Plastics and composite materials R&D centre offers technical skills for the development of new polymer materials and innovative projects.

OFFER from France, reference: TOFR20151204002, valid from 24-02-2017 untill 14-06-2018

  • Title:
    Plastics and composite materials R&D centre offers technical skills for the development of new polymer materials and innovative projects.
  • Start date:
    24 februari 2017
  • End date:
    14 juni 2018
  • Summary:
    A French R&D centre specialised in plastics and composite materials offers technical competencies for the characterization and the development of new polymer materials. The center is interested in research cooperation, technical cooperation and license agreements. They are looking for collaboration with academia, R&D centres and industrials from diverse sectors (automautomotive, transport, aerospace, food and cosmetic packaging, construction) and who are keen to develop new polymer materials.
  • Description:
    A French R&D centre and engineering school specialised in plastics and composite materials proposes technical competencies for the characterization and the development of new polymer materials

    Research is focused on recycling, thermoplastics composites and bio-based materials

    Expertise includes the development of thermoplastic composites containing diverse fillers (e.g hollow glass microbeads, natural fibers, graphite) and polymers blends for industrial applications such as automotive, transport, cosmetic and packaging.

    Another research focus is plastic waste recycling and formulation; for example End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV), and waste electronic and electrical equipments (WEEE).

    Finally, the centre is specialised in sustainable and eco-friendly polymer materials such as mulch films, home furnishing and biodegradable food packaging.

    The R&D centre technical skills are the following:

    • Melt processing techniques
    • Thermoplastic formulation
    • Development of new polymer materials;
    • Polymer characterization (chemical, physical, mechanical and rheological)

    The centre has got the following facilities and equipment:

    • Physico-chemical Analyses:

    - Infrared spectrometers using ATR transmission and reflection (FTIR)
    - Infrared Microscopes (micro-FTIR) using transmission and dispersive reflection
    - Sequential X-ray fluorescence spectrometer
    - UV-visible spectrometer
    - Gas chromatography combined with mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
    - Goniometer (equipped with heating plate)
    - Helium pycnometer
    - Soxhelet extraction
    - Optical microscope

    • Thermal analyses:

    - Muffle furnace
    - Thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA)
    - Karl Fischer titration
    - Moisture analyser
    - Differential scanning calorimetry (DCS)
    - Vicat softening point (methods A and B)
    - Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT)

    • Mechanical and rheological analyses:

    - A or D Shore hardness
    - Tensile, flexural and compression testing
    - IZOD and Charpy machine (with 0.5, 2 and 4J pendulum, temperature ranges from -50°c to 250°C ± 1°C)
    - Melt flow index (MFI/ MVI)
    - Capillary rheometer

    • Melt-processing techniques

    - BUSS kneeder (up to 40 kg/h)
    - ZSK32 Twin-screw extruder equipped with two side feeders, liquid injection systems, and Gala underwater pelletizing system(up to 200 kg/h)
    - ZSK18 Twin-screw extruder (450°C maxi) with three gravimetric feeders (0,2-20 kg/h )
    - Caccia 200-L turbo mixer (up to 10 000 rpm)
    - Thermo-Hakke batch mixer 20 Injection Moulding Machines (50 to 200 tons, gas and water-assisted injection and co-injection moulding,
    - 3 single screw extruders
    - 1 blown-film machine (width 50 cm )
    - 1 sheet extruder (300µm to 5 mm, width 80 cm)
    - 5 thermoforming machines

    The R&D centre proposes services to industrials coming mainly from automotive, transport and aeronautics sectors but also from food and cosmetic packaging and construction sectors. The partners sought should be keen to integrate R&D into their products and projects development processes. They are interested in research cooperation agreements, technical cooperation agreements and license agreements with industrials but also with R&D centers and academia. They are also open to collaborate in the frame of EU projects such as Horizon 2020 projects or Interreg projects.
Partner Sought
  • Type of Partnership Considered:
    License agreement, Technical cooperation agreement, Research cooperation agreement
  • Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:

    The R&D centre would like to collaborate with industrials, R&D centres or acdelia who are keen to innovate and to develop R&D projects related to polymer materials.
    The centre is interested in research cooperation agreements (H2020 projects, Interreg projects), technical cooperation agreements and license agreements.

    SME 11-50,University,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

  • Development stage:
    Under development/lab tested
  • IPR Status:
    Secret Know-how
  • Market keywords:
    Fibre-reinforced (plastic) composites
    Processes for working with plastics
    Polymer (plastics) materials
    Chemical and solid material recycling
    Engineering services
  • Technology keywords:
    Composite materials
    Plastics, Polymers
    Lightweight materials
    Analyses / Test Facilities and Methods
  • NACE keywords:
    Research and experimental development on biotechnology
  • Advantages and Innovations:
    The R&D centre’s key strength and expertise lie in its capacity to tailor polymer materials for challenging projects. The innovation is based on the fact that every polymer formulation is designed thinking of the final product in which it will result. It is not the prodcut which adapts to the formulation but the formulation which adapts to the product.
  • Type and Size of Organisation:
    R&D Institution
  • Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation
  • Year Established:
  • Turnover:
  • Country of origin:
  • Languages spoken
    • English
    • French