Plastics

Covestro Deutschland AG

Covestro is one of the world's leading polymer-producing companies. It operates modern production facilities that convince thanks to their efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. The company is constantly setting new standards in this field. Covestro's innovative material solutions are used in the automotive, construction, electrical/electronics, wood, furniture, sports and leisure industries, among others. Covestro is headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, and more than 7,600 people work for the company at six sites in the country. In terms of environmentally friendly and resource-saving performance, the company focuses on optimising its own production processes. However, the development of material cycles and the use of alternative raw materials are also high on Covestro's agenda. To this end, the company is involved in a wide range of research and innovation development activities.

FKuR Kunststoff GmbH

The history of FKuR begins in 1992 with the founding of the Plastics and Recycling Research Institute, whose focus was on the recycling of plastics. Thus, the origin of the company goes back to the goal of contributing to the conservation of resources and ecological balance, initially mainly on the topic of recycling. Since 2003, FKuR has been developing and marketing biodegradable and bio-based plastics worldwide. The start of the development of bioplastics coincides with the re-establishment of the company as FKuR Kunststoff GmbH. Since then a focussed research and development work is being undertaken on sustainable materials that can conserve finite fossil resources, maintain the ecological balance and thus improve living conditions. Today, FKuR is considered one of the leading manufacturers of bioplastic compounds and a shaper of the circular economy. The company's headquarters in Germany are in Willich in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Gerflor Mipolam GmbH

Gerflor sees itself as a specialist and global market leader in elastic flooring and is already established as one of the leading manufacturers of vinyl flooring in more than 100 countries. The group develops, produces and distributes innovative, design-oriented and environmentally compatible solutions for flooring as well as complementary interior fittings and has set itself the highest standards in terms of environmental quality for this purpose. Among other things, Gerflor uses recycled materials in all its product areas. In the new generation Looselay floor coverings, the use of adhesives has been reduced and recovery and recycling at the end of the product's life has been greatly facilitated. In addition, Gerflor products are easy to clean and maintain throughout their life and qualify in this way for credits under many internationally recognised Green Building Schemes. The specially designed flooring and wall solutions are suitable for a wide range of indoor applications including residential, healthcare, education, sports, retail, industrial, office, hospitality and transport vehicles.

POLIFILM EXTRUSION GmbH

As a family-run company in its second generation, the POLIFILM Group is a leading manufacturer of extrusion and protective films. State-of-the-art machinery with more than 70 extrusion lines covers practically the entire spectrum of PE film production. The extruded films and protective films are used in a wide range of applications, including the medical and pharmaceutical industries, various areas of the construction and agricultural industries, the logistics sector, the packaging, automotive and processing industries and the plastics, stainless steel, metal and glass industries. POLIFILM is constantly focusing on new and further developments, whereby the company works closely with customers as well as raw material and machine suppliers during product development. Within the framework of selected research projects, competences are bundled and the latest trends are pursued.  More than 1,600 employees in the three subgroups POLIFILM EXTRUSION, POLIFILM PROTECTION and POLIFILM TRADING work daily to make the advantages of excellent and resource-efficient films a reality.

TECNARO Gesellschaft zur industriellen Anwendung nachwachsender Rohstoffe mbH

TECNARO is an innovative company that develops, produces and markets bioplastics and biocomposites based on renewable raw materials. The company name TECNARO is synonymous with 'Technologies for the industrial use of renewable raw materials in plastics processing'. With its thermoplastic biomaterials ARBOFORM®, ARBOBLEND® and ARBOFILL®, the company is one of the technology leaders in this field. For years, customer-specific solutions for industrial series production have been successfully implemented in these three biomaterial families. TECNARO materials serve almost every market, with the spectrum of customers ranging from the automotive, solar, construction, packaging, writing utensil, furniture, toy, household goods and musical instrument industries through to the fashion segment. Processing is carried out by means of injection moulding, extrusion, calendering, pressing, deep-drawing and blow moulding, for example. Moulded part, board and semi-finished product manufacturers from the woodworking and plastics processing industries thus make up processors of the materials. TECNARO has already received several awards for sustainability, innovation and future technologies and is actively involved in corresponding research and development activities.

Trevira GmbH

With branches in Bobingen, Guben and Hattersheim, Trevira GmbH currently has three sites in Germany. At the end of 1954 the Bobingen plant, which at that time belonged to Farbwerke Hoechst AG, had begun producing staple fibres from polyester, the latest innovation in the still young man-made fibre market. Following this tradition, the company has developed into a leading manufacturer of high-quality branded polyester fibre and filament yarn specialities for the home textiles, automotive and clothing industries as well as for the hygiene sector and technical applications. Meanwhile it is separated from the Hoechst Group and achieves annual sales of about 71,000 tons of staple fibres and filament yarns (polyester, PBT, PLA, bico fibres/hybrid yarns, etc.) and 30,000 tons of polyester chips. Under its commitment to sustainability, Trevira's corporate management is geared to quality, safety, health and environmental protection, as well as the efficient use of energy and media. Through consistent energy management, the use of primary energies and media for production, as well as all supporting processes, are under constant control. This established structure allows the effects of energy use to be examined, assessed and optimised if necessary. Energy efficiency is also examined for all investment projects and, if economically feasible, more energy-efficient variants are preferred. The company's innovation and research efforts are always aligned with these important aspects of environmental protection.