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

All Di-Plast tools are developed as stand-alone tools that can be used independently from the other tools but also in any combination you like or need. The following example shows one possible way of using the tools.

Do you want to know more about Di-Plast?

Meet us at the following event

_ Di-Plast Workshop "Prozessdaten - Transparenz und Relevanz für den Rezyklateinsatz" (Online)
   Date: 11. May 2022 time: 13:00 - 14:30 - for registration please contact Heicke Gaedeke (SKZ - Das Kunststoff-Zentrum)

_ Di-Plast Workshop "Using Value Stream Management for the ciruclar plastic industry"
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Di-Plast Workshop "Prozessdaten - Transparenz und Relevanz für den Rezyklateinsatz" (Online)

11-05-2022 - 11-05-2022, Online

Workshop in the importance of process data for the transparency of the plastic industry, conduct by SKZ - Das Kunststoff-Zentrum Read more

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Publication on Holistic System Change towards Circular Economy within Supply-Chains by Uni Luxembourg

Posted on 30-07-2021

Jeff Manger and Peter Plappert form the University Luxembourg, one of our project partner responsible for the VSM tool, published a paper on "An Innovative Strategy Allowing a Holi... Read more

Di-Plast Workshop "Work more sustainably with recyclate" @Zwolle

Posted on 04-04-2022

On the 29th of March 2022 the Di-Plast workshop "Work more sustainably with recyclate" took place at Zwolle. The workshop was organized by our project partner Polymer Science Park ... Read more

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Project Partners

  • SKZ-KFE gGmbH

    22 Friedrich-Bergius-Ring

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  • University of Luxembourg

    6 Rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi

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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
University of Luxembourg Peter Plapper peter.plapper@uni.lu Luxembourg
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

Open Call to co-create digital tools

If you are looking for solutions to analyse, improve, evaluate and use data for process optimisation, we offer you to join our co-creation process (Pilots). You can participate in either one or more pilots with the topics:

Process Quality,
Process Analytics and
Value Stream Management.

For more information, please dowload the open call document below or contact our pilot coordinator Heicke Gaedeke.

To apply, please get in contact with Mrs. Gaedeke via e-mail. The application period ends on the 21st of June 2021.

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Pilot Coordinator

Heicke Gaedeke

Friedrich-Bergius-Ring 22
97076 Würzburg/Germany
Phone: +49 931 4104-265
E-mail: h.gaedeke@skz.de

Previous calls to participate in the Di-Plast Project

First Uptake Accelerator workshop

The first Uptake Accelerator workshop took place at the 30th of March 2021. The companies have been informed on the goals of Di-Plast and learned in three different breack-out session more about our digital solutions.

More workshops are planned in the upcoming future.

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.



The Pilots - Companies co-create the toolkit together with the Di-Plast experts

Di-Plast develops and implements digital tools to increase information transparency in the value chain and to support converters in purchasing and processing rPM. These tools will be implemented, demonstrated and tested in four pilots supporting companies from the plastics value chain. These companies are directly involved in conducting the pilots forming a co-creation process to make the tools fit for their applications.

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.

Responsible expert: Femke de Loos, Polyer Science Park (send an e-mail) - The Netherlands

  Pilot 2 – Process Analytics

This pilot focuses on the validation and analysis of process data with an easy-to-use dashboard, which you can tailor to your needs. It is equipped with different applications for data analysis, data visualisation and forecasting (e.g. waste quantities). Co-create this dashboard to make use of the digitalisation to improve your processes.

Responsible expert: Jurgen van den Hoogen and Stefan Bloemheuvel, Jheronimus Academy for Data Science - The Netherlands


   Pilot 3 – Value Stream Management

Collection, evaluation and continuous improvement of product and information flow

This pilot focuses on the visualization and analysis of product and information to reduce operating cost by eliminating all non-value adding entities. The aim is to deliver value from your customer’s perspective and continuously improve your processes on a micro level (one company) or on macro level (complete supply chain). Within this pilot, you will evaluate your company or your value chain (if you can get your partners on board) together with our expert and receive information on how to improve your value streams in a holistic manner.

Responsible expert: Jeff Manger, University of Luxembourg (send an e-mail)- Luxembourg


   Pilot 4 – Process Quality

Sensor data and machine data acquisition are the basic requirements for the data analytics tools. This pilot focuses on matching your skill and budget level with a suitable supplier to find the right software infrastructure for data acquisition or the right sensor to eliminate problems caused by recycling material.

Responsible expert: Christoph Kugler, SKZ-KFE gGmbH (send an e-mail)- Germany


Digital Toolkit







All Di-Plast tools are developed as stand-alone tools that can be used independently from the other tools but also in combination. The following example shows one possible way of using the tools.

