The centre 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 centre´s capacity in relation with RTD.
According to AIMPLAS, the new building has a total surface of 4,500 m2 and is divided into three floors. AIMPLAS says it 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 explains it is the only technology centre in Spain whose RTD activities are exclusively destined to plastic materials and their transformation processes.Compared with other entities of the material research sector, it says it provides a high level specialised 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 expects its research staff will be able to improve the capacity to launch new projects, which are related to high-value added plastic materials and innovative transformation processes as well as its use in new applications in knowledge-intensive sectors, for example, packaging, the aeronautics sector, the automotive industry, the construction sector and the medical field.
The design of the new building follows AIMPLAS’ sustainability criteria. Special attention has been paid to minimise the building’s energy consumption by obtaining the B-energy-rating with an annual consumption of 49,000 kWh and annual CO2 emissions of 32,000 kg. It says the use of the highest possible percentage of plastic materials has been considered in its construction, for example, EPDM rubber (ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber) for a waterproof roof coating, a sustainable material that is easily recycled and that permits to reduce the energetic consumption, but also roof lights and false acrylic and PVC ceiling lights, expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene foam insulation or nylon carpets and PVC carpentry.
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