Bio-based Plastics

A department in the field of products

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We develop customized bio-based plastics for a variety of applications consisting of films, fibers, injection molded parts, and others. Our compounds and composites offer a specific, often innovative property profile that corresponds to or even exceeds that of fossil-based polymer materials. In this way, we cover the entire development chain from polymerization to plastics processing including comprehensive material characterization.

Our bio-based plastics can be processed on conventional machines. Thanks to our many years of expertise, we can optimally adapt the materials to suit the application. We attach great importance to low overall costs, good availability of raw materials, and simple processing, and can provide sample quantities on an industrial scale.


Polymer Chemistry

For many years, we have been working on developing and synthesizing polymers and additive systems based on renewable raw materials. These materials, such as chemically modified biopolymers, are tested for their suitability for use in adhesives and lubricants. In addition to polymer technology considerations with regard to the biological degradation of polymers, we offer many years of experience in the field of cultural heritage research and monument protection as well as the non-destructive testing of high-quality surfaces. In the field of natural fibers, we offer expertise concerning their structure and chemical treatment.

Material Development

We concern ourselves with the physical functionalization of biopolymers by means of blending, additives, and fiber reinforcement. Further areas of focus within research and development include reactive processing and compatibilization in the melt. We use this expertise to develop new bio-based thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV).

Processing and Applications

New plastics require adaptations in terms of their processing, e.g. for blown film production, injection molding, or extrusion. Our expertise in processing and characterizing film materials, biodegradable polymers and, natural fiber-reinforced plastics (NFRP) rounds off our portfolio. We also help on site to smoothly enter into the production of products from our bio-based plastics. Satisfaction among plastics processors and consumers is our goal.

Production Scale-Up and Testing

The development of new materials does not end in the laboratory, but in practice. For this reason, Fraunhofer UMSICHT operates a compounding pilot plant at the Willich site, equipped with twin-screw extruders, various dosing systems, melt filters, and various pelletizing systems up to production scale. In addition, we have modern testing equipment available for external and internal testing orders.

Information material of the department Bio-based Plastics

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Tailored compounds and products - bio-based plastics with specific or even novel properties



Our team of engineers and chemists develops bio-composite materials in collaboration with you: From formulation over plastics processing to products.

Foamed Bio-based Plastics

Litghtweight and natural!



Development of durable, fully bio-based thermoplastic composites from bioplastics and pulp fibres for injection moulding applications

At the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT we research and develop bio-based and biodegradable plastics