GAIRESA was awarded with the INNOVATIVE SME LABEL by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. This label recognizes the innovative activity of small and medium size enterprises.
Gairesa has 40 years’ experience in R&D applied to the organic materials field and takes part of innovative research projects since over 25 years, together with many large companies, SME, universities and research centers, both national and international. After having received other recognitions in the form of sectorial awards, Gairesa now sees this innovative trajectory recognized with its entry in the Registry of Innovative SMEs of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Among the factors that have allowed Gairesa to access this Register of innovative companies is our extensive research activity in the academic field, with more than 50 scientific publications in specialized journals, our patents and our long history in research projects funded by different public administrations, all of them on topics of important industrial and innovative interest within its application segment and the time in which each of them were developed. Among them we can highlight, chronologically, the following:
• NEOCROSS (2020-2023):
This R&D European Project, called “New EpOxy Composite with repairing properties through dynamic CROSSlinking”, was co-funded by EUREKA member countries and the European Union Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. NEOCROSS composites developed within the scope of this project, will preserve all the advantages of conventional thermosets, while showing new unprecedented features such as easy Reparability, Reprocessability and Recyclability (3R). This is possible because they are based on a groundbreaking thermoset resin system including dynamic bonds, which enables such behavior.
Partners: CIDETEC, SOFITEC, GMI AERO and RESCOLL.
• ADHESITES 4.0 (2017-2018):
Project for the Development of Innovative Industrial Research Activities, funded by CDTI. The final objective of the project is the development of a novel method based on the sensorization of the composite curing process, and adhesive bonds, through the integration in the composite material and the adhesive of a small percentage of ferromagnetic fibers coated with low-cost glass for monitoring throughout all its production phases. This project was awarded in the Industrial Leadership in the use of sustainable technologies and processes category of the ChemPlast Awards 2018.
Partners: GAIKER andCENTRO ESPAÑOL DE PLÁSTICOS (CEP).
• NANO NATURAL STONE (2013-2014):
Development of nanotechnological coatings with specific properties for applications on natural stone.
Partners: NANOGAPSUB-NM-POWDER S.A, CUPA INNOVACIÓN, RAMILO.
• DURAPORT (2012-2014):
New technologies for the construction of durable port infrastructures. Development of epoxy matrix composites that are more durable than the concrete structures used in ports today.
Partners: ACCIONA, MIFIBRA, SONDEOS DEL NORTE, CORUÑESA DE PLÁSTICOS and FIBERGLASS.
• BIOSOS (2012-2014):
Development of technologies for the design of integrated biorefinery concepts, combining the production of energy and bioproducts. Gairesa has synthesized and formulated epoxy bioresins to obtain polymeric materials with a high content of raw materials derived from renewable sources.
Partners: ABENGOA BIOENERGÍA, ACCIONA, AZVI, ALBERTO MORA GALIANA, BIOPOLIS, CARBUROS METÁLICOS, GREEN SOURCE, GUASCOR, KRAFFT, NEURON, SOLINTEL and TÉCNICAS REUNIDAS.
• FLEXAD (2009-2013):
European project for the development of conductive adhesives (resistivity <10-6 Ω·m) based on epoxy resins and conductive nanomaterials (silver nanofibers), as well as the industrial implementation of their manufacturing process. These adhesives are intended for bonding electronic components to replace lead-free soldering. GAIRESA has been responsible for the selection of the matrices and conductive nanomaterials, as well as the manufacturing process to be carried out.
Partners: NANOGAP SUB-NM-POWDER S.A, IKOR SISTEMAS ELECTRÓNICOS S.A, INASMET TECNALIA, CONTINENTAL AG, THALES and THALES-ALENIA SPACE.
• GANATEC (2008-2010):
To obtain epoxy matrix nanocomposites in which the incorporation of the nanofiller has in principle two main effects on the final material:
o Improvement of the mechanical properties.
o To obtain a flame retardant material.
• PROMETEO (2006-2009):
GAIRESA, within this project, has defined and developed new raw materials for the building field, based on thermosetting matrices of epoxy nature. These new materials must be designed in such a way that their price makes them competitive with traditional materials and that their performance is not affected by these price savings.
Partners: ACCIONA INFRAESTRUCTURAS, EUROFIBER, IBÉRICA DE ESTUDIOS E INGENIERÍA, TOLSA, MESUREX, SISTEMAS Y PROCESOS AVANZADOS, INDUSTRIAS MURTRA, REPOL, TECNATOM, ARIES PULTRUSIÓN, FERRO SPAIN, KERABEN, GROBER and INDUSTRIAS QUÍMICAS LOWENBERG.
• ADHEPOL (2005-2008):
Design and development of an epoxy formulation for application as a structural adhesive, through a previous chemical reaction that produces an improvement in adhesion.
• MODANCLAJE (2004-2005):
Reinforcement of concrete structures using epoxy resin/carbon fiber laminates. This study has covered from the selection of the different types of resin and fiber, to the way of application on the support and the influence of surface treatments.
Partners: NECSO ENTRECANALES Y CUBIERTAS S.A., FUNDACIÓN LABEIN and UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE CATALUÑA.
• EPOXSIL (2001-2004):
Obtaining of new organo-inorganic materials based on mixtures of epoxy resins and reactive cyclic and linear functionalized silicones, and evaluation of their potential applications as structural adhesives and as matrices for glass fiber reinforced composites.
• MONOCOMPONENTE (2001-2004):
Development and manufacture of a solvent-free, low-temperature curing epoxy resin for prepregs with good final properties for the construction of wind turbine blades.
• ULTRAVIOLETA (2001-2002):
Design and manufacture of an epoxy formulation resistant to ultraviolet radiation.
• FLUORAD (1997-2000):
Development of fluorescent methodologies to monitor curing and aging processes in polymers and polymer matrix composites.
Partners: UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID (UC3M), INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA Y TECNOLOGÍA DE POLÍMEROS (ICTP), SINTEA COMPOSITI SRL (SC), KEMA NETHERLAND B.V. (KEMA), TAMPERE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (TUT) and INSTITUTO NAZIONALE PER LA FISICA DELLA MATERIA (ISF).