Design flexibility of plastics, but look and feel like metals: PolyMetal successful crossboarder cooperation

The main goal of the project PolyMetal is the transnational cooperation, networking, and joint R&D of SMEs as well as of R&D institutions on the development of polymer-based solutions. Optimized for the specific application, these polymers are capable of replacing stainless steel or aluminum for structurally demanding products in varios fields. In this context, the joint R&D activities are focusing on a promising research area, the development, and processing of cost-efficient, metallic-looking and -feeling polymers. So far, for higher aesthetic value of high-end products, stainless steel, and aluminum are used for the manufacturing of parts of home appliances, lights, sports equipment, etc. For the manufacturing of more complex shapes, the use of metal is technically demanding, expensive, and time consuming.

At the final conference, the results of the successful cross-border collaboration between the research institutions Faculty of Polymer Technology (FTPO), Montanuniversitaet Leoben (MUL), and Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL) in cooperation with the industrial partners Gorenje gospodinjski aparati d.o.o., Richard Hiebler GmbH, and Intra lighting d.o.o. will be presented. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to discuss with PolyMetal experts in B2B meetings (in attendance or via MS Teams by appointment) how the research outcomes could be useful for their business cases. 


30.09.2021, Registering 09:30; Start: 10:00



Conference Opening and Welcome

10:15 - 10:30

Formal welcome; Interreg representatives of Austria and Slovenia

10:30 - 11:00

"Benefits from the crossboarder cooperation"; Aleš Miheli─Ź/Gorenje

11:00 - 11:45

"New knowledge acquired during the project: compounding to achieve the required combination of thermal conductivity and properties of thermally conductive composites"; Silvester Bolka, Teja Pešl/ FTPO

11:45 - 13:00

lunch break

13:00 - 13:35

"Ingredients affect surface microstructure: A study on the roughness of injection molded parts"; DI Dr. Roman Kerschbaumer/PCCL

13:35 - 14:10

"Simulation of the flow and temperature conditions contributing to the surface appearence of injection molded parts"; Prof. Dr. Thomas Lucyshyn/MUL

14:10 - 14:30

Closing remarks; Maja Mešl/FTPO; DI Renate Reumüller/MUL


"B2B Meetings"
MS Teams, at MUL; slots for the discussion with the experts of the PolyMetal team are set by e-mail


End of Event



Registration: Via the registration form or by e-mail to: renate.reumueller@unileoben.ac.at,

- 24.09.2021 for participation in Leoben

- 28.09.2021 for participation online

 Location: Montanuniversität Leoben, A-8700 Leoben, Franz Josef-Straße 18,Raiffeisen Hörsaal

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