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The European Center for Elastomeric Powders supports the recycling of rubber
Rubber granulates and fine rubber powders have major potential in terms of possible applications. In the past, rubber granulates were in the best case used for secondary products such as sports surfaces. Now, rubber granulates are increasingly being recognized as high-quality raw materials or as components of new raw materials. The goal of the European Center for Elastomeric Powders (euCEP) is to optimize the added value in recycling of elastomers by means of a systematic analysis of the topic.
One is familiar with elastomers or rubber from technical applications – so called general rubber goods (GRG) –, such as treads, seals and insulation materials. What is new is the development in material recycling of GRG, which is making increased added value possible. In the past, rubber granulates were regarded only as cheap, recycled raw materials. Now, rubber granulates are increasingly developing into functional additives in the modification of thermoplastics, lacquer, paint and coatings and as raw materials for the development of new – high-quality – applications.
With the goal of building up a European centre of competence for recycling of rubber and production of rubber granulates, and to do practical research into the recycling of GRG and subsequent use of rubber granulates, the Fontys Technical and Management College in Venlo and the German research institute Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Willich have started an alliance.
The project comprises:
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