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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

Highly resilient and recyclable UD tapes made from stereocomplex PLA

High-performance technical fibers are used in various applications, but they are often made from fossil raw materials and are not biodegradable. This is where the "scPLA-UD-Tape" project of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE comes in, with the aim of creating intrinsically reinforced materials for lightweight construction that are highly resilient, biodegradable and significantly easier to recycle.

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Example of a UD tape

New solutions for the market

Economically relevant technologies and services about the circular plastics eonomy

Current press releases and events


New position paper on transparent life cycle assessment of plastics recycling

Life cycle assessments are often used as a basis for decision-making when selecting environmentally friendly processes, input materials or services for plastics recycling. But what does a comparable and transparent ecological assessment that meets different requirements look like? Fraunhofer CCPE researchers have identified ten challenges and ten requirements that increase comparability and transparency in the ecological assessment of plastics recycling.



Recycling rubber waste - rethinking elastomers

Elastomers can be found in many products and areas of application. Apart from used tires, which are collected and recycled separately, the recycling of elastomers is hardly possible in many cases, either economically or technically. New approaches and initial solutions for circular elastomers will be presented at our next Fraunhofer CCPE compact "Elastomers - Advanced technologies for recycling" on February 22, 2024.



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, .

Circular value creation: As a single solution or system service


Find out how you can design your products and services with us in a circular way. Discover what a possible collaboration could look like.


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Network, cooperation and transformation

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