The HARMONI research project is unlike many other projects, not just because of its cross-sectoral set up and objectives but also due to its immediate benefits to the industry.

The consortium consists of various industrial partners and institutes representing the different sectors of the process industry: cement, ceramics, mechanical engineering, minerals, metal, steel and water.

Companies in each sector are usually well aware of the bundle of regulatory challenges that they face when creating a new product, distributing a new service or implementing a new process. They are also very familiar with the standards that work well and the ones that doesn't... or the ones that might be missing yet.

Sometimes the companies have already found solutions to tackle these challenges or to involve themselves more proactively in the standardization processes. Most companies, though, are still looking to improve their ways of doing things. This is where HARMONI comes into play. In strong collaboration with the industrial stakeholders, the HARMONI project team will analyse

a) key regulatory and standardization challenges to innovation in our companies as well as

b) Best Practices and transferable solutions to overcome these challenges.

By bringing in all the relevant stakeholders of the process industry, HARMONI enables to generate a broad knowledge basis on innovation, regulations and standardization within the process industry in general but also for each sector separately.

ECREF, who is also responsible for the transfer of cross-sectoral solution in general, will synthesize the information for the Ceramic sector. Thus providing the Ceramic companies with tools and measures to foster innovativeness and strengthening their market position.

Steps within the HARMONI project:


For more information on the project see: https://www.spire2030.eu/harmoni.

Or just contact us: Ann-Kathrin Blanke, blanke[at]ecref.eu.


  • Fundacion Circe Centro de Investigacion de Recursos y Consumos Energeticos (CIRCE) - Spain
  • European Centre for Refractories gGmbH (ECREF) - Germany
  • Conseil Européen de I'ndustrie Chimique (Cefic) - Belgium
  • The European Cement Association (CEMB) - Sweden
  • Institut für Baustoff Forschung EV (FEhS) - Germany
  • DIN e. V. - Germany
  • A.SPIRE - Belgium


The project is funded within the EU Horizon 2020 programme.