Stokes Laboratories

Stokes Laboratories is situated within the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick. It is dedicated to education and innovation. Our core sciences include Advanced Materials and Fluid Dynamics. We focus on a range of application areas – aeronautics and aerospace, electronics / photonics packaging, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and biopharma, manufacturing processes, and energy generation / storage. Stokes has been in operation for over two decades, active in National and European Union research programmes, with an extensive portfolio of partners in industry and academia. It has deep foundations in scholarship and education, and a strong track record in the commercialisation of research through licensing of IP and through the creation of spin-out enterprises.


As the leading composites research establishment in the Republic of Ireland, the University of Limerick (UL) hosts the Irish Composites Centre (IComp), which conducts R&D for the benefit of Irish industry with currently 26 industrial members from across the whole of Ireland. IComp is an Enterprise Ireland/IDA supported Technology Centre and a partnership between UL, University College Dublin (UCD), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), NUI Galway (NUIG) and Irish industry. IComp provides world class R&D support and innovation in the wider area of composites science & technology, and across a range of industrial sectors (aerospace, land & waterborne transport, construction, renewable energy, sports & leisure, recycling). An extensive R&D programme in support of Irish industry in the design, development, processing, assembly, testing and characterisation of composite materials and structures is being carried out. The R&D programme is supported by a state-of-the-art suite of equipment located at the four academic IComp partners for the manufacturing, processing and comprehensive testing of both thermosetting and thermoplastic composites as well as adhesives, together with surface engineering capabilities and the suite of facilities in the Materials and Surface Science Institute at UL for the fundamental characterisation of polymers, composites and surfaces.

Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers (ITCF)

The Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers under the direction of Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Michael R. Buchmeiser deals with R&D in terms of the production and modification of fibers and textiles made of synthetic and natural polymers. The competences of the institute range from the synthesis of polymers for the production of chemical fibers via fiber production utilizing all important spinning processes, to textile finishing for the production of textiles with special properties.

Unique characteristics of the institute are: complete production chain of textile materials; expertise in all primary spinning technologies; expertise in the use of nano-materials in textile and fiber applications; functionalization and processing, from cellulose to fibers and coatings: know-how in the field of physical treatment methods (plasma, UV and electron beam hardening); integration in the material-scientific research of the University of Stuttgart including MPG and FhG.

C-Tech Innovation Limited

C-Tech Innovation is one of the UK’s most successful research, technology and innovation organisations. With clients across the globe in multiple sectors, we are focused on delivering outstanding solutions helping them to maximise their potential for success. Our core area of expertise is in innovative products and processes for electrochemical and advanced thermal applications. We have a strong track record in a range of electrical heating technologies which encompasses ohmic heating, microwave and radio frequency heating and plasma.
We believe that the key to successful product and process innovation is to embed a culture of creative and innovative thinking. We apply multidisciplinary teams with diverse styles to the varied challenges that are presented to us, enabling some truly unique solutions to be realised. Our workforce is highly qualified, skilled and diverse – one which thrives on new and unique opportunities.


CENTEXBEL is located in the heart of the Belgian Textile industry and has strong links to textile and chemical companies and to machine constructors with textile related activities. The centre offers an extensive range of activities, including research & development, testing, certification, consultancy, and training, while guaranteeing independent and objective advice, the expertise of 150 highly educated collaborators, international networking, focus on sustainable development, practice-oriented support, partnership and an open approach. Due to a takeover of the “Flemish Plastic Centre” (VKC), the expertise domain was extended to all additional areas of thermoplastic processing.

Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology is a university of science and technology in Gothenburg, on the west coast of Sweden, with strong connections to industry. It employs about 2,700 people and has about 10,000 students. The Environmental Systems Analysis division performs research and teaching on different types of environmental assessments of technology, environmental management and environmentally driven innovation systems. Currently, there are approximately 35 staff members, with varying disciplinary backgrounds. One major field of research is environmental life cycle assessment of new biobased products, which is applied in assessment of lignin-based carbon fibres and composites in the LIBRE project.


The mission of CRF lies in three main goals:

    • ​To develop innovative power units, vehicle systems, materials, methods and processes to improve the competitiveness of FCA products.
    • To represent FCA as part of European and national collaborative research, taking part in pre-competitive research projects and promoting the development of a network of contacts and partnerships on an international scale.
    • To support FCA in enhancing the value of its intangible capital.​​​

Dralon GmbH

Dralon manufactures acrylic fibres. Dralon GmbH with its German locations Dormagen and Lingen is an internationally renowned producer of acrylic fiber. In total Dralon can produce 180.000 t/a of acrylic fibers at the production sides with the dry- and wet-spinning process.

