Di-Plast - Digital Circular Economy for the Plastics Industry

Project Summary


The digital solutions developed within this project, enable companies to ...

... find suitable recyclate grades for specific products

... improve the quality control during production phase and establish a stable process with high recyclate ratio

... optimize value streams, to forward the plastic material to the costumer

... forecast future quantities and provide a more stable supply of recyclates


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Meet us at the following event

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[Postponed to 2021] Di-Plast at the PIUS conference (29th and 30th of April 2020)

29-04-2020 - 30-04-2020, Kap Europa, Osloer Straße 5, 60327 Frankfurt am Main

The project team will conduct a workshop on ressourc efficiency within the value chain, presenting the aim and approach of Di-Plast at the PIUS (Production-Integrated Environmental... Read more

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Oost-Gelderland Business Magazine informs about the Di-Plast Pilots and Voucher scheme

Posted on 11-02-2020

Article about Di-Plast Pilots and Voucher scheme published in Oost-Gelderland-Business Magazin Nr 5 2019 Read more

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Webinar on the Di-Plast digital toolkits

12-12-2019 – Webinar

If you are working in the plastics industry and want to know more about our digital toolkit, please join our Webinar on the 12th of December. The Webinar starts at 15:00 PM (CET) w... Read more

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Di-Plast Webinar now online

Posted on 07-01-2020

The Di-Plast Webinar held on the 12th of December 2019 is now online Read more

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Project Partners

  • SKZ-KFE gGmbH

    22 Friedrich-Bergius-Ring

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  • Stichting Polymer Science Park

    15 Ceintuurbaan
    8022 AW

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  • University of Luxembourg

    6 Rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi

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  • East Netherlands Development Agency

    40 Laan van Malkenschoten

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  • Umwelttechnik BW GmbH State Agency for environmental Technology and Resource Efficiency

    45 Friedrichstr.

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  • Tilburg University (JADS)

    2 Warandelaan
    5037 AB

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  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment Energy gGmbH

    19 Doeppersberg

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment Energy gGmbH 19 Doeppersberg
holger.berg@wupperinst.org www.wupperinst.org
Name Contact Name Email Country
SKZ-KFE gGmbH Hermann Achenbach h.achenbach@skz.de Germany
Stichting Polymer Science Park Mireille Kinket M.kinket@polymersciencepark.nl Netherlands
University of Luxembourg Peter Plapper peter.plapper@uni.lu Luxembourg
East Netherlands Development Agency Jan Jonker jan.jonker@oostnl.nl Netherlands
Umwelttechnik BW GmbH State Agency for environmental Technology and Resource Efficiency Jonas Umgelter jonas.umgelter@umwelttechnik-bw.de Germany
Tilburg University (JADS) Martin Atzmuller m.atzmuller@uvt.nl Netherlands

News and Blog

The open call to participate in the Di-Plast pilots is closed. Stay informed about our digital solutions for the plastics industry, developed in the four pilots on the News and Blog site.

Pilot descriptions

Pilot 1 – Matrix

Correlation between relevant raw material and properties and product / process requirements

One of the hindrances of using recyclate, according to the results of the Di-Plast survey and expert interviews, is the challenge in finding suitable recyclate grades for specific products. The correlation between product/process requirements is difficult to make, and in most cases field studies need to be carried out in order to validate the material selection. If converters would have a database where this aforementioned correlation is illustrated, it would be less complicated to find suitable recyclate grades. Furthermore, recompounders and material traders could use this tool in order to sell their material more efficiently.

Pilot 2 – Process Diagnostics

Analysis and advice on quality control improvements during production phase

For stabilizing the process, deep data-based understanding of the process is necessary. By collecting and analysing the data, your company gets an understanding about the process interdependencies, making it possible to find process parameters that enable a stable process with high recyclate ratio and reduced scrap. Furthermore, a detailed data-based description yields a measure for proved quality of process and product, besides a detailed material fingerprint that allows selling the material for a certain purpose.

