Plastics are Future consolidates itself with a second edition that shows how the materials of the future will be

Categories: Innovation and trends in plastic materials, Nanotechnology applications in the plastics industry, Plastics industry training and events

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, closed last week the second edition of an international seminar on plastic materials that had around 130 attendees from different countries.

This second edition, characterized by being a unique seminar concept among scientific and technical-commercial events, has had a very good reception by the industry and the research and scientific community due to the interest of all the sections of the programme. In particular, the presentations made on 24 and 25 April talked about four major sections: energy, health, advanced processes and bioplastics. In the different sessions, researchers and experts presented their developments in the field of materials for these sectors, but also for the automotive, packaging or security and defence sectors.

The developments exhibited were successes in research and are at an early marketing and industrialization stage. For this reason, it was an essential forum for professionals of the sector to cover two objectives: on the one hand, the improvement of knowledge of the developments to be seen in the sector in the coming years and, on the other hand, a business opportunity to implement these new technologies in companies.

Exhibition area: a glimpse into the future

The attendees and media could see and touch some of the innovations presented in the conference room in the exhibition area. The protagonists were, in this case, the new graphene-based nanocomposites for bulletproof vests in the form of tested ballistic plates provided by the Polytechnic University of Cartagena and the transparent and flexible patches with UV reflector manufactured with photonic materials offering a total sun protection without UV-rays absorption, developed by the Institute of Materials Science of Sevilla. Furthermore, SABIC presented a totally functional plastronics demonstrator for cars that, thanks to circuit printing with conductive inks allows to reduce the weight of these components to less than half. IMDEA exhibited some developments, such as a unidirectional fabric of nanotube carbon yarns with a structural composite to store integrated energy, a result of researches that, in the near future, will allow car chassis and aircraft fuselages to turn into true batteries due to their energy storing capacity.

Regarding processes, 3D printing innovative products were also exhibited thanks to HP and Stratasys. Moreover, Coscollola presented a new painting and injection integrated process in just one layer, while Indresmat informed of the results of a new efficient and sustainable extrusion process to produce pipes, profiles, sheets, trays, etc. from thermosetting resins resistant to chemical agents and corrosion.

The exhibition areas had also some developments of AIMPLAS, such as the self-heating panels developed within the framework of the project JOSPEL and the graphene aerogels with large absorption capacity of contaminant substances as oils, hydrocarbons and CO2 developed in the projects GRAMOFON and CARMOF.

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