R+D

Our R+D center is located in the Madrid facilities and its team works to improve the aspects that have always driven the group’s industrial and innovative activity:

  • Design of new products adapted to the growing needs of the market.
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes that respect and protect the environment.
  • Cost optimization for an efficient business model.

Its research projects are focused on two very different aspects:

The first one deals with the design of waxes and hotmelts mainly intended for the treatment of paper or cardboard, banners for the labelling of yogurt, preforming of agricultural boxes and sets, food coatings, antiozonants for rubber, anticorrosives for the automotive industry, insulators for communications cables and products for cosmetics and related products.

The second is focused on emulsions, aqueous phase liquid products free of solvents, especially for the treatment of paper and cardboard, the construction industry or the polishing industry for leather, fabrics and similar.

In each process, we carry out an analysis of the current problems of each product, we obtain and study the samples that allow the design and development of effective prototypes and we carry out tests in pilot plants and in industrial plants through the direct collaboration with our customers, always with the aim of obtaining new products or improving the performance of existing products.

Some of the studies carried out in our R+D Center have been reflected in specialized publications such as the following:

History of waxes and their applications

It details a general exposition on the evolution throughout the years of the different types of waxes, the differences that exist according to their vegetable, animal, mineral or synthetic origin and the reasons why their characteristics have been taken advantage of in different fields of industrial application for the most varied uses.

By Donato Herrera Muñoz, for IDE magazine

 

Natural, vegetable and animal waxes

Introduces the classification, description and applications of natural waxes used since ancient times, differentiating them from those manufactured by man with more or less artificial processes. It delves into the knowledge of the origins, obtaining and characteristics of the most used waxes, such as carnauba wax, candle wax and beeswax.

By Donato Herrera Muñoz, for IDE magazine

 

 Waxes in the packaging industry

It deals with the origins of applications of waxes in the packaging industry, going into the processes of obtaining waxes and the possibilities of giving packaging materials the properties required in this industry, providing surface shine, toughness, heat-sealability, barriers against water vapour and gases, and protecting and preserving the packaged products.

By Félix E. Mariscal Martínez, for Infopack magazine

 

 Waxes in grapevine grafts

It provides a description of the reasons for grafting the vines as a means of solving the problems that phylloxera can cause in the vineyards, and the role of waxes in the different stages of the process in the nurseries.

By Jesús Ángel Félez Castro, for the La Semana Vinicola magazine

 

 Waxes in cheese coating

Describes the reasons for using waxes in the coating of cheeses and the most outstanding characteristics that must be met to fulfill the requirements of dimensional stability, good presentation, mechanical strength and uniformity required by this application.

By Donato Herrera Muñoz, Begoña García Alonso, for the Actualidad Tecnologica magazine                       

 

Waxes in hot-melt adhesives

It deals with the evolution of industrial adhesives and details the great variety currently used by the packaging industry, analyzing from natural to hotmelts, where waxes have an essential application.

By Donato Herrera Muñoz, for IDE magazine

 

Sasobit as an additive for asphalts 

This study determines the influence on the modification of an asphalt bitumen by the addition of this long chain synthetic aliphatic hydrocarbon on both the properties of the binder and the bituminous mixtures manufactured with it.

By Ignacio Pérez Barreno, Recaredo Romero Amich, and Félix E. Mariscal Martínez, for the Carreteras magazine

 

 Waxes in the leather industry

Brief description of the process of transforming skin into leather, and the use of waxes in finishing processes.

By Eva Pérez Márquez, Commercial Department of Iberceras S.A.

 

Awards

His extensive work in the field of scientific research and technological development has earned him the recognition of the Spanish Association of Scientists. The President of the Higher Council for Scientific Research presented the AEC Plaque of Honour at a ceremony held on 21 November 2012.