De-and Remanufacturing for Circular Economy Investments in the Composite Industry
- November 2025
Fiber-reinforced plastics are the structural components of a wide range of consumer and industrial goods, but managing composite products after use in accordance with the principles of the circular economy remains a significant challenge.
The DeremCo project aims to create a systemic, cross-sectoral, demand-driven circular economy solution that will enable the cost-effective reuse of post-use composite materials and components in new high-added value products. This solution will be based on the interaction between the technical and social eco-systems at the local and interregional level and will benefit the environment, industry, consumers, and the European society.
To satisfy consumer demands, two circular pilot procedures will be used:
- mechanical demanufacturing and hybrid reprocessing,
- thermo-chemical demanufacturing and textile reprocessing.
The circular value-chain will be changed into a “pull” system, in line with the new DeremCo Demand-Driven vision, where the demands and specifications on the materials and components to be reused are transferred directly from the demand side in terms of the qualities and functions of the high added-value products reusing them. The major objectives will be to encourage industrial uptake within local eco-systems, to de-risk future industrial uptake through private investments, and to raise awareness for more conscientious consumer behavior to assure sustainability and continuity.
The role of the Foundation
Affiliated entity to Politecnico di Milano.
POLITECNICO DI MILANO,
TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR,
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION,
CENTRO TESSILE COTONIERO E ABBIGLIAMENTO SPA,
BUSINESS UPPER AUSTRIA – OO WIRTSCHAFTSAGENTUR GMBH,
KOMPETENZZENTRUM HOLZ GMBH,
R&D CONSULTING GMBH & CO KG, RECICLALIA SL,
ASSOCIAZIONE FABBRICA INTELLIGENTE LOMBARDIA,
O.P.S. BREZNIK PROIZVODNJA IN STORITVE D.O.O,
FAKULTETA ZA TEHNOLOGIJO POLIMEROV,
VEPLAS VELENJSKA PLASTIKA DD,
CARBON CLEANUP GMBH,
PODJETJE ZA INZENIRING IN PROIZVODNJO IZDELKOV IZ UMETNIH MAS, PORTOROZ D.O.O. ,
TURNAPLAST PROIZVODNJA IN TRGOVINA DOO,
CAP – CENTER ZA APLIKATIVNE POLIMERE DOO,
IDEC, INGENERIA Y DESARROLLOS DE COMPOSITES SL,
ENEL GREEN POWER SPA.
META GROUP SRL,
COMISSAO DE COORDENACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO REGIONAL DO CENTRO,
ORIGONI E STEINER ARCHITETTI ASSOCIATI,
TEHNOS proizvodnja strojev in naprav d.o.o