerships in smart chemical manufacturing and reagentless technologies in order to interface research and business and innovate through consultation

Lead Partner:

Name of the organisation: University of Southampton
Country: England
Location: Hampshire

Project Partner 2:

Name of the organisation: University of Sussex
Country: England
Location: West Sussex

Project Partner 3:

Name of the organisation: Pareon Chemicals
Country: England
Location: West Sussex

Project Partner 4:

Name of the organisation: Université de Caen Normandie
Country: France
Location: Calvados

Project Partner 5:

Name of the organisation: Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Caen
Country: France
Location: Calvados

Project Partner 6:

Name of the organisation: CRNS - Délégation Régionale Normandie
Country: France
Location: Calvados

Project Partner 7:

Name of the organisation: Université de Rouen
Country: France
Location: Seine-Maritime