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National Centre for Sustainable Plastics

Polymeric materials in today’s products need to meet completely different sustainability requirements than before. The environmental agenda of product owners, guided by the companies’ own sustainability goals as well as those of consumers and legislators, set expectations on material and machine manufacturers to deliver sustainable plastics with the right circular properties. This is a challenge, but also an opportunity to strengthen the competitiveness of the Swedish plastics industry.

The National Centre for Sustainable Plastics at RISE has been established for the industry, together with the industry. The center is a neutral arena where companies, academia, and trade associationes in the Swedish plastics industry can build up skills and competencies, both together and in their individual organisations. We are an independent third party organisation, where total transparency or strict confidentiality can be applied, which enables cross-boundary collaboration between operators in the plastic value chain, with the common goal of achieving a fossil free industry, whilst strengthening competitiveness. Here you get support through all stages – from ideation to product launch – to ensure sustainability from an environmental, economic, social, and functional perspective. 

Access to RISE’s combined expertise in sustainable plastics

As a member of the National Centre for Sustainable Plastics, you have opportunities to influence its initiatives and investments. Through the member network and the Centre’s activities, you are afforded great opportunities to build new relationships and enhance existing ones, as well as to collaborate on the Centre’s neutral ground under new forms. As a member, you are also given priority to use RISE’s test and demo equipment and participate in research projects. Learn more about membership.

In the process to replace traditional plastics with sustainable alternatives – without compromising on function and quality – many questions arise. For instance, how can existing processes for injection moulding be adapted to new sustainable materials? How do we make the best use of digital tools to ensure traceability throughout the value chain? What business models and forms of collaboration are needed to jointly overcome the complex challenges we face? How can we validate and certify materials and products from a sustainability perspective? 

The National Centre for Sustainable Plastics will help you in these and many other issues, big and small. The service offering has been developed in close consultation with industry, and is based on three areas of need: technology development, education and sustainability.

Technology development: expertise and test beds for, among other things, analysis of material properties, choice of material, material development, and product / process development such as compounding or injection molding.

Education: tailor-made education and training to help you in the transition process.

Sustainability: expertise and test beds in the field of sustainability, such as life cycle analysis, biodegradability test and safety analysis.

How can plastics contribute to a sustainable industry? An insight into the challenges of the automotive industry

Plastics have an important role to play in the production of components for future, sustainable vehicles. Used correctly, plastic is an enabler of sustainability and circularity, but there are many challenges to overcome.

The National Center for Sustainable Plastics organised a digital seminar, where trends and opportunities in the transition to a sustainable automotive industry were discussed. It was an inspiring and hands-on hour, where we given concrete examples from leading industry experts and discussed challenges and opportunities ahead. Below you will find a recording of the seminar, which, for the most part, is in Swedish.  

Recorded seminar: Can plastic be an enabler for the automotive industry's transition? (In Swedish)

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