Norwegian firm aims to create plastic lasting 500 years

Posted on 29 May 2013 by The Manufacturer

Norner, the Norwegian R & D and technological services specialist, is developing data protection via new plastic with a lifespan of up to 500 years.

The firm is utilising its knowledge of polymers and additives to protect high value data used by people and companies, with the goal of producing plastic material able to endure for half a century.

Norner are working alongside fellow Norwegians Cinevation AS, who are overseeing the development of the data storage technology.

The US Library of Congress is required to retain some of its data for the lifetime of the Republic plus 4,000 years,” said Lars Evensen, business development manager at Norner.

“Our ambitions do not stretch that far, but we want to secure that the materials involved in our solution can protect the data for 500 years plus,” he added.

Since being founded in 1978, the company has emerged as one of Scanadanavia’s leading technological companies.

Norner are used by additive manufacturers to benchmark their products, and also petrochemical companies, who can obtain support when facing the challenges of stabilising polymer.