Innventik TPU Market-Intelligence Report 2022

Innventik TPU Market Intelligence Insights 2022



Madrid, February 2023.  Innventik has released the “Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPU) Market-Technology Intelligence Report”. TPUs are, in general, high molecular weight linear polymers that exhibit room temperature elastomeric properties and are thermoplastic. TPU offers exceptional benefits by bridging the gap between flexible rubber and rigid plastics. They come in several forms, from molding and extrusion resins, spandex fibers, extruded film and sheet, and solution resins (which serve the coating and adhesives industries and aqueous dispersions. This report is focused exclusively on TPUs for Molding and Extrusion, which includes TPU in blends and alloys, but excludes resins used in films and sheets.

The global consumption of TPU in 2022 for the referred segment, accounted for about 670KTon, valued at over 3.2BUSD.

Innventik uses internal information, databases, and materials available in its files. Innventik has access to advanced intelligence software to access collections of published information, and public records including market and technological. The data extracted from various methods and logical alignments is vali-dated with primary interviews and macroeconomic indicators analysis.  Innventik has a strong network of contacts and performed phone interviews with the major TPU manufacturers.

Innventik‘s approach to this TPU Basic market Intelligence Report consisted in contacting specialized companies in TPUs, and also compounders and users. The information provided was processed, analyzed, and used to update and corroborate Innventik‘s market information databases on TPUs, from where the in-formation was extracted for this report.

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3.9.1 Regulations for Medical Applications








4.2.1 Drying.

4.2.2 Injection Molding Machine.

4.2.3 Screw Design.

4.2.4 Nozzles, Sprues, Runners.

4.2.5 Gates.

4.2.6 Mold Design.

4.2.7 Venting.

4.2.8 Part Ejection.

4.2.9 Mold Temperature.

4.2.10 Annealing.

4.2.11 Miscellaneous







5.5 BASF.

5.6 UBE.




  • Innovation Profile
  • Simple Legal Status
  • Patent Type
  • Technology Life Cycle
  • Geographic Territories
  • Application Trend in Countries of Origin
  • Top Countries
  • Application Trend in Top Countries
  • IP5 Territory Distribution
  • Top Chinese Provinces and Applications
  • Key Technologies
  • Application Trend of Key Technologies
  • Geographic Distribution of Key Technologies
  • Top Assignees of Key Technologies
  • dAssignee Analysis
  • Assignee Overview
  • Top Assignees
  • Assignee Concentration
  • New Entrants
  • Assignee Relationships
  • Technology focus of Top Assignees
  • Application Trend of Top Assignees
  • Geographic Distribution of Top Assignees
  • Cell Diagram
  • Inventor Analysis
  • Top Inventors
  • Application Trend of Inventors
  • Analyze inventor partnerships
  • Key Patents
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Largest Invention Families
  • Most Claim-Heavy Patents
  • Most Litigated Patents
  • Market Valued Patents
  • Value Overview
  • Portfolio Value Distribution
  • Technology Area Benchmark
  • Highest Market-Valued Patents
  • Licensing Deals
  • Patent Litigation Overview
  • Innovation Word Clouds
  • Innovation Word Cloud
  • Wheel of Innovation
  • Technology Landscaping




Figure 1. Market Intelligence Approach

Figure 2. TPU Global Market (KTon, 2022)

Figure 3. TPU Global Market (BUSD, 2022)

Figure 4. Global TPU Market Demand by Region (%, 2022)

Figure 5. Western Europe TPU Market Demand (%, 2022)

Figure 6. Asia Pacific TPU Market Size (2017-2028, USD Million)

Figure 7. TPU Global Average Price (2022)

Figure 8. TPU Global Market Share in Percentage Molding and Extrusion (2022).

Figure 9. TPE Cycle Positions, including TPUs.

Figure 10. Innventik’s classification of Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) families.

Figure 11. TPU Global Market Share in KTon by Application (2022).

Figure 12. Automotive Interior parts where TPUs compete with other TPEsR

Figure 13. Main TPE Polymers used in Wire and Cable Engineering

Figure 14. TPU Footwear applications

Figure 15. TPU (TPE-V) for Healthcare applications

Figure 16. TPU for nonwoven fabrics for gowns, drapery, and tubing.

