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The HERMES project is developed by 9 partners (and 2 third parties) from 4 different countries: France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden.

Iberpotash - ICL Iberia (Coordinator)

Iberpotash is a business unit of Israel Chemicals Limited (ICL). ICL is a leading global manufacturer of natural mineral based products that fulfil humanity’s essential needs, primarily in three markets: agriculture, food and engineered materials. These minerals include Potash, Phosphates, Bromine, Magnesium and derivatives thereof. The organization invests more than 56 million euros per year in research and development around the world, employing more than 475 people in R&D projects, with the aim of creating new advanced solutions to meet the basic needs of humanity.

Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic

Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic (CTM) is a non-profit private technological centre. CTM aims to efficiently contribute to improving the competitiveness and the technological development of companies by providing specialised services and carrying out R&D and Innovation projects. Its activities cover sectors such as Environmental Technology, Materials Technology and Energy. CTMs Environmental Technology Department (ATA) aims at contributing to sustainable industrial and community development through the enhancement of environmental quality.


CTM has a third party agreement with CETECOM. CETECOM is the technological centre for research and development in the field of composite materials. CETECOM has facilities and equipment to address specific needs of design, manufacture, inspection and testing of composite materials themselves as well as with a team of engineers with extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of composites.

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya

FGC is the regional railways company operating suburban train lines. It is a public company created on September 5, 1979 to run the railway lines in the geographical framework of Catalonia and which is not part of the RENFE network. FGC’s mission is to manage with efficiency the services and infrastructures that have assigned to it as public company with the aim of contributing to the improvement of the mobility in Catalunya and to offer profitable leisure services to the public, in accordance with customer expectations. The main goals are improving services and operations to support better decision making, help reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction and improve efficiency.

Luleå Tekniska Universitet

The research by the group at the Division of Mechanics of Solid Materials of LTU has been focused on phenomena connected to the mechanics of granular material interaction processes and the resulting material and component properties. The aim of the research is to be able to predict the material and process response during the complete process as well as the final material state and properties of the component. Tools for process prediction are numerical methods for large deformation mechanical deformation analyses, including thermo-mechanical coupling as well as modelling of friction, wear and heat transfer in the contact interfaces. Achievements made in the research are based on long term industrial collaborations and the focus on industrial processes. An example is the cooperation with LKAB, the largest European producer iron ore pellets that have a transportation system for their products in sub-arctic conditions. As well as the cooperation with steel producer SSAB for study wear in different transportation systems.


HEMPEL is a world-leading supplier of protective coatings to decorative, marine, container and yacht markets. HEM is present in more than 80 countries around the world. HEM has over 5.200 employees, 24 factories, 48 sales offices and more than 150 stock points located strategically around the globe. HEM has 10 R&D centers with over 250 scientists located in Europe, Asia, Middle East and USA. From these R&D centers, HEM develops new products and technologies and provides technical support to the organization around the globe.


Kiruna Wagon is a company that develops and produces rail-based logistic systems for bulk transportation. Based in Kiruna of Sweden, the home of Europe’s largest iron ore mine, LKAB, with a long tradition of extremely effective and reliable bulk transport systems even in the extreme climate, we have the know-how to design things to work and last. Proof of our quality and ability is that since established, we have been a preferred supplier to the demanding mine, serving them with wagons in a number of different projects.

Kiruna is a young company in a traditional business and have shown great ability to think outside the box, resulting in extremely flexible, modularized products with extremely long service life. Through their collaboration with world leading steel producers, SSAB and Ruukki, they are taking full advantage of modern advanced high strength steels and laser welding techniques, resulting in wagons with an unprecedented high ratio between load and tare weight and to a minimized environmental impact of the systems.

IDP Ingeniería y Arquitectura Iberia SL

IDP is a global and multi-sector technical services company, founded in 1998, working in the fields of engineering, environment, architecture and ICT. Its headquarters are located in Sabadell (Barcelona), and has offices in Madrid, Florianopolis, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Quito (Ecuador).IDP is currently developing projects in 4 continents both for the public sector to the private sector. Its fields of activity are transportation infrastructure, urban development, environment, industrial and logistics, building, facilities and energy and information technology and communication. In all these areas, IDP offers a comprehensive service providing value at every stage.


SSAB is a leading producer of high strength steel. The company has a 6 million ton capacity for crude steel where the advanced high strength steels (AHSS) amounts to approximately 37% of the total. SSAB has ore based steel production in Sweden and scrap-based production in the U.S.A. SSAB employs approximately 8 700 people in 45 countries.

High strength steel from SSAB is used all over the world under the trademarks Domex, Docol, Hardox, Weldox, Armox, and Toolox. To support customer upgrading, utilizing the potential of these high strength steels, SSAB has first- and second level technical support. The second level support, Knowledge Service Center (KSC), consists of 5 specialists groups: Structural Technology; Forming Technology; Welding and Thermal cutting Technologies; Wear Technology; Production Efficiency. KSC is involved in research- as well as customer projects to understand and also find technical solutions in product development and manufacturing. This has been done for over 20 years and the gathered knowledge is documented in Handbook format.


Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels (ARMINES) is a non-profit private research organization funded in 1967. ARMINES operates within the framework of the law of 2006 April 18th which allows public sector higher education or research establishments to entrust private-sector organizations with their contractual research activities. Under the supervision of the French Ministry for Productive Recovery, ARMINES is bound, by French government-approved agreements, to its partner engineering schools (48 Research Centers among them the Research Centre C2MA from Mines Alès). In line with the nature of partnership research, the operational unit is the Joint Research Centre managed jointly by ARMINES and its partner engineering schools where each body provides personnel, investment and operating resources of which the Research Centre C2MA from Mines Alès.

Ecole des Mines d’Alès

ARMINES has a third party agreement with l’Ecole des Mines d’Alès. L’Ecole des Mines d’Alès is a graduate Institute of Engineering and Applied Science in Alès, southern France, with additional campuses in Nîmes and Pau. The École des Mines d’Alès hosts 3 research centers: Laboratory of Computer and Production Engineering (LGI2P), Laboratory of Industrial Environment Engineering (LGEI), Centre for Materials Engineering (C2MA).

H2020 Research Programme

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 636520.

Project Coordinator

Dr. Ingrid Picas