RWTH Aachen: Institute for Plastics Processing

Member since: 10/2019

Active in: WG Plastics

RWTH Aachen: Institute for Plastics Processing

The Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) is a driver of innovation and research partner for the plastics industry. Comprehensive knowledge and many years of experience in all areas of plastics technology give IKV a unique position in Germany. Topics including resource efficiency, recycling and the circular economy have been the cornerstone of the Institute’s expertise for many years now. With our technical equipment in our facilities and laboratories, as well as our many years of experience, we’re proud to support our partners. There are many ways to work with IKV. Whether on publicly-funded industrial collaborative research projects, bilateral industrial research or through IKV services, such as consultancy, plastics testing, damage analysis and much more, our partners can rely on IKV’s expertise.

The transformation of the plastics market into a circular economy will require close cooperation between all parts of the value chain. IKV supports this urgently-needed transformation through its experience and opportunities. Cooperation between the economy, academia, research and development is a major driver in being able to tackle and solve these challenges. As such, we see our membership as a clear synergy of our goals with those of the Prevent Waste Alliance and other member companies.

As far back as the 1980s, IKV identified recycling technologies as an important factor and dealt with them as part of a number of different research projects. Strategies to improve the reusability of plastics have been developed over the years. Key questions from back then are almost identical to those we face today. In this respect, the concept of a circular economy is familiar territory for IKV, and one on which it has been actively working for decades. We believe plastics clearly offer the best solutions in a whole range of applications compared with other materials. Current discussions must be addressed, any criticised conditions remedied, and political measures implemented collectively so that no poorer alternatives are rolled out.