PolyStyreneLoop's partner institutions and individuals
Institutions and companies active in the project:
EUMEPS is the European association of the EPS industry. EUMEPS membership represents over 90% of the European manufacturing industry. The common interest between members is a belief that EPS is the most cost effective packaging and insulation material. For thermal insulation in construction, EPS offers long-term properties such as high insulation value, high compressive strength and moisture resistance. EPS is lightweight, versatile, easy and completely safe to work with, making it the ideal material in a wide range of applications. EPS has a key role in ensuring safe, comfortable and energy efficient buildings, whilst also contributing strongly to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emission.
EPS comprises about 35 per cent of the total thermal insulation market in Europe, with over 55,000 people employed in the European EPS industry. The role of EUMEPS is to ensure that the advantages of EPS are brought to a larger audience. This is achieved by information sharing to enable an informed dialogue with stakeholders on a national and European level.
Fraunhofer IVV is one out of 66 institutes and research units of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V. and focusses on process engineering and packaging. In co-operation with the CreaCycle GmbH, Grevenbroich, Fraunhofer IVV has developed a solvent based plastic recycling process (CreaSolv® process, CreaSolv® is a registered trademark of CreaCycle GmbH). It is able to treat mixed and contaminated plastic waste and - amongst other features - allows separating legacy additives from target polymers.
ICL IP is a manufactures flame retardant products to enhance fire safety and to protect life and property. It is the industrial chemicals segment of Israel Chemicals Limited (ICL) and is the world’s largest producer of elemental bromine, and a leader in the production, marketing of bromine and bromine compounds, supplying over 33% of global demand. It also has a leading position in the manufacturing of phosphorus based compounds for fire safety.
Industrieverband Hartschaum e.V. (IVH)
The Industrieverband Hartschaum e.V. (IVH) in Heidelberg is the umbrella association of manufacturers of EPS foam/Styropor insulation products in Germany. Founded in November 1973, its 15 full members today represent around 80 per cent of the German EPS market for the construction sector. Its responsibilities primarily encompass the areas of “Research and Application Systems”, “Quality Assurance”, “Environmental Protection and Sustainability” as well as close collaboration with partners in the market.
Stybenex is the Dutch branch association of manufacturers of airpop (EPS ) products. Stybenex represents the collective interests of its members. The main task of Stybenex is to encourage optimum use of airpop (EPS) for insulation as well as packaging Stybenex provides information and initiates and participates in studies and research Stybenex also wants to be a leading consulting partner with government agencies and organizations.
Sunpor Kunststoff GmbH
Sunpor Kunststoff GmbH is the third-largest producer of EPS-raw material in Europe, with two production plants in St. Pölten/Austria and an annual production capacity of around 230,000 tonnes of EPS polymer granulate. 90 % of production goes to export. Sunpor’s main customers are in construction (insulation) and packaging industry. The company is 100% owned by the Norwegian O.N. Sunde AS group.
Synbra Technology bv
Synbra Technology bv: is the in-house polymerisation and R&D facility ‘Technology & Innovation’ and the centre of excellence in materials and product development in the Synbra Group in Etten-Leur, The Netherlands. Synbra has a leading position in Europe regarding Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) for Sustainable Insulation Systems and Industrial Products & Solutions for a wide diversity of markets. Synbra Holding is active in The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Portugal.
Unipol Holland B.V.
Unipol Holland B.V. is a leading manufacturer of EPS-raw material and produces a selected range of EPS beads in Oss (Netherlands). The products are suitable for numerous applications ranging from insulation, construction to packaging. Unipol supplies to customers throughout the whole of Europe.
EAE (European Association of ETICS), EFRA (European Flame Retardant Association), EUMEPS (European Manufacturers of EPS), Exiba (European XPS Association), IVH (Industrievereinigung Hartschaum, Germany), FVWDVS (Fachverband Wärmeverbundsysteme Germany), PlasticsEurope EPS MC (BE), Stybenex (Netherlands)
Supporters and dedicated project partners
DeVries Recycling (NL), ECOFILL Recycling (BE), Fischer Gruppe (D), Isobouw (NL,D), KRAS Recycling (NL), Total (FR), Unidek (NL), Suez Recycling (NL/FR), Synthos (PL)