Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)

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.

The Bionatic GmbH & Co. KG markets environmentally friendly and bio-based packaging solutions for the food industry and catering services. Within the cooperation network, Bionatic offers expertises in the commercialization of bioplastic products.

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.

Academies

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 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 “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.