Pilot 3 - Value stream management (VSM)

Collection, evaluation and continuous improvement of product and information flow

VSM will be used to visualize and improve the value streams within the pilot companies. By reducing the idle time, the process time and the lead time through optimized value streams, it is possible to forward the plastic material from one actor to the next one in a quicker way.

Pilot 4 - Forecast

Provides forecast of future quantities and more stable supply of recyclates

Based on waste data from companies that are involved in the Di-Plast project, prediction of future waste amounts will be made  to enable a constant supply to recyclers. Several predictive models will be deployed and assessed on their prediction accuracy. The model with the highest prediction accuracy is best suited to indicate future waste quantities.

Contact Germany

Dr. Hermann Achenbach


Friedrich-Bergius-Ring 22 - 97076 Würzburg - Germany

Phone: +49 931 4104-266

Email: h.achenbach@skz.de

Contact Luxembourg

Peter Plapper

Université du Luxembourg

Campus Kirchberg 6, rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi - L-1359 Luxembourg

Phone: +352 466 644 5804

Email: peter.plapper@uni.lu

Contact Netherlands

Femke de Loos                                                                               

Polymer Science Park

Ceintuurbaan 15 - 8022 AW Zwolle - Netherlands

Phone: +31 38 8534810

Email: f.deloos@polymersciencepark.nl 



Martijn Kerssen

East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL)

Laan van Malkenschoten 40 - 7301 BG Apeldoorn - Netherlands

Phone: +31 6 10 80 69 76

Email: Martijn.Kerssen@oostnl.nl

The first round of the open call to participate in the Di-Plast pilots is closed and we are currently selecting companies. Nevertheless, if you are interested in participating, please don't hesitat to contact us. Together we will elaborate how your company can cooperate in the Di-Plast project. 

Options to be part of the project in the future will be published here.

If you would like to watch the webinar on the Di-Plast toolkit or get information on the Di-Plast pilots (including contact information), please follow the links below.

Previous calls to participate in the Di-Plast Project

Di-Plast Webinar

The Webinar was hosted on the 12th of December 2019 from 15:00 - 17:00 pm (CET) by our Dutch project partners Jurgen van den Hoogen & Stefan Bloemheuvel, who are affiliated with the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science. Please click here to watch the video. The video contains the following agenda:

00:00 - 08:15 General Information on the Project

08:15 - 37:51 Information on the tools

37:51 - 54:05 Question and Answers

Open Call to participate in the Di-Plast Pilots

Companies, which would like to increase the amount of recycled materials in their processes and improve the quality in process and product by using digital tools were invited to apply until the 15th December 2019 to participate in the Di-Plast pilot. Within the pilots,  companies can directly influence the development of the tools and ensure that the functions of the tools are tailored to their needs.

Co-Creation Workshops at Zwolle and Würzburg

Expert interviews

With our survey we got first insights into the challenges when using recyclate.

The next step are expert interviews in order to get a deeper understanding of the challenges when using recyclate. If you have specific challenges in your value chain while using recyclate, you might be an interesting partner for such an interview. Don't hesitate to contact one of the partners on the landing page that fits best for your convenience. Tell us which tools would help you to improve the uptake of recyclate.

Survey on the requirements of enterprises

Di-Plast needs participation of related partners from the plastics value chain. Stakeholders from along the value chain are important for the results (and success) of the project. In each phase of the Project inputs from stakeholders influence the progress of Di-Plast and also results from the project can be used by stakeholders in order to improve their use of recycled plastics material.

The next opportunity to be part of it will be our survey regarding the requirements of enterprises that handle plastics material. 

The Survey will start in March 2019, so stay in contact or better: if you are interested send an E-Mail to one of the Partners on the startpage.

And there will come many more opportunities to participate for Partner from the NorthWestEurope Area. Feel free to ask.

Here you find sources with information and background about the Di-Plast Project. 

Di-Plast in a nutshell

This is "all about" on one page - to get a first and quick impression and to tell others: DOWNLOAD

Research articles

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