Research & innovation
for a sustainable lifestyle
Over the years, the European aluminium industry has established as a cross-sectorial innovation catalyst for the circular economy, decarbonisation, and disruptive technologies. From packaging product circularity and process technology to the use of production residue in other sectors, we are truly committed to leveraging the innovation potential of aluminium. At European Aluminium, we bundle this innovation dynamic in our so-called Innovation Hub that brings together the necessary actors from our membership, the broader industry, and RD&I partners.
We believe in the power of collaboration to translate ideas into concrete projects. In 2015, we established an Innovation Hub, a collaborative platform to accelerate the transformation to a clean and circular Europe for aluminium producers and cross-sector partners. Today, the Innovation Hub counts 18 member companies and three European Aluminium market groups (Building, Packaging and Automotive & Transport) as its members.
The Innovation Hub facilitates the development of collaborative project proposals for its members and joins proposals under development, especially EU project proposals submitted to the EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation funding programme.
The Innovation Hub leverages its extensive stakeholder network, including policymakers, experts, and research institutes, to participate in relevant Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), including Processes4Planet, Made in Europe, and Built4People.
To address the priority topics defined by its members, the Innovation Hub organises collaborative studies. These studies are developed based on a tendering process to select the best external contributor, to better address the challenges and to contribute to the sustainability targets of the aluminium industry.
The Innovation Hub maintains close ties with Europe’s leading Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) by organising ad-hoc Innovation Workshops for members and stakeholders. The workshops aim to encourage collaboration with the aluminium industry and initiate new project ideas.