Award for self-healing smart polymer
LyondellBasell received an European Innovation Award from PlasticsEurope and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in the category “Material Innovation” for the development of Koattro KT MR05, a plastomer with “self-healing” properties.
The energy injected by the cutting instrument melts the amorph-soft surface and the two components can be joined together before the surface recrystallizes. The company says that the material could be used in the production of seals for aluminum, plastic and wooden windows and doors. The components are cut and pressed onto the carrier surface without glues, adhesives, special tooling or extensive preparation work.