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The first non-toxic bio-based polymer resin to revolutionize the wood panel industry

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 878880

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2019

  • End date

    31 October 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 107 500

  • EU contribution

    € 2 249 687

Coordinated by:

PLANTICS BV

Netherlands

Objective

Across huge industries, like the construction and wood industry, formaldehyde-based polymer resins are used in large volumes as binders to keep together materials and components to produce stable and durable products. Such oil-based based resins, however, pose a large societal and environmental burden, as these are toxic, carcinogenic, non-recyclable, and have a large CO2 footprint. Due to increased problem recognition and recently introduced regulations, these industries actively seek for alternatives. However no safe, bio-based and cost-competitive resins are currently available that meet the functional requirements for a strong and durable material,.. until now. Plantics B.V. has developed Plantics-GX, a strong, 100% bio-based, recyclable and safe (no formaldehyde or other toxic components) alternative with a carbon footprint that is 5 to 7 times lower compared to existing resins. Plantics-GX is a biopolymer of which the raw materials are abundantly available, at low cost, making production of Plantics-GX cost-competitive to existing oil-based resins. It is ready to replace toxic and polluting resins, starting with binders in the wood industry. The SWOP consortium, consisting of 3 industrial parties and 1 NGO, has been established to realize and accelerate market entry of revolutionary GX-wood panels with Plantics-GX used as a binder. As a result of this project, these wood panels will be commercialized by Koskisen Oy, Finnish market leading wood manufacturer, and used by Triboo B.V., Dutch circular furniture manufacturer, to commercialize formaldehyde-free kitchens. WOOD.BE, a Belgian research and advice organisation in the wood industry, will perform studies to measure the health and environmental effects of a shift to using Plantics-GX. This two year project will accelerate market entry (2022), stimulate the European economy and while doing so address European health and environmental goals.
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Coordinator

PLANTICS BV

Address

Westervoortsedijk 73 Bf
6827 Av Arnhem

Netherlands

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 107 312

Participants (3)

KOSKISEN OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 553 875

CENTRE TECHNIQUE DE L'INDUSTRIE DUBOIS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 248 125

TRIBOO B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 340 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 878880

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2019

  • End date

    31 October 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 107 500

  • EU contribution

    € 2 249 687

Coordinated by:

PLANTICS BV

Netherlands