“The plastics industry is driven by a constant stream of fast-paced innovation.  

  • It transforms cars into lightweights enabling fuel efficiency and e-drives,
  • it puts a camera in every smartphone through inexpensive production of complex optical lenses,
  • it is a key driver of the 4th industrial revolution of Additive Manufacturing,
  • and much more.

Our products for thermal and rheological analysis of plastics have provided our customers with some of the key tools needed for this innovation. We thrive to continuously support the industry by improving our instruments and offering our expertise in polymer analysis.“

Dr.-Ing. Natalie Rudolph, Business Field Manager Polymer

Thermal Analysis and Rheology in the Plastics Industry

During processing, polymers are typically heated to make them flow into a new shape and then cooled to solidify. Therefore, both the material behavior as a function of temperature and their flow behavior need to be understood.

Effectiveness of functional additives and fillers as well as temperature changes and material behavior during service life need to be studied and aligned to the desired product properties during the part design stage.

Using Thermal Analysis and Rheology equipment is highly recommended. We at NETZSCH Analyzing & Testing have the right devices and methods to get the job done. Learn more about the broad application field of our technologies here:

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What We Do

TGA-FT-IR – Your Solution to Identify
a Polymer Blend and its Composition

Investigating phase separation in elastomer-toughened adhesives with DMA


Additive Manufacturing with Polymers

Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing has matured over the last decades and has become a constant in our product design and development cycles and is debuting in more and more new products. Polymers and their unique properties are key enablers for the majority of AM technologies. To develop and select suitable materials, optimize processing and analyze the finished products, understanding the material-process interactions through Thermal Analysis and Rheology methods are instrumental. We at NETZSCH Analyzing & Testing can help you identify the most suitable device and method for your needs. Learn more about this here:

Introduction to Additive Manufacturing

How Does Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Work?

Material Science in Additive Manufacturing


Plastics Circular Economy

In a circular economy we use focus on reuse, repair and recycling to extract the maximum value out of raw materials.

The unique characteristics of plastics enable them to play a major role on the path to such a more sustainable and resource efficient future. Lightweight, versatile and durable plastics can help save key resources such as energy and water in strategic sectors that include packaging, building and construction, automotive and renewable energy, to only name a few.

We at NETZSCH Analyzing & Testing have technologies that improve the identification and re-processing of recycled waste, help analyze microplastics and enable the development and processibility of bioplastics. Learn more about this here:

FREE Webinar on demand: Circular Economy of Plastics: How to make the most of mixed recycling streams

Making Biopolymers Processable Using Thermal Analysis and Rheology

FOCUS: Plastic Recycling Challenges