Scratch and mar resistance of plastic articles is a main attribute in Nordic industry with products in the premium category. Technology for improving the properties with particulate nano additives in polymers will create product benefits for either base materials or coatings. Costs and weight reductions with maintained or improved properties are prime targets but environment aspects are also focused. An effective way for improvements is offered by nanosized particles but knowledge is limited and applied
research is needed.
The objective of the project consortium was to work together in developing scratch- and mar resistant nano-composites for polymers. Characterisation methods and designing of selection criteria for optimal particle/polymer systems were established for selected systems. Consideration of health & safety and environmental aspects has been included. Dissemination of technical information about the nanosized fillers potential was ensured as appropriate within the Nordic region.
Project presentation - Kick-off in May 2006 (ppt)
Project duration: May 2006 - March 2008
Christian Simon, SINTEF Materialteknologi, Norway
Jan-Olof Roszinski, ELKEM, Norway
Bozena Tokarz, Eka Chemicals, Sweden
Olav Marstokk, Jotun Paints, Norway
Nicolas Cochet, Beckers Industrial Coatings, Sweden
Henrik Bladt, Bang & Olufsen, Denmark
Robert Pompe, IVF Industriforksning och utveckling, Sweden
Jón Bjarnason, Malning hf, Iceland
Pál Árnason, Icetec - Technological Institute of Iceland, Iceland