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A Process to Engineer and Manufacture Medium to High Value 3D Products Using Mixed Polymer Recyclate

Objective

Polymer products have transformed society. Some of their many uses include construction, food preservation, healthcare, water distribution and sanitation. They are crucial in saving energy through their light weight and insulating properties. As a result the European polymer processing industry is of strategic importance to Europe. However, increasing feedstock prices seriously affect the competitiveness of EU plastic converters. Rising costs can no longer be effectively mitigated by increased productivity and cost cutting. Instead we MUST focus on higher value added products and increase our use of recycled plastics. Although 50% of Europe’s plastics waste is recovered, only 7% is converted into usable products. This is because it is often technically difficult and uneconomic to separate mixed waste streams, secondly mixed plastics cannot be processed by conventional technology and thirdly, phase separation often results in poor mechanical properties. If it were possible to increase the utility of mixed waste plastics this would significantly benefit European polymer converters, recyclers and minimise material going to landfill. The EuPR and EuPC represent over 50,000 of Europe’s polymer converters and recyclers and propose to develop a process that will enable the production of medium-to-high value products containing up to 98% mixed waste plastic. The project will focus on advancements in moulding and material technology, application of reinforcements and development of a design tool that will enable the European industry to engineer pioneering products using mixed plastic waste streams. The production process will reduce our member’s material costs by up to 50% and contribute to enabling EU industries to comply with the WEEE, WFD and EC Packing Waste Legislation. Substituting virgin polymer for mixed recyclate over 10 years, will divert 2178 million tonnes of waste from landfill and reduce CO2 emissions by 6209 tonnes.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES RECYCLEURS DE PLASTIQUES
Address
Avenue De Cortenbergh 71
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 405 508
Administrative Contact
Antonino Furfari (Mr.)

Participants (9)

EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 347 574
Address
Avenue De Cortenbergh 71
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexandre Dangis (Mr.)
Recycling of Used Plastics Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 343 040
Address
Lucy Tower Street Tower House
LN1 1XW Lincoln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stuart Foster (Mr.)
Acorn Project Management Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 214 664
Address
Coursing Batch Orchardleigh
BA6 8BQ Glastonbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Gallen (Mr.)
MIKROLIN HUNGARY TERMELO ES SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 120 192,75
Address
Buzavirag Utca 7
2800 Tatabanya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ivan Ivanovics (Mr.)
Caro FDS Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 437 068
Address
Edge Barn, Market Hill 11
SG8 9JN Royston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roger Wood (Mr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 8 365
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Middle Aston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Tranter (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 6 335
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Florence Thepenier (Ms.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 3 971
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS SERVICES SCRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 6 124,80
Address
Av De Cortenbergh 66
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Verschueren (Ms.)