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.

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.

CUBIC is developing sustainable and circular bio-based materials, including polyamides, pre-pregs and carbon fibres for use in thermoplastic and thermoset plastic intermediate products such as filaments, sheets, unidirectional tapes, pellets and powders.

Development of a new, bio-based, smart and completely recyclable composite material, obtained by fast and low energy consumption out-of-autoclave process.

Building blocks of sustainable products with high-end properties.

DEBOND proposes to develop new materials and processes to improve the debonding performance of flexible packaging and textiles applications for an easier recycling.