produces textile and plastic components for footwear and leather goods, which are supplied to the automotive industry and construction sectorDie Startups der dritten Kohorte haben in den drei Monaten des Circular-Economy-Accelerator-Programms zahlreiche Unternehmen in der erweiterten Rhein-Ruhr-Region besucht. Sie haben exklusive und tiefe Einblicke in die Produktion gewonnen, viel über die zirkuläre Transformation in der Praxis gelernt – und im übertragenen Sinne eine Exkursion entlang der Wertstoffkette gemacht.
The beginning, i.e. the topic of raw materials, was the focus at the Oetelshofen
lime works. The company quarries limestone and manufactures high-quality lime products. Further, the startups learned how various raw materials are processed and supplied to industrial companies: Gebrüder Jaeger
produces textile and plastic components for footwear and leather goods, which are supplied to the automotive industry and construction sector.Huehoco
finishes metal strips for more than 30 industries worldwide. And Coroplast
's three business units are "Tape" (adhesive tapes), "Coroflex" (cables and wires) and "WeWire" (cable harnesses).
The other points along a supply chain were also part of the program: Knipex
produces 70,000 pliers a day for end customers and also impressed the participants of the excursion with its project to increase biodiversity on the company premises. Hagedorn
gave the visitors in Gütersloh new perspectives on concrete and the possibilities of reusing it. The Metabolon
project , in turn, presented its path from being a landfill to an innovation site for material conversion, environmental technology and renaturation. And the visit to Carboliq
was exciting in two ways, because the company itself was part of the third batch - and was able to show the colleagues how far its recycling process, in which new polymers are created, has come.