Plastics & Composites

Choosing more sustainable materials in design and manufacturing is an important part of reducing the carbon footprint of industry. Today, there are many opportunities to invest in, for example, renewable or recycled polymeric materials.

Plastic is a versatile material

Plastics is a collective term for a variety of materials made from polymers, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyamide. These materials can be formed into different shapes when heated and then cooled, making them highly versatile and are therefore often used in everyday products such as packaging, bottles, toys, and automotive parts. Plastics often also forms the matrix material in composites, i.e., material consisting of two or more distinct components combined to create a single, stronger, and more durable material. The reinforcement can be fibres, particles, or other materials. Composites are used in a wide range of applications, incl. aviation, construction, automotive and sports equipment.

Our focus is on making sustainable choices for these types of materials, e.g., by being manufactured from renewable or recycled raw materials. They can also be designed to be biodegradable and/or recyclable, which can further reduce their environmental impact. By offering alternatives to traditional, fossil-based plastics, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the use of fossil resources, and reduce the amount of waste.

Meet the experts

Marie-Louise Lagerstedt Eidrup

Project Manager, Techn Lic

Examples from real life

Poly Lactic Acid

Increased volumes of PLA, Poly Lactic Acid, a biobased polymer with competitive properties in comparison to fossil-based polymers, is requested globally.…