Fraunhofer is the leading organization for applied research in Europe represented by diverse institutes all over Germany with different key research topics. The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV) focuses its research i.a. on food technology, recycling and environment. It leads the Circular Flooring consortium and will develop the recycling technology for PVC floor coverings.
Thinkstep is a company with more than 25 years of experiences in the field of sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment. Thinkstep offers corporate sustainability and product stewardship software, data and consulting services. Within the Circular Flooring project Thinkstep is responsible to conduct a Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and the use of the LCA information for the development of a sustainability passport.
Vinnolit, a Westlake company, is one of the leading PVC manufacturers in Europe and, worldwide, is a market and technical leader in specialty PVC. Within the project, Vinnolit will provide its long-standing expertise in polymer analytics and testing for the evaluation of the PVC recyclate and the identification of potential applications.
The company Lober is a medium-sized waste disposal company that transports and processes waste in its own facilities. Lober is providing post-consumer PVC flooring waste for the project.
BayFOR is a non-profit private company and has long-term experience in managing, consulting, networking, communicating EU projects. It contributes to communicating Circular Flooring and to the effective management of the project.
AgPR is an independent waste management company that operates a take back and recycling scheme for post-consumer PVC floor coverings. For Circular Flooring, AgPR is analysing the market data of waste generation and provides PVC flooring waste.
KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure and conducts research in all academic disciplines. KU Leuven cMACS team is very experienced in material synthesis, hydrogenation, oxidation and elimination reaction and is contributing to the hydrogenation of phthalate plasticizers extracted from waste PVC.
NTUA (est. in 1837) is the oldest and most prestigious Institution in Greece in the field of Engineering and Technology. The NTUA team has significant experience in polymer recycling and in process design and development, as well as in the fields of economic and strategic analysis of industry, research, innovation and technology, including industrial development, technological change and related innovation policies. In the project it contributes to the development of the process to remove phthalates from PVC and to the optimization of the processes, product quality and process costs.
INERIS is the French public expert for industrial and environmental risk management, established under the aegis of the French Ministry of Environment. The Institute’s mission is to contribute to the prevention of risks caused by economic activ-ities to health, environment, and the safety of people and goods. Within Circular Flooring, Ineris will carry out a socio-economic and sustainability analysis integrating the findings of Life Cycle Assessments, risks, cost assessment and mass flow analysis of PVC and DEHP.
Chemson investigates, innovates, develops, manufactures and trades PVC additives at five production sites worldwide. Chemson has an excellent overview on the PVC market and is analysing the quality of PVC recyclates and additives to upgrade the quality within the project.