Issue 03 | 2022
In technically demanding applications and markets, such as electronics products, transportation, or the construction sector, bioplastics have so far hardly been represented to any significant extent. There are many reasons for this, ranging from insufficient economic competitiveness to inadequate properties for technical products. However, the material properties play an important role in the market success for technical applications. For example, plastics for technical products usually have to meet a large number of requirements, such as high heat resistance, high toughness, and low flammability. Bioplastics like polylactic acid (PLA) can hardly comply with these specifications. Despite intensive research and development in recent years, PLA still does not have a marketable property profile for technical injection moulding products.