ResolVe has been set up as a three-year project (2017-2020) and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the programme Research for Sustainability (FONA) as a part of the initiative “Plastic in the environment”.

INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH (coordinator)

INEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS standard and styrenic specialties. Since the introduction of the global sustainability programme in 2014, INEOS Styrolution has concentrated its efforts on sustainability, for example with a programme to avoid leakage of polymer granules into the environment (Zero Pellet Loss) as well as the achievement of a platina rating from EcoVadis. The project of recycling polystyrene is a milestone to improve the sustainability of the products itself.

With world-class production facilities and more than 85 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including Automotive, Electronics, Household, Construction, Healthcare, Packaging and Toys/ Sports/ Leisure. With best-in-class production technology, leading R&D skills and a large number of intellectual property rights and patents, INEOS Styrolution is perfectly equipped to ensure high quality, efficiency and innovation.

INEOS Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH

INEOS operates a highly integrated petrochemical site in Cologne with two steam crackers and an annual production capacity of more than 1,1 million tonnes. The main feedstock for the crackers is naphtha, which is sourced on the global market. The INEOS Cologne site is not directly connected to a refinery, so the naphtha quality varies significantly, depending on the market offer. This fact resulted in a broad experience of the site with varying naphtha grades and their influence on yields and production processes.

RWTH Aachen – Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV)
The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry is Europe’s leading research and training institute in the field of plastics technology. Since the 1980s, the research group Compounding and Reactive Extrusion is active in the field of synthesis, processing and recycling of thermoplastic polymers and has therefore acquired profound knowledge to support the project. Reactive extrusion is used for synthesis and modification of polymers, but can also be used for depolymerisation of certain polymers. Usually, a twin screw extruder is taken as a chemical reactor, because it allows, unlike a single screw extruder, the simultaneous processing of materials with a wide viscosity range. In general, all polymerisation reaction types can be done in an extruder, as long as the reaction speed fits to the residence time in the extruder.

RWTH Aachen I.A.R. – Department of Processing and Recycling

The Department of Processing and Recycling investigates research issues of waste management with a holistic approach. Three central aspects are relevant: material systems, single processes to complete process chains as well as their modeling and assessment. With this approach, RWTH Aachen conducts thorough technical and economic studies for planning, organisation and assessment in the field of secondary raw materials. To implement this approach, the department possesses an extensively equipped technical laboratory. Experimental setups from laboratory to pilot plants scale allow us to carry out application-oriented research and development.

Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH

Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH is a non-academic research company developing various novel materials for lightweight constructions, from polymers and fiber-reinforced composites to metals, including also the processing. Neue Materialien Bayreuth provides application-oriented solutions by optimising available materials and production processes. Their business division Future Solutions allows direct access to materials-related departments at the University of Bayreuth engaged in materials-related research. The research topic Thermoplastic Polymers and Additives focuses on thermoplastic polymers and their modification with additives. In the last years, broad expert knowledge in the area of styrenic polymers was built within the frame of various research projects in cooperation with INEOS Styrolution.