Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC)
- Académique et R&D
The Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC) offers industry project-based R&I combining the latest science and technology with environmental and commercial requirements for present and future plastic products. PICC is part of the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR), Switzerland, and brings together multidisciplinary expertise, processing equipment, analytical and modelling tools.
PICC strategically positions itself near the end of the plastics value chain to interact with converters, retailers, brand-owners, and after use recyclers. PICC consults on plastics selection and processing, designs alternative product options, and finds innovative sustainable and commercially attractive solutions for specific needs. In close collaboration with industry partners, tailored solutions are worked out for the desired event horizon by providing innovative synthetic organic materials, processing technologies and application designs.
Short and long-term technical challenges are addressed by engaging multiple experts as needed to deliver prototype products and offer alternatives for the industry partners.
This approach enables companies to explore new fields and extend their reach beyond the scope of their internal R&D programs.