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04-03-2014

Aimplas Opens Research Center for Nanocomposites

The Technological Institute of Plastics (Aimplas) has opened its new installations in the Technology Park Paterna (Valencia, Spain). The center is destined for the research of nanomaterials, materials from renewable sources, composites and intelligent materials which contribute to the enlargement and completion of the technology center's capacity in relation with RTD.

The new building has a total surface of 4,500 m2 and is divided into three floors. Thus, Aimplas will be able to increase the number of research projects that are implemented every year, not least because of its new equipment. Another objective will be an easier transfer of the obtained know-how to the enterprises of the plastics industry in Valencia but also throughout Spain.

At the moment, Aimplas is the only technology center in Spain whose RTD activities are exclusively destined to plastic materials and their transformation processes. Compared with other entities of the material research sector, the Institute provides a high level specialized research team, the best functional equipment for the transformation of polymers and composites as well as a strong mission to transfer the generated RTD know-how for the improvement of the competitiveness in the plastics industry.

Aimplas implements projects in relation with the development and improvement of renewable polymeric materials, nanocomposites, flame retardants as well as the improvement of their properties and processes. In future, the Institute plans to develop new products, for example active and intelligent packaging but also products based on recycled materials.

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