IPC is the Technical Industrial Centre of the French plastics and composites industry, with more than 2500 SMEs directly connected to IPC. As such, IPC is in charge of providing the plastics and composites industry with innovative and high added value facilities and manufacturing pilot lines, cutting edge expertise and services. IPC covers the full industry value chain with its key fields of expertise including design and simulation of parts and processes; advanced injection moulding and tooling; thermoplastics materials; composites materials; plastronics, Circular Economy. Main markets addressed today encompass packaging, automotive, aeronautics, health, connectors, house appliances, horology. Developing new value chains is a key strategic issue with focus e.g. on advanced materials, micro / nanostructured plastic parts, microsystems on plastics; smart composites; multi-materials additive manufacturing.
In the “advanced functional materials” research program line, IPC works on innovative bio-based materials from the development of their formulations, the investigation of the processability and recyclability to the validation of the final properties (food contact properties, barrier properties, etc;) taking into account the normalisation aspect. IPC has a strong experience in collaborative projects with an average of 25 running projects per year. It has previously been coordinating two FP7 projects and is currently coordinating two H2020 Projects.