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Basic course in plastics

We offer courses in plastics, both beginner courses for those who want to learn the basics of plastic use and more advanced courses for those who want help with more specific challenges

Today's society depends on plastic, we use plastic in everything from our grocery bags, house construction, mobile phones, computers and cars. But what is plastic and what is it that distinguishes one plastic from another. The course basic plastic knowledge gives a comprehensive introduction to the world of plastics. Here we talk about what plastics are and why it is used in so many different types of applications. The course is intended for those who want to know more about what plastic is and how the different plastics are used today. To achieve this understanding, the course contains sections on, e. g what is a plastic, why do different plastics have different properties, how are plastics processed, how are plastics analyzed, review of the most common plastics and of course use of  sustainable plastic and recycling of plastics.

Goal and purpose

The aim of this course is for participants to gain a better understanding of plastic and understand how we use plastic today in order to make decisions more easily and act wisely on plastic-related issues, for example when purchasing materials or products.

Target audience

The course is aimed at companies or organizations that are curious to know more about plastic and want basic knowledge to be able to handle various plastic matters. It can be companies that manufacture plastic products or use plastic in their products and want help in training their staff in this. It can also be companies/organizations that need basic plastic knowledge in order to design or purchase products that are both functional, durable and recyclable.




Mattias Andersson

Annika Boss

Anna Jansson



The course is divided into 5 modules, you can either buy the entire course with all modules or compose your own course with optional modules or modules. We can also offer in-depth courses of about 8h per module.

MODULE 1: Basic plastic knowledge

In this part we go through the most basic parts about plastic.

Estimated time: about 2 hours

1.1. What is a plastic?

1.2. What is a polymer?

1.3. From monomer to polymer

1.4. Review of the most common plastics, LDPE, HDPE, PP, PS, PVC, PET, PA, ABS. What are they used for? What qualities do they have? How do you process them? (If wanted, we can tell you about other plastics as well)

1.5. Methods of analysis

1.6. What is and why is additive added?

1.7. Types of additives, examples when used

MODULE 2: Processing methods

Here we go through the most common processing methods for plastics and tell you about when, where and how they are used. If necessary, we can also go deeper into certain methods to explore how, for example, you can investigate problems with these methods.

Estimated time: about 1.5 hours

2.1. Extrusion

2.2. Injection molding

2.3. Blow molding

2.4. Film blowing

2.5. Vacuum forming

2.6 Melting spinning.

MODULE 3: Test and analysis

In module 3 we tell you how to identify different plastics, what methods can be used and how data from these can be evaluated. We also get through material data sheets and explain the different properties and tell how the information can be used.

Estimated time: about 1 hour

3.1. Plastic identification (IR, DSC, TGA, NMR etc)

3.2. Analyses

3.3. Mechanical test (draught, impact, hardness)

3.4. Material specifications

MODULE 4: Plastic recycling

Plastic recycling is a very important area when we talk about plastic and plastic use. Here we talk about why it is so important to have plastic recycling and how plastic recycling works today and what it might look like in the future.

Estimated time: about 1.5 hours

4.1. Why do we need to recycle plastic?

4.2. How to recycle plastic

4.3. Sorting methods

4.4. Mechanical recovery

4.5. Chemical recycling

4.6. How is recycled plastic used

MODULE 5: Bio-based and biodegradable plastics

Today, many people talk about bioplastics, but what is it really that is bio bioplastic. Here we sort out the concepts and tell more about how bio-based and biodegradable plastics are used today and what the market and the future look like. We also go through the most common bio-based plastics and how they are used today.

Estimated time: about 1 hour

5.1. What is bio in bio-plastic

5.2. Why (when) to use bio-based plastics and biodegradable plastics

5.3. Market for bio-based plastics

5.4. Most common bio-based plastics, properties and uses.

Other info

For more information about our work with plastic recycling, please click HERE

For more information about our work with plastic processing, please click HERE

Network for plastic recycling

Testbed for recycling of plastics

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We can offer the education both in RISE locales and at costumers. This education is also offered digitally. 

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Mattias Andersson


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