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The RECIPE project consists of 8 partner organisations;
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<B><font face=arial color=black size=3>Rapra Technology Ltd (UK)</font></B>
Rapra Technology is Europe’s leading independent plastics and rubber research and technology organisation, providing specialist plastics and rubber technical, commercial and information services for the polymer industry and end-user industries including the automotive, construction, electrical, medical, offshore, packaging and polyurethane sectors.
Rapra has a unique mix of on-site expertise and facilities enabling the application of an integrated approach to problem solving. Their capabilities lie in the skills and experience of its people, many of whom are recognised as leading experts in their field. Rapra’s experts are backed up by extensive testing and analytical laboratory facilities, as well as the factory area for trial processing projects. The Information Department produces the world’s largest bibliographic database specialising in polymers, as well as producing a wide range of technical and scientific publications, and organising an on-going programme of conferences and training courses.
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<B><font face=arial color=black size=3>AIMPLAS, Association de Investigacion de Materiales Plasticos (Spain)</font></B>
AIMPLAS (Technological Institute of Plastics) is an innovation and technology centre recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Created in 1990, in Communidad Valenciana as a national managerial association, it belongs to the regional network of Technological Institutes (REDIT) and it is a member of FEDIT (Spanish Federation of Innovation and Technology Entities)
AIMPLAS has 369 associated companies since March 2005. It has been the promoter as well as co-ordinator of various networks of scientific and technological networks within geographical fields that mean unquestionable interest for our industry:
<LI>Euro-Vipp – The European Virtual Institute for Plastic Processing
<LI>EU-ROPLAS – European Union of Research Organisation for the plastic industry
<LI>IBERO-CIT – Latin American network of Innovation and Technology Centres (CIT) for the plastic industries
AIMPLAS belongs to
<LI>EurExCel – The European Virtual Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence
<LI>SusCompNet – The Network for Sustainable Composite Materials
AIMPLAS is carries out the following research –
<LI>Biodegradable polymers and sustainable composites
<LI>Nanotechnology applied to the polymeric materials
<LI>Composites for the building sector
<LI>New processes for the transformation of thermo-stable plastics
AIMPLAS are currently developing some other fields
<LI>Polymers and additives
<LI>Development / alteration of polymeric materials
<LI>Characterization of polymeric materials
<LI>Technologies on the processing of polymeric materials
<LI>Development of new products made with plastic
During 2004, AIMPLAS worked on 37 R & D national and local projects, and 22 international projects, most of them within the VI Framework Programme of the European Union. These are the reasons why; during 2004 AIMPLAS was one of the technology centres with more projects accepted by the EU. Currently AIMPLAS is the best choice as Spanish Centre to offer accredited test for the plastic industry.
To develop such amount of projects, AIMPLAS has established co-operation contracts with companies, universities, public innovation bodies, technology centres or any other agent with technological and scientific power within the international and national field.
The R & D projects subject to these large fields have a wide technological and scientific infrastructure, of around 4400 m2 and composed of
<LI>Three laboratories accredited by ENAC
<LI>Physical and mechanical test laboratory
<LI>Chemical test laboratory
<LI>Metrology and Calibration Laboratory
<LI>Transformation process unit
<LI>Thermo-stable Polymers Unit
We also offer the following technological services
<LI>Quality and environmental Management
<LI>R & D Projects
<LI>Communication and Information Unit
<LI>Technical Information and documentation unit (UTIC)
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<B><font face=arial color=black size=3>ASCAMM Plus Servicios Tecnològicos, S.L. (Spain)</font></B>
ASCAMM Plus Servicios Tecnològicos, S.L. is located in the Parc Tecnològic del Valles (Barcelona) and operates under the name ‘Applus+ Materials and Industrial Processes’. ASCAMM provide tool testing and certification, product and process engineering, technical consulting and high level training.
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<B><font face=arial color=black size=3>British Plastics Federation (UK)</font></B>
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the leading trade association of the UK Plastic Industry (representing approximately 80% of turnover), a springboard for industry action, existing to exploit common opportunities and resolve shared problems. Membership encompasses polymer producers, suppliers and processors in addition to additive and machinery suppliers and manufacturers.
The BPF is an authoritative, well-respected and objective source of unique information, views and commentary whose name has, as a consequence, become synonymous with plastics in the UK. The BPF promotes the interests of its Members principally through its four Market Sector Groups and its many common interest Business Groups. The BPF Central Expert Committees address industry wide concerns including fire and product safety, environment and health and safety.
