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Van matras tot isolatiemateriaal: Recticel brengt circulaire economie in de praktijk

Innovatieproject van Catalisti resulteert in opstart van unieke pilootlijn bij Recticel

Brussel, 28 maart 2018 – De schuimvulling uit oude, gebruikte matrassen een tweede leven geven, bijvoorbeeld als isolatiemateriaal. Dat is op termijn het opzet van een unieke pilootlijn die vandaag bij Recticel in Wetteren is opgestart door Vlaams minister Philippe Muyters. De baanbrekende recyclagetechnologie is de voorbije jaren ontwikkeld tijdens een sectoroverschrijdend innovatieproject van Catalisti, de speerpuntcluster voor duurzame chemie en kunststoffen. De sector brengt zo de circulaire economie in de praktijk.

Bij Recticel mocht Philippe Muyters, Vlaams minister van Werk, Economie, Innovatie en Sport, vandaag zowel de nieuwe labo’s van het Sustainable Innovation Department inhuldigen als een pilootlijn opstarten voor de recyclage van polyurethaan (PU) soepelschuim uit matrassen. In het Sustainable Innovation Department werken 100 R&D-medewerkers van Recticel voortaan samen in een ultramodern en duurzaam gebouw. Daar ontwikkelen ze in diverse labo’s nieuwe materialen en processen voor de verschillende divisies in de Recticel-groep.

De pilootlijn voor de recyclage van soepelschuim moet op termijn hergebruik van grondstoffen uit oude matrassen mogelijk maken. De technologie is de voorbije jaren ontwikkeld binnen het ALFIBOND-project van speerpuntcluster Catalisti, samen met Recticel, tapijtproducent Balta, machinebouwer Matthys Group, VITO (Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek) en Centexbel, het onderzoekscentrum voor de textielindustrie.

Momenteel verwerkt Recticel al productieafval van PU-schuim tot akoestisch isolatiemateriaal. Zo ligt Simfofit, een materiaal voor geluidsisolatie in woningen, vandaag al in de doe-het-zelfzaak. Met de opstart van de pilootlijn wil Recticel nu nagaan of er nog andere recyclage-toepassingen mogelijk zijn. Zo anticipeert het bedrijf op de terugnameplicht voor matrassen die mogelijk vanaf 2021 wordt ingevoerd. Al dienen er daarvoor nog een aantal drempels op vlak van regelgeving en technologie overwonnen te worden.

Philippe Muyters, Vlaams minister van Werk, Economie, Innovatie en Sport. “Recticel bewijst de meerwaarde van anders denken over “afval” en anders omgaan met grondstoffen en materialen. Het is fantastisch om te zien dat het bedrijf proactief nadenkt over de toekomstige terugnameplicht voor matrassen, en daarvoor resoluut inzet op dé Vlaamse grondstof bij uitstek: onze hersenen. Recticel maakt echt het verschil dankzij innovatie en de focus op circulaire economie. Maar ook de toegevoegde waarde van Catalisti valt niet te ontkennen: de samenwerking tussen onderzoek en industrie maakte de technologie van de pilootlijn mogelijk. Dat is exact waarvoor we de speerpuntclusters in het leven geroepen hebben.”

Frank Beckx, gedelegeerd bestuurder essenscia vlaanderen: “Met de opstart van deze unieke pilootlijn trekt Recticel duidelijk de kaart van de circulaire economie. Het is een prachtig voorbeeld van de manier waarop Catalisti kennis omzet in economische meerwaarde. Bij Recticel zie je ook de chemie in zijn meest concrete vorm: isolatie, matrassen, lichtgewichtkunststoffen. Het zijn materialen die extra comfort bieden, maar die tijdens hun gebruiksfase vaak ook energie besparen en de CO2-uitstoot beperken.”

