The MARTINA program consists of six research development projects (RRPs), which are interconnected and together contribute to the realization of the vision of the program:

  • RRP1 – Advanced tool steels for innovative tools of new generation
  • RRP 2 – New high strength steels for automotive industry
  • RRP 3 – Advanced aluminium alloys for automotive industry with improved properties
  • RRP 4 – Multicomponent materials, thermoset and thermoplastic composites
  • RRP 5 – AM, 3D printing and innovative materials manufacturing technologies for end use
  • RRP 6 – Development of prototypes


RDP1 focuses on research in the field of novel, advanced materials that are used to manufacture tools for the metal industry and will be used in the ER phase to develop a prototype of a new tool steel and from this develop innovative tools of the next generation. This relates to tool steels that have special requirements and specific properties for their usage. A type of tool steel developed in this RDP is, for example, tool steels for hot work and steels for the working with plastic. Special attention will be given to possibilities for better material properties (heat conductivity, temperature stability, resistance to heat and mechanical fatigue, heat properties and surface treatments, as well as functional properties (gradient properties, compatibility with other materials and welding) of tool steels and hot-work steels. There are also more and more demanding requirements in the field of tool steels for the production of tools for cold work and the injection of plastic.


RDP2 is focused on research in the field of high-strength steels, their production and processing technologies. Modern trends in the automotive industry require the use of light-weight materials, and a reduction in the weight of components, thereby reducing the fuel consumption and the CO2 footprint. Reducing the weight requires an improvement of the mechanical properties of the materials being used. The construction of the car itself requires a very diverse mix of materials with different properties.


RDP3 is dedicated to research in the field of aluminium alloys for the car industry with the emphasis on achieving better mechanical properties. Aluminium and aluminium alloys represent some of technically most interesting materials. Due to its characteristics, aluminium is used for everyday products as well as for demanding industrial products. The use of aluminium and its alloys in so-called lightweight structures is gaining importance due to energy savings and the reduction of environmental impact.


Multi-component materials of thermoplastic or thermosetting polymer composition, such as polymer blends, multilayer hybrid assemblies, plastomagnets bonded with a thermoset binder and polymer composites from the macro- to the nano- scale, have emerged as a new class of materials offering superior end performances in many different industrial fields: packaging, transportation, construction, pharmacy, cosmetics, biomedicine, home appliances, etc., and have been the focus of an ever-growing interest in the past few years due to their exceptional functionalities. The development of advanced multi-component polymer materials is driven by the ability to combine different polymer layers, components or additives so as to achieve a synergistic effect in the final products. The major driving forces are pulled from the market demands, implying new material alternatives that contribute to lightweight structures, physical, mechanical and thermal property enhancements, flame retarding properties, UV resistance, as well as reduced permeability to gases, moisture, and hydrocarbons, shrinkage and warpage deflections, electrical conductivity, ferromagnetic properties, self-cleaning abilities, antimicrobial activities and many others.


RDP5 is focused on investigating materials processing technologies for different applications. The two main fields of application are "additive manufacturing” and the 3D printing of metal powders and the less investigated precision casting of low-complexity tools. In recent years, 3D printing has become a common fabrication method for the manufacturing of complex industrial components. Despite this, the 3D printing of metals requires further optimization. Furthermore, it addresses a number of opportunities that this novel fabrication method can offer, especially in a combination of metallic and non-metallic materials. 


RDP6 is the only project among the six of them in the program, which is planned for experimental development and includes as its main activity is the preparation and development of prototypes, as well as their analysis and testing in controlled environments in the main areas of the program as a results of the activities of industrial research in RDP1-RDP5. Prototypes in the project will be modelled and developed on the basis of the results of industrial research, obtained knowledge, analytical and test reports, engineering recommendations, specifications of new chemical compositions of materials as well as specifications and models of technological processes in manufacturing and processing of new materials and other results.

Project partners

The consortium has 16 partners