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CRF

CRF, founded in 1978, has the mission to develop and transfer innovative products, processes and methodologies in order to improve the competitiveness of the products of the FCA. Also through the cooperation with a pan-European and increasingly global network of more than 1700 partners from Industry and academia, CRF conducts collaborative research initiatives at the national and international levels in partnership with all the key public and private stakeholders concerned with Sustainable Mobility, targeting specifically the industrial exploitation of research.

CRF develops research and innovation along the three principal axes of sustainability: Environmental  sustainability, which encompasses all aspects relating to energy efficiency as well as to the reduction of the impact on the environment over the entire lifecycle of the vehicle; Social Sustainability, focusing on the safety of transportation systems through the development of active, passive, preventive and cooperative solutions while addressing the mobility of all users irrespective of their specific needs; Economically sustainable competitiveness, oriented towards viable innovation, i.e., improving the performance and functionality of new vehicles in a cost-effective manner.

CRF participates with a leading role in several key European Technology Platforms including: ERTRAC (road transport), EUMAT (materials), MANUFU-TURE (manufacturing), NANOFUTURES (nanotechnology), each of which has proved to be particularly effective at bringing together key stakeholders within an Integrated Approach to research and innovation. The project will be carried out by a CRF Business Unit named GML (Group Materials Labs) where competencies and equipment to study and develop new materials and processes are available. The GML department involved in the project is Polymers&Glass focused on organic material development including plastics, composites, elastomers&glazing and textiles.