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Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)


Coordinator website

Year Established



180 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 01100 Bellignat, 01100, Bellignat (France)


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Contact information

Vuillermoz Patrick



PLASTIPOLIS has been officially appointed in 2005, as France’s competitiveness cluster for the plastics and composites industry sector. Plastipolis has now more than 400 active members (industrial firms, R&D centers, universities, training centers, institutions) including a large number of small and medium size companies. The main missions of Plastipolis are:

  • The stimulation of innovation within the plastics and composites industry with connecting technologies and business applications,
  • The support of small and medium companies to develop and implement new developments,
  • The improvement of the cooperations between industry and academic entities.

Plastipolis has built its innovation strategy across different strategic technology domains that have been defined in connection with trends and challenges of the major business markets: construction, transportation, medical, packaging, energy and environment, sport and consumer goods. Based on continuous technology and market analysis, Plastipolis and its members are sharing a technology roadmap aiming to drive the innovation efforts toward the most relevant and promising challenges. This roadmap that is now under implementation is organized on 4 main strategic areas: Advanced materials, High added value manufacturing processes, Smart plastics and Green materials and eco-design.

From 2013, Plastipolis has been awarded the Gold label, the highest European award in cluster performance evaluation.

Plastipolis est l’unique pôle de compétitivité français dédié au secteur de la plasturgie et des composites. Il fédère les acteurs de cette filière dans les régions Bourgogne – Franche Comté et Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes qui concentrent plus de 30% de l’activité industrielle française.

Le pôle a pour mission de susciter plus d’innovation et faire émerger de nouveaux projets de R&D, mais aussi de promouvoir l’innovation dans la formation et la gestion des compétences au service de la plasturgie. L’ouverture du développement des entreprises, aux autres secteurs industriels et à la coopération internationale, est aussi au cœur de ses missions.

Le pôle Plastipolis coordonne des projets d’innovation autour de 4 axes technologiques, qui regroupent un ensemble de thématiques clés en regard des perspectives qu’elles représentent sur les différents marchés finaux. Ces axes sont les Matériaux fonctionnels avancés, les Procédés de fabrication à haute valeur ajoutée, les Produits plastiques intelligents et l’éco-plasturgie.

Depuis sa création en 2005, Plastipolis c’est plus de 400 adhérents dont 250 entreprises, 95 centres de R&D et formation, 60 institutionnels et partenaires, 4000 contacts industriels et scientifiques, 175 projets financés pour 450 M€ d’investissement R&D et associant 280 entreprises différentes.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Plastipolis activities and prioritities are closely linked with regional smart specialization strategy -RIS3 (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: Industrial processes and eco-efficient factory, Smart mobility systems  / Bourgogne-Franche Comté: advanced materials and processes for secured applications) as well with national industrial policy priorities (e.g circular economy, industry 4.0).

Plastipolis is in particular involved in different regional working groups connected to RIS3 priorities: Industrial processes and eco-efficient factory - Industrie du futur in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Smart systems and smart plastics in Bourgogne-Franche Comté.

Examples of previous or ongoing European projects:

H2020: CIRC-Pack, Citruspack, BeinCPPS

COSME or CIP: Materialix, Wiintech, Health2care

FP7: Clusterplast (Region of knowledge), COTECH, Nanocom, Minam 2.0 (FP7 NMP), IMPRESS, 3D Hipmas (FP7 FoF) , Degricol, Hiperdry, TDM seals, Europha (FP7 Research for association of SMEs), COLAE (FP7 ICT)

Interreg: Greenomed (MED), Care4tech, Alplastics, Alpclusters2020 (Alpine Space), Eden (Alcotra)

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Market intelligence

Service Examples

• Setting of a digital platform for the design of mechatronics and plastronics products - Digitronics by Visiativ

  • Client profiles:
    • OEMs in different businesses: defense and security, automotive, aerospace, medical, home automation
    • Plastics and composites tier 1 suppliers
  • Client needs
    • Shorten the development of new families of products based on mechatronics and plastronics technologies
  • Provided solutions:
    • Integration into the Moovapps digital platform of mechatronics and plastronics building blocks: Moovapps is a Smart Enterprise Platform built on technological engines (document management, workflow, omni-channel commerce, e-learning) to create business applications (Smart Apps). The business-oriented collaborative and social platform Moovapps delivers smart applications through the "Moovapps Store”. Based on hundreds of successful customer digital experiences, moovapps smart apps allows mid-market companies to design and accelerate their own digital transformation platform.)
    • Hybridation of manufacturing technologies including 3D printing:
    • Reference::

Baseline service: Technology and business watch

diagnostic of R&D opportunites with companies

analysis of know-how and competences

review of technology portfolio

examination of development strategy

Baseline service: Collaborative Projects - Projects factory

design and enginnering of project

search of partners

selection of key enabling technologies

review of funding instruments

Baseline service: Business accelerator

support in industrialisation and commercialisation of technologies

connection with business and financing partners including banks and VCs

review of industrial and business projects thanks experts committee

Start-up on smart plastics development (S2P - )

  • Client profiles:
    • OEMs in different businesses: defense and security, automotive, aerospace, medical, home automation
    • Plastics and composites tier 1 suppliers
  • Client needs
    • Development of new families of products with embedded electronics functions and high integration performance
  • Provided solutions:
    • S2P (Smart Plastic Products) is a French company based in Oyonnax, the so called “Plastics Valley”, in France. After 10 years of R&D at IPC, the French Technical Center for plastics and composites, we have created the S2P Company in 2014 to provide to industrial actors a set of services dedicated to 3D-MID (Molded Interconnect Devices – that we called Plastronics components in French), from designing to industrialization, including plastics, chemistry and electronics skills.
    • Indeed, S2P helps you to facilitate the integration of electronics in your 3D complex products. From designing to industrialization, with a reliable industrial process, we integrate 3D conductive tracks and electronic components direct onto the plastic or composite parts, with complex 3D shapes. Combined with conventional PCB/Flex technologies, it helps you integrating electronics in constrained volumes: 3D antennas, 3D sensors, 3D LED lighting functions, 3D interconnections to suppress wires, Passive or active electronic components, Shielding areas, integrated connectors …

Development of connected tooling (Pernoud company)

  • This development has been conducted within the BeInCPPS project ( )
  • Client profile:
    • Plastics and composites manufacturing companies
    • Equipments suppliers (molds, machineries)
  • Client needs:
    • Reduce the Energy consumption
    • Optimize the Overall Effectiveness Equipment (reduce scrap rate, reduce maintenance phases…)
    • Increase  flexibility for mold design
    • Reduce guarantee cost
  • Provided solutions:
    • The BEinCPPS experiment for Pernoud Company ( ) is based on tree pillars. The first pillar is following the evolution of injection machines which evolve from hydraulic to electric. That means that hydraulic movements in mold have to evolve to electric too. The second one is to acquire data from inside the mold. The mold today is almost a black box and we want to know what happened inside. So different sensors (temperature, pressure, stress…) are used and the data produced are analyzed for detecting deviations and launching alerts when it is needed. All data are stored on a cloud and the values of all sensors are visible everywhere in the world. This data also allows understanding issue on the mold (design issue or bad handling). The last pillar is the long term analysis of all data acquired. This long term analysis allows us to detect in advance any issue and avoid it.


Organizational form

Public Private Partnership



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Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations



Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

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Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Université de Lyon

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Technological competences

  • Organic and Large Area Electronics (OLAE)
  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
Last updated: 21/12/18 11:34