About CCPE

On behalf of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, six Fraunhofer Institutes are researching how the sustainable transformation of an entire plastics value added chain can take place under principles of the circular economy using the example of plastic. The economic and social effects of a circular plastics economy in the coming decades will also be analyzed and taken into account. These are:  

Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence promote the cooperative development and processing of system-relevant topics through an inter-institute research structure. In organizational terms, these research clusters correspond to a »virtual institute« spread over multiple locations. The aim of the research clusters is not just to temporarily implement single projects but rather to follow a roadmap for the long-term development of a complex technological trend. Overview of Fraunhofer Clusters in Germany

Cluster Structure

The Fraunhofer Cluster Circular Plastics Economy CCPE is divided into three divisions and six research departments.

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Structur of the Fraunhofer Cluster CCPE

Division Materials
• Circular Polymers
• Circular Additives and Compounds  

Division Systems
• Advanced Recycling
• Circular Logistics and Sustainability

Division Business
• Application and Demonstration
• Business and Transformation


Details on the Divisions und Research Departments

Circonomy®: Circular solutions from Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer Cluster Circular Plastics Economy CCPE is part of the Fraunhofer brand Circonomy®. Research and development, carrying this brand, have the goal of bringing products, processes and services to market – according to defined circular principles.

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