AIJU - The Toy Research Institute

The Toy Research Institute (AIJU) is a non-profit making organisation, located in Ibi, the geographic centre for the manufacture of toys in Spain. It was founded in 1985 with the collaboration of the Spanish Toy Manufacturers Association (AEFJ) and the Regional Government (IMPIVA). Its aim is to transfer and allow toy manufacturers access to knowledge and information regarding new technologies in order to improve their competitivity, while offering technological and financial assessment and supporting the professional development of people involved in the sector. For this purpose, it has a staff of 75 professionals which develop their work in the different areas which make up AIJU. The department where these tasks will be carried out is that of Product Development – Laboratory Department, specifically the Processing and Materials area. This department is closely linked to the Rapid Prototyping Area, which has been working on the research of SLS Equipment for 10 years now, studying its feasibility for use in the manufacturing of functional prototypes and mould prototypes with the objective of reaching sets of final materials. AIJU is an active member of the Rapid Manufacturing European Platform and the Spanish Mirror led by ASERM, the Spanish Rapid Manufacturing Association. It is also a member of EuMAT and Manufuture. AIJU is the coordinator of the working group, “Rapid Prototyping Proposal SP3 (materials) Lab,” and a member of the “Materials” group promoted by REDIT among the RDT Centres of IMPIVA’s Network. In the field of standardisation, the entity is working on the potential feasibility of proposed rules as well as new safety criteria for toys, with participation in several proficiency testing schemes both on a National and European Level. Thus, it is participating in the development of new standards for toys in the European Committee of Normalization (CEN)