AIMPLAS inaugurates new facilities for circular economy research funded by IVACE to the tune of more than two million euros

AIMPLAS inaugura unas nuevas instalaciones para la investigación en economía circular financiadas por el IVACE con más de dos millones de euros

The Plastics Technology Centre is expanding its facilities by more than 2,000 m2, which will be dedicated to R&D&I in polymer synthesis, medicine and the circular economy with the support of IVACE.

On 12 July, AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, held the opening ceremony for its new facilities, which have allowed it to expand its presence in Valencia Technology Park. The event was attended by regional and local authorities and representatives from the industrial sector.

The new facilities, funded by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) to the tune of 2.47 million euros, will allow the technology centre to respond to growing demand from society and companies to boost the circular economy through R&D&I. This is Spain’s first R&D building to obtain BREEAM certification.

These new facilities include a pilot plant for polymer synthesis chemical processes and research into the use of CO2 as a renewable raw material and will also be used to develop new chemical recycling processes and conduct research in the medical industry. This collaboration with the Valencian Department for Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Trade and Labour, through IVACE, has been key to developing and consolidating the innovation model advocated by both entities.

A reference centre in the recycling sector

During this event, one of the technology centre’s units was also inaugurated following a complete refurbishment project. This unit is divided into three different areas: a recycling pilot plant; a cutting-edge automated warehouse; and an area dedicated to generating R&D&I ideas.

Lastly, people attending the event both in person and via streaming had the opportunity to visit the new facilities and find out the results of the R&D&I lines developed by AIMPLAS to tackle climate change in line with circular economy criteria.

The new facilities have been linked by a footbridge with a unique design that reflects the hexagonal structure of a polymer. This metal structure with a micro-perforated PVC membrane coating has already become an iconic feature of Valencia Technology Park.

Commitment to the circular economy

AIMPLAS’ activity in the field of the circular economy last year was reflected in the 178 R&D&I projects presented, almost 1,000 technology services carried out and 40 training activities and workshops attended by more than 2,500 experts from almost 800 companies. Moreover, the centre has strengthened its commitment to the fight against climate change by registering its carbon footprint for 2019, 2020 and 2021 in the register of the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge.