Together with engineering students from the Icam School of Engineering, Trioplast took part in a six-month joint environmental project. The project, which was launched last September and sought to improve knowledge of plastics recycling, provided new knowledge for everyone involved and led to excellent results. A classic win-win outcome.
The plastics recycling industry currently faces a number of major challenges. The contaminants mixed in with the plastic and which are difficult to remove during the early sorting phase constitute one of the greatest obstacles to efficient plastics recycling. As a result, a group of mechanical engineering students at the Icam School of Engineering in France decided to carry out a project for the benefit of the environment in particular. In addition to the main aim of enabling technological progress, they wanted to work closely with industry to give it a helping hand, which is where Trioplast came into the picture.
The project involved using various methods to simplify the recycling process, making it more efficient and stable and thus helping to improve plastics recycling and the environment – a very hot topic to say the least. Jérôme Klaeylé, Recycling Manager and Thierry Garnier, Industrial Development Manager, at Trioplast in France worked closely with the engineering students throughout the project, which they found both intense and instructive. Jérôme describes the project as a win-win situation for all concerned.
“It was instructive for everyone involved. Building relationships with clever students and the best universities is important to us. We’re astonished by how much we gained from this collaboration,” he says.
Thanks to the excellent results, Trioplast has decided to continue its collaboration with the university and will therefore invite a new student intake to carry on the project. At times, the students will have the opportunity to work full-time on the project, allowing them to commit wholeheartedly without the distraction of other studies.
“Their commitment to environmental matters and the project in particular has given us so much more than we could have dreamed of,” says Thierry.He continues:“Following such excellent results, it will be incredibly exciting to continue the project and see what the next group of students can contribute to the development of Trioplast and the industry.”