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New bio-products from crop oil

First2Run aims to demonstrate the technical, economic and environmental sustainability of a bio-refinery making bio-products using oil from crops grown in arid or marginal zones. Oils are converted via chemical processes into plastics, lubricants, cosmetics and plasticisers. Integration of all phases, from crop cultivation to product synthesis, benefits the economy, the environment and the region.

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Silicon wafer handling systems

Thanks to a loan within the EU initiative Investment Plan for Europe, mechatronic systemtechnik from Villach in Austria’s Carinthia region can continue to grow by developing new machines. The company has been supplying specialised systems to customers in the semiconductor industry for almost 20 years. This sets it apart in a rapidly expanding market.

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A Styrian solar power champion

Austria’s Bauer Group is a global leader in irrigation systems with customers supplying nowadays some 100 countries. At its headquarters in Voitsberg, Styria, 2 production halls have been equipped with a solar energy system that meets their annual electricity needs. This was made possible by the EU’s Investment Plan for Europe whose aims include helping companies to become more energy-efficient.

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A sonorous amber concert hall

Since it opened in late 2015, the Great Amber concert hall has become a prominent feature of Liepaja. Built with EU support, it has helped increase tourist numbers by 39% and led to the opening of new restaurants, venues and accommodation. It is home to one of the Baltic region’s oldest symphony orchestras, the Liepaja Music, Art and Design School, an art gallery and a restaurant.

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A textile revolution

Textile production in the Hauts-de-France region has suffered from de-industrialisation. Tourcoing wanted to use its proud past to develop the textiles of tomorrow. The city’s European Centre for Innovative Textiles (CETI) brings together laboratories and companies to work on this.

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PLOCAN: a gateway to the ocean

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a floating laboratory for development of advanced marine technologies. Situated on the east coast of Gran Canaria, it is the hub of numerous research projects. These cover fields ranging from marine biology to vehicle design.

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Fast, clean public transport

MetroGuagua is a new public transport line in Gran Canaria’s capital, Las Palmas. It will be served by 17 latest-generation buses, each able to hold 200 passengers. EU funding will help MetroGuagua to provide fast, sustainable and affordable transport for up to 5,000 people an hour in each direction.

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Hydrama Grand Hotel

Built in 1924, the Hermann Spierer tobacco warehouse has been a symbol of Drama, northern Greece since its heyday as a tobacco production centre. Disused between 1974 and 2016, the building has been transformed into a luxury hotel – the Hydrama Grand Hotel – by entrepreneur Manolis Ledakis. This allows it once again to play a part in the city’s daily life.

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Berlin Heart pumps save lives

Medium-sized German company Berlin Heart develops, produces and distributes heart pumps for people with severe heart failure. They are the first such devices suitable for patients of all ages and their manufacture has been supported by EU funding. Medium-sized German company Berlin Heart develops, produces and distributes heart pumps for people with severe heart failure. They are the first such devices suitable for patients of all ages and their manufacture has been supported by EU funding.

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Helping the disabled into work

Por Talento helps people with disabilities to find work. This Spanish platform, co-financed by the EU, makes it possible to manage job alerts and offers guidance for both job seekers and employers. It also provides information on legislation and government grants, and encourages interest among employers through various initiatives.

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