AEP Polymers (AEP) is an innovation based company that acts as the missing link between basic R&D and industrial applications. It says it develops novel bio-based polymers and formulations, validating them in real industrial applications, covering the development from small laboratory quantities to pre-industrial scale-up.
The company believes that innovation is needed to increase UK manufacturing productivity, material efficiency and competitiveness for the long term, offering it's assistance in collaborative R&D and innovation projects in this area.
Innovate UK has opened a series of calls for projects that will tackle innovation in manufacturing and materials. The calls will fund a range of projects that addresses technical or commercial challenges in this scope, leading to increased business productivity, competitiveness and growth, especially for SMEs. The European Horizon 2020 is an unprecedented funding programme for collaborative R&D activities, intended to boost the competitiveness of the European economy. The ideal consortium for these funded projects is a harmonic blend of RTOs, SMEs and industrial end users from different countries.
AEP says that its comprehensive approach includes strategic evaluation, technical feasibility, polymer chemistry, product testing, design of formulations, upscaling of chemical reactions, prototyping and benchmarking. The company also offers laboratory testing services, feasibility studies, design and execution of bespoke R&D and innovation programmes.
Currently, the company is a partner in SmartLi, a three-year programme which aims to develop valorisation routes for lignin, for example, in plywood resins and composites. This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 668467.
AEP is also working with industrial partners to create brand new substances and materials starting from renewable resources and combining different chemical structures, from fatty acids to bio aromatics. In particular, Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) is a naturally occurring source of phenols. In turn, the company has developed a portfolio of industrial polymers from CNSL to deliver performing materials for demanding industrial applications in composites, polyurethanes and adhesives.
The AEP lab is located within the AREA Science Park, a multi-disciplinary scientific and technological park in Trieste, Italy.