Fraunhofer IWKS stands for the responsible use of resources. Recovering recyclable materials from a product cycle and reintroducing them into a new cycle. This is the goal of Fraunhofer IWKS' research. Together with industrial partners, Fraunhofer IWKS develops efficient processes and technologies for the responsible use of the earth's resources. At the K trade fair, Fraunhofer IWKS will present its research work with a special focus on biogenic raw materials and innovative separation, sorting and recycling technologies.
The increasing use of bio-based raw materials in various sectors in the industry provides access to prominent growth markets. The utilisation of these materials is no longer limited to an energetic use and comprises bio composite materials, cellulose based polymers including nano-cellulose and bio refineries of the 3rd generation. The sources for bio based raw materials are vegetable waste streams from the food industry and agriculture. Key for a successful use is the isolation, reprocessing of and a quality management for the relevant raw materials. At Fraunhofer IWKS, the scientists are conducting research and developing biobased additives and binders, e.g. from residues of the food industry.
In the field of mechanical process engineering for the processing of primary and secondary raw materials, a large number of plants and equipment is available which can be used within the scope of service and research contracts. The focus of the work is the application and further development of innovative and flexible concepts for the preparation of materials and material flows with complex structures and compositions. In addition to innovative separation and shredding processes, the Fraunhofer IWKS also uses an automated, modular sorting system, which is used among others for electric waste, plastics or other materials.