Jan Van Havenbergh, Managing Director Catalisti: “Deze investering van Recticel toont aan dat de aanpak van Catalisti werkt. De omschakeling naar een circulaire economie is een belangrijke maatschappelijke uitdaging. Als speerpuntcluster spelen we hierin een cruciale rol door open innovatie te stimuleren waarbij kleine en grote ondernemingen uit diverse sectoren samenwerken met kennisinstellingen. Met resultaat, want heel wat partnerbedrijven hebben recent investeringen in pilootlijnen, labo’s en R&D-centra gerealiseerd of aangekondigd.”

Bekijk ook de videoreportage over de nieuwe pilootlijn bij Recticel:

 

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The innovation journey of Samsonite

For over a century, Samsonite has been a byword for exceptional luggage. From the simple wooden trunk designed by company founder Jesse Shwayder in 1910, to modern cases like Cosmolite and NeoPulse, which combine bold design with cutting-edge technology, Samsonite has been by the traveler’s side, meeting their needs, exceeding their expectations, and anticipating their demands. The global travel industry never stands still, but, through its 108-year lifespan, Samsonite has maintained its focus on quality, functionality and durability to meet the changing lifestyle needs of people on the move. Along the way, there have been many notable “firsts” – first plastic case, first suitcase on wheels, first upright case, first four-wheeled “spinner” case – that have not only helped take the strain out of travelling, but have also been in the vanguard of transforming the industry through innovation.

These innovations also resulted in a success story for the Samsonite site in Oudenaarde. The development of the process to thermoform Curv material, a reinforced polypropylene material, resulted in the suitcase Cosmolite, the lightest suitcase available on the market at that time. Weighing only 3.4 kg, outperforming the competition which weighed about 5kg at the time. Through continuous innovations the weight has further dropped to as low as 2.5 kg. The success of this innovation guaranteed the future of the Samsonite site at Oudenaarde and resulted in a strong R&D department.

Currently Samsonite employs 34 people in R&D in Belgium. Together with R&D centers in the US and Asia, these teams enable the development of products that cater to the nuances in consumer requirements in each market. Our regional focus on innovation and product development not only allows Samsonite to react quickly to changing demand and evolving consumer tastes, but also sets it apart from other companies operating in the global consumer space and keeps it at the forefront of the industry.

The network provided by Catalisti allows Samsonite to find the required expertise and partner up with the most adequate industrial or knowledge partners for initiating open innovation projects. The innovation goals within Samsonite also correspond perfectly within the innovation program of Catalisti regarding sustainable chemistry. For example designing advanced sustainable products with lightweight properties, Suitcases are made for transport of goods, the lighter they are the less fuel consumption in the car/the plane. Samsonite is setting the standards for lightweight luggage. It is in the genes of the Samsonite organization to look for innovation opportunities outside of its own walls. That is why Samsonite was one of the founders of Flanders Plasticvision, that later became integrated in the Catalisti cluster.

Today, the transition to a circular economy is a crucial next step in whichthe recycling of plastic materials will become increasingly important. Samsonite is already actively working on minimizing waste on production level and incorporating recycling to a certain degree. This year already, Samsonite will bring an ecoline onto the market. It is a line based on the successful S’Cure line, where the shells will consist of 100% regrind material coming from own production waste. Until last year, this material was sold as waste.

In the future Samsonite will continue to invest in innovation projects. Together with the help of Catalisti, innovation opportunities can be identified, the required expertise of industrial partners or research institutes can be located and the appropriate funding can be requested to cooperate in these R&D projects.

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Start of the SPICY project: An intensive four-year collaboration of a unique consortium of Flemish research institutions to develop a technology platform for sugar valorisation

In December 2017, the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) approved the cSBO project SPICY, which stands for “Sugar-based chemicals and Polymers through Innovative Chemocatalysis and engineered Yeast”. With a subsidy of over 2.5 million euro from the budget for cluster projects, a consortium consisting of KULeuven, UGent, UHasselt, VITO, VIB and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant will work on the development of a technology platform for the valorisation of sugar. This cluster SBO project was created within the “Renewable Chemicals” program of Catalisti, the cluster for chemistry and plastics, with an emphasis on the strategic topic “Sugar”. The project is coordinated by Prof. dr. Bert Sels from KULeuven – COK, with support of Catalisti.

