Press kit for the trade fair K

Fraunhofer at the world's leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry

You will find our joint stand in:

Hall 7 / SC01


Fraunhofer press event at the trade fair K 2022:

Press tour:

Thursday, October 20, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Hall 7, Stand SC01

Press Releases


Sustainable and efficient innovations for the plastics industry

At the world’s largest trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, 14 Fraunhofer units have adopted the “We know plastics” slogan and will be showcasing innovative, sustainable and efficient approaches, solutions and developments for plastics processing. From October 19 to 26, 2022, the topics of circular economy, digital transformation, climate protection and functionalization will take center stage at Booth SC01 in Hall 7.


New mini 3D camera creates vital prerequisite for the next stage of autonomous driving

In a joint research project with car manufacturer BMW, researchers at the Fraunhofer IOF have developed a miniaturized wide-angle 3D camera system. In the future, the camera will monitor the interior of autonomously driving vehicles using 3D sensors, thus ensuring greater safety on the roads of the future.


More stable 3D-printed components with the aid of atmospheric pressure plasmas

Stability is one of the core requirements for components manufactured in layer-by-layer 3D printing. One key to greater stability is to improve the adhesion between the individual layers. The researchers at the Fraunhofer IST achieve this through targeted chemical modification of the surface by using atmospheric pressure plasmas. 


Lightweight construction with natural fibre-reinforced plastics

To respond individual customer requirements and to meet social and political responsibility, a research project was carried out in cooperation between Ansmann AG and Fraunhofer Institute für Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF. Aim was the development of natural fibre-reinforced plastics for usage in Li-ion battery housings. Fraunhofer Researchers will present more details at the traide fair K.


New methods for reliable lifetime estimation of plastic recyclates

Recyclates make products sustainable and competitive. Safety and reliable function must be guaranteed in the process. Researchers from the Fraunhofer LBF will be demonstrating how the quality of products made from recycled plastics can be reliably tested in the early development process, before series production, at the trade fair k.


Rigid, impact-resistant and durable small load carriers made from recycled transport boxes and old PET bottles

Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI have collaborated on the production of injection-molded transport boxes that are more rigid than conventional small load carriers but nevertheless still impact-resistant. For the production, they used discarded transport boxes as well as recycled PET fibers.


From waste to raw material

A sustainable society, the renunciation of fossil raw materials, climate-neutral processes - the chemical industry has committed itself to these goals. For the industry, this means an enormous challenge within the next few years and decades. Researchers from seven Fraunhofer institutes are pooling their expertise in the "Waste4Future" lighthouse project to make these goals tangible. The team of experts will be demonstrating at the trade fair K.


Sustainable plastic packaging, cascading recycling or the degradation behavior of films

Since 2018, Fraunhofer CCPE has been researching how the plastics value chain can become circular. At the K trade fair, Fraunhofer CCPE will present promising developments for a successful transformation from a linear to a circular plastics economy.


New bio-based and circular plastics

Fraunhofer UMSICHT is developing new materials for the resource-efficient use of plastics. The focus is on bioplastics, a circular plastics economy and strategies for reducing macro- and microplastics in the environment. Fraunhofer UMSICHT presents bio-based and circular plastics on the trade fair K 2022.