Pablo R. Outón: Developing Biopur (Bio-polyurethane) Materials To Improve the Efficiency of the Thermal Envelope of Buildings

INDRESMAT is a chemical startup that develops bioPUR (bio-polyurethane) materials to improve the efficiency of the thermal envelope of buildings, with products such as profiles and frames for highly energy efficient windows & doors (KLIMA-PUR), as well as foams and insulation panels for walls, roof and floor with highly improved safety in case of fire (SAFE-PUR). In this way, INDRESMAT addresses 100% of the heat loss in the envelope, estimating a 70% reduction in energy demand related to heating and cooling activities of buildings and houses (the major emitters of global CO2).

Tell us about yourself?

I am a polymer chemist with a broad and multidisciplinary background in Production, Quality and Research & Development. I joined important multinationals (BASF, Merck), the most prestigious Spanish Research Centers (CSIC, University of Barcelona) and some Innovative SME’s in the chemical sector. During my professional career, multiple experiences in different sectors have resulted in disruptive products made from biobased Polyurethanes with several applications in construction market.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

During last 40 years, construction materials became very sophisticated products where combining materials was the general rule taking advantage of the different properties of materials. This increased the performance of the final products and offered new applications to the market. However, this trend goes in the opposite direction to the circular economy. Most of these combined materials are impossible to separate and they also generate a high C-Footprint as many manufacturing processes are involved. At INDRESMAT. we go back to the simple, to the use of multifunctional materials but made from single material compositions, able to be easly recycled at the end of life.

What is your magic sauce?

We use biobased ingredients for our materials, transforming them with low energy consuming technologies while using high performance product design to meet the highest energy and acoustic insulation values.

Where do you see your company going in 5 years time?

In 5 years, INDRESMAT will be one of the main disruptors in the thermal insulation maket, providing solutions to construction companies and expanding our business internationally in Europe, USA and Asia.

What has been your biggest setback so far?

As an industrial deep tech startup with high intensive capital requirements, the lack of an appropriate invesment ecosystem has forced our company to raise around of 1.35M€ public funding in 9 different calls. We have been really successful raising public funds but, as anyone can imagine, that took too much of our time, thus delaying our business development.

What is the next big challenge for your business?

We have recently reached the commercial stage and we are making big efforts to demonstrate our potential in the market. The plan in 2020 is achieving first metrics, necessary to get investors on board. As soon as we got them, we will request the EIC Accelerator to upscale our business internationally.

How do people get involved/buy into your vision?

We are looking for renovation and construction companies that aim to deliver more efficient and sustainable buildings and houses, establishing commercial relationships and develop new solutions with us in EU funded projects.

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