Starch is one of the most important renewable resources. Worldwide, more than 60 million tons are produced annually. Thereof, about 9.4 million tons are manufactured in Europe, and additionally, further amounts are imported. About 60 percent of starch and starch products are used in food and beverage sector. In the non-food sector, the paper industry is the main consumer. In addition, starch products are used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, fermentation, bioplastics, adhesives, building materials, sizing or cleaning agents.
In the department Starch modification / Molecular properties starch and starch products for industrial applications are modified and optimized. Our projects result from the industry's needs. On request, we adapt the renewable resource specifically to processing processes and applications. The special properties of starch − water solubility, water binding and viscosity properties − is just as important as its inhibiting swelling power and the limited water vapor permeability of films. Furthermore, the replacement of synthetic organic polymers on the basis of modified starch offers numerous advantages: the production processes are environmentally friendly and reduce harmful environmental influences.