The LIFE VIABLE project

Valorization of lignin bIomass into competitive components grAdually replacing BPA in the formuLation of Epoxy resins

BPA Bisphenol A (BPA) is a commodity chemical produced world-wide in a large volume every year. It is used in the production of epoxy resins and polycarbonates. However, its endocrine disrupting properties and its fossil-based composition raise concerns about its environmental impact and health toxicity as well as its sustainability.

The LIFE VIABLE project therefore aims to improve the sustainability and the environmental impact of epoxy resins manufacture by lowering the BPA content in the formulation of epoxy resins by 20 to 50%.

News - In the spotlight

Presentation of CRF's team

📢 Let's continue our presentation of the LIFE-VIABLE partners ✨
🔦 This month, we put the light on CRF, based in Italy

CRF is a research and innovation centre, part of Stellantis.
They will demonstrate the feasibility of the car components.
They developp a car part (the roof). With the LIFE-VIABLE solution, other parts can also be considered.

If you have any question or interest in automotive parts made of epoxy composite, feel free to contact us

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Fifth meeting with all VIABLE partners

📢 As you can see, we recently met for our fifth consortium meeting!

It was also a great opportunity to visit Westlake Epoxy's facilities in Duisburg (Germany) where the epoxy resin will be made ⚗

Almost halfway through the LIFE-VIABLE project, we discussed the latest results and those to come.
We will share some of them with you in our next newsletter and other contents will follow, so be sure to stay connected with us!

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Presentation of CIMV's team

🔦 This month, we put the light on CIMV, a french biorefinery.


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Presence at the CBE - JU Stakeholder Forum in Brussels

We were at the CBE - JU Stakeholder Forum in Brussels in December 2023.

That was a good opportunity to talk about the future of the European bio-based sector and especially about our LIFE VIABLE biobased epoxy resin solution.

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Presentation at the 10th Biorizon Conference

2 of our colleagues, Vanbroekhoven Karolien and Nicola Boyle, respectively from VITO and Westlake Epoxy were at the 10th Biorizon Conference in Rotterdam.
They presented our biobased epoxy resin made thanks to the LIFE VIABLE project.

Don't hesitate to contact them if you have any question.

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Presentation of VITO's team

Let's bring the light on VITO’s research group of Sustainable Polymers Technology (SPOT), who is leading the LIFE VIABLE project.


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Project Partners

VITO (BE) - Flemish Institute for Technological Research, a leading EU research and technology organisation  will coordinate the project. Through their pilot plant, VITO will ensure the depolymerisation of lignin, the fractionation and the supply of biobased alternatives for BPA to Solvay.

Site: https://vito.be/en

Apesa, partner of Viable Project

APESA (FR) - a technological centre specialised in environmental assessment - will be in charge of monitoring the different impacts of the project.

Site: https://www.apesa-france.com/

CIMV, partner of Viable Project

CIMV (FR)  - a SME with more than 20 years of experience in lignin valorisation - will provide its expertise in lignin reactivity and will produce organosolv lignin.

Site: http://www.cimv.fr/

HP Composites, partner of Viable Project

HP composites (IT)-  a manufacturer of composites components for several markets - will integrate the new epoxy resins in composites for both aesthetic and structural car parts. Their role in the project will range from design to final homologation of the car components

Site: https://www.hpcomposites.it/en/

Polymeris, partner of Viable Project

Dissemination and valorization of the results will be performed by Polymeris (FR), a cluster with a large EU network in the field of polymers and composites for various industrial sectors.

Site: http://polymeris.fr

Solvay, partner of Viable Project

SOLVAY (UK) - a global manufacturer of materials and chemicals is a key producer of epoxy resins in Europe - will produce in operational environment the lignin-based epoxy resins.

Site: https://www.solvay.com/en/

Stellantis, partner of Viable Project

CRF (IT) - a research and innovation centre of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - will demonstrate the feasibility of these car components

Site:https://www.linkedin.com/company/centro-ricerche-fiat/

Westlake Epoxy (NL) - production and marketing of epoxy resins for more than 50 years. Will manage the upscale of the epoxy resin production within the project

Site: https://www.westlakeepoxy.com/