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Circular economy

Casebook brings circular economy to companies

The Circular Bytes casebook ”How the digital circular economy works” combines specific questions and the practical experience of technology companies, creating a source of inspiration and orientation to expand the company’s circular business strategies. Twelve specific cases at Atlas Copco, TVH and Signify, among others, illustrate how digital and circular strategies currently reinforce each other.

This casebook is based on the Vlaanderen Circulair project Circular Bytes. Several Sirris departments contributed to this casebook, as did our partners Agoria, Imec and Go4Circle. Register here to download the casebook.

The Circular Economy Connect learning network pays off

The ‘factory of the future’ is circular. In time, companies will develop towards circular business models, but this is currently undiscovered territory. The Circular Economy Connect learning network ensures companies learn from one another. Experts at Sirris and Agoria, among others, provide guidance and support and in turn gain new perspectives on the circular approach then pass this on, in order to inspire other companies and help them become a circular economy. New perspectives are shared, for example, in blogs, such as this one

For example, HaTwee, a distributor of powder coatings, is working on the implementation of their new ‘price-per-finished-surface’ model with various clients. As HaTwee have managed to convert their expertise into a portfolio of potential services, they now have the opportunity to expand their portfolio systematically. They can now gain experience while working on their ultimate goal: ‘coating-as-a-service’, which will allow them to include quality assurance during the use of their coated product as part of their services. HaTwee will commission an independent taskforce to calculate the (financial) advantages for integrated bulk consumers of the potential optimisation of resource usage, transport and sustainability. The calculations are based on alternative logistics models that question the conventional roles of producer and applier.

Pami discovers the circular economy model

For their office furniture and design company, Pami was searching for ways to match their product and services range to circular economy values and principles, and to take steps to adapt the company to the circular economy model. Pami were able to count on Sirris and Agoria to help them draw up an action plan based on the company’s own strengths.


Opportunities based on obsolete large-scale composite structures

Despite their relative durability, composites have a limited life cycle. Especially in the case of large composite structures, such as wind turbine blades and composite tanks, large quantities of material will soon become available. No processes have yet been set up for these obsolete product materials. Potential new business opportunities for such a process are currently under consideration. Dismantling, logistics, separation, preparation and processing via thermic valorisation require stakeholders to co-operate in sync. Fine-tuning the roles and responsibilities of all those involved is required to ensure the feasibility of the value chain as a whole.

Within the framework of the CompositeLoop VIS feasibility assessment initiated by the innovative ‘Composites’ and ‘Offshore Energy’ company networks, Sirris, Agoria and Go4Circle’s SLC-Lab and OWI-Lab organised a workshop on 11 September 2018, where prominent players were brought together to explore this topic.