Our mission, vision and objectives

PIEP is a reference entity in the area of Polymer Engineering that supports the industrial needs of R&D+i worldwide, through the development of polymer-based systems and solutions with a multisectoral scope.

Mission

To be a reference entity in innovation in polymer engineering, contributing to the development of the national industry in the plastics and related sectors, ensuring an excellent response in the delivery of products and services, oriented to the needs of its R&D+i associates, customers and partners based on differentiated knowledge in strategic technological domains, materializing the vocation of converting ideas into products.

Vision

Consolidate itself as a reference partner for innovation within the national and international productive fabric of the plastics and related sectors, based on the promotion of the principles of sustainable development, seeking to create value on an ongoing basis through the materialization of new ideas, fostering the economic development and industrial competitiveness.

Institutional Values

Knowledge

Knowledge-driven

Innovation

Driven by and for innovation

Cooperation

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts

Quality

Quality and continuous improvement are the way to satisfy our customers

Sustainability

We are sustainable and we contribute to a more sustainable world

Ethic

We assume respect for others as the basis of our relationships

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Institutional Objectives

The main objectives of PIEP activity are:

• Contribute to the international recognition of the installed national competence in the production of tools, the development of systems and solutions, technologies, and the design of innovative polymer-based products with perceptible added value;

• Stimulate creativity, capture relevant knowledge, through technological surveillance, and enhance the application and transfer of new knowledge produced to different sectors of application (economic and social enhancement of knowledge);

• Formalize the link between the sector's industry, the University of Minho, and its international contact networks;

• Evidencing the endogenous national capacity to respond, on time, to sector trends and specific innovation challenges;

• Promote the participation of national companies in national and European R&D+i projects;

• Promote the economic valuation of knowledge by encouraging the protection of intellectual property;

• Contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of companies and, consequently, to national socio-economic development;

• Promote and develop a culture and effective practice of R&D+i in the sector, providing the necessary human resources, physical infrastructure, and knowledge;

• Promote the development of applied scientific knowledge, namely through research projects, master and doctoral theses;

• Assist in the qualification of human resources in polymer engineering at companies, especially in applied R&D+i activities;

• Align its offer with the needs of different actors, promoting cooperative and interdisciplinary innovation;

• Increase and qualify the services provided by the PIEP to the industry;

• Promote a culture of sustainable development, in the environmental, sociological, and economic vectors, with a particular focus on the use of national raw materials and endogenous resources.

Quality and innovation policy

Aware of the role of PIEP in the production of knowledge, its application, and effective transfer to the industrial productive fabric, the PIEP Board of Directors and its Employees are committed to:

1. Assume compliance with the legislation in force applicable to its activities;

2. Develop and maintain, in a perspective of continuous improvement, the quality, innovation, environment, safety, and health management systems at work;

3. Promote the professional development of its employees, ensuring the alignment of their skills with the functions they perform;

4. Strengthen your relationship with your associates, customers, and partners to, based on a better understanding of your needs and expectations, improve your level of satisfaction;

5. Create value for its associates, customers, and partners on an ongoing basis;

6. Optimize available resources, stimulating creativity, capturing relevant information and knowledge, and disseminating the knowledge produced;

7. Focus your activity on the timely achievement of established goals.

8. PIEP is NP EN ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management) and NP 4457:2007 (Research, Development and Innovation Management) certified by SGS – Portugal, S.A.

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