Since our founding in 1960, we have been driven by our spirit of innovation and pioneering - to this day, cornerstones for our daily actions. In our Mission 2030 "High-end film for a better world", Michael Baumeister, Managing Director CTO, emphasises the importance of the PIONEER aspect and the Technology Centre as its heart.
In October 1998, the leading international plastics trade fair "K" took place in Düsseldorf, where the plastics industry presented its innovations to the world public. At the same time, the technology centre, which is still unique in the world, was opened at our Siegsdorf site. It was to house the laboratory equipment already in use as well as a completely new pilot plant on which films could be stretched simultaneously.
Very quickly, the technology centre developed into a focal point for research activities of our customers, various institutes and companies along the value chain.
To date, the range of services offered by the Technology Centre is unique. The equipment, which has been constantly expanded and modernised over the years, with pilot plant, laboratory extruder and laboratory stretching frame as well as chemistry and film laboratory, enables almost all types of film stretching and the processing of a wide range of polymers and biopolymers. All known stretching methods can be used: monoaxial in machine direction (MD) or transverse direction (TD), biaxial sequential or biaxial simultaneous.
Changing framework conditions and ever new fields of application place high demands on the entire film industry. Thus, an expansion of the technical centre at the Siegsdorf site is planned. The most important innovation besides the modern infrastructure is an additional pilot plant to increase the availability of test capacities and to reduce waiting times for customers quite decisively.