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From Material to Application

The iRAP institute addresses short- and long-term technical challenges in the field of plastics processing. At every development stage, iRAP offers fast and efficient solutions, from the choice of materials to the optimization of plastics processing techniques and the design of products for sustainable applications.


The iRAP research institute is specialized in fossil and non-fossil-based plastics compounding and formulation, plastics and ceramics injection molding, product design, and associated characterization technologies. Its mission is to collaborate with industrial partners through applied research and development projects, and to provide mandated services as part of short-, middle-, or long-term industrial projects.

Industry partners who choose to work with iRAP can benefit from project co-funding by the Swiss Confederation (through Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency), the Canton of Fribourg (as part of its New Regional Policy, “NPR”), and the European Union R&D Framework Program.

As a member of the Plastics Innovation Competence Center, the iRAP institute has access to a broad knowledge-network covering the entire plastics science and technology value chain, from the chemistry of polymers to the final product and the subsequent after-use handling. Particular areas of expertise include characterization of material properties, product conception and optimization, and data analytics procedures and techniques as applied to plastics processing. The entire effort aims at driving sustainable developments for plastics and ensuring circularity of the full plastics life-cycle.

Core competences

The iRAP institute aims to develop and strengthen industrial partnerships to drive technical innovation. With a highly-qualified team of experts and state-of-the-art equipment, iRAP is able to offer consultation and guidance on the choice and transformation of plastics, to propose different product options, and to find innovative, sustainable and commercially attractive solutions.

iRAP’s strength lies in its role as the region’s leading provider of know-how in the field of plastics processing. Thanks to its pioneering research areas and to its involvement in a multidisciplinary research network via the Plastics Innovation Competence Center, the iRAP institute is fully capable of meeting the complex technical challenges faced by the industrial sector in both the short and long term, and to deliver fast and efficient solutions to its partners.


Rudolf Koopmans
Professeur HES ordinaire/Responsable d'institut


+41 26 429 68 28


Strategic research areas

Key research areas include:

  • Injection molding
  • Extrusion and compounding
  • Special processing
  • Surface modification and tribology
  • Part and application design
  • Rheological and mechanical analysis
  • Plastics selection and analysis
  • Materials modeling and simulation


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