The TechPLAstic joint project is developing a flame-retardant PLA compound (PLA=polylactic acid) that can be used as an alternative to conventional plastics such as ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymers) or PC (polycarbonates) in technical injection-molded components. The project consortium, coordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, is investigating and optimizing the relevant material weaknesses of PLA. The aim is to achieve a fire protection classification UL94-V0 with increased impact strength and a heat deflection temperature of over 100°C. At the same time, the injection molding process technology is also being tested. The aim is to find economically and technically viable solutions from both a material and process point of view. The close collaboration between industrial companies and research institutes guarantees the most practical development possible and the rapid transfer of results to industry.