Fields of innovation: Would you like to develop innovative applications with plastics?

Together with Swiss research institutes, we have identified the following fields of innovation as the areas, which offer the biggest potential for innovation in the coming years.

Follow the fields relevant to you and get weekly “news from your fields of innovation”, your personal newsletter with real application examples, so called showcases. They serve as inspiration for your own innovative applications.

Additive manufacturing

Thanks to additive manufacturing (3D printing) more complex and customized parts than ever before can be produced.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence will enable the next wave of automatization.

Big data

Big data leverages large amounts of data to organize industries more efficiently and effectively.

Bio-based plastics

Bio-based are either produced from renewable resources and/or biologically degradable.

Cooperation in networks

Complexity is ever increasing. To adress this complexity, cooperation becomes more and more important.

Cross-linking plastics

Cross-linking plastics are not formed through a thermal, but through a chemical process and can therefore be used for other applications.


Producing with minimal resources? That is efficiency. An important aspect of sustainable production is the reduction of energy and resource consumption along the entire production process.

Fiber composite technology

Fiber composite technology is the key to lighter and more stiff constructions.

Functional integration

More functionality in fewer parts? That is the target of functional integration.

Hybrid technology

Hybrid technology combines metal with plastic in order to benefit of the advantages of both materials.

Life cycle management

Life cycle management looks at products with a holistic view from cradle to grave (or cradle to cradle).

Lightweight construction

Lightweight construction is a technique, which minimizes the weight of parts.

Metal replacement

Through the replacement of metal with plastic, lighter and cheaper solutions can be realized.

Micro- & nanotechnology

Micro- & nanotechnology can fundamentally alter the properties of parts.

Multi-component technology

Multi-component technology produces parts in several plastics and thereby makes assembly absolete.

Polymer engineering

Polymer engineering develops new materials with better properties or which are cheaper.

Process integration

Target of process integration is the execution of upstream or downstream process steps directly in the procution process.

Quality and lean operations

Quality and lean processes are a business philosophy which aims at reducing any kind of waste.


To realize more sustainable solution, products need to be recycled at the end of their lifecycle.

Smart manufacturing

Through the digitalization with sensors and new control systems, the production becomes more efficient and autonomous.

Surface technology

Different technologies can alter surfaces and thereby create additional value.

Virtual development and simulation

Ever more powerful tools enable the simulation of parts and products before production.

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