Consistently high quality and reliable service and delivery have enabled dralon® to be one of the few remaining acrylic fiber producers world-wide. The main field of applications for the fibers are: Home, outdoor, sports, fashion and work.


ÉireComposites is an innovative design, manufacturing and testing company, involved in lightweight, high performance fibre-reinforced composite materials, with an international blue-chip customer base of over 70 companies in the aerospace, renewable energy and automotive sectors. The company ( has established accredited composites manufacturing and testing facilities in Galway, Ireland and has significant intellectual property in manufacturing and tooling for composite materials.

EireComposites was originally a spin-out from NUI Galway and retains a very strong research and innovation focus. It has performed extensive research on structural analysis of materials for space applications and renewable energy. It is the lead partner and coordinator of the Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) project POWDERBLADE which focuses on developing large wind turbine blades. It is also a partner in the H2020 tidal turbine project FloTEC, the FP7 MarieCurie MarinComp marine energy project and the European Space Agency’s Future Launcher’s preparedness program (FLPP) which is developing the next generation of space technologies. ÉireComposites has managed over €17m of EU FP6, FP 7 and Horizon 2020 projects relating to composite materials for aircraft structures, space launchers and renewable energy products.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (IFAM)

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) is a non-profit and the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Founded in 1949, the FhG comprises 67 Fraunhofer-Institutes with 23.000 employees at 40 different locations in Germany as well as research centers and representative offices in Europe, USA and Asia. The FhG undertakes applied research in future-oriented projects with the aim of finding innovative solutions to issues concerning the industrial economy and society in general. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in the industry, the service sector and the public administration. The FhG institution is placed in a bridging position between industrial and academic R&D environments.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials- IFAM is the largest independent research group in Europe in industrial bonding and adhesive technology. The Fraunhofer IFAM division “Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces” performs R&D on multifunctional coatings, paints, polymer chemistry, nanoparticle applications, plasma and lacquer technology as well as on adhesive bonding and surface analytics with the goal to develop application-oriented bonding system solutions for industry. The work ranges from fundamental research to the introduction ofnew products to the market, and main industrial fields of application are: plant engineering, automotive and airspace, micro-assembly, packaging, textile and electronics.

Institut fuer Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW)

The Institut fuer Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW) is a non-profit research institute, exploring and advancing applications and potential applications of composite materials, based on polymer matrix systems. The institute carries out research on composite materials within the full range of their applications. The research projects of IVW are partly supported by public funding agencies, often on an interdisciplinary basis in combination with national as well as international partners from other universities and industrial companies. Alternatively, the works are directly financed through the cooperation with an industrial partner. Basic idea regarding the projects at IVW is the consideration of the value-added chain “from the scientific basics to the component part” while integrating the core competencies of the departments “Component Development”, “Materials Science” and “Manufacturing”.


Founded in 1998, TECNARO GmbH develops, produces and markets bio-based and biodegradable thermoplastic materials. The business is focused on three different material families: Liquid Wood ARBOFORM®, Wood Plastic Composites ARBOFILL® and Biopolymer Compound ARBOBLEND®. ARBOFORM® and ARBOBLEND® consist of biopolymers like the wood constituent lignin or of lignin derivatives and/or other biopolymers like Polylactic Acid, Polyhydroxyalkanoates etc. used as a binder for natural fibers. ARBOFILL® is made from petrochemical polymers like Polypropylene or Polyethylene partially blended with biopolymers and reinforced/filled with natural fibers like hemp, flax or wood. Tecnaro performed several national and international research projects regarding material development based on natural resources. Furthermore Tecnaro owns several patents in this field.

University of Bolton

Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI) within University of Bolton is a multi-disciplinary research centre designed to cultivate research and innovation activities in collaboration with industry and other academic institutions. The institute leads the UK and is internationally known for its strong applied materials science and engineering applications through the development of new, designer and novel smart and multifunctional materials (fibers, fabrics, films, foams and particles) at nano and micro levels, as well as associated processing technologies that strive to contribute to futuristic solutions and new horizons within the global marketplace.