Winner Circular Economy Award 2016 Accenture

The circular PET polyester solution of Ioniqa won the Accenture Innovation Award 2016 in the category Circular Economy on 28 oktober 2016 in Utrecht.

Eindhoven, The Netherlands – Ioniqa Winner Circular Award Accenture 201628 October 2016

Quote of the jury: “One of the biggest challenges in the world is how we treat plastic waste. Ioniqa has invented this brilliant, innovative technology and the solution to recycle all PET plastics. As a jury we also selected this winner because we feel that this award can boost the commercialization and boost the global exposure of this technology to make the world a better place!”

Ioniqa invented a Magnetic Smart Process to recycle all kinds of coloured PET polyester waste into ‘virgin quality’ raw materials, competing with oil-base PET in both quality and costs. With this game changing technology Ioniqa found a profitable solution for almost a quarter of all plastic waste in the world. A technology that is capable of transforming the PET polyester industry into a circular, sustainable business generating many new jobs.

The Accenture Innovation Awards is a year-round program which generates attention for the most innovative Dutch products, services and concepts. The award-program gives companies and organizations the recognition they deserve. It’s all about innovative concepts launched in the Netherlands that are younger than three years and deliver exceptional performance in terms of innovation and sustainability.

Cradle-to-cradle PET
Each year more than 50 million tons of oil-based PET-plastics (bottles, packaging, filling, apparel, car
pets, etc) end up in incinerators, landfill and oceans. Only 10 percent of post-consumer PET-waste is collected and eventually mechanically down-cycled. The Ioniqa-technoloy of Magnetic Smart Recycling enables a high-grade up-cycling of all kin
ds and colours of PET-waste at highly competitive pricing. With this innovation Ioniqa paves the way to replace oil-based PET for cradle-to-cradle PET
production, transforming worthless PET-waste into a valuable secondary resource.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. www.accenture.com.

About Ioniqa Technologies

Ioniqa Technologies is a cleantech start-up from the Eindhoven region (The Netherlands) founded in 2009 and specializes in the development of Magnetic Smart Processes, which includes Magnetic Smart Materials and
Separation Processes. It is a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Dutch Polymer Institute (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).ioniqa-winner-award-circular-economy-accenture-2016

More information: Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO Ioniqa / +31.681.462.963 /  t.hooghoudt@ioniqa.com

15 Aug 2016 PRESS RELEASE – Ioniqa competes for € 500,000 in finals Green Challenge 2016

Ioniqa competes for € 500,000 in finals of PostcodePC Green Challenge Finalist logo Lottery Green Challenge 2016

  • Ioniqa has become one of the five finalists of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2016
  • The other four finalists originate from the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom and Israel
  • Her Majesty Queen Máxima will attend the final on 14 September 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Eindhoven (The Netherlands), 15 August 2016
Out of 292 sustainable innovations from 61 countries, Ioniqa Technologies has become one of the five finalists of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2016. The Dutch start-up Ioniqa invented a profitable cradle-to-cradle solution for the millions of tons of PET Polyester waste in the world, currently landfilled, incinerated or dumped in nature. The winner of the 10th edition of the world’s largest annual competition of sustainable business plans will be announced on September 14th, 2016.

During the finals Ioniqa will compete against PHYSEE from Delft (NL) and three finalists from abroad: Home Biogas from Israel, Green City Solutions from Germany and Steama.co from the UK. The winner receives € 500,000 and the runner-up gets € 200,000 to realize their sustainable ambitions. A remarkable opportunity for Ioniqa to pitch its profitable circular PET-solution addressing the worldwide plastic waste problem.

Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO of Ioniqa Technologies: “I consider it a great honor that our circular solution for PET plastics reached the final five out of 292 entries. Our presence in the finals is a tremendous recognition of the impact of our innovation and the health of our business model. And of course we really hope to win this competition on September 14!”

An overview of all finalists is available here.

Disruptive innovation
Ioniqa has invented a process to upcycle mixed PET Polyester waste – plastic bottles, packaging, apparel, carpets – into high-quality raw materials, able to compete in both quality and costs with original oil-based feedstock. It was already possible to recycle colourless PET waste, but most of the 54 million tons of annual PET-production is coloured PET. Of these products, 90 % is landfilled, burned or dumped in nature. The Ioniqa solution upgrades all PET waste – nearly a quarter of all plastic waste in the world – into a valuable secondary resource for new PET products.

