Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics in Valencia, Spain, has opened a research center for new materials and nanocomposites.
The company says that the new center is fitted with the most modern equipment to enable research of new, high value-added materials, such as composites, nanomaterials, intelligent materials and materials from renewable sources.
The new building, states Aimplas, has a total surface of 4,500 square meters (48,000 square feet) and is divided into three floors. The company says the building contains the highest level of plastic materials in its construction, using EPDM rubber for a waterproof roof coating, acrylic and PVC ceiling lights, expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene foam insulation and nylon and PVC flooring.
The company says that the center will help it to increase its annual number of research and technical development projects. Aimplas is the only technology center in Spain whose research activities are exclusively about plastic materials and processing.
Aimplas is a non-profit research association and says its objective is to operate as a technological partner for enterprises from the plastics industry and offer them solutions by coordinating research, development and innovation projects as well as technology services.