In collaboration with Fraunhofer LBF, companies in the chemical industry, particularly the plastics industry, rely on new, custom-designed plastics or plastic composites, along with the relevant processing technologies, to achieve desired product performance, necessary energy and resource savings or required lightweight design options. All the relevant skills for implementing such and similar requirements are available at Fraunhofer LBF, from chemistry and physics, material sciences and material technology to expertise in analytics, testing and modeling.
Only cutting-edge products with reliable and rapid access to innovative and high-performance materials can be offered competitively on the world market today. Tailored plastics, plastic additives, plastic composites and plastic processing technologies play a central role in meeting high global demands in the areas of mobility, energy, environment, communication, health, nutrition and safety. Plastics enable tremendous savings in resources and energy as well as a wide variety of options in lightweight design.
Particularly when they are fiber-reinforced, particle-filled, foamed or integrated into sandwich structures, plastics can withstand the highest degree of loading and absorb a great deal of energy. They can be supplemented with an additional range of functions such as protection from UV rays and the affects of weathering, reduced fire behavior, functions for the development of special optical properties, electric and thermal conductivity and with sensor and actuator functions.
All components relevant for the implementation of sophisticated plastic applications, running the scope from basic natural science disciplines such as chemistry and physics, material sciences and material technology in processing to expertise in analytics, testing and modeling, are united at a high level under one roof.