Aimplas says that it was involved in almost 200 R&D projects in 2021.

The European plastics center also provided nearly 1000 “technology services” to companies, it said.

Around 40 training activities, workshops and seminars were held and attended by more than 2,500 experts from 800 companies.
Aimplas’ R&D areas cover ecodesign; bio-based, recycled, recyclable, biodegradable and compostable materials; repair and reuse; waste collection, management and separation systems; and mechanical and chemical recycling processes.

One of its projects was RECOTRANS, which focused on manufacturing lighter vehicles without increasing costs. New thermoplastic composites were developed using microwaves and laser welding, resulting in a reduction in costs and energy consumption, as well as confirmation of the feasibility of recycling and processing the resulting material, Aimplas said.

Aimplas was also reportedly involved in EU plastics recovery schemes with a focus on improving the circularity of plastics.