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(Pole for Innovation in Polymer Engineering) Is a private non-profit research and development organisation providing consultancy, materials development, product and processing technology development, as well as testing services for the polymer industry worldwide and related sectors.

Established in 2001 by some of the leading national plastic companies, the University of Minho and with national government support, PIEP holds 42 associated members, the majority plastic industry affiliates (plastics converters, machinery suppliers, mould making companies, compounders and material suppliers). Based in Guimarães (Portugal) and strategically located in the University of Minho Campus, close to the Department of Polymer Engineering, PIEP currently employs over 30 people with relevant academic background and applied R&D experience in a wide range of polymer science and engineering domains.

Its 3,000 sq metre state-of-the-art facilities (an investment over 6.5 million Euros from private and public sector) provides extensive capabilities for polymer characterisation and testing (mechanical, thermal, rheological, chemical and thermo-physical), thermoplastics processing (conventional and multi-material injection moulding, single and twin screw extrusion, co-extrusion, blow moulding, thermoforming), thermoset processing (vacuum infusion, RTM) and advanced computational modelling tools for product engineering (processing and mechanical performance modelling).

With its core knowledge and competencies based on materials science – engineering - processing technologies, PIEP is actively engaged in the development of research projects for companies worldwide and for different application sectors (automotive, packaging, building & construction, consumer electronics, health & care, aeronautics and defence, energy and white good markets).

PIEP´s organisation, with the cooperation of the academic staff from the Department of Polymer Engineering of the University of Minho, provides research with up to date scientific knowledge, ensuring the best and innovative problem-solving approaches to industry’s innovation challenges and needs.