Europe – Fives’ group becomes founding member of the Centre for Technologies, Minerals and Recycled Materials of the Future

Confronted with the scarcity of resources and the increased use of raw materials, the recovery and valorization of wastes have become major issues for industry.

The circular economy concept aims to tackle these issues by persuading manufacturers to change their economic model to make better use of waste materials. With this in mind, in 2010 the innovation centre Team² was inaugurated in the north of France. This consortium is made up of players from both industry and research sectors and aims to develop the circular economy through industrial innovation.

In May 2017, through its Innovation Department and its subsidiary Fives FCB, Fives’ group joined Team2 on the occasion of the founding of the Centre for Technologies, Minerals and Recycled Materials of the Future, of which Fives’ group is also a member. This new association aims to develop industrial recycling of minerals for the construction and public works sectors.

The major challenge for the Centre for Technologies, Minerals and Recycled Materials of the Future will be the installation of a ‘hub’ to coordinate and test byproducts valorization as well as the use of raw materials recovered from recycling. This hub, located in a former cement plant owned by EQIOM group in Dannes (Pas-de-Calais, France), will rely on the expertise of the association’s members in terms of innovation, technology and R&D, to develop new recycling solutions and improve the existing recovery processes.

Fives FCB’s offering includes technologies in crushing, grinding, classifying and pyroprocess in the minerals industry. These technologies and equipment can be used to process demolition waste. For instance, the FCB Rhodax® 4D can process concrete in order to sort the cement from the aggregates, which can then be reused. 

This centre will allow the fulfillment of specific tests on an industrial scale to enable industries to verify the results and launch new environmentally-friendly solutions that are both economic and efficient.