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Research project

Source: ContiTech / Pflitsch / Mann+Hummel

The HoT-BRo feasibility study demonstrated the possibility of substituting petro-based plastics with bio-based plastics in the engine compartment of combustion engines. Building on these results, the HoT-BRo2 project aims to develop and modify specific materials in order to make thermoplastic bioplastics and biocomposites suitable for use in the high-temperature range across all sectors of industry.

Source: Andreas Hilbeck/

In the research project "Further development of a functionally integrative and resource-saving lightweight structure for aviation" (InteReSt-II), a hybrid lightweight structure made of bio-based and conventional materials is to be developed for aviation using a helicopter cabin door as an example, building on the previous project InteReSt.

The overall objective of this project is to continue to strengthen the market for biobased plastics, building on the project "Processing of biobased plastics and establishment of a competence network within the framework of the FNR biopolymer network" (KNVB), by increasing demand among product developers, consumers, processors, distributors and product packagers and by making the necessary processing-relevant data from the KNVB project ( and subsequent projects available free of charge in a database in the future.

Quelle: IfBB

Conventional industrial carbon black is applied in plastics processing as a functional additive in the form of conductive carbon black, colorant or as a filler, and accounts for the third largest filler market - and the trend is still increasing.

The data base of bioplastics is still inadequate or often not easily accessible for users in a compact form. In order to establish bio-based plastics in various fields of application, fast and up-to-date information sources are required that are easily and understandably accessible. For both manufacturers and consumers, the performance of the materials has no longer been the decisive factor.