Against the background of ever more scarce and expensive raw materials, the Fraunhofer Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS was created under the mantle of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC on 5 September 2011. Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS develops concepts to secure a long-term supply of raw materials to industry and, thus, enables a continued leading position in high technology in the future. For this purpose, research on innovative separation, sorting and processing procedures is performed in cooperation with industrial partners, and strategies to sustainably deal with valuable resources are being developed.
Security of raw materials supply – resource use rather than waste
The scarcity of resources has become a central political topic for the economic and social development of industrial nations. Securing a sustainable supply of raw materials to industry therefore is an essential issue, which the Fraunhofer-Project Group IWKS is addressing. The objective of self-contained materials recycling is a promising strategy, both from a technological and an economical perspective. The Project Group IWKS carries out targeted research on the recyclability of reusable materials, such as the research and development of new technologies for recycling processes and the substitution of rare raw and reusable materials. Working closely with commercial partners, the Project Group IWKS is developing innovative separation, sorting and processing procedures to extract secondary raw materials, which can meet the high demands of industrial production.