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Creating competitive edge for the European polymer processing industry driving new added-value products with conducting polymers

Objective

PolyCond address the needs of the European plastic converters, a traditional less RTD intensive sector mainly composed of SMEs (>99%) through an ambitious multidisciplinary approach to develop new, radically innovative knowledge-based & sustainabl e products & services for protection against the affects of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) & Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). This will be achieved by the development of conductive plastic composites that are eco-friendly, cost effective & with high added value. Research is based on blends of engineering polymers & Inherently Conductive Polymers (ICPs) with improved conductivity or hybrid systems of ICPs with conductive nanotubes. Innovative eco-efficient processing based on CO2 ass isted technologies specifically tailored to the new materials will also be developed. Although there is existing research on ICPs; with the knowledge & technologies presently available (materials & processing) it is impossible to fulfil the deman ding properties required to replace metals in EMI shielding applications. PolyCond will dramatically extend the current performance & processability of ICPs to replace metals in EMI shielding & ESD protection applications. The main barriers to overcome are: Low conductivity of existing melt processable ICPs Temperature sensitivity of existing melt processable ICPs Compatibility & dispersion problems of conductive nanofillers in complex matrixes PolyCond's approach will give: Plastic comp onents with embedded EMI shielding functionality Weight reduction of at least 60% Total cost reduction of shielding components approaching 90% Production time reduction of 80% improving productivity PolyCond benefits plastic processors in the EU, devel oping new technologies addressing key long-term problems with permanent impact. A multidisciplinary & integrated approach includes technology transfer & training activities mobilising EU & Regional funding.

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Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Address

Valencia Parc TecnolÒGic C/ Gustave Eiffel, 4
Paterna (Valencia)

Spain

Administrative Contact

Concha SANZ BOX (Ms)

Participants (20)

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PANIPOL OY

Finland

PROMOLDING BV

Netherlands

FAPERIN S.L.

Spain

COLOREX B.V.

Netherlands

INTERMEDIC ARFRAN S.A.

Spain

MOLDEOS ESPECIALES DE POLIURETANOS, S.A.

Spain

WHITAKER TECHNICAL PLASTICS LTD

United Kingdom

TBA TEXTILES LTD

United Kingdom

SMITHERS RAPRA LIMITED

United Kingdom

RONDOL TECHNOLOGY LTD

United Kingdom

EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS

Belgium

BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION

United Kingdom

MAGYAR VEGYIPARI SZÖVETSÉG (HUNGARIAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)

Hungary

BOND VOOR MATERIALENKENNIS

Netherlands

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Finland

KEMIAI KUTATOKOZPONT - MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA

Hungary

HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Finland

COMPAÑIA LEVANTINA DE REDUCTORES, S.L

Spain

LABO TERMELO, KERESKEDELMI ÉS SZOLGÁLTATÓ KORLÁTOLT FELELOSSÉGU TÁRSASÁG

Hungary

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 515835

  • Start date

    1 February 2005

  • End date

    31 January 2009

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 979 734

  • EU contribution

    € 4 994 129

Coordinated by:

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain