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PIEP gained as a new member

PIEP is a Portuguese private association, of a technological and scientific matrix, with a business management model. A technological interface centre founded in 2000 that promote the connection between academy and science, and supports the industrial needs of R&D+i worldwide, through the development of polymer-based systems and solutions with a multisectoral scope.

We transform ideas into products, accompanying companies from the beginning to the end of the product development cycle, and technology transfer. Our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment are allocated in the ecosystem of the University of Minho, and distributed over a total area of 3000m², including a processing hall, work rooms and dedicated testing laboratories.

Our mission is to be a reference entity in innovation in polymer engineering, contributing to the development of the national industry in the plastics and related sectors, ensuring an excellent response in the delivery of products and services.


Our vision is to consolidate itself as a reference partner for innovation within the national and international productive fabric of the plastics and related sectors, based on the promotion of the principles of sustainable development, seeking to create value on an ongoing basis through the materialization of new ideas, fostering the economic development and industrial competitiveness.

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PIEP has interest in developing products with added value to our customers. It includes the sensorization and functionalization of decorative polymeric parts. Our portfolio and know-how include a great variety of projects, direct and financed, to partners mainly from the Iberic Peninsula but also from other European companies. As an example, the most recent project developed in PIEP and related to the MIDs is called iDOURECA –Innovation for Decorative and Operative Unique Embedded Components in the Automotive industry was finished in the beginning of 2023. It comprised the functionalization of a polymeric piece for an automotive steering wheel, with the integration of capacitive sensors and haptic response possible through the LDS technology.


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PIEP – Innovation in Polymer Engineering

Contact persons: Filipa Carneiro or Luciano Rietter

Department: Product Design & Development

Universidade do Minho Campus de Azurem, Edificio 15

4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal

Phone: +351 (0) 253510080 (Filipa) or +351 (0) 253510086 (Luciano)



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