more than 60 years of company history

History of the KUZ

The Kunststoff-Zentrum in Leipzig gGmbH (KUZ) sees itself as a modern research institute that acts sustainably with a view to the future. With our know-how and diverse expertise, we conduct targeted trend and innovation research to serve current industry requirements.

Our research focuses on lightweight construction, functionalization, miniaturization as well as technology and innovation research for plastics technology solutions. The focus is on optimizing processes and products in terms of their resource and energy efficiency, which are important for long-term sustainable research. Research activities in the field of plastics industry 4.0, artificial intelligence and applied digitalization have recently been added. The KUZ is active in various networks and research associations in order to promote and utilize the synergy potential of a nationwide professional network.

Our 60-year tradition at a glance


Anniversary 60 years of the KUZ


Kick-off: new conference series "Plastics meets Medical Technology"

Tagungen Kunststoff trifft Medizin- und Elektrotechnik

New technology focus: lightweight construction through thermoplastic foam injection molding Establishment of the "TSchaum+Funktion" lightweight construction network


Opening of "MiKA": Application Center for Microplastic Technologies

Reinraum beim Mikrospritzguss

Opening of the technical center for micro injection molding


Accreditation of the testing laboratory according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025


Recognition as DVS test center for training and further education in the fields of plastics welding, bonding and fiber composites


New polyurethane pilot plant and establishment of Polyurethane Technology Advisory Board


Independence as Kunststoff-Zentrum in Leipzig gGmbH

Geschichte des KUZ

Affiliation as main department "Basic Research and Automation" to Kombinat Presswerk Ottendorf-Okrilla.

Takeover of employees of the Institute for Organic High Polymers of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR


Established: Central Laboratory for Plastics Processing 

Geschäftsführer des KUZ - Matthias R. Jacob"/>

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Dr.-Ing. Matthias R. Jacob

General Director