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Project Using AI to Develop Sustainable Materials

Updated: May 8

Officially launched on May 2nd, the four-year FAVIA (Adaptative Formulation Through Artificial Intelligence) project aims to predict and adapt in real time the formulations and manufacturing parameters of materials based on recycled plastics. The project, will be carried out by a consortium of four players from the France, is led by Materi'act, a subsidiary of the Forvia Group (formerly Faurecia). It also includes two SMEs Aryballe, specialized in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) sensors, and Pollen Metrology, specialized in artificial intelligence software for optimizing the production of innovative materials. The fourth partner is the Centre Technique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites (IPC). The FAVIA project is supported by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, which has mobilized 3.6 million euros in European structural funds from the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).

Materi'act's focus is on developing sustainable materials with a low CO2 footprint. The aim is to produce materials with up to 85% less carbon impact than existing materials by 2030. In particular, these new materials incorporate an ever-increasing proportion of recycled materials, combined with biomass.

The properties of recycled materials are inherently variable, whereas the end product must have constant, standardized qualities. To control this variability, the FAVIA project aims to use artificial intelligence to anticipate formulations and production parameters. “The FAVIA project offers Pollen Metrology an opportunity to enhance the versatility of its holistic, AI-driven software solution for industrial process control and optimization. By bringing together major players in the plastics industry, this project opens up new prospects and markets for Pollen Metrology, while further enhancing the user experience. Pollen's expertise in exploiting artificial intelligence, and its integration into a unique modular and scalable software architecture, will provide Materi'act with the means to clearly differentiate itself and accelerate the development of its future applications,” added Johann Foucher, CEO of Pollen Metrology.

"Aryballe integrates biochemical sensors, silicon integrated optics and information processing to provide a machine olfaction solution, enabling other industries to make better decisions based on VOCs analysis data. The FAVIA project is an opportunity to demonstrate the flexibility and versatility of Aryballe technologies for integration into industrial material transformation chains. The automotive market has particular expectations regarding the olfactory rendering of manufactured and assembled plastic parts. Aryballe brings a unique and differentiating innovation that will certainly enable the plastic recycling industry to improve its efficiency," says Cyril Herrier.


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