Best Wool Carpets B.V.
Best Wool Carpets B.V. is worldwide renowned and reliable for designing and manufacturing quality innovative woollen carpets and serves a niche market in which he can only survive by being innovative and creative. These are important features in order to experiment with and to introduce revolutionary products. Natural materials are never as constant as synthetic ones, so improvisation is required very often in order to produce a product with high quality. On the one hand Best Wool Carpets B.V. is known in the market for a high development budget, on the other hand Best Wool Carpets B.V. oversteps development boundaries in the carpet production to achieve outstanding results. Best Wool Carpets B.V. can act as a chameleon adapting to market demands and thus fits perfectly as coordinator into the consortium. Best Wool Carpets B.V. is a key manufacturer in 100% wool graded carpets for the European, North American and UK markets using around 1,5 million kg of raw wool from various European sources like Spain, Italy, Scandinavia and United Kingdom. Yvar Monasch is a board member of the Dutch Carpet Manufacturers Association (VNTF). His responsibilities within ERUTAN are up-scaling the production technology into a sustainable business.
James B.V. is an SME company from the Netherlands with 5 employees, originally producing cleaning solutions for textile and hard floor covering. Throughout the years the emphasis grew towards providing cleaning solutions and advices. Over the last 10 years, all this knowledge has led towards participation in various projects subsidized by the EU. The knowledge gained here has been the catalyst behind the latest product inventions of James B.V., namely the ERUTAN (from grass to grass carpet) and NIAGA (making carpet tiles recyclable by removing the bitumen backing) concepts. As a company with a huge knowledge base in all floor coverings, with experience in cleaning products, solutions and maintenance as well as carpet innovation, it is essential for ERUTAN to be able to take advantage of this vast knowledge. Also, given the enormous reach James B.V. has in especially the carpet industry, its close contacts in this industry will be of great assistance in both finding the necessary partners as well as possible investors. This will create possibilities for ERUTAN that would otherwise be hard to find. James B.V. has been active for almost 85 years and performance has been steadily increasing, making it the stable partner ERUTAN needs.
Qualizyme – Biotechnology is an Austrian SME biotechnology company, founded in March 2003, with a special focus on the development of enzyme systems for textile, pulp & paper, fibre processing, and biogas plants, and on the production of these enzymes. Qualizyme – Biotechnology has experience in enzymes for fibre processing such as pectinases for bio-scouring, cellulases, catalases and pectinases in textile treatments and laccases for the pulp and paper industries. Another core business of Qualizyme – Biotechnology is methods for the immobilisation of all kinds of enzymes. In general, knowledge on production and application of both fungal and bacterial enzymes exists. All facilities for producing enzymes and microorganisms (fermenter, columns for protein purification, lyophilisation and more) are available. Qualizyme – Biotechnology is specialised in screening techniques for new enzymes and scaling up enzyme production. The role of the company will be to select, produce and supply enzymes and bacterial preparations during the project for all different applications, but in particular for ERUTAN raw sheep wool that is treated with special enzymes as an ecological alternative to common, chemical and harsh scouring (herein called bio-scouring). Hydrolytic enzymes and a special - in-house made - immobilised protease was implemented to gain low grease amount on the fibres and whiteness compared to common treaded sheep wool. Support on handling the enzyme-cocktail on a prototype was given.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public university that specialises in the fields of architecture, engineering, aeronautics, economics, health sciences and applied mathematics. The UPC runs more strategic research projects funded by the European Union's FP7 than any other Spanish university, and was with the highest research income from the FP6. The Group of Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology (GMIB) at the Chemical Engineering Department of UPC is a multidisciplinary research group combining basic and applied research in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, polymer engineering and genetic engineering. GMIB has large experience in: enzymatic functional modification of polymers and biopolymers for industrial and biomedical applications, enzymatic synthesis and polymerization, chemical and enzymatic modification of proteins for industrial applications, molecular engineering of proteins, purification, structural, biochemical and functional characterization of biomolecules.