Oriented to services for an added-value chain of monomers to polymer components, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP and for Mechanics of Materials IWM combine their competencies in polymer material and process development and in polymer processing at the Fraunhofer PAZ under a single roof.
The services offered by the Fraunhofer PAZ cover both polymer syntheses in laboratory scale and their process-based transfer to pilot plants and the technological optimization of processes. Contract synthesizing, consisting of the production of test and sample loads, is also part of the range of services offered by the pilot plant centre. As far as processing is concerned, the Fraunhofer PAZ devotes special attention to the development of fibre-reinforced thermoplasts and prototype components, with particular reference to material-based and technical influences on the characteristics of materials and components during processing. We assist our partners in industry with contract research in order to help them develop new products and processes more quickly. In the process we design and optimize customized processes – both in synthesizing polymers and in producing components.
Year of foundation2005
Business activityDevelopment of polymers
• process development
• contract synthesizing
• process optimization
characterization of polymers
• development/adaptation of laboratory-scale polymer systems
• transfer to pilot-scale
• (long) fibre-reinforced thermoplasts
• injection molding
• technology, material and