The IKV – Institute for Plastics Processing is Europe's leading research institute in the field of plastics technology. Following a holistic approach IKV develops solutions for future-oriented technologies in plastics processing. Today, 300 people are employed at IKV, including 80 scientists, 50 administration staff, and 180 student assistants in research and development. Their goal is to provide industry with problem solutions for their day-to-day operations.
Professor Christian Hopmann has been head of the Institute and Managing Director of the IKV Sponsors' Association since 2011. He also holds the Chair of Plastics Processing at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.