Last Friday March, 29th, we celebrated the launch of “ValPUMat” at Recticel in one of its industrial sites located in Wetteren (Belgium). It is one of the 9 winners of the Eco-Innovation Challenge, our call for projects dedicated to the development of materials coming from End-of-Life mattresses, pillows and duvets. Let’s focus on this ambitious research project, which is led by Recticel and the French automotive supplier Tesca.
On March 29th Fabien Cambon, Technical and Innovation Director, Rémi Beulque, Innovative Materials and Markets Manager and Manon Porquet, Environmental Analysis Manager at Eco-Mobilier, visited Recticel’s industrial supply chain on which new ways to recover polyurethane recycled foams will be developed for the 3 years to come. (picture above)
“ValPUMat” Project goals
ValPUMat Project (Valorization of Polyurethane MATrasses) is the result of the collaboration of the Belgian company Recticel, the European specialist of polyurethane processing, and Tesca, a French leading automotive supplier for textiles and seat components. Their objective? To develop new innovative foam-based products for industry, automotive and building acoustic insulation markets out of End-of-Life mattresses.
For Rémi Beulque, Innovative Materials and Markets manager at Eco-mobilier, this is an exciting challenge: « if waste from production processes are commonly used by manufacturers, the markets related to End-of-Life polyurethane foams are still insufficiently diversified, and often remain only in emerging stages. In addition, through this project, our goal is to convince manufacturers to offer their customers higher qualities of recycled materials, which have a higher added-value. »
"Through this project, our goal is to convince manufacturers to offer their customers higher qualities of recycled materials, which have a higher added-value."
An ambitious working program
Thus, this meeting marks the kick-off of a 3 years-long project, which aims at developing no less than 10 new applications. During this period, many challenges will have to be overcome. First of all, the partners will have to better understand the diversity of the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of the End-of-Life materials that will be used. Then, many experiments will be conducted in order to obtain new materials through optimized and industrial processes. Once the developed applications are validated, the partners will finally analyze their recyclability, in order to guarantee new lives for the concerned materials.
"In line with its strategy to be a catalyst for innovation in the domain of recycled materials technologies and markets, Eco-mobilier will play in important role in the project."
An original R&D partnership
Fabien Cambon, Technical and Innovation Director at Eco-mobilier : “In line with its strategy to be a catalyst for innovation in the domain of recycled materials technologies and markets, Eco-mobilier will play an important role in the project”. Beyond funding, the eco-organization will provide its partners with the End-of-Life materials that will be tested. It will also bring to the consortium the expertise developed in recent years on legacy chemicals, microbiology and the mechanical properties of these polyurethane foams.
See you in a few months for a first feedback on the project!