Dr. Gerald Altnau

Dr. Gerald Altnau is Managing Director of CreaCycle GmbH He studied chemistry in Berlin, Germany and joined DuPont de Nemours in 1981. In his carrier he held different roles in marketing in Luxembourg, Switzerland and Germany in the Mylar Polyester film and the Nylon business. In 1989 he moved from the PET business to Polyamides and started from scratch to build the Nylon Specialty Intermediates business in Europe by turning chemical by-products (waste) from Nylon Intermediates plants into new valuable chemicals and developed new markets for them. He grew and run this business until 2004 as Director Specialty Intermediates. In 2003 DuPont merged its Petrochemicals department with its Textiles & Interiors department and gave it the new name INVISTA. In 2004 Koch Industries acquired INVISTA and combined it with their KOSA subsidiary (Polyester business) to form the largest integrated fibers company. Dr. Altnau moved with the INVISTA business in his director role, was executive for Invista Germany and 2 plants in The Netherlands and led the company’s REACH engagement in several consortia. In 2001 he founded with partners the CreaCycle GmbH located in Grevenbroich (Germany). Together with their cooperation partner Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV) in Freising (Germany) CreaCycle developed the CreaSolv® Process for plastic waste recycling, based on solvent-based purification (dissolution). In 2005 Dr. Altnau founded with producers of alternative safer paint strippers the European Association for Safer Coating Removal (EASCR) in order to lobby against Dichloromethane (DCM) paint-stripper producers in the EU Commission aiming at stopping the increasing number of fatalities of decorators when using DCM strippers. In 2012 the use of DCM strippers was banned in the EU (European Union). Dr. Altnau retired from INVISTA in 2014 and since 2017 he is Managing Director of CreaCycle.

Dr. Gerald Altnau
Plastic Waste Recycling

What is Plastic Waste Recycling?

In order to protect resources and our environment, high-quality recycling technologies for plastic waste are required, which allow the reuse of polymers without breaking up the polymer chains.

CreaCycle GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV) in Freising, Germany combined their competencies in a cooperation aimed at “Plastic/Raw-Material Recycling with a Solvent-based Purification Technology” (selective extraction) and developed the CreaSolv® Process that is based on physical changes and leaves the polymer composition intact.
Proprietary CreaSolv® Formulations from CreaCycle with the lowest risk potential possible for user and environment dissolve selectively a target polymer. This reduces besides the hazard also the cost for the equipment. After the separation of imbedded impurities or undesired polymers the recycled polymer can be reused in its original application.

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