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<B><font face=arial color=black size=3>CRIF-Wallonie (Belgium)</font></B>
CRIF-WTCM is a collective industrial research centre established in 1949 under the De Groot law. The institute has 140 employees, and its main task is to provide technology know-how and transfer 2,000 Belgian companies in the sectors of metalworking, plastics, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, information and communication technologies and automotive (>80% SME’s). In order to achieve this it has built national and international networking activities and specific capabilities grouped into 6 competence centres:
<LI>Engineering of materials: optimal use of materials in specific applications
<LI>Mechatronics: design and optimisation of mechatronic systems
<LI>Technology and innovation in business processes: optimisation of product development and product organisation
<LI>Processing technologies: metal cutting, casting, surface treatments
<LI>Smart Manufacturing and processes: intelligent process development
<LI>Rapid Manufacturing: rapid prototyping, tooling and manufacturing technologies development
Crif-Wallonie is one of the departments of CRIF-WTCM. It started its life in 1969 as CRIF Plastics, in order to answer the specific needs of the plastic processing members of Agoria. N 2005 the department counts45 employees, mostly skilled engineers and operators, and relies upon a cumulative investment in equipment which in the last ten years amounts to €15 million. The activity is split into three competence centres:
<LI>Engineering of materials: design and concept of high tech components in plastics and metal. Capacities range from material tuning (ems plastics, nanocomposites) to systems conception (complete FEM and CAD capacity including thermal management CFD) for multi-materials injection moulding
<LI>Smart Manufacturing and Processes: Integration of FMEA and maintenance planning in production processes, development of innovative production and control systems (adhesive tech, friction stir welding)
<LI>Rapid Manufacturing: Development of specific rapid manufacturing technology and materials (optoform), rapid prototyping technologies (DMLS, LLCC) and manufacturing technologies (ceramic and metal parts from optoform process)
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<B><font face=arial color=black size=3>Danish Technology Institute (Denmark)</font></B>
Danish Technological Institute occupies a crucial position at the point where research, business and the community converge. The Institute’s mission is to promote growth by improving interaction and encourage synergy between these three areas. The Institute now has almost 850 employees, making it one of the world’s largest private institutions to supply approved technological services such as consultancy, tests, certification and training for companies and publis sector organisations. Danish Technological Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organisation approved by the Danish authorities to provide technological services to business and the community.
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<B><font face=arial color=black size=3>ICT Fraunhofer Institut fur Chemische Technologie (Germany)</font></B>
The R & D expertise of the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT is primarily addressed toward products and processes in the fields of polymer technology, environmental engineering, electrochemistry and chemical energy fields.
The facilities and expertise focus on the conception, computation and development of products and components, on process technology, on research into materials and constituent substances, on characterization, testing and quality assurance. Feasibility studies carried out by the institute, construction and operation pilot plants, the use of individual manufacturing techniques, and tool making, all emphasise the ICT’s practical orientation. Further expertise is invested in the development of environmentally compatible products and production methods, and in the treatment and disposal of hazardous materials in accordance with the principles of resource management and sustainability.
The Fraunhofer ICT is a partner of the Institute for Plastics Testing and Science IKP at the University of Stuttgart and the institute is also home to the renowned Gesellschaft fur Umweltsimulation e.V. (GUS). Our R & D work is conducted on behalf of our customers for their specific markets, whereby we pay particular attention to the needs of small and medium-sized companies.
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<B><font face=arial color=black size=3>Pole European de Plasturgie (France)</font></B>
Based in the heart of Plastics Valley (near Oyonnax), PEP is a centre of competences equipped with powerful scientific and technical means. PEP was created in 1990 with the help of the principal professionals of the plastic industry: transformers, mould and die constructors, machine manufacturers, plastic producers and toolmakers. It was conceived with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of the plastic industries by improving the research and technology developments. PEP can intervene at all the stages, from the design to the finished product. The activities of the R & D department are based around three major themes: technical expertise, helping the companies within the framework of their projects of development and drafting of great federator projects gathering at the same time companies and technical centres. The R & D department is divided into four groups: research, industrial development, rapid manufacturing and engineering department. On top of that, the R & D department can also use all the human resources (50 employees) and equipment of PEP, which breaks up into four functional services: Industrial workshops, Laboratories, Metrology department and training.
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