Business Unit Polymer Materials

Service Portfolio

For decades, Fraunhofer UMSICHT has been a strong partner to small and medium-sized enterprises all the way up to large-scale industry in the areas of the development and processing of plastics. Our specialties include the development of materials of bio-based plastics and recyclate-based plastics. We are representative of product and process developments, simulation, production scale-up and additive manufacturing of plastics. In the area of consumer products, we have proven expertise in high pressure technology and coating technology. As an application-oriented development partner, we also transfer our material, process, and product innovations to the construction and leather industries.

Research and Development Services

  • Materials development (focus on bio-based plastics)
  • Product and process development, manufacturing processes
  • Product design, CAD design, and sample production
  • Surface modification and surface structuring
  • Foaming of plastics
  • Component and system development
  • Coating development
  • Studies and consultation
  • Multiphysics simulations of components and products
  • Technical and economic feasibility studies
  • Sustainability assessments
  • Analytics, chemistry, biology, environmental analysis
  • Determination of the biodegradability of materials and products

Markets and Industries

  • Plastics and plastics processing industry
  • Manufacturers of household articles, consumer care and clothing
  • Leather and leather processing industry
  • Manufacturers and users of additive manufacturing /3D printing
  • Construction industry

Further Information

The areas with their departments and groups comprise the scientific know-how of the Institute by expertise criteria.