Aimplas, the Plastics Technology Center (Valencia, Spain) hosted a two day international event last week in Valencia for hundreds of professionals in the plastics industry. During the first edition of the seminar Plastics are Future, attendees were shown some of the most recent innovations on plastic materials and their applications in sectors such as medicine, electronics, construction and packaging.
Derprosa (Jaén, Spain) has launched its new film-shaped material used as a packaging coating. Its product Soft Touch has demonstrated the power of touch and sight in customer’s purchasing decision to the point of triggering positive neuronal sensations that lead to buy in 70% of the consumers surveyed.
For the field of polymers, also shown at the meeting has been the development of sustainable solutions from renewable, biodegradable or compostable sources with a huge number of applications in sectors such as packaging.
For sustainable building, Acciona (Madrid, Spain) launched composite innovative façades that can be made up from insulators or photovoltaic cells to vertical gardens or ventilated façades, while ITMA presented an innovative outlook on architectural textiles. The University of Alicante displayed the characteristics of a self-healing new material with intelligent properties, whereas Stratasys presented on additive manufacturing innovations by means of its new 3D printers.
The applications of the new plastic materials in the medical field have been shown by professionals from the Virgen Macarena - Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, who have already successfully completed complex cardiovascular interventions, assisted by 3D-printed organ models.
According to Adolfo Benedito, materials researcher at Aimplas and organizer of the meeting, “the innovation in polymers has allowed to obtain new high-performance materials, such as fire-resistant or superhydrophobic materials with anti-icing properties with applications in demanding sectors, such as construction and aeronautics.”
Additives and nanomaterials offer many benefits to plastic or polymer materials by giving them new properties until they become what have been called as “intelligent plastics.” Their capability to react to external stimuli and change shape and state gives them a huge advantage over conventional materials.
Sponsors included PolyOne, Arkema, Iesmat, Derprosa (Taghleef Industries), Stratasys and Guzmán Global.