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Research & Development

Research & Development Opportunity for developers Use or invest in (biobased) Polymerization Shared Facility – Call for Partners G reen Chemistry Campus (Bergen op Zoom), REWIN (Breda) and Wageningen University (Wageningen, all in the Netherlands) are planning the development of the first multipurpose Polymerization Shared Facility Pilot Plant in Bergen op Zoom. In this facility new and redesigned bio-polymers can be produced at a subcommercial scale. Currently the consortium is looking for companies in the field of new (biobased) polymers that are interested to either use this unique infrastructure or that want to become a shareholder. Test new & redesigned polymers at a sub-commercial scale Many developers of (bio-)polymers are ready to scale-up production from lab-scale to industrial-scale. The current lack of R&D infrastructure prevents them from optimally developing their innovations that could potentially green the chemical industry. The Polymerization Shared Facility Pilot aims to bridge this valley of death in polymer innovation by sharing costly infrastructure between multiple users. The plant embraces ring-opening and polycondensation polymerization as well as de-polymerization. With the possibility of continuous production of larger volumes of new and re-designed polymers, both the behavior of the polymer in production (upstream) and the processing (downstream) can be investigated at pre-commercial volumes (tonnesscale). The figure below shows the Polymerization Shared Facility Pilot across the value chain. Call for industrial partners to use or invest in the Polymerization Shared Facility Pilot Plant The Consortium is looking for companies who are active in the research and development of (bio)-polymers, either new polymers and/or drop-ins. This facility will help polymer developers or an end-users in materials to make the innovation process of developing new polymers and materials more efficient and sustainable. The offer is open for business partner(s) who want to use this facility in coming years or who want to be a shareholder of this facility. For any type of business partner, very attractive offerings are available, which include: • a pilot plant designed to your requirements (with broad process-operating window) • opportunity to co-invest • guaranteed use of the facility • competitive costs • located in the thriving bio-economy ecosystem of the Biobased Delta (South-West Netherlands) Consortium Partners & Context Consortium Partners Green Chemistry Campus, REWIN and Wageningen University are planning to develop this Polymerization Shared Facility at the site of the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom. The facility reinforces the Biobased Delta ecosystem and is additional to existing research infrastructure such as the Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Bioprocess Pilot Facility in Delft and the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent. It increases the attractiveness of the region for companies in the world to establish R&D centers here. The Wageningen Food & Biobased Research will give specifically scientific and engineering support to this polymerization pilot plant. About two third of the plant will be publicly funded. More Information The Consortium would be happy to send you more information or (preferably) talk to interested parties to explore possibilities that could help your company to successfully scale-up production of new (bio-)polymers. Please contact: Marcel van Berkel CEO Polymerization Shared Facility +31 6222 03144 Up-scaling Research & Development Upscaling (pilot) Demo/ Commercial scale (Cellulosic) Sugars Universities, private R&D at multinationals, -startups, Pilot plants for monomers Value Chain Monomers Polymers & Materials Polymerization Shared Facility End product Compounders, Converters & End use Feedstock suppliers Polymer producers Brand owners 50 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/19] Vol. 14

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