Industrial Technical Center for Plastics and Composites



We have a pilot recycling line for your rigid and flexible plastics as part of the DIS30 platform (to produce plastics that are Durable, Intelligent and Safe by 2030).

DIS30: an innovative platform for the plastics of the future

The plastics industry is the target of criticism from environmental organisations and politicians and must tackle significant challenges.

In response, IPC has developed the DIS30 platform, to produce plastics that are Durable, Intelligent and Safe by 2030. The platform is partially funded by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

In it, we will set up facilities where innovation, technology and expertise can come together to solve the circular economy challenges faced by the industry’s manufacturers.

A versatile pilot recycling line that is representative of the plastics industry.

IPC boasts a pilot recycling line for flexible and rigid plastics, because recycling is the first step in your company’s circular economy journey.

Recyclability Evaluation of Plastics Materials

Ligne de recyclage IPC

Pre-treatment and size reduction is peformed using equipments such as :

  • Knife mill or Single-shaft shredder
  • Size reduction from 30mm up to 5mm
  • Mechanical or aeraulic dust removal
  • Ferrous and non-ferrous separation

Flakes are washed and dried :

  • Hot or Cold water cleaning
  • Customizable parameters (time, temperature, speed, etc.)
  • Possibility of using chemical agents (surfactants, caustic soda, etc.)

Materials can be separated by density using static or dynamic flotation bath :

  • Static flotation separation
  • Dynamic flotation separation
  • Electrostatic Separation (Conductive / nonconductive materials)

This step, specific for flexible materials, allows densfication of flakes before regeneration (extrusion) :

  • Thermopelletizer

Recycled material is homogenized dur to filtration and extrusion to pellets :

  • Single-Screw extruder
  • Twin-Screw extruder
  • Different size of filters available : 80 up to 500µm

Many different processing techniques for producing test samples, films, tubes, containers, sheets…

  • Injection moulding
  • Blow moulding extrusion
  • Inflation extrusion
  • Extrusion of profiles (tubes, etc..)
  • Cast extrusion
  • Calendering of films, sheets, plates…

Equipment technical data sheets

déchiqueteur          unité de lavage          séparateur flottaison          thermoregulateur          régénération

The analyses we offer

Materials testing and evaluation using laboratory tests and analyses at each stage of recyclability testing.

  • Physical and chemical characterisation (presence of heavy metals, ash content, humidity level, infra-red analysis, MFI, appearance: L*a*b*, haze, etc.).
  • Mechanical characterisation (testing mechanical tensile and flexural properties as well as impact, fall and tear resistance).
  • Dimension measurement (thicknesses, shrinkage, etc.).

Assess and certify the recyclability of your products

Test your products and technologies to assess their effective recyclability, and certify your approach with a recognized European label: RecyClass.

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A versatile pilot recycling line representative of the industry

Alongside reduction and reuse, the recycling of plastic packaging is one of the keys to the circular economy and progress needs to be made in this area. In France, the authorities have made it simpler for consumers to recycle packaging. Consequently, more and more crisp packets, animal feed bags and bag-in-box pouches find their way to recycling bins, but there is no way to actually recycle them. Often, that is because their compatibility with the recycling systems in place has yet to be tested. To solve this issue, COTREP (Elipso, Valorplast, SRP and Citeo) and the IPC’s specialist technical centre for plastics in Oyonnax (eastern France) have teamed up to build a new facility, the only one of its kind in Europe, to assess the recyclability of household plastic packaging. Watch the video to find out more about this innovation through four key points.

Les moyens et les installations de la Plateforme DIS30


IPC has developed a pilot recycling line for flexible and rigid plastics that can be adapted to each specific problem.


IPC can carry out various tests and analyses on your products or materials.

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Biodegradability Clermont

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The DIS30 platform is co-financed by the European Union (ERDF funds) and financially supported by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

L'Europe s'engage en région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes avec FEDER
Union Européenne
La Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
Carnot InstituteCTI NetworkISO 9001 SGS