Fuel cell stack with bipolar plates made of a plastic compound (photo: Eisenhuth/IKV)

Flexible, joinable bipolar plates
IKV is carrying out research into a new approach for the production of graphite-filled polypropylene compounds. The aim is to improve the mechanical properties of the compound compared with commercially available materials while maintaining the same electrical conductivity. >>> more

Elastomers of CO2
In a project entitled "Production Dreams", IKV is working together with raw materials manufacturer Covestro and other institutes of RWTH Aachen University and TU Berlin on a process that involves using greenhouse gas on an industrial scale for the production of elastomers. The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the initiative "r+impulse – Innovative Technologies for Research Efficiency". >>> more

Rolf Saß (left), Managing Director of Engel Deutschland GmbH, hands over the all-electric injection moulding machine ENGEL e-motion 440 to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann (photo: IKV/Fröls)

IKV research into optical components
IKV now has a new all-electric injection moulding machine of Type ENGEL e-motion 440/160. Rolf Saß, Managing Director of ENGEL Deutschland GmbH, handed over the machine to IKV. The new all-electric toggle clamp injection moulding machine is specifically geared to the production of optical components. >>> more

Honorary doctorate awarded to Professor Menges
The Montan University of Leoben in Austria has awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor Georg Menges, the former head of the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV). >>> more

IKV's new buildings on Seffenter Weg
Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) celebrates official dedication. North Rhine-Westphalia's building and real estate management authority hands over fourth construction phase to RWTH Aachen University. New lab for additive manufacturing. >>> more

Filament winding with thermoplastics
IKV is researching a new approach for the production of axially symmetrical composite structures with a thermoplastic matrix. For this purpose, IKV has developed a machine technology that processes so-called "in-situ polymerising thermoplastics" by filament winding. >>> more

IKV Colloquium: presentations available for download
The first presentations from the 18 sessions of the 28th International Colloquium Plastics Technology are available for download. All participants can download the individual presentations after signing in with the login details which can be found in the conference proceedings. >>> more

Diagram: Organisational and technological perspectives of benchmarking

Benchmarking consortium for injection moulding processors
Together with Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at RWTH University, IKV is once again putting together a consortium made up of injection moulding converters. >>> more

Dr.-Ing Herbert Müller, CEO of Surteco SE and Chairman of the Board of the IKV Sponsors' Association, opens the 28th IKV Colloquium in the Eurogress Aachen (photo: Fröls/IKV)

IKV meets the world in Aachen
By focusing on topics such as Industry 4.0 in plastics processing, additive manufacturing and lightweight construction, IKV offered a number of important highlights at the recent 28th IKV Colloquium. The event attracted 825 plastics experts from 24 nations. The keen interest of the delegates from some 300 companies ... >>> more

Science Minister Svenja Schulze will open the Colloquium
IKV looks forward to welcoming Svenja Schulze, the NRW Minister for Innovation, Science and Research, to open the Colloquium and deliver the introductory speech. Also attending will be Dr. Margrethe Schmeer, Mayor of the City of Aachen. Read more >>>

We have moved.

New address for IKV
On December 14, the IKV moved to its new facilities on the RWTH Aachen Campus. From now on, you will find us in our new offices and laboratories at Seffenter Weg 201 in 52074 Aachen. For more details and further contact information please click here >>>

At the 2014 IKV Colloquium, some 800 experts from the plastics segment came to the event in Aachen at the Eurogress (photo: TEMA/IKV)

28th International Colloquium Plastics Technology
IKV extends a cordial invitation to attend the 28th International Colloquium Plastics Technology in Aachen on February 24 and 25, 2016. The event, which is held every two years, is again expected to attract some 800 experts from the global plastics industry. >>> more

Die Preisträger 2015 mit den Vertretern der Stifter und den Betreuern

WAK innovation awards assigned to Paul Walach and Andreas Neuß
The WAK (Wissenschaftliche Arbeitskreis der Universitäts-Professoren der Kunststofftechnik) assigned on 12 November 2015 prizes for the best academic theses in the field of plastics technology. Prices were twice awarded to former IKVer for best dissertations. Read more >>>

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Film extrusion Conference on November 10-11, 2015
This year's conference will focus on packaging film, but will also cover other technical film applications. It will demonstrate current developments with the raw materials and will highlight the latest machine engineering. Topics such as the economic efficiency and ... >>> more

Presentation of the award to successful applications for the BMBF initiative "Internationalisation of leading-edge clusters, forward-looking projects, and comparable networks" at the 3rd International Cluster Conference of the BMBF in Berlin (photo: BMBF)

Top-level research from Germany goes international
IKV has received an award for its internationalisation initiative "Global network for innovative plastic materials and processes". Professor Dr. Johanna Wanka, Germany’s Minister of Education and Research, presented the award on June 30, 2015, in Berlin during the BMBF’s 3rd International Cluster Conference. >>> more

Composite parts in automotive design (photo: TEMA/IKV)

IKV at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt
Lightweight construction, functional integration, production efficiency and simulation are the topics currently dominating plastics research in the field of automotive design. For the first time, IKV will present these topics at the 66th Int. Motor Show (IAA), due to be held in Frankfurt am Main/Germany on September 15 – 27, 2015. >>> more

Scientific staff in IKV's injection moulding pilot plant (photo: Geerd Jacobs/IKV)

IIMC 2015 – 30 September and 1 Oktober in Aachen
IKV is extending an invitation to the second International Injection Moulding Conference – in short IIMC. National and international experts from the injection moulding segment will talk about application-related developments, research results and innovative examples of industrial series production. >>> more

Executive Committee (l. to r.): Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Nebel, Dr. Steffen Tobisch, Dr. Bernd Grünler, Dr.-Ing. Ralf-Uwe Bauer, Anke Schadewald, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Bastian, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann (photo: Bea Marquardt)

IKV is founder member of the "Zuse Community"
Sixty-eight legally independent and non-profit-making research institutes have joined forces to establish the German industrial research community Konrad Zuse e.V. (Deutsche Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft Konrad Zuse e.V.). It was founded on January 29, 2015, ... >>> more

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