CIPET with its inevitable presence in the main streams of Skill development, Technology support, Academics and Research (STAR), had initiated the International Conference on Advancements in Polymeric Materials, the APM series in 2010 with an aim of creating a technological platform. The themes of the conference are designed to cover all aspects of material development, synthesis & characterization, product design and prototype development in the field of polymeric materials. This forum would facilitate active exchange of knowledge, practical solutions and challenges of technologies with commercial potential. The 11th chapter of the series, APM 2020, with the theme ‘Probing Innovations in Polymer Design, Waste management & Circular Economy’ is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru, the major R&D & Industrial Hub of India.
APM 2020 would bring together Distinguished Scientists, Eminent Researchers, Renowned Industrialists, Entrepreneurs and Students on a common platform. The forum would witness exchange of ideas, interactive sessions on industrial applications, discussion on solutions to socio-economic issues & future trends in research and innovative design concepts & simulation techniques. Furthermore, the conference would have specific sessions to address the contemporary issues & challenges like single use plastics, recycling & circular economy, use of renewable resource etc. The multidisciplinary approach contemplated in this conference would take forward the research to a different dimension leading to revolutionary advancement in the existing technology. Also, this conference would create an appropriate platform for interaction with various national and multinational industries, bringing out new prospects for collaboration across disciplines and gaining ideas for facilitating novel breakthroughs. More than 300 national and international personalities are expected to participate in the event for discussion on exploratory and fundamental research in the following topics,
Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET), premier institution under Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India, has earned global recognition in its diversified areas of Academics (short-term & long-term courses), Technology support and Research. With an objective of developing indigenous technologies and potentially industrial oriented research and innovations, CIPET established School for Advanced Research in Polymers (SARP) as R&D Units at three different locations, namely, Bengaluru (Advanced Polymer Design & Development Research laboratory - APDDRL), Bhubaneswar (Laboratory for Advanced Research in Polymeric materials - LARPM) and Chennai (Advanced Research School for Technology & Product Simulation – ARSTPS). The R&D units caters the Plastics & allied Industries in emerging areas, with specific focus on Material Development, Characterization, Technology Validation, Product Design and Development.
The R&D wings have designed their major areas of research to develop world-class technologies natively and to address the global and national concerns in the field of Polymer Science & Technology. The laboratories focus on development of novel materials, formulations and technological strategies in the areas of Biopolymers, Plastics Recycling & Waste Management, Packaging, Energy from Renewable Resources, Biosensors, Polymer Membranes for Filtration, Supercapacitors, Piezo-systems, Composites & Nanocomposites, Product / Process Simulation & Validation, Reverse Engineering, Additive Manufacturing etc. The laboratories have established patented technologies in the areas of light weight eco-friendly structural composites, blend nanocomposites, e-waste recycling, conductive composites and product design apart from many design registrations. The labs have also been successful in creating a technical talent pool with industry-ready strategies and scientific outlook. LARPM and ARSTPS have generated more than 400 International Publications from its numerous sponsored projects, industrial consultancy assignments and doctoral / post-doctoral research programmes. Both the labs have received global acclamation, as evident from their International Tie-ups with leading universities and other organizations. The success of these two laboratories ensued the establishment of a R&D infrastructure with modern facilities at Bengaluru, the R&D and Innovation Hub of India.
SARP – APDDRL, Bengaluru has been set-up with an objective of providing a ‘single stop facility’ for Technology Conception to Product Development & Commercialization. This R&D wing shall focus exclusively on the state-of-art technologies pertaining to environmentally friendly solutions for portable power, fuel efficient transportation, promotion of polymeric materials in bio-medical and healthcare sector, bio-derived polymers and composites, novel process and application development for cellular plastics, product design & simulation, process validation, 3D printing technologies etc.
Bengaluru is referred to as the "Silicon Valley" and “R&D and Innovation Hub” of India. The capital city of Karnataka is also the Technology Capital of India, with private enterprise boosted by a slew of government incentives. The city houses nation's leading organisations like Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) (IIMB), International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB), Bharat Electronics, Hindustan Aeronautics and National Aerospace Laboratories, apart from Industrial giants such as ITC, Boeing, SABIC, Infosys, Wipro etc. It is ranked the second best city in the world to work and live in for young innovators. Bengaluru has the highest number of R&D centers in India, in all sectors like Automobile, Packaging, Polymer Synthesis Pharmaceuticals etc.
Organizing APM 2020 in Bengaluru, the R&D hub of India, would yield huge participation from relevant sectors – academics, industries and organizations. This would increase the value of the conference with fruitful deliberations by experts in the area. Also, massive participation of industries for exhibiting their products is expected, which would further help in strengthening the tie-ups and alliances. Development of indigenous technologies may be expedited through R&D partnerships and collaborations with industries and organizations within the state.