«Composites Layup Optimisation for Resource Efficiency in Space Industry», «Alternative Raw Material to Carbon Black» and «Second Life Carbon Fibers for Sports Equipment» were the problems formulated as challenges in Call 3 and worked on at yesterdays Ideation Workshop at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW in Windisch.


Three teams with promising ideas on how to solve the challenges were formed. «We had a high quality of input and ideas across the board – and not only during the workshop, but also during the breaks, where there was lively and focused discussion. I’m very pleased about that,» says Stève Mérillat, head of the Innovation Booster «Plastics for Zero Emission» and Managing Director of CU Switzerland.


The three companies Beyond Gravity, Sika and V Carbon, which submitted the challenges, are now continuing to work with the interdisciplinary teams on the solution ideas in order to develop projects from them. In the next step, the Innovation Booster will support selected projects with CHF 25,000 each.



The next Call for Challenges has already been opened and will once again enable Swiss companies to submit a challenge or problem statement as implementation partners. Together, we will sharpen and formulate these into challenges, which we will then make known to potential idea finders in our network and beyond. At the next Ideation Workshop in autumn, ideas for solving the challenges will be developed.

Do you want to know more about Call 4? Check out www.plastics4zeroemission.ch

Composites United Switzerland leads the Innovation Booster «Plastics for Zero Emission», partners are the Swiss Plastics Cluster and KUNSTSTOFF.swiss. The Innovation Booster is supported by Innosuisse.