Figure 17. Global TPU Producers capacity (670KTon)

Figure 18. of NHFR Grades Comparison – Key attributes (source: Lubrizol)

Figure 19. Lubrizol Grades Shore A Hardness.

Figure 20. Lubrizol grades Elongation tests (ambient conditions)

Figure 21. Lubrizol grades Glass Transition Temperature

Figure 22. Lubrizol Grades DMA G‘ Modulus at <50ºC

Figure 23. Lubrizol Grades Elongation at Break.

Figure 24. Self Extinguising (V0) as per UL 94 Vertical Burn Test

Figure 25. Long Term Heat Ageing Performance for Lubrizol  Estane TS92AP7

Figure 26. Covestro Nomenclature and key to Desmopan grades

Figure 27. Covestro Comparison of properties in the Desmopan product series

Figure 28. Covestro Product Range by shore hardness and raw material basis

Figure 29. Total shrinkage for Huntsman TPU grades in relation to wall thickness and Shore Hardness.

Figure 30. Hydrolysis resistance of ether and ester grades.

Figure 31. UV Radiation Resistance of Huntsman TPU.

Figure 32. Isochronous stress-strain lines at 23ºC Elastollan C85A.

Figure 33. Coefficient of thermal expansion Alpha (1/K), for various Elastollan hardnesses (ester grades)

Figure 34. Heat deflection temperature (HDT) according to DIN EN ISO 75 method B for Elastollan TPU

Figure 35. UBE TPU Grades for resistance to several harsh conditions.




Table 1. Global TPU Market (2022, KTon)

Table 2. Global Growth (% CAGR, 2020-2025)

Table 3. Global TPU Market Demand by Region in percentage, KTon and MUSD (2022)

Table 4. Western Europe TPU Market Demand in percentage, KTon and MUSD (2022)

Table 5. TPU by Type of Processing (2022)

Table 6. Raw Materials requirements for TPU Elastomers (KTon, 2022)

Table 7. TPEs and Elastomers based on Renewable Raw Materials (examples)

Table 8. Intermaterial Competition among Flexible Polymers

Table 9. Consumption of various TPUs and Additive in Automotive Applications.

Table 10. The relative importance of TPEs in Automotive target applications and parts.

Table 11.  Drying recommendations for time and temperature

Table 12. Typical injection molding processing temperatures of TPU materials are as follows

Table 13. New halogen-free, flame-retardant grades for EV charging cables

Table 14. UL 94 Vertical Burn Test Results.

Table 15. Huntsman TPU Irogran grades resistance properties.

Table 16. BASF TPU Grades Nomenclature.

Table 17. BASF TPU Elastollan Portfolio.

Table 18. UBE Eternalast TPU Series Main Performance Features.

Table 19. UBE Eternalast TPU Series Physical Properties.a

Online MasterClass Styrene Block Copolymers (SBCs) in Adhesive Applications

2023 Technobiz Innventik Masterclass SBCs Adhesives


Madrid, Spain, February 2023.  The MasterClass “Styrene Block Copolymers (SBCs) in Adhesive Application” given online by Dr. Walter Ramirez (Innventik) through Technobiz Professional Education, will allow you to have a deep understanding of the fundamental science behind adhesive mechanisms, the interactions of the ingredients, to optimize formulations, to make better decisions in your day-to-day work, linking your formulation issues with their root causes, for SBCs Hot Melt and Solvent Based Adhesives.

This Masterclass is addressed to professionals who are willing to increase their knowledge of SBCs in Hot Melts and in Solvent Based Adhesives. I will cover the fundamental science of adhesion for SBCs, the characterization methods, the types, and roles of the ingredients to optimize performance, the main requirements for specific applications, the formulation basics with multiple reference applications, and an overview of the future trends and drivers in SBCs.


MODULE 1: Fundamentals of Adhesion for SBCs.

Basic principles, mechanisms, and theory of adhesion, including the role of the interphase in adhesion, the relevance of surface wetting, and the models for adhesion.


Overview of the main techniques including structural, Tack tests, Peeling tests, Shear tests, Mechanical Fatigue, Thermal, surface properties, rheological and viscoelastic.


Base Polymers, waxes, hardeners, fillers, solvents, adhesion promoters or primers, stabilizers (like antioxidants, anti-ozonants, anti-hydrolysis, UV protectors), Biocides, plasticizers, and tackifiers.


