AIMPLAS Instituto Tecnologico Del Plastico

C/ Gustave Eiffel, 4, Parque Tecnológico de Valencia, 46980 Paterna (Valencia)

Telephone +34 96 136604-0
Fax +34 96 136604-1

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 7, level 1 / B41
 Interactive Plan

Hall map

K 2016 hall map (Hall 7, level 1): stand B41

Fairground map

K 2016 fairground map: Hall 7, level 1

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  •  Bioplastics, biologically degradable

Bioplastics, biologically degradable

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.023  Electrically conductive plastics

Electrically conductive plastics

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.003  Technical parts
  •  Parts from high performance thermoplastics

Parts from high performance thermoplastics

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.004  Compounds/Recyclates


  • 04  Services for the plastics and rubber industrie
  • 04.06  Science and consulting

Our products

Product category: Science and consulting

Analysis & Testing

AIMPLAS is the first Spanish centre that offers an accredited testing by ENAC (Spanish National Accreditation Body) in conformity with EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in the plastics industry. Every year we carry out over 1,500 services, providing our clients with an added value by a customised attention and assistance in the interpretation of results.

What do you need?

How can we assist you? We work with the most modern equipments in our laboratories, to be able to offer solutions in relation with:

Failure analysis
Expert reports
Technical product data sheets
Validation / compliance with specifications
Characterisation of unknown samples
Compliance with national and international standards (UNE, EN, ISO, ASTM, DIN, BS, etc.)
Brand tracking of N from AENOR
Food contact: compliance with the European/Spanish Legislation and with the US FDA
Pharmacopoeia: compliance with Spanish Pharmacopoeia (RFE), European Pharmacopoeia (Eur.Ph.) and US Pharmacopoeia (USP)
CE marking of gas tanks, purification plants and septic tanks (Notified Body by the Ministry of Industry, No 1842)

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Product category: Science and consulting

Technical Assistance

The current economic situation forces enterprises to find short-term solutions. Thus, we intensified our efforts in technical assistance to companies in relation with processes, materials and finished products, providing the solutions to their every-day problems. Do you need assistance in legislation and standards? Do you want to know about the failure causes of your product? The reduction of production costs, the optimization of the design or the assessment of waste material are some of the challenges that companies face every day. We support them in resolving these problems with our experience and know-how.

AIMPLAS assumes your technical problem or your technological challenge, as it were our own: legislation and standardization, assistance in the improvement of machine parameters and connected reduction of production costs and production time, expert reports and arbitrations.

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Product category: Science and consulting

Competitive intelligence

Today the importance of information for a company is obvious, the knowledge about conditions, tendencies, competitors' strategies, emerging threats, opportunities, etc. which certainly affect the company´s current situation and position, are fundamental.

But, how can you gather, select and analyse such an important volume of information? We have the answer in our Technology Watch and Competitive Intelligence Service. We assist you in gathering and analysing information in relation with your business field and your own organisation, to be able to convert it afterwards into the know-how that you need for your decision making at the lowest risks and with the possibility to anticipate upcoming changes.

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Company news




Oct 4, 2016

Innovation on urban bulky waste recovery will allow to obtain a benefit of more than 2,000 annual million euros in Europe

In spite of the development carried out on urban waste management in favour of a circular economy, bulky waste represents a challenge for being recovered. More than a 60 % of the 19 million tonnes of furniture, mattresses, upholstery, textiles and plastic garden products, among others, are thrown away each year in the European countries end in landfills.

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, coordinates the European project URBANREC (agreement no 690103), within the 2020 programme’s framework. In this project, lasting 42 months, other 20 partners participate. They are developing effective management solutions promoting prevention and reusing, but also applying innovations on logistics and waste treatment to make possible bulky waste recovery for obtaining high-added value recycled products, such as adhesives; solvents or additives; foams; composites reinforced with fibre and felt and reinforced plastics, such as Wood Plastic Compounds, etc. by means of innovative solutions on mechanical and chemical recycling. In particular, the aim is to achieve an 82 % recovery of bulky waste across Europe with an economic net profit of 225.6 euros per ton, what represents 2,127 annual million euros. 

Variable recovery rates
Urban waste recovery rates in the European Union vary very much from country to country, since there is no a specific global legislation. Logistic systems also vary from regions to regions and no economic recovery methods have been defined to be globally used. The percentages go from a 70 % in Belgium to a 5 % in Turkey, while in Spain represent a 25-30 %. By means of this project we aim to set the foundations to define and boost the development of a future European legislation on bulky waste, as well to give logistic and technological solutions to the problem.

Polyurethane or latex foams, other plastic mixes, different textiles or even wood are the most commonly materials urban bulky materials are made of. After being picked up, classified, reused and divided by advanced techniques, such as 3D-cutting fragmentation, different recovering routes and processes will be developed, allowing to obtain added-value products.

