With a staff of 123 employees, the technology centre developed a total of 127 R&D projects last year, where 308 companies took part, having a return of more than 16.8 EUR million.
AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, inaugurated on 23 Macrh its new R&D building in an act attended by more than 150 people and Ximo Puig, president of the Valencian regional government and other authorities from the innovation and industry fields.
These new facilities have a surface of more than 1,000 m2, added to the 8,500 m2 that the technology centre already had and distributed in six other buildings. The new plant was built in the place where there was an office area and premises, where plastic products and equipment for industrial trials used to be stored, what suffered a fire in May 2015. José Antonio Costa, managing director of AIMPLAS, told in his speech: “the new building includes our compounding pilot plants and it will enable us to reinforce our activity in fields such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, 3D printing or active packages by developing plastic compounds with properties such as electrical conductivity, fire resistance, anti-bacterial action or high barrier”, told Costa. As a result, the technology centre will keep meeting the needs of innovation of its customers in different sectors like packaging, aeronautics, the automotive industry, construction and the electrical-electronic and medicine sectors.
The new facilities were built taking into account the most demanding measurements to preserve the security of researchers working there, as well as to minimize the impact of its activity in the environment.
On the other hand, José Luis Yusá, president of AIMPLAS, has highlighted how the new building is the result of the need, but also of “enthusiasm and teamwork and this will allow to increase the number of R&D projects that we perform annually and, as a result, to increase the transference of knowledge towards companies”.
The president of the Valencian regional government acknowledged in his speech the difficulties that companies and entrepreneurs must overcome and he said that “the most important thing is to fall and rise again restarting a project just like AIMPLAS has done. These are the values that the Autonomous Community of Valencia must have”. “There are no short cuts towards prosperity, the main point is the product and it is associated to innovation”, he said.
In the framework of this opening, AIMPLAS also organized a demonstrative event of its new facilities, where more than 130 individualized assessments were performed by professionals of the centre, where the attendees knew first-hand the technological capacities of the centre in compounding, composites, recycling, injection and extrusion.