About Project

Start od the Project:
Completion of the project:
Project Value:
9,63 mio EUR

Development and ideas

Development of materials is crucial for technological and socio-economic growth of society. Steel and aluminium are two of the most commonly used materials in engineering applications, offering improved properties, accessibility and recyclability. Multicomponent materials are seeing growing importance, combining properties from different materials. Main objective of proposed programme is to address the need for advanced, multifunctional materials for new, demanding applications. We are therefore focusing on the development of materials that are directly linked to the Priority field: (S) INDUSTRY 4.0, Domain: Materials development.

We will develop high-strength steels and aluminium alloys with the aim of achieving material properties that are essential for new applications in automotive industry for weight reduction of vehicles, associated with CO2 reduction and an improved energy efficiency. In the case of multicomponent materials, we will take advantage of polymer materials’ accessibility, combined with specific properties of metallic materials. Engineering of advanced materials requires complex forming and joining processes, including new tools and tool steels. To achieve necessary properties of tool steels, it is a key challenge to consistently distribute and monitor properties during production. Development of new, innovative technologies for 3D printing is important to fulfil requirements for production of demanding shapes of individual components.


The programme will result in development of tool-steel prototypes. Their properties and their suitability for 3D printing of tools will be established on tool prototypes. The programme will also result in development of high-strength-steel, wrought and cast aluminium alloys as well as new multicomponent material prototypes with specific properties. Their properties will be examined and optimized on model cases of components from automotive and electrical industries, which are horizontally linked.

The basic concept of the program MARTINA through the perspective of RDI chains and value networks

The basic innovative potential of the program and the consortium of partners is the connection between three key areas: different materials, new tools and innovative processing and processing technologies.
Global trends are now focused on the development of new multifunctional materials that enable the introduction of new applications with a lower consumption of raw materials, less energy, better recyclability, and a decreased impact on the environment. Currently, Europe produces over 15 million cars annually. Therefore, the reduction of a car’s weight is key to an improvement in global fuel/energy consumption and the associated harmful CO2 emissions. The reduction of vehicle weight is achievable through a decrease in the weight of every single part of the vehicle; this requires the use of new materials with better mechanical properties or a completely new combination of specific properties, while maintaining driving and safety requirements.

Project partners

The consortium has 16 partners