Today, Fibre-Reinforced Polymers (FRP) materials are extensively used for building lightweight hull structures of vessels with length up to about 25 m. FRP are also used for even larger lengths (up to50 m). In fact, most of the leisure craft and sailing yachts, naval ships, patrol and rescue vessels below 25 m length are built in FRP materials. However, the production capacity in numbers of FRP ships does not achieve its full potential due to high total production costs. One of the main reasons for this limitation is the lack of automated procedures, and the current semi-artisanal methods used in FRP shipbuilding.


FIBRE4YARDS’ objective is to match end-users’ needs with Fibre-Reinforced Plastic (FRP) manufacturing technologies (adaptive molds, ATP/AFP, 3D printing, curved pultrusion profiles, hot stamping, innovative composite connections), in order to improve shipyards’ production and maintenance. The introduction of innovative FRP manufacturing technologies will enable the automation of production processes and improve environmental performance.


The project aims to modernise the shipyards bringing composite manufacturing processes already in use in other industries, such as aeronautics, automotive, etc… and deploy them to shipbuilding. The main impacts are: environmental (transport mass reduction and fuel consumption); manufacturing cost effectiveness; increase competitiveness and growth of the European sector; improve environmental performance of shipyards and ship builders; composite structure functionalisation functioning and integrity of structures in real time, which will allow maintenance operations to be adapted.




This project has received funding from
European Union’s Horizon 2020 research
and innovation programme under grant
agreement N° 101006860.