The Members Club will bring together, in a unique way, many other companies that will have access to the services of the Institute: technological platforms, training and project house. To date twelve companies and organisations have already become associated to develop a portfolio of value-enhanceable technologies and structure the new industrial sector of Agro-Based Materials: CVP, Malengé Graphic, Néo-Eco, Pellenc, Plage SA, Schneider Electrics, Sealock, Unipackaging, Comité Nord Plant, Plastics Technology Excellence Centre, Grouping of Plastics Technology Industries, TEAM² cluster.
More than 150 teachers-researchers, public and private researchers will work within the IFMAS, located on the campus of the Cité Scientifique in Villeneuve d’Ascq, in the immediate vicinity of the Michel-Eugène Chevreul Institute– the euroregional centre for Molecules and Materials.
IFMAS is part of a strong initiative in favour of Plant-based Chemistry that will assure France industrial leadership with major socio-economic spin-offs for agriculture, chemistry, plastics technology and environment.
Many markets are targeted: paints, packaging, the construction industry, transport, electrical and electronic equipment and the medical sector. IFMAS will enable France to become a global leader for sustainable valued added bio-based products generating lower CO2 emissions. It plans to create 5,000 new jobs over the next ten years.
The IFMAS project has been awarded the label of two national competitiveness clusters: MAUD (Materials and Applications for Sustainable Use) and TEAM²(Environmental Technologies Applied to Materials).