Perstorp launches competition thermoplastic materials innovation

Perstorp launches competition for thermoplastic materials innovation

12:07 PM, 2nd September 2015
Perstorp launches competition for thermoplastic materials innovation

PERSTORP, SWEDEN: Perstorp AB said as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its Capa caprolactone thermoplastic materials, it launched a competition on 1 Sept, aiming to reach out to people to identify and solve a future challenge in this ever-changing world.

The goal via this crowdsourcing initiative is to engage with visionary and technically minded people from all over the world – university students and professionals alike – to scan the horizon for potential challenges and come up with creative ideas to address them. 

“We may sometimes forget, but there is a lot of brainpower available outside of Perstorp. I am sure that we will get ideas that we had never thought of,” said Eric Appelman, vice president, innovations, Perstorp. “We’re excited that this forward-looking, approach will allow us to harness fresh, new ideas by engaging directly with the market as we aim to leverage the use of advanced biodegradable thermoplastics as a sustainable problem-solving material.”

Here is the premise for the competition: identify a challenge you think could arise in the next 40 years and build a solution using Capa Thermoplastics technology. Participants can enter individually or in teams of two.

Submissions will be judged based on various criteria, including implementability, the degree of innovation involved, the role of Capa materials in solving the issue, the role of sustainability in the solution, potential customer benefit and personal connection to the problem.

Finalists will be announced in December. The jury will select a winner in April, with a top prize that will consist of: an opportunity to present the winning submission at K-Fair, the world’s largest plastics show, in Oct 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany; a personal senior Perstorp mentor for one year and a cash prize 40,000 SEK (€4,300).

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