Start by getting an overview on your internal processes and information flows so that you can optimize them and make more out of your processes which include rPM or prepare your processes for rPM integration (VSM). The VSM tool helps to analyse, display and later optimize your cross-company product and information flows. It supports you in getting better knowledge about resource flows and localise bottlenecks either internally or withing your overall supply-chain.

Learn which sensors could help to get more information from your production (Sensoring) and learn how to get access to machine data that most likely is already there but not yet used (Machine Data Acquisition).

Now more in-depth work with your process data can start. Ideally you first use the Data Validation tool to assess data quality, gain insights in the variables and receive tricks how to increase your over all data quality. This might mean, that you go back to the Data Acquisition and the Sensoring tool but can also imply other steps.

Once your data quality is sufficient, we recommend using the Process Analytics Tool. It provides insights consisting of reports, visualizations and other analyses methods that describe the state of your processes and/or machinery. Errors in data found during the processing of specific materials can be automatically detected and made visible through reports and visualizations. This allows you to improve processes and their results. One module of this tool provides the opportunity to forecast future rPM quantities.

Our Matrix Tool can help you to find matching process and product requirements with material properties. Plastics users can find suitable recyclates for their applications here. The recycler, in turn, can offer its products (recyclates with specific material specification) or identify material specifications required by the market - and modify its recycling process to produce these materials. You will, therefore, gain a better understanding of the plastics recyclate market and opportunities, both as a user or supplier of rPM.

Interested in applying our tools?

Share your interest in the Di-Plast solution and support with us and we contact you according to your preferences!

Get in touch with us

Voucher header

Do you see opportunities to increase the usage of plastic recyclates and do you want

financial support for this project?




 Select a voucher see voucher description  below  


Check your eligibility

- Economically active in the North-West European Region?

- Are you a Compounder, Converter, Recycler, Re-compounder, and Companies creating commercial polymer waste or a Trader?

- You don’t exceed the De-minimis state aid limit (excluding corona support). The De-minimis regulation limits the support to EUR 200,000 in a three-year period

For more information on De-minimis, please downlaod the info sheet on the right.

De-Minimis Info-Sheet 




Prepare the application

Prepare your application with the help of the application template (download link on the right)


This includes solely:

  1. General information on the applicant (company, person) and the field of work
  2. The estimated costs for the recyclates uptake activities.
    If you selected the chain voucher, please include 3 offers from your potential suppliers.
  3. A brief description of the planned activities and an estimation of direct and/or indirect increasment of
    plastic recyclate uptake through the voucher in the production chain.

Your can find a detailed description of the application in our application guideline

Application Template


Application Guidline

(updated 29.11.2021)




Submit your application

Fill your information into the online application form (link on the right) and submit your application until 15th of May 2022.

 Online Application Form


The application will be evaluated by review criteria which you can find at the bottom of this page.

If you have been granted, we will provide you with all necessary documents for the documentation. Applicants will be notified within 6 weeks if the voucher can be granted.

Relevant documents after the approval:

Di-Plast Voucher Agreement

Di-Plast Voucher Pay-out Form

If you having doubts or question regarding

a suitable voucher or the application

process, please contact us!

Heicke Gaedeke I
SKZ-KFE (Regional Coordinator Germany)

Erik Plaggenmarsch I
Oost NL (Regional Coordinator The Netherlands)

Download Flyer and Info-sheets

Voucher Flyer



 Flyer Voucher Voucher Info-Sheet-german Voucher Info-Sheet-dutch


Three types of vouchers

   Matching Voucher                                                                                          up to 1,000 €

Supports you with finding the right match for cooperation to introduce or increase recycled plastics in your production process. The following activities can be supported:

• Partner matching
• Consultancy
• Material Research
• Set up of feasibility study/proof of concept

• Testing costs
• Shipping costs
• Meeting and travel costs


Di-Plat Voucher-Flyer

Di-Plat Voucher-Flyer

   Expertise Voucher                                                                                           up to 4,500 €

Utilise external and specialist expertise to relise your project ideas for the (increased) use of recycled plastics.
The following activities can be supported:

• Technical engineering
• Process control
• Material quality
• Supply chain cooperation

• Innovation consultancy
• Realisation feasibility study
• Material research
• Product recipe Creation

   Chain Voucher                                                                                                  up to 7,500 €

Finance specific purchases to concretize projects to increase the usage of recycled plastics in your production process. Please note that you will be requested to send three tender offers with your application.
The following activities can be supported:

•External costs for (product/quality) testing
•External costs material sampling – running technical trails with state-of-the art equipment

•Process consulting services
•Procurement costs for equipment & Machinery


Di-Plat Voucher-Flyer

Di-Plast Pilots


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

Di-Plast Flyer   Voucher Flyer

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