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Vlaamse Instellling voor Technologisch onderzoek NV

VITO is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. VITO provides innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage, and advises industry and governments on determining their policy for the future. VITO has 750 highly-qualified employees who work on international projects all around the world. VITO’s headquarters are located in Mol, Belgium, and the company has a subsidiary in China. The total turnover of VITO amounted to about 140 million euros in 2014. VITO’s research agenda tackles the major societal challenges we are facing today. VITO focuses on five different research programmes: sustainable chemistry, energy, health, materials management and land use.

VITO’s view on the materials challenge starts from a value chain perspective and aims at transforming complex waste materials into value added products. VITO develops technologies for separation, recovery and conversion with a specific focus on loop closure, recovery of valuable materials and upcycling of mineral matrices. These competences are based on expertise in physical and chemical separation, (bio)-electrochemical conversion, powder/surface processing and solidification/stabilization to transform (mineral) waste to value-added resources with improved environmental qualities. The value chain management perspective is supported by our expertise on integrated environmental assessment and material flow analysis, and the development of new business concepts to facilitate the implementation of sustainable materials management in industry.  







Founded in 2002, Orbix employs about 70 people. Orbix activities encompass the handling of primary aggregates and building materials (limestone, sandstone), but also of secondary aggregates in the road construction sector (in both asphalt and concrete mixes). Those secondary aggregates result from the processing, the treatment and the beneficiation of waste materials from the metallurgy, particularly of stainless steel slag. Orbix annually processes 300,000-360,000 ton of slag and 10,000 ton of refractory waste. The last several years, Orbix has invested substantially in R&D dedicated to the development of new applications and improved processes for slag and refractory waste. Those developments are focused on the requirements of the building sector and also take into account environmental concerns. The research is done in cooperation with many national research institutes (VITO, CTP, BBRI, BRRC) and universities (KUL, ULB, UCL, ULg) but is followed up by the internal R&D Department of Orbix consisting of 5 employees and 2 consultants. The research has already led to 5 patents, with others pending.





Fraunhofer Society – Fraunhofer institute for laser technology

The Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.- FhG) is a German research organisation comprising 60 Fraunhofer Institutes at 40 different locations in Germany as well as research centres and representative offices in Europe, USA and Asia. The FhG undertakes applied research with the aim of finding innovative solutions to issues concerning the industrial economy and society in general. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in the industry, the service sector and the public administration. The Fraunhofer institute for laser technology ILT is one of the 60 institutes of Fraunhofer in Germany. ILT’s technological focus is the development of new laser beam sources and components, laser measurement technology and production innovations utilising lasers. A key research area at the ILT is the development and implementation of laser measurement technology in industrial production control, raw materials and recycling, as well as environmental applications.




Department for Mineral Processing at RWTH Aachen University

RWTH Aachen University, established in 1870, employs 454 professors as well as 2,000 academic and 2,000 non-academic colleagues. The university is divided into 9 faculties, and performs research in a wide range of fields. The university’s considerable research potential is illustrated by its 11 graduate colleges, among them 9 founded by the German Research Foundation as well as 14 affiliated institutes with strong industrial alignment. The Department for Mineral Processing (short: ‘AMR’), educates and researches in the field of processing of primary resources. This includes analysis, characterisation, comminution, classification, sorting and dewatering of industrial minerals, coal, ore and other nonmetallic minerals. At present, AMR employs one head of the department, Prof. Dr.-Ing Hermann Wotruba, one senior engineer, Dr.-Ing. Lars Weitkämper, as well as 2 non-scientific employees, 7 research assistants and 12 student assistants.


Laser Analytical Systems and Automation GmbH

LSA (Laser Analytical Systems & Automation GmbH) was founded in Aachen in 2004 as a spin-off of the Fraunhofer ILT. LSA is an SME which has continuously grown to a staff of 5 employees today. LSA develops and markets systems for rapid and contactless chemical material analysis based on laser spectroscopic methods. The focus lies on fully automated measuring systems that are integrated e. g. in production lines. The measuring systems are used for process control and/or quality assurance. LSA is located in Aachen and benefits from the local, closely meshed network of recognized experts in measurement and testing technology of ILT. LSA has a technological overview of over fifteen years of know-how as well as access to special hardware components and patents developed for rapid optical on-line analysis.





Tritec - Metal Kft.

Tritec-Metal Kft was founded in Kecskemét (Hungary) in 2008 to look at international business opportunities from within Hungary. Together with its Hungarian partners, the SME Tritec manufactures a wide variety of machines for bulk handling and mineral treatment according to customer specification or Tritec’s own design. 

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 Magnesita Refractories Gmbh

Magnesita is a worldwide established company devoted to mining, production and marketing of a broad range of refractory materials. More than 13 thousand different types are produced, from monolithic materials and conventional bricks to high technology ceramics. The products are mainly used by steel, cement and glass manufacturers to line equipment operating at very high temperatures. Currently, the company operates 28 industrial and mining units in South and North America, Europa and Asia, with a total refractory production capacity of more than 1.4 million tons a year, of which approximately 300 ktons in Germany. Magnesita is the third largest producer of refractory products in the world and a leader in integrated solutions with refractory products. Magnesita invests significantly in research, with R&D divisions in Germany, Brazil and the USA. The main pillars of the European R&D entity (7 project managers, 15 technicians) are the implementation of innovation, raw material investigation, product development, market support and production support. In recent years, R&D is increasingly aimed at developing new raw material sources and recycling routes in order to minimize environmental impacts and improve the sustainability of the supply chain. In addition to own research, Magnesita EU cooperates with different institutes and universities on specific developments projects.









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