Flanders is ideally suited to play a leading role in the shift towards a bio-based economy for a number of reasons. First of all, there is a long-standing tradition of biomass (sugar beets, wheat) conversion into food ingredients (sugars, organic acids, alcoholic beverages). On top of that, Flanders has a high level of education in both chemical and agricultural technology leading to a strong expertise in collecting, sorting and processing of biomass (waste) towards high value products. Finally, Flanders is also ideally located at the middle of the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr Area (ARRRA), Europe’s largest petrochemical cluster, number one in the world when it comes to sales of chemicals and plastics per capita, and the main (production) location of more than half of the world’s top 20 chemical companies.

Cancellation of the EU Sugar quota as off October 1th 2017 will have important consequences for the European sugar producers, such as evolution of sugar prices towards prices on the global market. Together with the disappearance of the export limitations, this will lead to new opportunities for sugar as feedstock for production of chemicals and materials. Market analysts also expect an increase of EU sucrose and glucose syrup production.

The main goal of SPICY is to provide chemical industry with new or optimized processes to convert sugars into added value compounds, i.e. both drop-ins and novel biobased chemicals. Two complementary lines are hereto developed in parallel, one focusing on biotechnology based on improved yeast-strains and one based on chemocatalytic routes. Both will aspire to meet industrial standards of productivity, titer, yield and selectivity, to safeguard potential economic benefit and future industrial valorisation. Most of the targeted platform chemicals are (potential) monomers for biobased plastics, hence, a second aim of SPICY is to deliver proof-of-concept of their usefulness by targeting novel and functional polymeric materials, typically not found in the current oil-based value chain.

This project has the ambition to strengthen the position of Flanders in terms of research into biobased processes and materials. The relevance of this cluster SBO project is further emphasized by an industrial advisory board, who are eager to implement the results and create economic valorisation. Current members of the advisory board include: 3M, Allnex, Beaulieu, Cargill, Eastman, EOC, Galactic, GF Biochemicals, GlobalYeast, INEOS Styrolution, Proviron, Solvay, Tereos and Tiense Suiker.

Contact

Bert Lagrain – KU Leuven
+32 16 32 16 27
bert.lagrain@kuleuven.be

Johan De Houwer – Catalisti
+32 468 32 25 57
jdehouwer@catalisti.be

 

 

 

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M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2018 is open

The M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2018 opened on 13 March 2018. More than 33 funding agencies from more than 24 European and non-European countries participate with a total budget of around 23 million €.

Funding will be offered to innovative projects focusing on:

  • Multiscale modeling for materials engineering and processing (M3EP)
  • Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces
  • High performance composites
  • Functional materials
  • New strategies for advanced material-based technologies health applications
  • Materials for additive manufacturing

Deadline for mandatory pre-proposals: 12 June 2018, 12:00 noon (Brussels time).

Catalisti offers guidance and support for Catalisti members, please contact Tine Schaerlaekens (tschaerlaekens@catalisti.be)

All call documents are published on our Call 2018 website: https://m-era.net/joint-calls/joint-call-2018 Detailed information on participating countries and regions including funding rules are provided at: https://m-era.net/joint-calls/joint-call-2018/participating-countries-regions-call-2018

All applicants are requested to contact their national/regional funding organisations for national/regional programme details. You are kindly invited to take this opportunity for realising transnational R&D projects in materials research & innovation. Please disseminate this information to related parties in your networks.

The NMPTeAm4 offers a partner search tool for the M-ERA.NET Call 2018: https://www.nmp-partnersearch.eu/index.php

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Janssen Pharmaceutica and InOpSys Golden Award winner at Belgian Business Awards for the Environment.

