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.

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 biobased economy, where bio-mass is used as a primary raw material, progresses with an actual 20% growth rate. This Interreg project will reinforce the leading position of the region in the field of 100% biobased polymers.
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.
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is characterized by the descent of pelvic organs from their normal positions. The condition usually occurs when a woman's pelvic floor collapses due to age or successive pregnancies. POP affects one in three women, or more than 2 million women in the region Belgium and Hauts-de-France and even 60% of women over 60.
In ReFOIL industrially relevant case studies are developed in which some of the common streams of multi-layered packaging waste (consisting of polyesters, polyolefins, polyamides, intermediate layers, e tc.) will be studied.

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The reduction of bad odours on textiles is an important means to improve the wear comfort, product quality and lifetime of those textile products that are hard to clean on a regular basis.
Innovative materials and modular design for rolling stock are considered to become key to success in Europe’s railway industries. Composite materials with their unique properties, such as lightness or reparability have demonstrated a high potential for lighter, more energy- and cost-efficient structural components in relevant sectors such as aeronautic or automotive industries.

Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen projects

Interreg Vlaanderen Nederland projects

Interreg Meuse-Rhine projects