Review of the main structures, characteristics, and features of SBCS, including countertypes, typical properties, general benefits and disadvantages, and a general review of SBC value proposition in different applications, in Pressure Sensitive Adhesives, Hot Melts, and Solvent based.


Presenting a Formulations Design Approach to Engineer Properties for specific adhesive requirements, The Adhesives Formulations Basics, and a Formulations Reference Guide for multiple adhesives applications.

To improve performance and cost-effectiveness in labels, packaging, construction, automotive,

Formulations and ingredients selection to achieve specific performance, strength, flexibility, and durability.

MODULE 6. Future Trends and Drivers in SBCs.

Global market overview of SBCs, an analysis of the Global Sustainability Challenges in the industry, the main trends in Adhesives Performance, some synergies and Innovation Opportunities that we identify, and a list of Future Trends that will impact the SBC adhesives industry.


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SSBR-F 2022: Innventik Report for SSBR Functionalization Technologies

SSBR-F 2022



Author: Dr. Walter Ramirez (Chief Innovation Officer, Innventik S.L.)




Tires using SSBR & SSBR-F reduce Rolling Resistance and are in high demand by Tire producers and Automakers because they make vehicles more fuel efficient, reducing greenhouse gasses. The main drivers for the demand for SSBR and SSBR-F are: (a) Environmental regulations and voluntary commitments to reduce the greenhouse effect are major drivers of innovation in tires, demand for SSBR-F; (b) Sustainability is top of mind for automakers and customers are shifting preferences to tires with better properties; (c)  Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Driving Vehicles require Low Rolling Resistance; (d) The use of SSBR-F improves further the low rolling resistance, fuel efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions.


  1. Introduction: SSBR for High-Performance Tires (HPT).


SSBR use in Tires is expanding as low rolling resistance tread applications increase into both high and mid-performance consumer tires as well as commercial tires. The portfolio of products for the global tire market is expanding towards High-Performance tires. To reduce emissions targets, automotive manufacturers must reduce a vehicle’s emissions during its life span. Tire manufacturers are targeting LRR & HPT, as reflected in the market & technology trends. LRR relevance has increased worldwide because of an eco-friendly fuel consumption reduction, and CO2 emissions trend. The report reviews the basic concepts for High-Performance Tires (HPT), regulations, Magic Triangle Low Rolling Resistance challenges and design parameters.

There is an overcapacity of SSBR in Asia Pacific, demand declined in all regions since 2020, but it is expected to stabilize and to reach 2020 levels by 2024.


  1. SSBR Functionalization Strategies.


SSBR Functionalization strategies include Chain end Functionalization (Omega-Functionalized, Alfa-Functionalized, Alfa-Omega Functionalized) and Along Chain Functionalization. Specific technology for tailored macrostructures and a full range of polymer microstructures (Tg). are being designed, with multiple functionality variations. End-chain Functionality products are still the dominant products in the market. Functionalization along the chain (and combined) improves the efficiency of dispersion of silica and carbon-black but might generate collateral issues with crosslinking and filler interaction. The use of chemical coupling improves processing and performance balance. Oil extension for a mix of tire performance and processing properties is relevant.


  1. SSBR-F Relevant Technologies and Companies.


The technology dashboards for SSBR-F Technologies and Companies (Trinseo, Michelin, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Arlanxeo, JSR and Asahi, Nippon Zeon, Sumitomo, TSRC, Versalis, Kumho) are analyzed (i.e. Innovation Rate, Annual Technology Filing Strategies, Most Cited Patents, Highest Market Valued Patents, Cell Diagrams, Technology Landscape Maps, Relevant Technologies, per company).




