Plastic is a crucial material in many industries, but we need to use it more wisely. Better recycling solutions and alternatives to oil-based plastics, like thermoplastic composites, help you meet sustainability targets and changing consumer preferences.
Sustainable solutions with thermoplastics and thermoplastic composites
Life-cycle management and recycling for plastics
Bio-based and biodegradable plastic alternatives
Sustainability with new materials and light-weight solutions
Better recyclability and lower environmental impact plastics
Single-use plastics are facing increasingly strict regulation and backlash from eco-conscious consumers. It’s time to come up with more sustainable alternatives. Based on your needs, we can help you create plastics with better recycling properties, design packaging that uses less plastic, or help abandon fossil-based materials for biocomposites.
Our offering includes developing bio-based and biodegradable materials, light-weight solutions, and creating new types of plastic films and coatings such as cellulose films.
We have also helped our clients utilise recycled plastics in the manufacturing of new products. By using recycled plastics and bio-based alternatives, you can significantly reduce the environmental impact of your operations and reap the brand benefits of being more sustainable.
Thermoplastic composites from laboratory to production scale
At VTT, we can provide a holistic service for thermoplastic composites and other sustainable thermoplastics. This includes the definition of the composite formulation, manufacturing of test material, and pre-production of prototypes.
Our expertise in material technology combined with our own innovations in material processing and state-of-the-art analysis equipment lets us create the right material for you.
We can help you take novel thermoplastic materials from laboratory to production scale.
Answers to your questions about thermoplastics
Our vast expertise and flexible piloting facilities make us a great partner when you’re looking for answers to difficult questions. Here are some examples:
- Can we utilise this material in coating for packaging?
- How can we reduce the weight of this material or packaging?
- How can we make this solution easier to recycle?
- Can we use a bio-based material, at least partially?
- How do we find the perfect match between material and process?
- How can we optimise our process or our material?
Don’t hesitate to contact us with even more challenging ones!
Succeed with tailored thermoplastics piloting services
Because of our existing piloting infrastructure, you can enjoy low investment costs when testing different thermoplastic composite materials and processes with us. We’re able to scale up production from prototypes to factory scale.
Our piloting projects are always tailored to your specific needs. Our winning multidisciplinary team works together with your experts to create and optimise thermoplastic material and process solutions, including thermoplastic composites, that give you a competitive advantage.
We also collaborate with other research institutes around Europe and coordinate or participate in various EU-funded research projects. When you work with us, you get the benefits of our international networks and the know-how gained from our work on solving the plastic challenge.
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CIMPA is an EU-funded project that will develop a recycling value chain for post-industrial and post-consumer multilayer films.
CISUFLO is working on new technologies and products to improve materials’ recovery and drive the flooring sector in Europe towards a circular economy.
Project GRIDABLE aims to connect renewable energy sources to the energy grid in a more efficient way through innovative PP nanocomposites.
REVOLUTION promotes the use of recycled materials and the adoption of circular economy principles in the automotive industry.
VITAL aims to generate fundamental knowledge and expertise to substitute synthetic thermoplastics with bio-based alternatives.