The Association of Competence Network in Polymer (ARCP) is a private non-profit organization established in 2007, under the European Centers of Excellence Initiative.
ARCP’s purpose is the research and development in the field of Polymers’ Science and Technology for industrial applications. The Association is oriented towards the creation of a Center of Excellence that allows rationalizing the R&D costs by sharing resources and, therefore, favors innovation and competitiveness of the associated companies. ARCP is also dedicated to the design, content development and training courses in its area, including, among others, e-learning courses, which contribute to the maximization of human potential and to the growth of associated companies and others.
The current ARCP members are: the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto through LEPAE - Laboratory of Process, Environment and Energy Engineering; the University of Aveiro through CICECO - Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials; the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, through CIEPQPF - Research Centre for Process Engineering Chemicals and Forest Products; Amorim&Irmãos, SA, from Amorim Group; CIN - North Industrial Corporation, SA; Euroresinas - Chemical Industries, SA, from Sonae Indústria Group; Resiquímica - Resins Chemical, SA; CUF, Industrial Chemicals, and the SA National Company spin-off academic Sysadvance - Engineering Systems, SA.