The R&D activities of Centexbel-VKC support the textile, plastic converting and related companies with the explicit aim to reinforce the innovation capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and to assist the industry in its transition to a sustainable future. As a research institution created by and for the industry, we initiate and participate in publicly funded pre-competitive research projects and in market-oriented contract research projects.

To guarantee total impartiality and to avoid any conflict of interest, we explicitly exclude all product development in those areas covered by the CE certification scope for which we are accredited.

Due to high population density, strong industrialisation and climate change, Belgium is increasingly struggling with water stress. Water is an indispensable raw material for companies in the process industry. Despite a favourable trend in water consumption and the water efficiency of businesses, their water stress remains worryingly high.

This project will focus on biobased plasticizers, antioxidants, UV stabilizers and flame retardants.

The BioCoat project aims to accelerate the transition to bio-based coatings by providing coating companies with knowledge about the formulation, application, performance and applications of bio-based coatings.

Strengthen the sustainable employability of workers in the textile sector in a context of digital transformation, not only by learning the necessary technological skills, but above all by focusing on social skills in order to ensure the employability of the target group.

BIOGEARS is a new innovative project funded by the European Union under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund that is set to develop biobased gear solutions for the creation of an eco-friendly offshore aquaculture sector using a multitrophic approach and new biobased value chains.

The Flanders ICON PlasmaSol project will develop more innovative and sustainable adhesion and functionalization technologies for various materials through atmospheric plasma.

CircTex focuses on the development of recycling and production techniques in a closed process chain for polyester (PET) workwear.

Developing a method to determine whether and in which quantities genetically modified cotton is present in a textile product.

Researching alternative, non-toxic elements for the synthesis of polyurethane. Fully renewable resources, such as residues from sugar refineries and the production of biofuel, natural oils and fats, are used to develop biobased polyurethane.

REMADYL will develop a breakthrough single step continuous process based on extractive extrusion technology in combination with novel solvents and melt filtration, which has the potential of rejuvenating ‘old PVC’ into market competitive high purity PVC.