The consortium of URBANREC project is coordinated by AIMPLAS and other Spanish local entities take part, such as the Provincial Council of Valencia and the Consorcio Valencia Interior and the companies ECOFRAG, COLCHONES DELAX and BLUE PLASMA POWER (Valencia). Other technology centres involved are Fraunhofer-ICT (Germany), CENTEXBEL (Belgium), IOS-PIB (Poland) and IYTE (Izmir, Turkey).

Some other entities take part, such as the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+), located in Belgium. The European companies that form the consortium are IZNAB (Poland), RAMPF (Germany), RESCOLL (France), EUROSPUMA (Portugal) and PROCOTEX and VANHEEDE (Belgium), as well as the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (Belgium) and IMOG (Belgium), Warsaw City Hall, Department of Waste Management (Poland) and the City Council of Bornova (Turkey).

This project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690103.

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Oct 4, 2016

A new decontamination technology will allow recycling packages having contained hazardous substances

After two years of researches, the European project LIFE EXTRUCLEAN has resulted in an innovative process in pilot plant to decontaminate plastic wastes having contained hazardous substances. Effectiveness of the new technology exceeds 70 % the conventional processes, while the challenge of the coming six months is scaling the results at industrial level and validating the characteristics of the new packages manufactured with the resulting material.

The project has a duration of 30 months and is funded through the EU’s LIFE programme and coordinated by AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre. Other entities, such as the technology centre AIDIMME, the association of exporters ARVET, as well as companies such as ACTECO and ENPLAST take part, all leaders in the plastics recycling and packaging manufacturing, respectively.

In order to eliminate toxicity in plastic packages having contained toxic substances and hazardous mixtures, it is currently used the triple washing and drying method. It is a treatment where large amounts of water, washing liquids and energy are used, as well as the generation of waste waters, which must have a specific treatment. After this decontamination process, plastics are usually processed by means of extrusion, since this treatment affects their performances.

The project LIFE EXTRUCLEAN has developed a decontamination process by using sc-CO2 (supercritical carbon dioxide) in the extrusion process. The company ACTECO, together with AIMPLAS, is implementing the new technology with the aim of simplifying the current washing and drying processes previous to extrusion, with the consequent energy and resource saving. The company ENPLAST will be responsible of obtaining packages with the new recycled material and, together with AIDIMME, they will carry out their validation for the final application. On the other hand, ARVET has coordinated the dissemination activities foreseen during the project’s duration.  

Sustainable and efficient technology
Besides being a clean technology, since it reduces the use of chemical substances, water and energy, as well as the generation of waste waters, this new system will allow to improve the quality of the recycled material. In this way, the scope will be widen to others with higher added value, such as the manufacturing of new packages for hazardous substances and mixtures.

Especially during the first half of the project, the process was optimized by using contaminated polyethylene jerry cans in a controlled environment with simulants and liquid models. The results showed percentages of reduction of simulants up to 80 % in the case of packages for industrial or phytosanitary products, what means a 70 % more than with traditional methods.

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Oct 4, 2016

The dairy sector will be able to package its products in biodegradable bags and bottles resistant to thermal treatments

AIMPLAS has completed the research that have made possible to develop new biopolymers from which it will be able to manufacture new biodegradable bottles, bags and caps resistant to sterilization and pasteurization, therefore, they can contain dairy products, such as fresh milk, shakes and yoghurts with probiotics.

The project BIOBOTTLE, developed within the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme has been coordinated by AIMPLAS and has a budget of one million euros. Seven companies and technology centres from five different countries have taken part:  VLB (Germany), OWS (Belgium), CNR (Italy), VIZELPAS and ESPAÇOPLAS (Portugal) and finally ALMUPLAS and ALJUAN (Spain).

The packages for this kind of products are currently manufactured from polyethylene, which, although it is easy recyclable, it still ends its shelf life mostly in landfills, due to the odour problems that this product’s wastes cause. For that reason, and given the huge amount of milk products consumed in the European Union, it is so interesting developing biodegradable and compostable packages.

The aim of the project was achieving that the new biodegradable packages manufactured with the biopolymers developed within the project complied with the mechanical and thermal aspects required for these applications, as well as they passed the microbiological tests without affecting the product’s organoleptic properties. The results are monolayer bottles and caps and multilayer bags able to resist temperatures up to 95ºC.

By means of a reactive extrusion process, it has been achieved to modify the existing commercial material, so they fulfil the expectations and are processable by conventional methods to obtain the different packaging formats.

Economically compostable and viable
From the new biopolymers developed, which have also passed the composting tests carried out, the packages for milk products already described will be obtained. These packages, although with the current costs of biodegradable materials, increase in less than 10 % the final cost of the packages product.

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Sep 22, 2016

New flexible PLA with a higher impact resistance as potential substitute of polypropylene in food packaging

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, has completed its participation in the European project INNOREX. By means of these researches, it has been possible to develop an innovative process to obtain PLA improving its mechanical properties, thus allowing its application in injected packages and replacing polypropylene.

