PROPLAST is a technology center focused on research and innovation in the polymer and composite field, recognized as a European Cluster (ESCA Silver Labelled), whose mission is to foster enterprises’ competitiveness by supporting their technological progress and promoting industrial cross-fertilization.

Proplast was created in 1998 in Alessandria (Italy) and nowadays includes 169 enterprises, 6 industrial associations, 11 academic members and 1 foundation.
Proplast facilities include pilot lines of the main technologies for polymer production and processing, i.e. extrusion and compounding, injection molding and thermoforming, fiber reinforced composite production, polymer synthesis (polycondensation). Proplast has also a wide experience in polymer recycling solutions, with specific competences in their scale up to the industrial level.

Proplast is currently involved in several collaborative projects at European (Plasticircle, Newpack – H2020, PackAlliance – Erasmus+) and national level (Reciplast, Prime, Deflect – Piedmont Region), and it has been involved in the past years in FP7 (Fire-Resist, Mold4ProdE, WIINTEC) projects. Since 2008, Proplast is recognized by the Italian Piedmont region as the managing body of the new materials innovation cluster (since 2016 changed into “green chemistry and advanced materials”).

Work Package

WP4 Leader, WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8


Marco Monti

R&D Project Manager and technical coordinator

During his academic career, he was visiting scientist at Polytechnic Institute of NYU (New York, 2006) and at Tecnalia technological centre (San Sebastian – Spain, 2007). Since 2011, he has been working in Proplast as a project manager of applied research projects. His research interests include fiber reinforced composites, nanocomposites, electric and dielectric properties, plastic recycling, biopolymers and biocomposites. He is co-author of 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, one chapter of the Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites, one chapter on Smart Packaging (Nova Science) and several articles in other Italian scientific journals.

Marta Zaccone

R&D Project Manager and technical coordinator

Since 2012, she has been working as a researcher in Proplast. Her research interests are polymer sustainability, with special focus on biopolymers and recycling, thermally and electrically conductive polymers, nanocomposites and polymers with optical properties. She is currently co-author of 4 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and one chapter on Smart Packaging (Nova Science).