Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels (ARMINES)

ARMINES is a private non-profit research and technological organisation (RTO) funded in 1967 at the instigation of its partner engineering schools, the Ecoles des Mines network.

ARMINES currently shares 48 Joint Research Units (Common Research Centres) with its partner schools, where each legal entity, either private or public, provides personnel, investment and operating resources for common research purpose. Under the supervision of the French Ministry for Productive Recovery, ARMINES is bound by French government-approved agreements to its partner schools of the Ecoles des Mines network: Paris (Mines ParisTech), Albi-Carmaux (Mines Albi-Carmaux), AlËs (Mines AlËs), Douai (Mines Douai), Nantes (Mines Nantes) and Saint-Etienne (ENSM-SE). ARMINES also collaborates with ENSTA ParisTech.


In this specific context, ARMINES operates within the framework of the law of 18 April 2006 which allows public sector higher education or research establishments to entrust private-sector organisations with their contractual research activities.
With a total turnover of more than Ä47 million (2012), ARMINES has held on to the top spot amongst private contract research institutions affiliated to higher education establishments. ARMINES is also member of EARTO (European Association of RTOs), EIRMA (European Industrial Research Association Management) and the Carnot Institute Association.
In terms of European activity, ARMINES and its partner schools are involved in European projects since 1994 (FP4) and obtained, within FP7, 11 projects as coordinator and 87 as partner.

Ecole Nationale Supèrieure des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech) is declared as a third linked party. Founded in 1783, it is one of the oldest French higher education institutions in engineering. The aim is for academic excellence with 286 research professors, 100 theses and 400 articles or books in key research fields published every year. The School is a leader in many areas, among which five major fields: 1/ Earth sciences and the environment, 2/ Energy and process engineering, 3/ Mechanical engineering and materials, 4/ Mathematics and systems and, 5/ Economics, management and society. With 15 research centres extending over five different fields, MINES ParisTech is the leading school in France for its volume of contractual research. Its major research themes are essentially based on problems raised by industry, including MITAL, EDF, TOTAL, RENAULT, PSA, SNECMA, GDF and SAINT-GOBAIN, as well as society as a whole. MINES ParisTech is also member of Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL). Two research joint centres of ARMINES/MINES ParisTech participate to Nanohybrid project: Centre for Materials Forming (CEMEF) and Centre for Processes, Renewable Energies and Energy Systems (PERSEE).

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