The main innovation in the process of PLA achievement developed within the project InnoREX is the use of an extruder as a reactor to produce polylactic acid (PLA) from lactide. This new technology allows doing without metallic catalysts and using alternative energies to improve the reaction’s kinetics, as well as doing a measurement in line with material viscosity during the process. A wide research has been made, related to how the final properties of biopolymers are modified by adding additives and/or fillers, where a modified PLA has been achieved, more flexible and 200 % more resistant to impact than the conventional one.

Thanks to these improvements in its properties, it has been established that the new material can be used in food packaging manufacturing by injection and thermoforming, where PLA can replace polypropylene. In this way, we are contributing to reduce the consumption of conventional plastics by others coming from renewable sources and biodegradable. Moreover, the elimination of metallic particles in the process will result in an environmental improvement and for the safety of workers, as well as an opportunity for the application of these biopolymers in new sectors, such as biomedicine.

Synthesis of a new catalyst
After a long research, it has been achieved the synthesis of a new eco-friendly and organic catalyst to catalyse the polymerisation of lactide, thus getting a robust conversion of monomers to obtain a high molecular weight PLA with good polydispersity and optimal optical purity. In addition, the results obtained are reproducible at bulk scale and there is the possibility of extrusion.

PLA procurement process
The procurement of PLA has been made by means of polymerization by Ring-Opening Polymerization (ROP) through a reactive extrusion process that unifies in a unique process the chemical and the pellet synthesis. Moreover, the use of alternative energies, such as microwaves or ultrasounds has allowed getting an energetic reduction up to 20 % when obtaining the final material. 

AIMPLAS has been part of the European Project INNOREX together with other 11 European companies and technology centres under the coordination of the German centre Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology. The project has been funded by the Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no 309802 with a duration of 42 months.

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Sep 22, 2016

AIMPLAS to exhibit at K Trade Fair its innovations on advanced materials and bioplastics

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, is attending from 19 to 26 October a new edition of the K Trade Fair, with a stand located at Hall 7 Level 1 Stand B41, where it is going to launch its most recent innovations in the field of advanced materials, as well as its latest developments on bioplastics.

This time, AIMPLAS has gone for giving importance to advanced materials. For that purpose, together with a sample of bio-packages, its stand will be showing a series of interactive demonstrators composed by innovative materials with advanced properties, such as conductive plastics, what allows new heating systems by applying the Joule heating or ultrahydrophobic items.  

Therefore, the attendants will be able to see the application of the new plastic materials with conductive properties, such as those developed within the European project POLYCOND, thanks to the incorporation of carbon nanotubes. With these new materials an original lamp-shaped demonstrator has been designed, which responds to touch for its activation.  

The attendants visiting the stand of the Plastics Technology Centre will be able to observe the practical application of the thermoelectric Joule heating on a sheet, whose application will have many benefits in the heating systems of electric vehicles due to the substantial savings in the energy consumption, expected to be 30 %.

Another example of the researches made by AIMPLAS on innovative materials is an ultrahydrophobic coating applicable to very exigent sectors, such as the aeronautics, construction or automotive sectors. These materials, impossible to get wet, can be useful in their application in aircraft wings to avoid the formation of ice without adding other systems increasing weight; in solar panels, to keep them clean and get the most out of its capacity of energy production; and even in indoor and outdoor surfaces of houses to avoid water marks.

The use of plastics in the packaging sector plays a key role in the so-called ‘circular economy’. In this line, AIMPLAS is launching at the K Trade Fair different and innovative solutions to improve its sustainability, where bioplastic materials with biodegradable and compostable properties are key actors. Among them, we find the first tube-shaped biodegradable packaging for cosmetics and packages for dairy products with the same properties that withstand thermal treatments, such as sterilisation and pasteurization. Other examples are packages for juice or patisserie manufactured with sugars obtained from the wastes generated by the industries themselves and multilayer, recyclable and biodegradable packages allowing preserving products such as cheese or fresh pasta.

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About us

Company details

AIMPLAS is a non-profit research association with the object to operate as a technological partner for enterprises from the plastics industry and thus offering them integral and customized solutions by coordinating research, development and innovation projects as well as technology services.

We are located in Spain and have over 20 years of experience helping companies in the sector, including the manufacturers of raw material, processors and end users.

AIMPLAS has the most comprehensive resources, with over 8.500 m2, to address technical analysis and testing as well as R&D projects related to plastics:

More than 20 pilot plants with different processes for plastic processing.
Internationally accredited laboratories according to ISO/IEC 17025.
109 professionals.

Solutions for plastics

R&D Projects
Analysis and testing
Technical assistance
Competitive Intelligence

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Company data

Number of employees

101 - 500



Area of business

Services for the plastics and rubber industries

Target groups
  • Plastic product manufacturing
  • Chemical industry
  • Packaging / distribution
  • Vehicle construction / aerospace
  • Electronics / electro technology
  • Construction / building and living
  • Medical technology / precision engineering / optics
  • ICT
  • Agriculture
  • Sports / leisure