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1.1 Main Drivers

1.2 SSBR and SSBR-F Generations

1.3 Functionalization Technologies

1.4 Regulations and Labeling System drivers

1.5 Market Drivers: Light Vehicles OE and replacement tires

1.6 SSBR and SSBR-F Market Overview




2.1 Tire Manufacturers unmet Needs  & Issues: Overview

2.2 Main Polymer types for HPT

2.3 Solution SBR vs. Emulsion SBR

2.4 Basic Concepts on High-Performance Tires (HPT)

2.4.1 Magic Triangle

2.4.2 Styrene-Vinyl Balance

2.4.3 Payne Effect

2.4.4 Rolling Resistance

2.4.5 Silica

2.4.6 Silane Coupling Agents

2.4.7 Reinforcing Nanofillers

2.4.8 Branching

2.4.9 Morphology and Viscoelastic Properties

2.4.10 Rheology Modifiers

2.4.11 Liquid additives (Rubbers)

2.5 Main Technology Trends




3.1. Challenges

3.2. Basic Approaches

3.3. Non-Functionalized SSBR

3.4. Chain end Functionalized SSBR

3.5. Omega Functionalized SSBR

3.6. Alfa Functionalized SSBR

3.7. Alfa-Omega Functionalized SSBR

3.8. Along the Chain Functionalized SSBR

3.9. Other Approaches




4.1. General Overview

4.1.1. Annual Geographic Filing Strategy

4.1.2. Innovation Rate

4.1.3. Key Technology Fields Focus (IPC)

4.1.4. Important Patents and Evolution

4.1.5. Portfolio Analysis and valuation

4.1.6. Overview Cell Diagram

4.1.7 Overview – IP Strategy Bubble Maps

4.1.7. Overview Landscape Map

4.1.9 Evolution for HPT Art Patents

4.1.10 Conclusion


4.2. Trinseo

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.3. Michelin

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.4. Bridgestone

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.5. Continental

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.6. Goodyear

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.7. Arlanxeo

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.8 JSR

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.9 Asahi

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.10 Nippon Zeon

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.11. TSRC

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.12 Versalis

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies


4.13 Kumho

  • Main product grades overview
  • Synthetic Rubber generations
  • Innovation Rate
  • Annual Technology Filing Strategy
  • Most Cited Patents
  • Highest Market Valued Patents
  • Cell Diagram
  • Technology Landscape Map
  • Technology Overview
  • Main Functionalization Technologies





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Sustainability in Synthetic Rubber Plants through Advanced Process Technology.

ERJ Magazine NovDec2022


With updated processes, traditional plants can achieve major improvements in terms of energy consumption, efficiency and productivity


Source: This article was published by European Rubber Journal. p.44-45. Ed. Nov-Dec. (2022).


Authors: Dr. Walter Ramirez, Jorge Campos (Innventik)


Companies and countries have announced ambitious goals to increase circularity, beyond their net-zero targets, and to become climate-neutral by 2050. In line with this target, the conservative elastomers and rubber industry must invest in technologies to support this goal.

Some of the process technologies still in place date back to the 1960s. The time has come to take processes and operations to the next level, through implementing best-practices for process improvement and innovative designs for sustainability.

Sustainability is driven by legislation, the positioning of customers in the value-chain and, increasingly, by pressure from end-market consumers. The industry will face a gradual increase in more rigid emissions-reductions requirements as more customers pursue net-zero strategies and demand zero-carbon materials-services.

This is good news because it will enable an acceleration in the adoption of existing and new process technologies to make our industry greener by optimising for maximum flexibility and performance, while minimising energy-consumption, emissions, waste, and costs.

This should also drive the implementation of emissions-reduction initiatives – such as via direct devolatilisation and thermal energy electrification – as well as the adoption of sustainability practices, including mass-balance, renewable raw materials-energies, and zero-residues.

There is, therefore, a clear opportunity for operators to revamp current processes towards providing more flexibility, differentiation, and cost-effectiveness, complying with today’s goals and regulatory challenges.

Moreover, these capex projects will not only reduce the impact of synthetic rubber production on the environment but also minimise community impacts, secure social licenses to operate, and reduce costs.


Solution polymerisation.

The solution polymerisation process –anionic, cationic, coordination to obtain SSBR, BR, SBS, SEBS, SEPS, SIS – offers unique possibilities and presents significant areas of improvement from the process perspective:


