The primary objective of the MARTINA program is to strengthen the position and the role of Slovenian industry in the field of materials, particularly in the field of special steels, aluminium and multicomponent polymer materials, and as a result increase its competitiveness in the global market by switching from being standard suppliers to development suppliers in international value-chain networks.
The program MARTINA, in the context of smart specialization strategies S4, focuses on the priority "Development of materials and finished products". Its core addresses the areas of steel, aluminium and multicomponent materials, while at the same time it addresses and promotes the use of materials in industry, in particular the car industry, which in the Slovenian economy is regarded as a strategic industrial sector, in terms of volume, added value, and for long-term export potential. MARTINA includes five of the key industries: materials, tools, plastics, chemical and automotive. In the field of the "Development of materials and finished products", the main objective is strengthening the cooperation of the producers of materials, achieving high added value (those that already compete in international value chains), among themselves and with academic institutions.
Leading partner of the RDP4 project, which focuses on the research, development, test analysis, optimization and validation of different kinds of multi-component polymeric materials. The main activity of the RDP4 research group is to investigate the advanced techniques for preparing multifunctional homogeneous and heterogeneous polymeric assemblies (biomaterials, multilayer hybrid systems and plastomagnet materials), to characterise their structure/adhesion on various dimensional scales, to quantify structure-property-function relationships on the various structural levels and to develop, optimise and validate the procedures for engineering the properties of this class of materials during their preparation.