Aimplas Closes 2014 with 133 R&D Projects on their Way
Plastics Technology Center Aimplas, Valencia, Spain, has closed 2014 with an increase of their income and also with an increase of the number of companies associated. Moreover, has started up new installations for the development of their R&D tasks and has received the recognition from the Valencian Government to the best Innovation European Project for the development of Ecobionet project.
In the past fiscal year the Center had a total turnover of EUR 8.6 million, 5 % more than in 2013, while the number of associates grew 6 % up to 540. The turnover to companies, mainly for R&D activities, grew also by 5 %, reaching 51 % of the revenue. Besides, Aimplas has also participated during 2014 in a total of 133 R&D projects, 98 corresponding to national projects and 35 to European projects.
The main sector of some of these projects has been the packaging sector, which represents 35 % of the activity of the Technology Center. The building sector (13 %) and the automotive sector (12 %) or the recycling and environmental sector (10 %) are the other great recipients of the innovation projects that are carried out in Aimplas, although there have been carried out an important number of projects for the electrics-electronics (9 %), aeronautic (6 %) and other sectors such as the nautical, the agricultural and the leisure industry.
The main working areas in 2014 have been the new materials. Nanotechnology, composites, sustainable materials and other advanced materials represent more than a half of the investigation activity of Aimplas. Aimplas is the first Spanish centre that offers accredited tests by ENAC for the plastic industry with approximately 200 tests accredited and more than 6,000 annual services of analysis and tests. In the area of training, 125 training actions were made in 2014, with 1,437 attendees participating from 481 companies.
AIMPLAS Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico
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