Polymer Innovation – What Does it Mean to You and Your Business?
The Polymer Innovation part of the IIPSI project is tasked with helping West Midlands based SMEs to grow by assisting them to develop and introduce innovative polymer products. This is a huge research area with new materials and processes appearing all the time, so the potential range of projects we can carry out with companies is very broad. Current research that we are working on includes:
- Additive Manufacturing – building plastic parts a layer at a time using printing techniques
- Plastic electronics – embedding functionality such as lighting into plastic parts
- Micromoulding – making tiny parts using specialist injection moulding equipment
- Sustainable polymers and composites – ‘green’ materials with lower environmental impact
…but now is your chance to have your say and ensure that the IIPSI provides the assistance that you need!
We’d love to hear any comments and suggestions on the innovative uses of polymers you’d like to develop within your business. Please feel free to comment below or to contact one of the SME team by email or on Twitter @WMGSME.