TERMINUS Industrial Workshop was held on 12 and 13 April, at the facilities of Clermont Auvergne INP. The following topics were the main areas of discussion over the two days: multilayers & delamination, recycling, digitalization, as well as circular economy.
Together with approximately 50 participants, including companies, technical centers and universities, the TERMINUS consortium had an invaluable opportunity to share know-how and foster discussions with the aim of further accelerating the efforts taken by the industry.
Among the participants were 6 other European Projects with which Terminus has synergies – CIMPA, Mandala, Merlin, Agro2Circular, Circular FoodPack and SURPASS Projects. Speakers included representatives from ITENE, Michelin, Fych Technologies, Ghent University, Suez, and more.
When it comes to discussions, the one on multilayers and delamination was especially fruitful, given the numerous, recent academic and technological studies on this topic. The importance of this topic is also evident when taking into account that it is a mandatory step if one wants to unlock the recycling of multilayer materials. Furthermore, the development of digitalization techniques such as the Digital Product Passport is expected to bring new capabilities for end-of-life treatment of such packaging, by improving their sorting.
The key takeaway of the workshop is that such topics can serve as the starting point for further clustering activities among all the European projects working on the circularity of multilayer packaging or plastic packaging in general. Given the extensive network of consortium partners that each project brings, the sharing of know-how, dissemination of results and active discussions can lead to optimization of the progress toward a circular economy in Europe.
More information about the project can be found on the TERMINUS website: www.terminus-h2020.eu.
TERMINUS addresses the challenge of unlocking recycling and reuse of flexible multi-layer and multi-compounds packaging materials used for food, beverages, cosmetics, pet food, fertilisers, any perishable goods in general. It will develop a range of smart enzyme-containing polymers with triggered intrinsic self-biodegradation properties, acting as adhesives or tie layers in the design and manufacturing of multi-layer plastics for food and non-food applications.
The project is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020. Call: H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018. Grant Agreement: 814400