Spanish plastics technology center AIMPLAS reports that in 2015 it took part in 123 R&D projects in collaboration with 227 companies, generating a return of €12.6 million for the companies involved.
These projects involve sectors such as packaging, automotive and transport, construction, environment and recycling, electrical-electronic and aeronautics.
A total of 120 professionals work in AIMPLAS in areas related to R&D and also provide other services, such as technical assessments, analysis and testing and training to other plastics companies. The organization’s analysis and testing laboratory has the highest number of tests on plastics accredited by ENAC (the Spanish national accreditation body). During the last financial year, more than 6,500 technology services were developed and 158 training activities were organised, where 2 518 attendees from 889 companies received 3,963 training hours, AIMPLAS says.
Its center has currently more than 2 000m2 of facilities and, in 2015, a new filaments extrusion line has been incorporated to this plant’s equipment to print parts by means of 3D printing.
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