A+ Composites GmbH is a start-up company founded in 2015, which specializes in the production and processing of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes. The tapes are tailored to the customer’s application such that they reinforce the product load-specifically.
The company has received several start-up and innovation awards. It holds patents for the production and processing of thermoplastic tapes. The company also has expertise and infrastructure for design of tape-reinforced plastic components and thermoplastic tape laying processes. There is experience in the execution of BMBF projects.
BSB Recycling GmbH (Braubach, Rhineland-Palatinate (RLP), 100 employees) is part of the BERZELIUS Metall Group (Braubach, RLP, 500 employees). The superordinate ECOBAT Technologies Group (Matlock, England, 1500 employees) is currently the only company that implements a closed recycling loop for lead-acid batteries.
This includes the Europe-wide collection, transport and storage of batteries and their recycling. In addition to the processing of lead-acid batteries and other lead-containing raw materials, BSB Recycling produces high-quality PP compounds from 100% secondary material, e.g. for automotive applications.
Hahn Kunststoffe GmbH (Hahn-Airport, RLP, 270 employees) is Europe’s largest manufacturer of plastic profiles producing exclusively with secondary plastics and has been active as a processor and material recycler of post-consumer plastic waste since 1993.
Different products (profiles, finished parts and systems) for a wide range of applications (municipal/public areas, agriculture and forestry, industry, trade and crafts, landscaping) are manufactured from mixed plastic waste by means of injection molding, intrusion and compression processes. The products of Hahn Kunststoffe have been awarded the Blue Angel for their contribution to sustainable environmental and resource protection.
The “Infinex Group” is a group of international companies that are exclusively engaged in the processing of plastics. The films and sheets specially produced by extrusion are mainly used in the construction industry, packaging industry, logistics and also in exhibition stand construction.
Since 2013, Katharina Spraul as Professor of Business Administration, in particular Sustainability Management in the Department of Business Studies and Economics, has developed with her team solutions for sustainable consumption and sustainable production.
Within the research, sustainable management of actors in market, civil society, and public sector is examined. Due to the multidimensional nature of sustainability issues, not only the actors themselves are considered, but also their socio-cultural, ecological and political-economic environment as well as inter-organisational and intersectoral networks. In this context, current research areas include the success factors of sustainability networks as well as the participating role of universities, sustainability and digital transformation and innovations for a circular economy.
Since 2011, Professor Rathgeber is head of the Department of Materials Physics with a focus on plastics science, integrated within the Institute of Integrated Natural Sciences of Department 3. Her work focuses on the development and characterization of functional thermoplastics.
The infrastructure and competencies enable an integrative approach, which starts with the modification of the polymers, including material design and processing of the material as well as the physical characterization of the starting material to the component part.