  • Operation flexibility: Swing for batch, with the possibility to switch from rubber (i.e. SSBR) to elastomers (i.e. SBCs) in the same line.
  • Solvent selection: The best solvent type must be properly selected depending on weather conditions, for low-energy solvent removal conditions, and also to enable crumb morphology control during the downstream process.
  • Purification: The final product performance and quality, the polymer structure, and the process consistency depend directly on the purity of the raw materials. High monomer and solvent purity ensure high-purity blocks, structure control, and enhanced performance (differentiating against “commodity” type products). Improvements to column design and the number of stages can be implemented for maximum solvent recovery and highest purity, with low energy consumption. The designs must eliminate water traces (<1ppm moisture max.) and prevent column oversaturation, by implementing molecular sieves with an efficient regeneration system. These measures will lead additionally to the complete elimination of heavy species, to achieve greater consistency, lower emissions, and reduced cost.
  • Reaction: A more efficient reactor design with an optimum agitation system with the right hydrodynamics for self-cleaning, to manage efficiently even at high solids content, with optimum heat transfer for maximum heat dissipation. The advanced reactor design must enable superior kinetic and polymer-structure control, employing (a) a catalyst or initiator titration system to ensure very precise additions; (b) a smart addition system for polar modifiers that will facilitate shorter cycles and increased productivity; (c) a control loop analysis system to follow the kinetics.
  • Stripping: An optimised design and array to generate crumbs with low thermal history (to prevent colour and gel formation), has an optimised number of stages, with adjusted residence time, temperature, and additives for energy efficiency, enhanced water recovery, and fines reduction. An improved stripper geometry and agitation system, using eco-friendly additives, eases degassing, maximizes solvent recovery, and enables crumb morphology control.
  • Finishing: Optimised crumb  feeding systems for maximum productivity, with special screw and cutter designs, control the density of bales, to obtain friable bales. High-density, porous (fluffy) crumbs can be controlled with the proper equipment and conditions. New shafts have been designed for expellers and expanders. The advantages of these shafts: (a) provide a net increase in process productivity (>10%); (b) avoid gel formation; (c) eliminate surging; (d) reduce fines; (e) reduce hopper back pressure; (f) stabilise the finishing line; (g) increase longevity.
  • Direct devolatilisation: This type of process technology is focused on thermoplastic rubber and enables the elimination of the stripping and finishing stages to obtain the final product. Direct devolatilisation represents the next generation of finishing because of the advantages of energy, throughput, environmentally friendly, quality, consistency, and compact pellet. Energy savings (60%) vs. the steam stripping processes have been confirmed. Steam consumption reduction (60-80%), water consumption savings (99%), and overall energy savings (60%). The production of dense or porous pellets is possible through special devices. These technologies have increased in performance and are now capable of handling low and very high viscosities, stably, at high throughputs, and a reasonable cost. Limitations include polymer characteristics (especially with polymers of high molecular weight and low melt flow index), the removal of salts and additives, and the “porous crumb” feature.


Emulsion polymerisation

The emulsion polymerisation process – cold, hot, to obtain ESBR, NBR, HNBR, SB latex – has not evolved substantially, except for optimised compositions. Areas for significant improvements to the process include:


  • Reactor: The new emulsion polymerisation reactor is designed to efficiently control kinetics at the highest solid content and minimize coagulum, and scaling, combining cryogenic and high-temperature features. The implementation of pre-emulsion, degassing systems, and online loops to control kinetics, particle size, and distribution, are possible. Flexible chain design allows batch-continuous operation, and efficient product switching. Implementing higher solids formulations is possible by using an optimum hydrodynamic system, feeding policies, and additives.
  • Stripping: The first stripping process was patented in 1942 for emulsion polymers and is basically how most plants operate today. An optimised finishing and stripping to remove residual monomer with low thermal history have been proposed, with an optimised monomer purification for recycling with maximum quality. New, proven industrial designs for butadiene recovery using an advanced compression-condensation system and a flash-flash-decanter system for Styrene recovery have been successfully implemented. Novel designs to maximise monomer removal by combining the stripper with spray nozzles connected to a distillation column (in the same equipment) have been proposed. Technologies for continuous coagulation-washing-dewatering-drying (i.e. self-cleaning, intermeshing kneaders with twin-screws, biaxial extruder barrel,) have been implemented.
  • Concentration: The new emulsion polymerisation design can handle latex formulations up to 60-63% solids. This can be achieved by optimising the design, formulation, and conditions of the thin-film evaporator.



Fundamental transformation

The drive to enhanced sustainability will require a fundamental transformation of the elastomer and rubber industry: assessing and reducing environmental impact offers both great opportunities and great challenges.

