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Full title: Demonstration of Innovative Technologies towards a more Efficient and Sustainable Plastic Recycling

Start date: 01.09.2018

Duration: 56 months

Number of partners: 21 including research/academic institutions, governmental organization, industries and SMEs

Budget: €9.81 Million 

EU contribution: €7.94 Million

TRL at the end: TRL 7 (system prototype demonstration in operational environment)

Project Coordinator and Manager (CIRCE): 

Alberto Frisa, email:

Marina Cárdenas, email:

For additional information please contact:

The polynSPIRE consortium consists of 21 partner organizations lead by CIRCE (SPAIN).



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Ioniqa Technologies located in Eindhoven, is a spin-off from the Technical University Eindhoven and

specialized in ‘Magnetic Smart Processes’ which include magnetic materials and separation processes. Since 2011 Ioniqa is focusing on creating value from waste. Ioniqa's Magnetic Smart Process is a platform technology for the circular recycling of plastics as well as organic materials. Its Circular PET Polyester solution being the first to be marketed and for this purpose Ioniqa has a 1,000L industrial test location in Rotterdam. In the scale up there is close cooperation with several industrial partners in the value chain.

Contact person: Jeroen Bulk ( and Luuk Olijve, Research Chemist (

Partners description


The Slovenian National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) has approx. 300 employees, of which around 260 carry out research work in 14 departments & 2 infrastructure centres; 136 of these have doctorates of science. Basic and applied research are focused towards fields that are of long-term importance to both Slovenia and the world: biology, biotechnology, environmental protection, structural and theoretical chemistry, analytical chemistry, materials research, and chemical engineering, through which the Institute performs world class basic research and supports the needs for technology transfer in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries.

Contact person: Maruša Rajovec (


Kordsa was established in 1973, and it is the leading manufacturer of industrial nylon and polyester yarn, tire cord fabric and single end cord. The success story started in İzmit-Turkey in 1973 with Sabancı Holding's tire cord manufacturing plant investment. Through the years, Kordsa became the market leader in Turkey and accumulated a great knowhow on reinforcement materials. Owing to the market leadership and strong knowledge base on reinforcement processes, the company became the global market leader empowered by its strategic approach to tire reinforcement



NOVAMONT is an Italian industrial company whose roots lie in the Montedison School of Materials Science and which was set up to implement the ambitious project of some researchers from the chemical corporation: to integrate chemistry, agriculture and the environment. Founded in 1989, it is now worldwide leader in the sector of bioplastics and involved in the development of bioproducts such as biolubricants, biochemicals and cosmetic ingredients from renewable sources.

Contact person: Maria Teresa Riolo, Communication & Web Specialist (


NUREL S. A. produces and commercializes high quality polyamide products and services. NUREL S.A. is a chemical company based in Zaragoza, Spain, and belongs to SAMCA, a solid Spanish industrial group. NUREL started its operations making polyamide 6 in 1967. The entrance of SAMCA in 1999 brought successive investments in new polymerization capacities and technologies. The SAMCA Group is a family owned company located in Aragon, Spain, which operates in mining, agriculture, energy, plastics, and synthetic fibres, with installations distributed throughout Spain as well as other countries, such as France and Italy. Overall, it gives employment to approximately 3,500 people and has an annual turnover of nearly 850 million euros.

Contact person: Elena Piera ( and Silvia Catalán;


Repsol Quimica is an integrated global energy company with vast sector experience. At Repsol we believe that through innovation we can create a new energy model. Thanks to a steady, consolidated growth strategy; we have developed new and attractive areas of business within the company. We are concerned with people's well-being and the economic growth of society which is why at Repsol; we contribute with talent, effort and enthusiasm to building intelligent and sustainable energy solutions in the long term.

Contact person: Susana Garcia (, Maria Dolores Blanco ( and  Ramón Peña (

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Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUe) is a technical university known for its engineering education, research, and extensive partnership with industry. TUe has 19 BSc programs with (academic year 2017-2018) 6644 students (7% international), 25 MSc programs with 4122 students (23% international), 11 PDeng programs with 263 technological designer trainees, and 1443 PhD students.

Contact person: Jaap Doelder (


CIRCE Foundation (Centre of Research for Energy Resources and Consumption) was established in 1993 as an independent Research Centre to create and develop solutions and scientific/technical knowledge and to transfer them to the business sector in the field of energy. CIRCE’s mission is to drive forward improvements in energy efficiency and to spread the use of renewable energy by means of the development of R+D+I activities and formative actions, thereby contributing to a sustainable development.

Project Coordinator: Alberto Frisa (


Arkema is a French leading chemical company, with about 7.5 G€ of sales from products in Specialty Chemicals (long chain polyamides, fluorinated polymers, additives, molecular sieves…), Industrial chemicals (Thiochemicals, Fluorochemicals, Hydrogen Peroxide, PMMA) and Acrylics. Specialty chemicals and monomers produced by Arkema require high purities. Arkema currently operates several plants using renewable resources, such as castor oil for its polyamides. Arkema aims to reduce its global footprint and is investigating technologies to promote the recycling of its polymers and to use recycled materials in its applications.

