Developing New Solutions Together

The long-term co-operation with VTT has lead to numerous patents, priceless experience and new business breakthroughs.

Premix enthusiastically participates in research projects with the leading research institutes to always be on the frontline of technical innovations. The Premix Communications visited VTT  to memorize all the joint projects we’ve had during the years. It appears we’ve done a lot together – and gained a huge amount of experience and know-how on the way!  Actually there were so many shared projects that this story is able to cover only a fraction of them. 

Although we have a wide portfolio of material solutions, we are known to tailor the material according to customer specifications. However, in addition to customer-oriented development work, we are eager to develop the field further and thus, happily participate in research projects aiming to improve the safety of our society or making life easier for all of us through new material solutions.

Our co-operation with VTT started already in the beginning of 1990’s in a project related to improving the electrical conductivity of plastics through mechanical alloying with metals. From there, we continued developing new plastics in a project called “UUMU” (Uudet Muovimateriaalit i.e. New Plastic Materials). This project concentrated on studying high temperature plastics, their processing and behaviour in thermoforming. Now, we offer high temperature plastics in our PREPERM® product family.

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Premix's elastomer know-how was significantly evolved in a project where we developed SEBS compounds based on highly conductive metallic fillers. At the time, the project resulted in several formulations and some commercialized items in the field of EMI shielding. They never made it to the list of our top-sellers, though. However, this work created a solid base for further know-how  and thanks to that, we are today the leading experts in the field of electrically conductive elastomers such as TPU and TPV. Our specific know-how in combining the high filler rate with low compression set cannot be beaten very easily. So, it can be said that the work all these years ago has really borne fruit.

In the early 2000’s we financed projects on “Electrically conductive materials and multicomponent products” and “Functional coating” as well as took part in “Hybrid polymers” research project. Between 2007 and 2010 we participated in a research studying Ecological Thermoplastic Circuit Boards. Printed circuit boards are usually made of epoxy and glass fibre, but  this time thermoplastic materials were used. The aim was to create flexible or injection moldable plastic compounds with a very low dielectric loss. Does it start to sound familiar? That’s right, this was a predecessor for our ultra-low low PREPERM® material that now conquers the world with its excellent properties!

“Whenever VTT is planning functional plastics research projects, we often seek cooperation with Premix. Premix will bring not only their expertise but also an industrial perspective into our projects.”

-Mikko Karttunen, Senior Scientist, VTT

We are very happy for this long-term co-operation that according to our calculations has resulted in several patents so far, not to mention the priceless experience both parties have gained.

 

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VTT

VTT is one of the leading research and technology organisations in Europe. VTT's research and innovation services gives it partners, both private and public, all over the world a competitive edge. VTT paves the way for the future by developing new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services.

VTT's mission is to create technology for business – for the benefit of society. Premix is happy to be a part of that mission!

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The Premix Communications met Research Team Leader Lisa Wikström and Senior Scientist Mikko Karttunen from VTT.  Both of them have worked with Premix for decades - and the co-operation with VTT continues!

At Premix, we are happy to be a part of this kind of research work that can change the entire field – or the world even. We already have some interesting new themes cooking, stay tuned to find out more!

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