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Expressions of Interest for Moulding, Machining and Bonding of Ceramic Micro-Components.

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)
University Road
Contact point(s): Procurement and Contracts Office
Telephone: +353 91493970
Fax: +353 91494515

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Expressions of Interest for Moulding, Machining and Bonding of Ceramic Micro-Components.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 8: Research and development services

NUTS code IE

II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
This Expression of Interest is to ascertain the marketplace for companies that can provide for the Moulding, Machining and Bonding of Ceramic Micro-Components. NUI Galway seeks expressions of interest for the development of manufacturing processes for a medical-grade ceramic micro-component. These manufacturing processes are expected to involve the moulding, machining and heat treatment of a ceramic component and subsequent chemical bonding of said component to a metallic housing. Component dimensions will be of the order of 1-5 cubic mm.
Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate substantial in-house capability and prior experience with all of the identified manufacturing processes - micro-moulding, machining, heat treating and bonding of zirconia and other ceramic materials. The successful applicant will be expected to work with the client to develop suitable component specifications based on a thorough understanding of the required manufacturing processes, as well as suitable process modelling capabilities (e.g. mould flow analysis, thermal stress prediction). The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate a proven track record of designing processes for commercial production, with DFM (Design for Manufacturing) principles being utilised to evaluate the design and assembly for volume manufacturing. Parts will undergo materials testing to be agreed with client (for example SEM analysis, indentation, tensile, surface roughness) so as to ensure conformance to client needs.
Suppliers who wish to express an interest must complete the Expression of Interest Form which is available for downloading from - RFT Ref 103616. Completed forms must be submitted to by 5 pm on Monday, 21.3.2016. Please note this is not a call for competition.


This contract is divided into lots: yes
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000, 73100000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Information about lots

Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: Lot No: 1 Lot title: Expressions of Interest for Moulding, Machining and Bonding of Ceramic Micro-Components
1)Short description:
As above.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000, 73100000

5)Additional information about lots:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: