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SUSTAINABLE AND MARKET-ORIENTATED RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY FOR EPDM RUBBER

Objective

The growing utilization of ethylene propylenediene (EPDM) rubber in industrial and consumer applications, combined with increased consumer awareness surrounding solid waste recycling, has led to an increased demand for recycled EPDM rubber compounds and products.
MDS Meyer GmbH is a technology-based company with extended expertise and experience in the field of technical rubber products. With DBU funding support, we have developed to TRL 6 a new secondary raw material based on an innovative, solvent-free recycling process of reactivating post-industrial vulcanized EPDM scrap material with several liquid EPDM polymers that enables significant levels of re-usage in high-quality new products in the fields of rubber gaskets, automotive industries and other technical rubber products.
The recycled compound ensures the complete recycling of vulcanized EPDM waste, allowing for the substitution of up to 80% of virgin EPDM rubber, without decreasing the quality of the new products. Our solution exhibits the advantage of providing a safe and inexpensive secondary raw material basis, while reducing European Union companies’ dependency on imports of raw materials.
By reducing raw materials inputs, energy requirements and CO2 emissions, our product offers a solution that complies with EU legislation, reduces environmental impact and achieves cost savings of €3 million p.a. and 3,000 tons/year of CO2. (based on a 6,000 tons/year recycling capacity).
Scale-up and industrialization of the production process is the key to sustainable growth and expansion of our company. Thus, we are applying for SME Instrument Phase 1 support to elaborate an exhaustive technical feasibility study, focused on scale-up, design and industrialization of the new compound, and a detailed business plan for the commercialization of the secondary raw material.
Based on these results, we will apply for Phase 2 funds, in order to carry out the envisaged scale-up, product refinement and industrialization

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/tissue engineering/artificial pancreas/continuous glucose monitors
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/aliphatic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste treatment processes/recycling
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEINST-1-2015
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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1

Coordinator

M.D.S. MEYER GMBH
Address
Hansatal 2
49456 Bakum
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000