Bridging the Gap Between Research and Industry in Recycling Polymer Materials – DeremCo project’s participation in international conference

Bridging the Gap Between Research and Industry in Recycling Polymer Materials – DeremCo project’s participation in international conference

Bridging the Gap Between Research and Industry in Recycling Polymer Materials – DeremCo project’s participation in international conference

In the ever-evolving landscape of science and technology, the Faculty of Polymer Technology (FTPO) is taking a monumental step forward with its ambitious project, IPPT_TWINN (https://www.ippt-twinn.eu/). This project has set its sights on reinforcing scientific excellence and innovation capacity in the realm of polymer processing technologies. By fostering cooperation with partner institutions, enhancing research and innovation capabilities, and increasing collaboration with the industrial sector, IPPT_TWINN aims to be a driving force in advancing the field of polymer processing.  

One of the most interesting aspects of IPPT_TWINN is the organization of three international conferences that promise to have a lasting impact on the field of polymer processing. These conferences are not just academic gatherings; they are forums for knowledge exchange and networking opportunities between various stakeholders.


The primary aim of the 1st IPPT_TWINN conference, held the 21st and 22nd September 2023 at the headquarter of Faculty of Polymer Technology (FTPO) in Slovenj Gradec, was to create a dynamic platform that bridges the gap between academia and industry, uniting experts, researchers, and professionals interested in the development and processing of recycled polymer materials. This focus extends to exploring the challenges, trends, and innovative solutions applicable to a diverse range of industries, including packaging, automotive, electronics, and home appliances.

This conference provided a platform for experts to delve into the complexities of developing and processing recycled materials, a subject of paramount importance in today's environmentally conscious world.

Notably, during this event, the DeremCo project took center stage. The project's coordinator, Marcello Colledani from Politecnico di Milano, delivered a speech highlighting its significance and its objectives, while partner institution Tecnalia shared insights into its work on circular economy for manufacturing. It was a demonstration of collaborative efforts in action, with also all Slovenian partners of DeremCo project (Turnaplast, O.P.S Breznik, Veplas, Technol, CAP, Tehnos) actively participating in the conference.

Marcello Colledani, Politecnico di Milano
DeremCo's project partner

These presentations provided valuable insights into the latest breakthroughs, innovations, and research findings in the realm of recycled polymer materials. Participants engaged with cutting-edge research, furthering their understanding of the field's potential.    

This conference is a stepping stone towards a future where recycled polymers will be at the forefront of technological advancements, environmental responsibility, and industrial innovation.

Participants of the DeremCo project also participated at the B2B event organized as part of the conference, where they gained new contacts and agreed on new possible cooperations, also contributing to the results of the project.

We also had the chance to show all the conference participants the progress and work done for the DeremCo project untill now, as we have just tested a PA6 matrix with added recycled glass and carbon fibers. With the participants of the conference, we were also looking for points of contact for disseminating the results of the Demo-cases. We were successful in this, as we found a possible solution for using the smallest fraction of wind blades waste after grinding with the participants of the conference.



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