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.

The main goal is to create a smart bandage that can monitor biological parameters in real-time to detect infections or slow wound healing. Additionally, it will contain a hydrogel with drugs that can be released when needed.

The R3PACK project will demonstrate solutions in design, material selection, reuse and recycling techniques of non-domestic packaging.

In NWE, Europe's most densely populated region, there are approximately 12,000 children with neurological disorders who face lifelong challenges, including severe mobility limitations. These children require personalised rehabilitation plans that address their specific needs and abilities.

Het DisT2Tex-project wil via slim ontmantelen, gecombineerd met diverse recyclageroutes, het percentage hoogwaardig gerecycleerd textielafval verhogen voor complexe textielstromen.

Development of an innovative process to detect and separate trim from post-consumer textiles

The ReCoTex project aims to boost the recycling rate of coloured synthetic textile waste, particularly waste that is currently not recycled into high-value fiber materials due to their colour and instead used as fuel.

The SYMBA project aims at creating a new and innovative Industrial Symbiosis (IS) method to be replicated within EU according to the local/regional bio-based industrial ecosystem.

PESCO-UP aims to enhance the textile recycling value chain and reduce reliance on virgin materials.

The primary objective of the GRACE project is to equip the Large Format Print & Sign industry with resources that promote circularity in their products.

Development of environmentally friendly and cost-effective recycling methods for post-production scraps that are based on carbon reinforcement.