Companies must, therefore, take action to decarbonise profitably, by exploring technological options for new processes to achieve sustainability goals, embracing a bold new vision of the future based on sustainable- and safe-design process technologies.

Implementation of best process and operational practices for more flexible, modular cost-effective synthetic rubber production with reduced environmental impact  requires a mindset change to build a “green business.”



Reaction process features


About the authors:

Walter Ramirez and Jorge Campos are co-founders of Innventik, a consulting and engineering firm that assists customers worldwide, to design processes, accelerate commercialisation & innovation projects. With bases in Spain and Mexico, Innventik services ranges from engineering process assessment, FEED and EPC to business development and technology-market Intelligence in areas including elastomers, polymers, nanotech,  for adhesives, technical compounds and tires. The firm’s recent/ current projects in the synthetic rubber industry include a 100 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) Nd butadiene rubber plant – start-up this year – and a 60ktpa SSBR & SSBR-F plant scheduled for start-up in 2023.

Sustainability in the Operating Plant through Advanced Process Technology


Lisbon, September 20, 2022. Innventik was honored to speak at the Annual General Meeting 2022 of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP). Dr. Walter Ramirez presented the conference “Sustainability in the Operating Plant through Advanced Process Technology”.



Companies and countries are to become climate neutral by 2050. In line with this target, the industry must work on process improvement and innovative designs for sustainability. The industry will face a gradual increase of more rigid emissions-reductions requirements as more customers pursue net-zero strategies and demand for Zero-Carbon Materials-Services. This will enable the acceleration of the adoption of existing and new process technologies to make our industry greener. Companies are increasingly open to implementing new process technologies and sustainable practices to reduce costs, minimize community impacts, and secure their social license to operate. During the conference, Innventik presented a summary of the most updated process technologies for Solution and Emulsion Polymerization (including Raw Materials Purification, Reactor Design, Stripping, Coagulation, Direct Devolatilization, Latex Stripping, Facility Lifetime, and Corrosion Monitoring). At Innventik, we see an opportunity to revamp current processes to provide more flexibility and cost-effectiveness, to implement the best operative practices, and comply with regulatory challenges. The time has come to take traditional Processes and Operations to the next level.


Quirk diagram improvements

We Design new Plants

We desing New Plants Innventik


Madrid, Spain, July 1, 2022. Innventik has launched a global campaign to promote Innventik Engineering, a firm specialized in Chemicals, Polymers, Elastomers and Rubber, by offering complete suite of Engineering Firm Services: FEEL, FEED, PDP, BEDP, EPC, Basic, Detail Engineering and Process Assessments. Since 2016 Innventik Engineering has designed new plants and improved multiple processes for relevant customers in Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and China. The specialized engineering firm’s policy is to offer top Engineering, at the best price-quality ratio, with the shortest lead times.


Innventik present at AMI’s Compounding World Congress 2022 (Cologne, Germany, 7-8 June 2022).

Functional Fillers Map

Cologne, Germany (June 2022). Dr. Walter Ramirez, Chief Innovation Officer at Innventik, presented the conference: “Recent Advances in Functional Fillers and Additives“, about the applications and strategies to enhance performance in Advanced Materials and Polymer Composites, at AMI’s Compounding World Congress 2022 (Cologne, Germany, 7-8 June 2022).  

Diversity of MIneral Filler Options.

  • Functional fillers exhibit increased demand for Infrastructure, Automotive, EVs, Antistatic/ESD/EMI Protection, Electronic Devices, Energy Harvesting and Batteries applications.
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies show that using fillers reduces environmental emissions and impact on resources.
  • Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC: 34% market share) will still be the most commonly used inorganic filler in plastics because of its abundance, low cost, and performance (stiffness, impact strength, flexural modulus).
  • Hydrated Magnesium Silicate (Talc) provides better rigidity and impact strength (i.e. polyolefins). Higher purity grades using advanced milling technology provides improved thermal stability for packaging.
  • Silicates (i.e. Mica, Kaolin, Wollastonite, Kyanite) are good options for mechanical properties modification and coupling (Xanthos, 2010).
  • In Fibrous Fillers performance depends on fiber type and on fiber/matrix bonding interface. The high cost of fibers is a limiting factor. Glass fiber (GF) is the mostly used, but Natural Fibers (NFs) are emerging to modify mechanical, electrical and magnetic properties.