Contact person: Jean-Luc Dubois, Scientific Director, Catalysis, Processes, Renewables and Recycling (

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The Fricke and Mallah GmbH, founded in 1995, is one of the leading German suppliers of microwave ovens for industry and research. In the field of microwave tunnels and chamber, FMMT’s machines installed basis is over 800 kW total power. The main applications for the ovens are found in the ceramic, casting, wood, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industry. To make the microwave application very effective the development and test of the ovens are accompanied by a close dialogue with the customer. The used microwave generators and antennas are from own production and designed for microwave powers up to 20 kW. They are also supplied to several oven manufacturers in Europe and USA. A further activity is the development of power electronics and microwave measurement equipment.

Contact person: Marcel Mallah, CEO (, Nikola Bralovic Microwave engineer ( and Lorenzo Firrao Microwave engineer (


AITIIP Technological Centre aim is to help companies overcome their current and future technological challenges in a sustainable way. Aitiip do that thanks to their commitment, expertise and human talent through innovation and technology leadership.

Contact person:  Carmen Jarne (


Bada AG has been manufacturing high quality technical thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers for a diverse spectrum of sectors including the automobile, electronic, sport and leisure, construction, furniture-making, medical technology and household goods industries since 1998 in Germany (Bada HQ), and since 2002 in Spain.

Contact person: Victor Peinado ( and  Gerard Baron (

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MAIER UK belongs to MAIER group which is one of the first plastic component supplier with up to 2,000 employees in 8 countries with global sales above 212 M€, being part of the biggest co-operative group in the world (global sales above 13,200 M€ and a workforce above 82,000 employees). MAIER manufactures components for the automotive industry. In Europe, Maier heads, in particular, the development and manufacture of body colour painted front grilles, chromed caps, wheel-trims, wheelcaps and petrol cap lids, as well as producing a wide array of other automotive components and body modules (mudguards, consoles, air vents, fascia, door trims, handles, etc.).

Contact person: Ana Ortega de Luis, International R&D Project Manager (


RINA CONSULTING - Centro Sviluppo Materiali S.p.A. (CSM) is a fully private innovation centre with extensive experiences in the development and application of innovative processes and materials. Today CSM is part of RINA Group is a global provider of classification, certification, testing, inspection and training services. CSM is a leading centre for applied research founded in 1963 by Italy’s major steel industry.

Contact person: Eros Faraci (


The Pittini Group, headquartered in Osoppo, Udine province, is a leading company in the production of long steels for the construction and mechanical industry.


Ferriere Nord S.p.A. (FENO), founded in the Sixties, is the largest company in the group, with manufacturing facilities located in Osoppo (Udine) and Nave (Brescia). The whole production site includes an electric steel mill, a rolling mill for the production of steel bars and coils for reinforced concrete, one rolling plant for wire rod besides several systems for meshes and lattice girders. Steel products produced by the Ferriere Nord plants are renowned at the international level for high safety and ductility.

Contact person: Laura Battigelli, Funding Project Manager (

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Chemical and Pharmaceutical Process Engineering is a Celje based company in Slovenia for mechanical and pharmaceutical engineering. CPPE designs, manufactures and sells process equipment, or more precisely, reactors, separators and dryers with full automatization for laboratories, pilot and industry plants. Our products are aimed for costumers in the fields of energy, pharmacy and chemistry.

Contact person: Dr. Jernej Mele, General Manager (

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HTT Engineering was founded in 2014 as company to develop solutions primarily for metallurgical industry. Development of new equipment and processes was essential since the start. Company developed new technology of oxygen fuel injectors including integrated carbon and lime lances for electric arc furnace.


I.BLU is a cutting-edge Company that, thanks to the adoption of innovative technologies, face up with concrete solutions to the most important environmental issues of our time: marine and terrestrial pollution, the use of energy resources and fossil fuels, the decarbonisation of industrial processes to contrast the climate change caused by polluting emissions.

Thanks to its revolutionary know-how, I.BLU has engineered and patented new industrial processes for developement and production of high-performance technopolymers used in multiple industrial applications.

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Danish Standards Foundation develops and publishes standards and guidelines. DS services the industry and the public sector with courses and consulting. Moreover, DS is the national standardization organization in Denmark and the national member of CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, ISO and IEC. As the national standardization organization DS is responsible for the formal standardization in Denmark. DS serves 1900 customers in more than 200 national committees.


İstanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products Exporters' Association (IKMIB), founded in 1991, is a semigovernmental and nonprofit organization which is representing around 10.000 members from the chemical industry. Additionally, all of its members produce and/or export almost all kinds of chemicals and chemical products such as, plastics (construction, houseware goods, package, and raw materials etc), cosmetics, health, paint, rubber, fertilizer and many more.

Contact person: Meltem Şimşek (

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