The R&D activities of Centexbel-VKC support the textile, plastic converting and related companies with the explicit aim to reinforce the innovation capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and to assist the industry in its transition to a sustainable future. As a research institution created by and for the industry, we initiate and participate in publicly funded pre-competitive research projects and in market-oriented contract research projects.

To guarantee total impartiality and to avoid any conflict of interest, we explicitly exclude all product development in those areas covered by the CE certification scope for which we are accredited.

The aim of this Cornet project is to develop non-toxic, durable and biobased FR coatings and finishes.
The aim of the project is to develop sustainable fibre reinforced composites that meet the flame retardancy requirements of the transport and construction sectors, meaning that the materials are difficult to ignite, have no burning droplets and have low smoke densities and toxicities.
The development of solvent and isocyanate-free biobased PU for textile coating will help EU companies to make the transiton to an ecofriendly and sustainable industry and give them a competitive headstart in the international market.
The Ecy-Twin project is an awareness-raising campaign that accompanies textile and woodworking companies in the field of ecodesign and sustainable development, in the aim to market products or services with limited environmental impact that comply with the consumers' expectations.
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) are part of the molecules that have been used in great quantities to add flame retardant properties to electric and electronic plastic equipment. The European directive on waste treatment (2012/19/UE) imposes a selective treatment on plastics containing bromated flame retardants (RFB), after extraction of non-bromated plastics. These plastics cannot be recycled, buried or exported without a prior treatment guaranteeing that the targeted molecules have been eliminated.
RECYCOAT aims to investigate various technologies to separate the different layers in complex, coated or laminated materials.
Centexbel and partners are looking for methods to recycle and reuse r-PVB in interesting new applications! Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) is mainly used in the production of laminated safety glass. Each year, around 100 000 tonnes of PVB are being produced and processed into windshields. But until now, little or nothing is done with the heaps of PVB from all those broken windshields...
MDTex aims to create a cross-border French-Belgian cluster in the field of medical textiles. By combining their networks and competences, the partners will remove the borders between the "health" and "textiles" value chains in order to unite the necessary spear point expertise and technologies to develop products.
The main goal of the BB100 project is the development of a process chain towards fully bio-based man-made fibre materials. This does not only include the mere processing of biopolymers, but also commonly used additive materials like plasticizers, flame retardants, colorants and nucleation agents. Fully bio-based yarns and textile demonstrators will be developed.
The F³D Print project intends to develop and evaluate a very innovative process that will bring product customisation to the next level. The direct 3D printing of functional add-ons on textiles will introduce a more customer-specific approach.

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