OPEN INNOVATION CHALLENGE for
POLYMER RECYCLING solutions
MAKING POLYMERS SUSTAINABLE
Sustainable material solutions are part of Continental's comprehensive sustainability roadmap, which aims to achieve 100 percent carbon neutrality, 100 percent emission-free mobility and industry, a 100 percent circular economy and 100 percent responsible value chains – all by no later than 2050!
An effective circular economy for polymeric materials substantially contributes to this sustainability roadmap. With polymers, there are two ways of recycling: mechanical and chemical recycling, i.e. chemical degradation of the macromolecular chains into building blocks such as monomers and the pre-cursor raw materials. The most common form of chemical recycling currently available involves a process called pyrolysis, which is a controlled thermal decomposition. This process typically requires a lot of energy and shows limited selectivity.
We challenge YOU to be part of these strong ambitions by developing a solution that provides:
• Degradation/depolymerization on demand by a stimulus for compounds in technical components/application
• Access to monomers/oligomers/ pre-cursor raw materials as feedstock for new compounds.
Continental will be your long-term steering partner as industry expert.
Opportunity of joining the global scale up within Continental international ecosystem.
Technical evaluation of your solutions and potential for joint development as well as integration into Continental industrial solutions portfolio.
Co-branding with Continental through different corporate communication platforms to level up your next fundraising opportunities to financial investors.
Your idea should focus on materials based on:
Thermoplastics or thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs)
The following materials/processes are out of the scope of this challenge:
Commodity polymers (plastic bags, forks, …)
PLA, PHB by water
You are a university research group, research center, individual inventor or startup.
You have developed an innovative technology, material or process, that could be used to address the described challenge.
17 November 2021
22 November 2021
3 December 2021
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2020, Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion and currently employs around 193,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.