Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)

Founded in 2007, 2mag AG provides competences in conception, development, production, and marketing of magnetic and inductive drives, for example magnetic stirrers. Within the cooperation network, the broad range of engineering expertises shall be used.

UnaveraChemlab GmbH is manufacturer of processing and research chemicals, and further produces active substances and pharmaceutical intermediates on a laboratory scale as well as in multitons. The company has extensive experiences in chemical synthesis and technical scale-up and holds a GMP-certification.

Under the brand name inocre, Fritzmeier Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG provides microbiological, fermentation-based products, and develops processes for economic applications in the field of environmental and industrial biotechnology.

ROMEX provides fluid synthetic resins and mortar products for the production of robust floor coatings for industrial usage. ROMEX products are often applied outdoors and remain in the environment after the end of the product cycle. Thus, there is a high demand in binding agents which decompose into harmless substances. Furthermore, ROMEX plans to use bio-degradable packaging in the future.

FABES Forschungs-GmbH for Analytic and Evaluation of Mass transfer Processes was founded in 1997. The company focuses on applied research in the field of quality control of consumer goods. The core competence is the measuring and theoretical estimation of migration processes of polymers and other matrices in a contact medium. Furthermore, FABES analyses and evaluates consumer goods from the food law perspective.

Large-scale industries

According to the motto “First class adhesive bonding” (“Kleben erster Klasse”), Jowat SE develops, produces and sells dispersion, hot-melt and solvent adhesives for the wood and construction industry, as well as for the paper, automotive, textile, and electrical industry. Jowat SE plans to expand its product portfolio with bio-based and/or bio-degradable adhesives.


Research and development work at the Fraunhofer ICT-IMM is concentrated in two areas: chemistry, photochemistry and energy technology (processes → reactors → plants) as well as analysis systems and sensors (methods → components → systems). The main focus of the work is on photochemistry, MEMS, electrochemical and optical detection systems as well as the development of portable, automated analytical systems with integrated sample preparation as required.

Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB) is developing scientific bases for a sustainable biobased economy. One focus is on the use of biogenic residues in agriculture and food industry for the biotechnological production of chemicals, such as lactic acid as a raw material for biopolymers.

The Fraunhofer ISC develops material solutions for a wide range of applications based on a unique combination of material, processing, application and analytical know-how. Specifically, Fraunhofer ISC is developing biodegradable multi-functional coatings that can be applied to conventional bioplastics and makes them feasable for demanding applications in the food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and medical sectors.

The department “functional polymer systems” of the Thuringian Institute of Textile and Plastics Research (TITK) offers expertise in the field of modified polymer films and fibers. The melt spinning technologies of TITK shall be used to spin the polymers, developed in the cooperation network, to fibers and, thus, open up the textiles sector as further application of the biopolymers.

The department “Biobased Plastics” at Fraunhofer UMSICHT is active in the complete process chain of the development of new bioplastic materials. Starting with polymer chemistry, material development, processing and application up to sample production and material testing – the staff members bring all the know-how. Within the cooperation network, the section “Biobased Plastics” will particularly get involved in polymer chemistry, for example for applications with adhesives, or for the development of new plastic blends for specialty products.

The IfBB -Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites is part of the faculty for mechanical engineering and bioprocess engineering at the Hochschule Hannover. The institute was founded in 2011 as a consequence of the constantly increasing research activities in the field of bioplastics. Research at the IfBB includes in particularl development, processing, and industrial use of bioplastics and biocomposites.