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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00871

AcronymTAR

Proposal titleBRANDING SHEEP WITH TAR PITCH: DEVELOPING AN ECO-EFFICIENT

PROCESS FOR WOOL TREATMENT

AbstractThe traditional method of branding causes serious problems to wool manufacturers because

it supposes huge technological difficulties on the wool treatment. In the industrial process

one of the steps consists on the treatment with strong detergents and sulphuric acid, which

promote formation of lipid (tar pitch and coloured wax) tangles. Those tangles are very

difficult to separate from the wool. Most companies separate it manually using hazardous

organic solvents obtaining poor results. Workers using Pulverised trichloridethilene carry

out the treatment of wool assuming high health risk and causing water and atmosphere

pollution. Despite efforts, wool obtained presents small black spots, which can not be

separated. Theproblem is solved with a rude method: using dark tinctures to unmask black

spots in woollen products. A new chemical process based on Eco-friendly products could

solve this problem, which affects both company benefits and environment and health

workers.

Key ActionGROW-1.   Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase8 months

SME CoordinatorMR. CARLOS RODRIGUEZ ARIASCompany sizeS4

CIPRIANO RODRIGUEZ ARIAS, S.A.

RODRIGUEZ YAGÜE 26.

37700 - BEJAR (SALAMANCA)

Spain

Phone: 923400300

Fax: 923400302

SME Proposer(s)

M. CARMONA S.A.PortugalS4

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas17 - Manufacture of textiles

24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products

Comments

Last update18/6/2001

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