The new IPC Board of Directors has just elected its new chairman, Étienne Bechet de Balan. He succeeds Paul Valette, who has just completed his mandate.
"My goal is that tomorrow, IPC will be the tool of all French industrialists, accessible to all, from the smallest to the largest. We will increase technology transfers, the dissemination of know-how, and launch new collective projects involving industrialists using a wide variety of technologies, in partnership with other French and European research centres. Our ambition is to make our manufacturers more competitive internationally, with products with high added value, lighter, more innovative, smarter, more connected and more environmentally friendly. I approach this new mandate with confidence, because Paul Valette has done a considerable amount of work in three years: he has implemented the governance of IPC, defined its objectives and missions and led the merger of the teams and know-how of PEP, Compositec, ISPA-E, Cemcat, 3SinPack, and JCEP. He also presided over the launch of numerous collaborative projects and collective actions," says Étienne Bechet de Balan, new president of IPC, general secretary of the CEP industrial group, and president since 2012 of Allize Plasturgie Auvergne, and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (500 industrial members).
"The Federation fully supports Étienne Bechet de Balan to engage IPC in the priority issues of our profession. IPC has a strategic role for our industry, as it is the only industrial technical centre entirely dedicated to the plastics and composites sector. We want to include IPC as a major national player in innovation and research and development for a long time to come," explains Jean Martin, General Delegate of the Federation of Plastics and Composites.
A strategy focused on the circular economy and the industry of the future
IPC supports two strong axes in its strategy: the circular economy and the industry of the future. Indeed, the CTI will devote almost a third of its budget for collective actions related to the circular economy and will, in 2019, host 16 workshops "recycled plastics" throughout France.
The Industrial Technical Centre also implements tools to accelerate the innovation and competitiveness of industrialists, particularly in strategic areas for plastics professionals, such as recycling, additive manufacturing or food energy. For example, IPC has just launched a unique technology platform related to 3D printing: Printer, and is expected to announce the creation of new platforms soon.
"IPC's action plan [demonstrates] how the use of polymers allows for stronger, lighter and more recyclable everyday objects. Improved collection and sorting of plastic waste allows us to participate in a truly circular and environmentally friendly economy that meets the expectations of our citizens," continues Étienne Bechet de Balan.
A new business model under consideration to activate skills transfers
The CTI's mission is to give industrialists a head start in innovation. "IPC complements the innovative projects carried out by Plastipolis and other clusters. The projects on which IPC is working are different, because we want to provide industrialists with answers on still un advanced research and development topics, such as circular economy, 3D printing or intelligence integration. The aim is to create startups in collaboration with industrialists, in order to provide them with advanced technological solutions," explains Luc Uytterhaeghe, CEO of IPC.