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Verallia’s Horizon is also 2020

Under the strategy always innovative of Verallia Portugal, both in production level, human resources and marketing, the horizon of this company in the previous weeks also became Horizon 2020, specifically Portugal 2020.

In this transition process from the older Community Frameworks to the new Horizon 2020, there are many questions about new rules, new communication channels with the organizations, the amount of eligible expenditure and the main interest of all applications, which gains for businesses (awards and incentives). On the other hand, despite all the efforts to close the old projects, it has not yet been possible. Thus, in a context with some uncertainty in terms of procedures, Verallia Portugal intends to continue with the research and development work as well as the innovation of products and processes.

This work will aim to provide the tools that allow the company to increase its market share at national and international level, with a more flexible and sustainable industry, with a wider range of products and human resources skill levels increasing. Throughout the month of June we will detail more specifically these objectives in order to fulfill the conditions to proceed with applications for this new program.

 

A Verallia Portugal aposta na inovação e investigação

A Saint-Gobain Mondego, empresa que se dedica ao fabrico e comercialização de vidro de embalagem, tem vindo a conquistar uma posição de liderança de mercado resultante de uma forte aposta na Investigação e Desenvolvimento, na actualização tecnológica e no reforço da sua capacidade produtiva. A indústria vidreira é caracterizada por um elevado grau de risco sempre que se pretendem introduzir inovações ao nível do processo, uma vez que o mesmo processo é apenas dimensionável em larga escala e impossível de reproduzir à escala laboratorial para a realização de testes.

Desta forma, a filosofia para a actualização tecnológica da SGM assenta na realização, de uma forma programada, de intervenções profundas no processo, sempre suportadas por investigação e desenvolvimento realizados internamente com vista ao dimensionamento de novas soluções que irão fundamentar as intervenções a efectuar. Estas actividades são muito centradas numa abordagem teórica de simulação e desenvolvimento de modelos específicos com os quais são posteriormente testadas as hipóteses em estudo, aliadas ao grande historial e larga experiência não só da empresa mas de todo o Grupo Saint-Gobain.

No âmbito da realização de projectos de Inovação e de I&DT, com a criação desta newsletter especial, a SGM pretende divulgar amplamente os resultados que forem gerados nas actividades de investigação industrial, demonstrando ao mercado, nomeadamente aos seus clientes, entidades do SCT e demais interessados, os conhecimentos gerados.

 

Transition between European Frameworks

Verallia Portugal is currently in closure phase of EU framework projects set for the period 2007-2014. The steps associated with this phase depend on different players so that the objectives have not yet been fully achieved. The company's strategy has always been based on strong bet on Research and Development projects in order to support their applicability to acquisition of equipment. In the transition to the year 2016 the company is finishing of a capital investment that resulted from the last project of Innovation.
Although the Notices for Portugal 2020 are already available, the company is in a study phase to define which tools could be used. It is important at this point to take into account the situation of the Portuguese economy associated with international trade. It is no coincidence that the Thematic Operational Program with the largest budget allocation for this new Framework is precisely the Competitiveness and Internationalization (4.414 M €), with the main challenge "Increase significantly national competitiveness, mobilizing and leveraging resources and expertise, aimed at creating jobs and restoring dynamic convergence with the more developed economies of the European Union ", as is shown in the Summary of this Program.
This is why the team of Verallia Portugal is currently working for, to proceed with candidatures for EU support and thus ensure its position in the container glass market.