Resource efficiency

Ghent
R&D manager Textile Functionalisation & Surface Modification

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.

Novel packaging films and textiles with tailored end of life and performance based on bio-based copolymers and coatings

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.

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.

The main goal of the BB100 project is the development of a process chain towards fully bio-based man-made fibre materials. This does not only include the mere processing of biopolymers, but also commonly used additive materials like plasticizers, flame retardants, colorants and nucleation agents. Fully bio-based yarns and textile demonstrators will be developed.

The Ecy-Twin project is an awareness-raising campaign that accompanies textile and woodworking companies in the field of eco-design and sustainable development, in the aim to market products or services with limited environmental impact that comply with the consumers' expectations.

The RETEX aims to restructure the textile value chain to fit the circular economy by putting economic actors to the disposition of the textile industry, by reassessing the "end-of-life management system of textiles" and by stimulating the market demands of products containing recycled materials

In dit project, gesteund door Interreg V Vlaanderen-Nederland en de Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen, onderzoekt Centexbel de mogelijkheden om textiel blauw te verven op basis van natuurlijke verfstoffen uit micro-algen, ter vervanging van de kunstmatige verfstof Briljant Blauw (E133).

FIBFAB will improve the performance of PLA based fibres (there are no commercial PLA grades with enough thermal and mechanical resistance with a competitive price to be used in textile applications) by adapting its processability and functionality, maintaining biodegradability properties, to reach the same process speed as the current materials (PES).