It is almost impossible to imagine life without plastics. The specific properties of plastics, such as easy design, light weight, strength, functionalization, recycling, freedom of corrosion, affinity to welding and gluing, are indeed important advantages.
In Europe, the production (21% of the global production) and consumption (20% of the global demand) of plastics is rather huge.
Next to product and process development, sustainability and new properties by means of functionalization are key drivers for the plastics processing industry.
- Durbio: extrusion and functionalization of biopolymers, including PLA. The interest in using renewable raw materials is rising because of the high and erratic oil prices and because of the commercial opportunities of “bio”.
Ecological functionalization of plastics
- Flaxhemplast: the use of natural, short-cut flax and hemp fibres to reinforce plastics, suited for further processing through conventional processes (injection moulding, extrusion, thermo-fixation …).
- FRoptiPlast: feasability study to map the technical possibilities and regulations concerning FR plastics, coating and additives with a focus on the newest systems (state-of-the-art).
- Free Foaming: to offer a competitive and ecological valid answer to the increasing demand of foamed polymer products (high demand of insulation materials, lighter plastics…) it is necessary to re-examine the foaming technology and corresponding chemicals. The challenge is to offer an economically sound substitution for SVHC foaming products.
Research of recycling standard and biopolymers may result in a lower ecological footprint.
- RECY-COMPOSITE wants to give an answer to the challenges ofcomposite materials on three levels within a crossborder context: mechanical recycling, chemical recycling (pyrolysis and als solvolysis) and energy recupreation when the previous options are not feasible.
- PLA 2nd life: The results of this research reveal under which conditions and fractions in which fractions PLA production wastes may be recycled to lower the production costs of PLA packaging without any negative impact on the required properties.
- Recypolymer: recycling and validation of thermoplasts from a cross-border perspective.
- CoreBusiness: transformation traject aiming a a controled recycling in industrial value chains supplying and/or using recycled materials in plastics or textile fibres production.
- Post-HDPE: identification and characterisation of post-consumer recycled plastics.
- Plast-i-Com: development of a practical and commercially sound method to upgrade recycled polymer blends and contaminated polymers.
- QA-CER: Certification of the quality control system of recycling and production companies - flowchart recycled content
- We Recycle: Guide to the Recycling of Plastics and Textile polymers in Belgium
- Inneeplas: How to optimalise my energy consumption directly related to the core process of plastics processing to lower my energy bill? This project focuses on the information about and the implemention of several spearpoint technologies related to cooling, heating and residual heat recuperation in the plastics processing process.
- ReMould: training of the technical staff for the injection moulding industry (machine manufacturing, production and maintenance)
In the projects we are developing technological know-how on:
- materials: (bio)polymers, (nano)additives, smart materials
- technologies: compounding, sorting, extraction
- test methods: chemical analyses, barrier properties, conductivity
- processes: production (injection moulding, extrusion,, 3D printing, coating), assembling (gluing, welding) or recycling
- end products: multi-layer product, foamed, fibre-reinforced, hybrid products
- applications: food, automotive, construction industries
- environment and legislation (REACH)
VKC-Centexbel support companies in the implementation of the above-mentioned materials and processes.