Assessing the criticality of materials as input into production processes is crucial for companies, countries and economic blocks like the EU. Disruption of supply of critical materials can put 100s of billions of Euro of the export value of the EU at risk. It is hence crucial that supply chain managers in companies and policy makers at country and EU level can identify supply risks and mitigate them.
This project will build an education program on criticality assessment that can be used and will be tested in the context of MSc, PhD and lifelong learning programs of the project partners and the KIC. Learning objectives are to understand what makes materials critical, how to assess criticality, to analyse economic and other implications of criticality at company, sector and country level, and to develop strategies to reduce criticality risks. TNO has a criticality assessment tool available developed for Dutch SMEs (‘grondstofscanner’ or ‘raw materials scanner’) that will be translated and expanded to and international context to support this course. During the project we will test the course with over 250 students.

Partner organizations

  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) (Private, Netherlands)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Research Institute, Germany)
  • Leiden University (Academic, Netherlands)
Start date 01/01/2019
End date 30/06/2021

Published: Tue 17 Dec 2019.