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Composites consist of an organic matrix and a fibre reinforcement. The formulation of the organic matrix is key to determining its properties. We prepare the formulation based on thermosetting resins, incorporating additives, fillers and catalytic systems for use in the different thermosetting composite transformation processes.

  • Resins: Polyester, Vinylester, Epoxy, Phenolic, Furan, etc.
  • Natural and renewable resins and recyclable resins
  • We fireproof thermosetting resins, using flame retardant resins (phenolic, furan, …) and/or halogen-free additives.
  • We study curing kinetics to reduce cycle times.
  • We develop formulations with catalytic systems adapted to UV curing and microwave curing technologies.

Once the matrix formulation has been prepared, the fibres are incorporated. Through different transformation processes.

  • Fibres: Glass, carbon, aramid, basalt, natural, …
  • Processes: SMC, BMC, prepregs, RTM, Infusion, Filament winding, pultrusion, compression, vacuum
  • We study fibre placement methods and improvements to orientation.
    • We research the fibre/resin interface to improve adhesion
    • We research improvements to the surface quality
    • We research weathering and ageing performance
  • We integrate sensors for product and process monitoring
  • We develop fireproof composites to exceed the Reaction to Fire regulations of sectors such as construction, railways, shipbuilding, …

Other related activities include:

  • We formulate polymeric concretes with different resins, aggregates, etc.
  • We fireproof resin formulations for paints, varnishes and coatings.

Major Projects


The aim of this project is to develop lightweight materials based on aluminium and composite fibre metal laminates (FMLs), in order to meet demanding reaction to fire standards, by developing flame retardant prepregs.



In this project, GAIKER carried out research into obtaining epoxy-based flame retardant formulations, which are recyclable, and can be processed suing SMC technology, which comply with the reaction to fire requirements for electric vehicles (more demanding than those demanded of conventional vehicles) and have good sound insulation properties.


Subsidised by the Basque Government


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The main aim of the project is to develop a highly sustainable active-passive system to carry out energy retrofitting throughout the interior of a building envelope. GAIKER’s research has focused on developing and characterising new, more economic and robust vacuum insulation panels (VIPs). 


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