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Of innovation drivers and enabler - new cooperation opportunities at SKZ

For medium-sized companies in particular, the ability to innovate is one of the success factors par excellence. But resources are often scarce, especially for smaller companies. One way to solve this problem is to participate in publicly funded projects. However, these are often thematically predetermined and naturally depend on the availability of public funds. As a pioneer for the plastics industry, SKZ therefore offers industry- and application-oriented projects to close this gap.

October 11, 2022
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As a pioneer, SKZ provides application-oriented support in solving specific problems (Photo: SKZ)

Industry- and application-oriented pioneer projects for innovation capability

It is undisputed that research and development are important drivers of corporate success. SKZ has already been supporting the plastics industry for more than 60 years with practice-oriented and industry-oriented research. In the future, the Würzburg-based institute will expand its range of services to include so-called pathfinder projects. These are purely industry-financed contract research projects. The participating companies share the project costs, benefit from SKZ research, a direct technology transfer and, of course, the results are exclusively available to the participating companies, as no public funds are acquired. As a result, the knowledge gain remains reserved for the project participants and the project creates the opportunity for a real knowledge advantage. "With the Wegbereiter projects, we want to live up to our mission as an enabler of innovative and industry-oriented research. Participating companies benefit from the extensive equipment and bright minds of Europe's largest plastics institute. We look forward to paving the way for innovation," explains Matthias Ruff, Sales Manager at SKZ.

The following projects have already been launched at the start of the new service offering:

  • "Evoplast": development of plastics in fuel cells.
  • "Digital test protocol: Digital recording of process and quality assurance data in compounding".
  • "Aiming for climate protection": support for companies in the plastics industry in designing and taking the first steps toward climate neutrality
  • "Reactive Multilayer Systems: Tailor-made joining of plastics and hybrid components
  • "Optimal non-destructive testing method": Support for companies in finding the right testing method and process integration

The projects are constantly being adapted and expanded to meet the needs of the plastics market. SKZ researchers will be available to answer questions at the K trade fair in hall 10 at the SKZ booth G09.

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Matthias Ruff
Head of Sales Training & Research | Procuration

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