New Delhi: The Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Karnataka to set up an advanced polymer design and development research laboratory cum high learning centre at Bengaluru.
The laboratory will have all modern equipment and machinery. The estimated investment is Rs 87 crore. The State government shall allot the required land for the centre and also share 50% of the project cost. The centre will act as a multi-functional, one-step facility with specialization in product development in the polymer sector. It will also conduct R&D, product tests and evaluations and commercialization of technology.
The proposed centre shall play a pivotal role in developing new plastic technologies, processes and products to enhance the use of plastics for the promotion of industries and betterment of the people. It will meet the government’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ drives through indigenization of technology for import substitution in the areas of defense material, bio-polymers & bio-nano composites for packaging, bio-sensors for healthcare applications, natural fibre reinforced composites for automobile applications, polymer adhesives and coating for marine applications, fuel solar cells for solar energy and e-waste recycling.
The laboratory will also compliment a number of projects of the ISRO, DRDO, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Electronics, CSIR and other public and private sector organizations.
In broader terms, the Centre will address various global issues such as the requirement of light weight components, nano-composites, high-performance coatings, flame retardant polymers, increased use of plastic in agriculture and construction, and tailor-made polymer solution for various industries.
The laboratory shall establish strong ties with the industries, especially for design and development of advanced polymers, micro-fluidic device development and manufacturing techniques for medical and electronics etc.
The CIPET has 28 centres across the country, out of which 5 centres have been added during the current year 2015-16. Eleven more centres have been approved for next 2 years.
CIPETs conduct diploma and UG/PG programmes, undertake research, and provide technology support to the industry by way of designing, tooling, moulding, testing quality control etc.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Sh. Ananth Kumar, Karnataka Chief Minister Shri Siddaramaiah, and other dignitaries.