Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ
Since 2005, new polymer products and innovative technologies along the entire value-added chain, from the monomer to polymer synthesis and plastic processing in pilot scale through to the tested component, have been developed to order in the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Centre for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ. This combination and size makes the Fraunhofer PAZ unique in Europe. Working on behalf of clients from the plastics or automotive industry, the centre implements all kinds of different polymer synthesis and processing methods, tailor-made to a near-industrial scale. The Centre currently has a pilot plant and laboratory area of around 1700 square metres. The work also includes handling lightweight construction and bio-based materials, which can replace petroleum-based polymers.
The Fraunhofer PAZ is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm and for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle. Headed by Prof. Michael Bartke (IAP), the two institutes pool their expertise in polymer synthesis (IAP) and polymer processing (IMWS) in a unique way. This cooperation, the technical possibilities in pilot scale and the high degree of flexibility of the facilities are unique selling propositions in the R&D market.