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Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE


The plastics of tomorrow – they will be different. Are your products and services ready for the circular economy? In the Fraunhofer CCPE cluster, we research these questions for you and help you to make your products circular and to turn plastic waste into valuable resources. With us, you benefit from holistic expertise along the plastics value chain and the best solution for your target market. At CCPE you will find innovative approaches and the right contact persons for your research project.

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Current highlight

Recycling cascade for plastic waste − The perfect technology combination for your waste

Would you like to know by which recycling method your feedstock generates the best output? Especially for waste that is difficult to recycle, it is not easy to find a suitable process. With the CCPE recycling cascade for waste containing plastics, consisting of a combination of three Fraunhofer technologies, high-quality plastic recyclates can be generated with an optimized product yield.

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Circular value creation: As a single solution or system service

Sustainable plastics materials

Bio-based plastics

Biodegradable polymers

Recyclable plastics

System innovations

Smart sorting technologies

Material recycling

Chemical recycling

Circularity assessment

Circular business models and holistic product design

Transformation, co-design and committee work

New solutions for the market

Economically relevant technologies and services about the circular plastics eonomy

Current press releases and events



Circular economy in lightweight design

How can lightweight design become more circular? What role are composites playing in this? And what developments in this field is the Fraunhofer CCPE researching? Interview with Sascha Kilian, Head of the Research Department Application and Demonstration with announcement of the online event "Fraunhofer CCPE compact - Materials for the Circular Economy in Efficient Lightweight Design" on October 19 from 2 to 4 pm.



Recyclates in Primary Material Quality - Status and Perspectives of Advanced Recycling

Recycled plastics could already be used to a much greater extent. However, this requires more high-quality recyclates on the market. This is the topic that the Fraunhofer CCPE compact "Recyclates in Primary Material Quality - Status and Perspectives of Advanced Recycling" will address on May 4, 2023, .



On the way to an international circular plastics economy

Since August 2022 Prof. Manfred Renner is the new head of Fraunhofer CCPE. The cluster will present research results, implementation projects and strategiesat on the first international Fraunhofer CCPE Summit on February 8 and 9, 2023 in Munich.



Reusing odor-contaminated plastics

Plastic recyclates, like materials from the recycling bin, often have unpleasant odors due to their composition or due to impurities. This means that they are currently unsuitable for many applications, especially indoors.