In the Smart Materials growth field, the Resource Efficiency segment drove forward its commitment to 3D printing in 2016. This segment is participating in the Open Platform Program of HP Inc. and is developing new custom-tailored powders for the HP Multi Jet Fusion™ technology. Evonik expects this to bring a further boost to the development of additive manufacturing towards serial production of components, for example for the automotive or aviation industry. Evonik has broadened its portfolio of specialties for 3D printing by adding VESTOSINT 3D Z2773.
In 2016 an additive to reduce the rolling resistance of tires won the the in-house Innovation Award in the category Product Development. POLYVEST™ ST is another decisive step in the optimization of the existing additive system for “green” tires. This new additive has the potential to bring a further significant reduction in the fuel consumption of automobiles without reducing the abrasion resistance and wet grip of the tires.