Asociacion de Investigacion de Materiales Plasticos y Conexas
AIMPLAS, Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, is a private, non-profit Association with about 450 associated companies (the majority of them SMEs). AIMPLAS has offered its services to the Plastic industry sector since 1990 and, nowadays, has a permanent staff of 110 people. AIMPLAS’ fields of work are related to technological research and development on plastic materials & products and its transformation processes. AIMPLAS has wide experience in composites technology, materials and processes:
- Processability and characterization tests on polymeric materials and additives.
- Improvement and optimization of composites transforming processes (RTM, RTM-light, Infusion, Pultrusion, RIM, Compression Moulding, …)
- Materials’ and products’ characterization tests, (laboratories accredited by ENAC, the Spanish accreditation body, according to the UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025: 2000 standard): mechanical properties (tensile strength, flexion, compression, impact, etc.), thermal properties (Vicat, HDT), directly related to this project as well as chromatography (GC, HPLC, GPC), spectrophotometry, thermal analysis (TG, DSC, DMA) and rheometry (Plasti- Corder Brabender, Universal Dynamic Spectrometer-UDS).
- Biocomposites materials and processes.
AIMPLAS has participated in 47 Framework Program Projects (20 FP7) and 6 CIP Eco-innovation Projects, many of them related to composites such as MAC-RTM, CAYLEY, NATEX, E-Comp, BIOCOMP or CODE. Some representative national projects in this area are: NACAR, BIOFOC, CENIT-PROMETEO, CENIT-DOMINO, BIOCAR, BIONAVAL. AIMPLAS is member of EuCIA, chairs the Spanish Composites Industries Association (AESICOM) and is Member of the Board of Directors of the European Composites, Polymers and Plastics Processing Platform (ECP4, http://www.ecp4.org).
Role in the project
It will be in charge of developing biocomposites profiles at lab-scale (WP4). Environmental aspects will include recycling study of thermoset biocomposites (WP8).