About Us


The Plastics Innovation Competence Center is a “one-stop shop” for industry to address technological challenges related to plastics, and to find innovative solutions for the short & long-term. We offer industry project-based R&I combining the latest science and technology with environmental and commercial requirements for present and future plastic products.

We are legally represented by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) and the School of Engineering and Architecture in Fribourg (HEIA-FR). The PICC is a collaborative and innovation platform of HEIA-FR institutes that offers expanded and complementing services to address short and long term industrial challenges.

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We set out to be the leading and internationally recognized competence center that advances circular nature-inspired and innovative materials and products in plastics supporting a sustainable society.​

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…having a plan how to realize the eco-design principals and how to act accordingly

…understanding the urgency to act on sustainability challenges

…special focus on bio-based materials and the bio-economy

…knowledge in chemistry, material science, business and value chains



The combined knowledge and expertise of the Institute of Applied Plastics Research (iRAP), the Institute for Chemical Technology (ChemTech) and the Institute for Complex Systems (ICoSys) enables to offer complete and pragmatic industrial solutions. ​​​​

The Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC) offers advice on the selection and processing of plastics, develops alternative ​product options and finds innovative, sustainable and commercially attractive solutions.

Through applied research and development (R&D) projects or services, we develop and design pragmatic solutions for the industry for the future, in particular using bio-based plastics. 



Partnerships & alliances are considered essential for the long-term positioning of the PICC in the wider context of the plastics industry, start-ups, clusters and academia and research partners.

PICC also supports the members of the Swiss Plastics Cluster (SPC) with technical consulting and specialized trainings

PICC delivers industry-relevant technology solutions to foster economic growth

We leverage science and technology knowledge with the innovative power of global partnerships in high value-added applications

We perform world-leading R&D in plastics material development, processing and application design

PICC's international top-talent is committed to provide building blocks that better the quality of life in a sustainable environment

We transfer knowledge and technology through training and specialized courses


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Rudy Koopmans

Vasiliki Mavrozoumi

Sonia Dietrich