Strengthening the European leadership

in the field of lightweight materials and technologies

A network of 16 entities of excellence from 15 EU countries
Over 1775 entities including SMEs, large enterprises and RTOs have joined forces to strengthen EU leadership in the industrial field of lightweight materials and technologies
Empowering SMEs to explore lightweight market opportunities through collaboration
ELCA will create the next generation open innovation framework for lightweighting to enable its members to explore lightweight-driven market opportunities under a collaborative approach
Lightweighting for a sustainable future
ELCA aims to strengthen the cooperation between the experts in lightweight materials in strategic industries to increase efficiency and environmental sustainability

Novel lightweighting solutions for sustainability and competitiveness
of road transport and other relevant industrial markets

What is ELCA?

ELCA (European Lightweight Cluster Alliance) is a collaborative initiative that aims to accelerate the adoption of lightweight materials in strategic industries. Mobility is the initial target but other lightweight-related industrial markets will be targeted as well, including energy, health care, defence and building. The alliance will establish a unique inclusive business framework which enables the main players from established industries and research institutions to explore lightweight-driven market opportunities collaboratively and facilitate activities to put the lightweight technologies into practice. By accelerating the mass adoption of lightweight advanced materials, we can contribute to a sustainable, less-polluted society.

Research & Development

ELCA brings together top class lightweight researchers and facilities in which multiple and varied R&D projects are developed and further implemented at large scale, addressing the challenges and needs of industry.

Technology transfer

ELCA aims to enhance the coordination between technology users and developers in order to create new business opportunities in the field of lightweight materials.


The ELCA members focus their innovation efforts on constantly developing new products and technologies by strengthening their mutual cooperation through synergistic collaborations.  

The ELCA network

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ELCA partners


ELCA partners

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