As part of Sustainable Industry Challenge – Chemport Edition and Teijin Aramid are looking for innovative solutions that can increase recycling opportunities for aramid yarns. Teijin Aramid is working actively on reducing her C02-footprint and already utilizes 3 para-aramid recycling facilities in the Netherlands for multiple materials. We are looking for new separation techniques that can separate aramid yarns from its original application and thereby recycle the material to use for new purposes.

Teijin Aramid is, with its 1800 employees worldwide, the market leader in the production of high performance materials with a focus on the automotive, marine, protective and defense market. Teijin Aramid was established in 1918 and has 100 years of experience in the development of lighter, stronger and more resistant materials. With sales offices in 8 countries and activities across the globe, they aim to make a positive contribution to the CO2 reduction in the chain by recycling their aramid products, Twaron being their main armid product. 

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THE CHALLENGE

We are looking for startups and scaleups that want to collaborate with Teijin Aramid to reduce the CO2-footprint of her production processes and contribute to the circular economy by recycling aramid yarns and using it for new applications. Currently, Teijin Aramid already collects cutting-material from the garment, safety gloves, ballistic vests, and helmets and recycles these by providing the raw materials a second life in Twaron pulp. We are looking for new solutions that enable Teijin Aramid to recycle more challenging products such as optical fiber cables, Twaron fiber reinforced rubber tires and rubber hoses and composites. In these applications, Twaron yarn is closely embedded and sometimes even chemically crosslinked to a matrix material of different composites, thereby more difficult to separate and recycle. We are interested in the following solution directions:

MECHANICAL OR CHEMICAL SEPARATION PROCESSES

That can separate these highly advanced applications where Twaron yarn is more closely embedded or chemically crosslinked to a matrix material of different composites.

PROCESSES THAT SUPPORT RECYCLING OF ARAMID YARNS

For example new innovative ways to collect, separate or transport the aramid yarns thereby optimizing the recycling process.

NEW APPLICATIONS FOR ARAMID YARN

Beside Twaron pulp, that is often used as an asbestos replacement in high-value-added applications, we are open to other applications for the recycled material.

WHATS IN IT FOR YOU

  • Pilot contract with Teijin Aramid to validate your solution and scale up if successful

  • Access to Teijin Aramid’s testing and R&D facilities

  • Expert coaching

  • Access to the Chemport Europe network

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA

You should

  • Have a working prototype or demonstrator

  • Be able to launch a finished product or service within the next 18 months

  • Be able to do a pilot project in the Netherlands

TIMELINE

NOVEMBER 11, 2019

DEADLINE APPLICATIONS


The deadline for applications of proposals is on November 11th, 2019 at midnight (UTC+2).
DECEMBER 12, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT SELECTED STARTUPS


The announcement of selected companies will be done latest December 12th, 2019.
JANUARY 7-8, 2020

DEALMAKING MEETINGS


The selected companies will be invited for one-on-one business meetings to discuss the potential pilot with Teijin Aramid from January 7th till 8th 2020, during Sustainable Industry Challenge – Chemport Europe edition in Groningen, the Netherlands.
FEBRUARY, 2020

PILOT PHASE


The most relevant startup(s)/scaleup(s) will start with the pilot from February onwards.
Deadline passed

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