Devan Chemicals join Consortium addressing recycling coated and painted textiles and plastics

The EU-funded project, in which Devan Chemicals is a key partner, held a meeting on 2021 February 2019 at the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Led by the Belgian R&D centre CENTEXBEL, the project consortium consisted of 17 European partners from across the value chain including design, manufacturing, NGOs and research and innovation.
The focus of the consortium rested on coated and painted textiles and plastic materials which are currently not recyclable. Ambitious plastic recycling targets of 50% have been set by the European Plastics Industry. In order to meet these targets, smart solutions that enable the circular use of textile and plastic parts with multi-layer coatings must be considered.
DECOAT has therefore been established to investigate triggerable smart polymer material systems and appropriate recycling processes. The solutions are based on smart additives (like microcapsules or microwave triggered additives) that enable efficient coatings and finishes that will be activated by a specific trigger (heat, humidity, microwave, chemical) in order to permit recycling.
Devan’s specific role is in the development of the microcapsules that will release its active core on application of certain triggers at the end of life of an article. This active core may be something that will promote the detachment of different coating layers, opening the possibility for recyclability/re-use of the base materials. Different active core ingredients will be evaluated and Devan will develop processes for each type of core ingredient and for each type of coating layer.
The bold aim of the four-year project is to decrease landfill by 75% of coated articles that are presently difficult to recycle, such as clothing, electronic goods and automotive components. A reduction by at least 30% is aimed for. By enabling the recycling by such materials, DECOAT is expected to generate in the medium term a new market valued at over 150 miliions Euros in Europe.
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