The Belgian Business Awards for the Environment reward small and big companies for their effort and commitment to sustainable development. These awards, which are handed out every two years, put companies in the spotlight who have managed to combine economic activities and care for the environment thanks to green innovations.

This year, the Golden Award went to the Plant-On-A-Truck project (recovery and re-use of raw materials) of InOpSys and Janssen Pharmaceutica on the one hand, and to the Circular Economy Project of Janssen Pharmaceutica and De Neef Chemical Processing on the other hand.

Why did they win? Find out the full story in this short movie and in this article of VBO.

The award ceremony took place yesterday March 12 at 4 p.m. at VBO in Brussels. None other than Kris Peeters (Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Labour, Economic Affairs and Consumers) and Marie-Christine Marghem (Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development) handed out the awards to the, by an independent jury selected, winners.


Marie-Christine Marghem: “Who chooses a sustainable company today, is taking care of the future. The future of our children and of our companies. Tomorrow you will make the real difference.”


Kris Peeters: “The implementation of sustainable economy is a long-term operation. It takes a lot of conviction, ambition, perseverance, and good examples who deserve to be followed.”

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RECYCOAT project will research technologies for the separation of layers in complex, coated or laminated (multilayer) materials

With view on circular economy, recycling of products after use is key. Currently merely 30% of our plastic and textile waste is being recycled. The vast majority of recyclable products are actually one component materials, circumventing the necessity of a separation step.

Coated and laminated materials are difficult to recycle because of their hybrid nature: the coating layer is difficult to separate from the bulk material or the coating layer can be cured to prevent melting or dissolution in conventional solvents.

The current routes for end-of-life of “complex”-composite products are mainly focusing on burning or converting into RDF pellets (Refuse Driven Fuel). The energy content and presence of a fusible fraction (carrier and possibly also coating) explain why this waste disposal method is widely spread. Another commonly used route is mechanical reduction via shredders and subsequent use as filler material.

The project RECYCOAT aims to investigate various technologies to separate the different layers present in complex coated or laminated (multilayer) materials (in particular textiles and plastics). The focus is on developing a good design (eco-design) of the multi-layered products and/or altering the chemistry of the coating or adhesive layer. The material should be developed in such a way that maximum separation (i.e. recycling) is made possible: the different layers present in the complex material must be completely separable from each other.

An example of such a technology is an adapted adhesive layer of a carpet allowing separation in boiling water. After 30 seconds the secondary backing is split off.

 

This collective project, funded by Catalisti, started beginning of March and will run for two years. Companies are still welcome to join the user committee of the project. For more information, please contact us.

Ine De Vilder (textile) – ivi@centexbel.be

Isabel De Schrijver (plastic) – ids@centexbel.be

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Plastics Recycling Awards Europe Announces Finalists

Crain and Plastics Recyclers Europe are pleased to announce the finalists for the inaugural Plastics Recycling Awards Europe!

The shortlist for the first Plastics Recycling Awards Europe has been published. The winners will be announced on the second day of The Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam in The Netherlands 24-25 April 2018.

The five different award categories are Recycled Plastic Consumer Lifestyle Product of the Year, Best Building & Construction Product, Best Recycled Plastic Packaging Product, Best Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling and Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year.

“The standard of entries we have received for the inaugural Plastics Recycling Awards Europe has been outstandingly high,” said Ton Emans, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE). “The finalists demonstrate the vast array of consumer and industrial applications in which recycled plastics and recycling technology are being used. They make a huge contribution towards conserving resources, reducing CO2 and sustaining the circular economy.”

For more information and to view the finalists click here: http://prseventeurope.com/prse2018/en/page/finalists

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Imec Technology Forum 2018 (23-24 May 2018) discount for Catalisti members!

 

Het Imec Technology Forum Belgium (23-24 mei, 2018 in Antwerpen)

is dé internationale conferentie over nano- en digitale technologie.

