The objective of TAPA is the development of new pipes for the automotive sector based on the substitution of a natural rubber by a thermoplastic material, using energy efficiently produced blowing technology.

The solution (technology)

The obtained new solution, a combination of a new product (fluid handling pipes of vehicles turbo engines) and its manufacturing process, fulfills automotive sector customer needs (OEM), related to very exigent technical requirements (corrosion resistance, mechanical resistance, scratch resistance) and weight savings to reduce CO2 emission over a lifetime.


  • Mondragon Corporation S. Coop., Spain (Lead Partner)
  • CIKATEK S. COOP., Spain
  • CIKAUTXO S. COOP., Spain
  • Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium