The ECOBIOFOR project (http://www.ecobiofor.eu) aims to develop novel bio-based solvents using ‘greener’ chemical and biotech transformation processes. The resulting solvents will be used in the Coatings Industry to contribute in the transition towards sustainable production and consumption patterns in Europe. The sector requires greener processes and components for such coatings, inks, adhesives, paint and varnishes because solvents are a major and basic component in their processes and composition. The project is therefore a response to the sector´s need to introduce more environmentally friendly products in the market. The development of these biosolvents is a clear example of the potential for the application of biotechnology at industrial level, generating patentable and economically viable technical results in the form of new products and technologies. This approach promotes the transition of European industry of paints, coatings and solvents from a petrochemical to biological and sustainable basis. Thus, the ECOBIOFOR project is designed to work towards the manufacture of biosolvents with high added value through the development of a new generation of paints with a reduced carbon footprint while maintaining their properties and performance. Achieving success in such a project requires a multidisciplinary and talented consortium. The ECOBIOFOR project consists of 11 organisations from 6 EU countries:
- 5 SME-AGs (3 biotech & 2 coatings) with a total of 1349 members (1009 SMEs),
- 3 OTHERs: 1 Solvent Producer (LARGE) & 2 paint manufactures (SMEs),
- 3 RTD centres with previous experience in green chemistry, organic & biotechnological synthesis, and coatings production.