Processing Pilot Plant for Biopolymers Schwarzheide

Bioplastics processing - research and development close to the market

Bio-based plastics and their applications have been the focus of research at the Fraunhofer IAP for many years. The development of polylactides (PLA) with improved performance properties is one focus.

Marketable and new biobased plastics are processed in the Processing Pilot Plant for Biopolymers Schwarzheide  at BASF's Schwarzheide site. Research results are tested and implemented in practice using industrial plant technology. A wide range of processing methods established in thermoplastics processing is covered.

With the aid of extensive analysis technology, the properties of plastics can be examined and evaluated in detail. On the one hand, this concerns the determination of raw material properties in order to check which processing method is suitable. On the other hand, the end products are examined with regard to their product properties.

We use the location advantage in the chemical park to transfer the results of the R&D work to the market more quickly.

By integrating the processing pilot plant into local and supraregional networks and collaborative structures, the aim is to support small and medium-sized plastics processing companies in introducing bio-based plastics into their production processes.

Project RUBIO

In the RUBIO project, the Fraunhofer IAP is working in a regional alliance with nationally and internationally leading partners from industry and research to establish the entire value chain for biopolymers in central Germany.

We offer


  • all R&D services related to the processing of (bio-) plastics
  • extensive know-how on biopolymers
  • development and further development of raw materials, products and processing methods
  • thermoplast processing on industrial scale
  • short term and fast processing of inquiries

Ways of cooperation


Would you like to work with us?
There are several ways: 

  • contract research
  • research collaborations
  • services

Contact us!


Bioplastics become more attractive for industry

Within the framework of RUBIO, the Fraunhofer IAP and POLIFILM EXTRUSION GmbH are developing a first commercial PBS product.

Our services

  • processing of thermoplastic conventional and biobased polymers   
    -  (bio)composites and blends
    - additivation
    - film extrusion (one and multi-layer films, blow films)
    - extrusion
    - injection molding
    - blow molding
    - thermoforming
  • pilot plant operation
  • laboratory examinations
  • 3D printing
  • project management and workshops
  • consulting/training/traineeships
  • bachelor or master theses assistance

Our equipment


Twin-srew extruder Leistritz ZSE 27 MAXX; screws 28 mm,
L/D 36 or 52, dosing (50 kg/h, 5 kg/h, 1 kg/h)


Injection molding

Injection molding machine Boy 55 E, screw 28 mm,
clamping force 55 t, shot weight 50-80 g,
injection pressure: 1380 bar


Film production

3-layers flat film plant Dr. Collin CR 136/350
screws 25 mm, L/D 25, 8 kg/h

Blown film line BL 180/400 E Dr. Collin


Blow molding

Extrusion blow molding line HESTA HV 180 H



Thremoformer ILLIG SB 53c


Peripheral equipment

Dry-air dryer, mixer, drying oven, climatic chamber, granulator, mills



Printer x400 German RepRap


Test laboratory

DSC, viscometry, moisture measurement, tensile test, MFI, impact bending test, hardness test, dart-drop test

Processing Pilot Plant for Biopolymers Schwarzheide

© Fraunhofer IAP

Schipkauerstrasse 1 / BASF / A754
01987 Schwarzheide

Phone +49 331 568-3400
Fax +49 35752 6-3170