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EU Project CIRCULAR FLOORING enables environmentally friendly recycling of post-consumer PVC floor coverings

Freising, Germany – End-of-life flexible PVC floor coverings potentially contain ‘legacy plasticizers’ which may no longer be used today for reasons of consumer protection and which in the meantime have been replaced in the EU by safer alternatives. State-of-the-art recycling of such flooring with recovery of PVC in virgin-like quality therefore requires a technically sophisticated separation of these ‘legacy plasticizers’. The new EU project CIRCULAR FLOORING will meet this challenge with the innovative plastics recycling process CreaSolv®1, which is patented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV. The objective is to gently recycle end-of-life PVC floor coverings by dissolving and removing respective substances in order to achieve a high quality virgin-like PVC material that is processed into granules. These are ready for re-use in new floor covering products which are compliant with current EU legislation and meet consumer expectations regarding a circular economy. CIRCULAR FLOORING aims at introducing the CreaSolv® process for PVC recycling on a technical scale. CIRCULAR FLOORING started at the beginning of June 2019 and until May 2023 it will receive about 5.4 million Euros of EU funding from Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The project will be implemented by eleven companies and research institutes from five European countries and is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute IVV in Freising.


Circular Economy

EU Project MOVECO presents Innovation Award and Transnational Strategy for Circular Economy.


The Circular Economy – A Model for the Future

EU project MOVECO publishes new online platform for exchanging resources and products


From energy to logistics: controlling complex systems more effectively thanks to new algorithms

The new European Training Network “MINOA” is looking for doctoral students for four years of international training and research in applied mathematics


High-tech building insulation: EU research project INNOVIP to develop new technologies for long-lasting and cost-effective vacuum insulation panels

Munich – The demands from Brussels are ambitious: by 2050, office and private buildings in Europe must lower their CO2 footprint by around 80 percent, compared to 1990 levels1. Optimal thermal insulation will play a key role in achieving this target


The supercomputers of tomorrow need new software to perform a billion billion computer operations per second

The EU research project "ExaHyPE" is developing open-source software for exascale-class supercomputers based on two scenarios taken from geophysics and astrophysics


Networking Platform for Applied Research in Europe

International conference on "Mobilizing Universities of Applied Sciences for Horizon 2020" brings together scientists from 20 countries in Brussels and paves the way for successful international cooperation projects


Kick-off for an international academic career

EU research network OSNIRO offers young scientists training in organic electronics


Sustainable, innovative forest use for Europe

EU research project SIMWOOD launched to mobilise untapped reserves of timber


Climate Change: Geoportal Enables Regional Projections

EU research cluster CLIWASEC presents results of research in the Mediterranean region

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