Thermally Conductive Additives.

  • High demand for Thermally Conductive Polymers is being driven by: EVs, autonomous transportation, 5G Communication, Smart appliances, Infrastructure.
  • Production of electrically conductive compounds based on all types of polymers (from polyolefins to high end engineering plastics) using conductive additives is raising.
  • EMI Shielding plastics (i.e. CNTs, carbon fibers and other fillers) is gaining momentum due to growth in e-mobiity, light-weighting megatrends and paintability (electrospray) in automotive.
  • GRMs (i.e. Graphene, Graphene Oxide) will be a significant option when capacity raises cost be more competitive.


Thermally Conductive Additives


Renewable and Sustainable Filler Options.

Environment pressures, rapid increase in raw material prices, record-high freight costs, stretched capacity, increased lead times (supply bottlenecks) for virgin products creates opportunities for bio-composites and for high-quality recycled products:

  • Materials reinforced with NFs: sisal, flax, jute, wood-fibers to replace GF and CF, offer biodegradability, renewable nature, low cost, low relative density, high specific strength. European car manufacturers demand these materials.
  • Carbon fibre exhibited abrupt demand drop, but now is at record high levels due to aviation uplift, EVs, lightweight/strong wind energy.
  • Materials combining robust mechanical performance (strength & stiffness) with tailored electrical characteristics (anti-static, conductive, EMI).

High Potential Minerals as Fillers.

  • Alternate functional fillers opportunities in polymer composites to reduce cost, to improve properties, as sustainable options to improve environmental impact.
  • The main challenge: To retain original mechanical properties, durability, strength, rheological properties and processability.
  • Large production of minerals and fillers (cheap, available, soft, hard, heavy, light, refractive index, abrasion resistance, reinforcing, colors) offer considerable space for alternate fillers options to be used in polymer composites.
  • Large opportunities of collaboration to develop new grades of fillers:
  • Production of tailored materials at the nanoscale to create unique materials
  • Paradigm change on existing energy storage capabilities and materials performance.

Sustainability, material pricing, prevalence of e-commerce, logistics and skilled workforce shortage are some of the key challenges that Polymer Composites industry will face over the next decade.


World Class and Cost-Effective Engineering Services by Innventik Engineering celebrates 5 years

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Madrid, Spain. January 26, 2022.  Innventik Engineering, the firm that specializes in Chemicals, Polymers and Elastomers, continues providing a complete suite of Engineering Services (FEEL, FEED, PDP, BEDP, EPC, Basic, Detail Engineering and Process Assessments). During this five years, Innventik Engineering has designed new plants and improved processes for customers in Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy, Mexico and China. The firm’s policy is to provide the best Engineering, with a high quality/cost policy, with increased effectiveness and shortening project times.


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Recent Advances in Functional Fillers and Additives for enhanced Performance in Polymers

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Cologne, Germany. January 27, 2022. Innventik will present the conference “Recent Advances in Functional Fillers and Additives for enhanced Performance in Polymer Composites” at “COMPOUNDING WORLD CONGRESS” (Cologne, Germany. 7- 8 June 2022), organized by AMI.

Functional Fillers and Additives are used to improve reinforcement (increase stiffness, reduce creep, tensile and flex strengths), impact resistance, durability, dimensional stability, moisture resistance, thermal conductivity, abrasion resistance, aesthetics, breathability, design freedom, to modify adhesion, flow, density, electrical & thermal properties, and to reduce weight, shrinkage, flammability. The main topics to be covered will be:

  • Novel Functional fillers and additives to improve performance, to add value and reduce cost of polymer compounds.
  • Sustainable sourcing of volume fillers, Silica replacements and Bio-nanocomposites are reviewed.
  • Case studies and guidelines for additive selection

The conference will be presented by Dr. Walter Ramirez, Chief Innovation Officer at Innventik.






Innventik is part of Club Camara – Commerce Chamber (Cantabria-Spain)

Club Camara Comercio

Club Camara Comercio


Madrid, Spain. August 1, 2021. Innventik is now an active member of “Club Camara” (Commerce Chamber – Cantabria Spain). Club Camara is a Spanish platform, that will enable Innventik to offer its Consulting, Engineering and Bsiness Development services.

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