Het thema dit jaar: New perspectives make the impossible possible

Ervaar hoe de combinatie van nanotech en digitale technologie het onmogelijke mogelijk maakt.

Bekijk de dingen vanuit een nieuw perspectief.

  • 60 presentaties van topexperten uit de industrie en imec
  • 8 ‘detailed perspectives’ rond specifieke technologiedomeinen
  • 55 live demos over nieuwe technologieën en toepassingen
  • Netwerking met 1.800 nationale en internationale leiders uit de ICT-wereld

Benieuwd naar wat de toekomst voor jou in petto heeft? Bekijk het volledige programma en registreer nu op www.itf2018.com/belgium

Catalisti leden genieten van 20% korting op de registratiekosten. Contacteer info@catalisti.be voor uw kortingscode.

 

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Job opportunity @Tectero: R&D Assistant

Functieomschrijving

  • Je hebt een uitgesproken innovatieve rol, waarbij je bestaande producten en processen verbetert en nieuwe producten ontwikkelt die klanten gebruiken in zeer verscheiden industriële processen.
  • Je wordt ingeschakeld in zowel de ontwikkeling als de productie van nieuwe oleochemische producten.
  • Je informeert jezelf op de markt of via literatuur omtrent nieuwe trends en ontwikkelingen en zet die in de praktijk om.
  • Je zoekt nieuwe grondstoffen en onderhoudt technisch contact met leveranciers.
  • Je rapporteert aan rechtstreeks en maakt deel uit van het ontwikkelingsteam van Tectero.

Profiel

  • Je hebt een opleiding op bachelor of masterniveau, met een stevige scheikundige basis.
  • Een eerste ervaring in een labo of pilootinstallatie is een must.
  • Kennis van oleochemie is een plus.

Jobgerelateerde competenties

  • Testen uitvoeren De resultaten analyseren Het product en proces op punt stellen
  • Wetenschappelijke, technologische, technische, reglementaire, … informatie opvolgen en actualiseren
  • Domein: Industrialisatie
  • Oplossingen en technische en technologische evoluties ontwikkelen De kenmerken en eisen van het project bestuderen
  • Verschillende diensten en klanten technisch bijstaan
  • Domein: Studies, engineering
  • Technische dossiers voor de beschrijving van het project opstellen en aanpassen
  • Leveranciers of dienstverleners selecteren Onderhandelen over contractvoorwaarden De geleverde diensten of producten controleren
  • De methodes en middelen voor studies en ontwerp en hun uitvoering bepalen
  • De uitvoerbaarheid van het project bestuderen Technische en technologische voorstellen uitwerken

Persoonsgebonden competenties

  • Resultaatgerichtheid
  • Contactvaardig zijn
  • Zelfstandig werken
  • Commercieel zijn
  • Plannen (= ordenen)
  • Creatief denken (Inventiviteit)

Vereiste studies

  • Master Industriële wetenschappen: Chemie
  • Prof. bach. Chemie of gelijkwaardig door ervaring.

Talenkennis

  • Frans (goed)
  • Engels (goed)
  • Nederlands (zeer goed)

Werkervaring

Minstens 5 jaar ervaring

Rijbewijs

B

Contract

  • Vaste Job
  • Contract van onbepaalde duur
  • Voltijds

Aanbod

De mogelijkheid om te werken bij een groeibedrijf in zijn sector en er vorm te geven aan deze permanente groei door innovatie.

Een werkomgeving waarin je je creativiteit en ondernemingszin ten volle kan gebruiken en aanscherpen in projecten die je zelfstandig kan uitwerken.

De mogelijkheid om een loopbaan op te bouwen in functie van je eigen ambitie en motivatie.

Een degelijke remuneratie die meegroeit met de evolutie van het bedrijf.

Plaats tewerkstelling

TECTERO

Aannemersstraat 136

9040 SINT-AMANDSBERG

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