Competencies in the Division Systems

Division Systems

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Efficient collection and transport technologies go hand in hand with new recycling processes. In this division, digitally mapped processes are created that lead to optimal value added chain. Intelligent collection, sorting and recycling technologies allow polymers and monomers to be recovered and returned to production. Innovative methods for system analysis are intended to help establish efficient logistics and to evaluate the life-cycles of circular products

Research Department Advanced Recycling

A successful circular plastics economy requires optimized collection and sorting processes that are upstream of the recycling of recyclable materials. Advanced process technologies are used to recover polymers and monomers, which are initially fed into the cycle and can then be further processed into products.

Our offer to you:

  • We want to optimize the upstream process steps in the current recycling of plastics. The aim is to ensure that, when plastic waste is collected and sorted, a larger quantity of suitable material can be returned to production as a raw material (recycled content).
  • We develop raw material and mechanical processes as well as conceptual aspects in order to obtain polymers and monomers from the industry-specific lifecycles of plastics.
  • We develop conceptual measures for optimized collection and sorting.

We are investigating both chemical recycling processes for conventional and bio-based polymers and recovery strategies for mass plastics such as PS (polystyrene), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and PU (polyurethane). A holistic approach is particularly important: Our comprehensive analysis thus takes into account parameters such as eco-efficiency and the cost-benefit ratio. The result is a catalog of measures that includes the various sectors and types of plastics and takes account of country-specific waste management developments.

Research Department Circular Logistics and Sustainability

Innovative processes for efficient logistics, and sustainability assessments are intended to lead to optimized recycling of plastics. In addition, new evaluation methods are to be developed that indicate the direction of material and product innovations and will allow the circular life-cycle of plastics streams to be monitored in the future.

Our offer to you:

  • We carry out a complete digital recording of the respective state of recycling of your plastic, in order to evaluate the recycling of plastics efficiently in the long term.
  • We develop new methods to create virtual images of plastics and products in order to originate a life-cycle-wide process data management.
  • With the help of the “digital twin”, we track plastics in the cycle and evaluate them economically and ecologically.
  • We are researching social aspects and involving plastics stakeholders from business, science, and society in new measures for circular value creation.
  • We carry out life cycle assessments to provide you with investment direction and decision support.

Current Projects


High-quality plastic recyclates for the automotive and packaging industry

Can plastic composites such as multilayer packaging or fiber-reinforced automotive components be recycled to high quality? And can these recyclates be used again in the packaging and automotive industries? These essential questions on the way to a functioning plastics circular economy were recently clarified in the European MultiCycle project.


More energy-efficient material recycling of thermoformed products through annealing

Annealing as a possibility for optimized material recycling of thermoformed plastic products using the example of PLA (disposable beverage cups) and evaluation using life cycle (gap) analysis.


Study: Plastic-based reusable systems in the circular economy

The circular economy of plastics is far from being realized. On behalf of the Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg (SIM), CCPE researchers compared three plastic-based reusable systems with their single-use alternatives. 


Position paper recycling technologies for plastics

The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE has presented a position paper on the state of the art in science and technology of recycling technologies for plastics. The focus is on chemical recycling processes. A market analysis shows current industry activities. In addition, the Fraunhofer competence landscape in plastics recycling is presented in an overview.


Advanced Recycling

Inline quality monitoring for recycled polymers

CCPE researchers are working on innovative physical plastic recycling processes that raise the quality of the recyclates to virgin material level or make previously unused plastic waste from plastic composites available for a second life. But how to guarantee the high quality level of the recyclates if the property profiles of the plastic waste used vary?


Circular Logistics and Sustainability

Self-Check Circular Readiness Level®

The central challenge of the Circular Economy is the implementation of its principles at the product level. With the Self-Check Circular Readiness Level®, companies can check how mature their product already is for the Circular Economy. Since June, the Self-Check has been available online as a tool for companies.


Advanced Recycling

Recyclates that do not smell

CCPE researchers are working on the reduction of odors and emissions from recycled plastics.  


Advanced Recycling

Chemical recycling of plastics

A thermochemical process (pyrolysis) for the recovery of basic chemicals is now being qualified for chemical recycling in the CCPE technical center. 


Circular Logistics and Sustainability

Your first step to the Circular Economy

With the Self-Check Tool Circular Readiness Level® companies can check how mature their product already is for the Circular Eonomy



Circular Logistics and Sustainability

Design for Recycling

A CCPE task force researches on how to increase the recyclability and therefore the recycling rates of sales packacking.  

Circular Logistics and Sustainability

Do you know the life cylce of your product?

Fraunhofer CCPE supports companies on their way to the digital twin in order to tap into the associated potential.