28 June 2016 PRESS RELEASE – Ioniqa wins CSR Netherlands Award ‘Ambition 2020 Challenge’

Ioniqa wins CSR Netherlands Award ‘Ambition 2020 Challenge’

MVO NL Award 2016

The circular PET polyester solution of Ioniqa won the Ambition 2020 Challenge Award of CSR Netherlands on 28 June 2016 in Rotterdam.

In terms of impact on the triple bottom line – People, Planet, Profit – Ioniqa presented the best innovation, according to the jury: ‘Ioniqa has achieved a solution for the inclusive and circular economy, in an inspiring way, with impact and a clear business case’.

Ioniqa invented a Magnetic Smart Process to recycle all kinds of coloured PET polyester waste into ‘virgin quality’ raw materials. An economic viable technology that is capable of transforming the PET polyester industry into a circular, sustainable business generating many new jobs.

CSR Netherlands (MVO Nederland) launched the Ambition 2020 Challenge to encourage entrepreneurs to come forward with business concepts contributing to a climate neutral world without waste, where each individual talent counts. Of all the Dutch sustainable innovations Ioniqa came out as the winner. Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO of Ioniqa, received the Award during the farewell reception of Willem Lageweg, who retired after 10 years as director of CSR Netherlands.

Cradle-to-cradle PET
Each year more than 50 million tons of oil-based PET-plastics (bottles, packaging, filling, apparel, carpets, etc) end up in incinerators, landfill and oceans. Only 10 percent of post-consumer PET-waste is collected and eventually mechanically down-cycled. The Ioniqa-technology of Magnetic Smart Recycling enables a high-grade up-cycling of all kinds and colours of PET-waste at highly competitive pricing. With this innovation Ioniqa can start to inspire the world to replace oil-based PET for cradle-to-cradle PET production, transforming the millions of tons of worthless PET-waste into a valuable secundary resource.

About Ioniqa Technologies
Ioniqa Technologies is a high-tech chemical company from the Eindhoven region (The Netherlands) founded in 2009 and specializes in the development of Magnetic Smart Processes, which includes Magnetic Smart Materials and Separation Processes. It is a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Dutch Polymer Institute (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

More information: Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO Ioniqa / +31.681.462.963 /  t.hooghoudt@ioniqa.com

20 April 2016 PRESS RELEASE – Circular PET-recycling reaches 1,000 Liter scale

Circular PET Polyester recycling reaches 1,000 Liter scale

Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 20 April 2016

Will infinite PET Polyester plastics become reality? Ioniqa invented and developed a cost-competitive process up-cycling all kinds and colours of PET Polyester waste into raw materials for ‘virgin’ new PET Polyester. In the last weeks the recycling process was scaled up successfully to a volume of 1,000 liters. This brings the world closer to an economical viable solution for tens of millions of tons of PET Polyester waste, currently downcycled, dumped or incinerated.

In the last few weeks several 1,000 liter runs were performed. Very crucial tests to proof that Ioniqa’s Magnetic Smart Process – used to upcycle all kinds and colours of PET Polyester waste – works at this large scale. The successful outcome of these recent runs makes it possible for Ioniqa to proceed. Ioniqa is now inviting partners in the value chain for live testing with their own PET Polyester feedstock.

Ioniqa calls for companies interested in this circular solution to visit our pilot facilities in the coming months. They can now experience our disruptive technology by themselves. The current 1,000 liter facility is the last stop before building the first plant in the Netherlands, a 10.000 ton production plant, planned to be operational in 2017.

PET Polyester is used in drink bottles, food packages, clothes, carpets and many more applications. Each year almost 60 million tons of PET-polyester plastics are produced worldwide, of which 90 % is down-cycled, dumped or incinerated. Ioniqa offers as one of the first companies in the world a cost-effective high-quality solution for this worldwide problem.

About Ioniqa Technologies

Ioniqa Technologies BV is a clean-tech company, founded in 2009 and located in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). Ioniqa specializes in Magnetic Smart Processes, a platform technology applied to PET-polyester recycling and carries the promise for many other recycling applications in the future. Ioniqa is a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Dutch Polymer Institute.

Contact information:

Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO Ioniqa

T: +31.681.462.963

E: t.hooghoudt@ioniqa.com

W: www.ioniqa.com

Tw: @ioniqacircular

27 Jan 2016 PRESS RELEASE – Ioniqa finalist “Radicale Vernieuwers” (radical innovators) Award

Press Release

Ioniqa finalist 2016 “Radicale Vernieuwers” (radical innovators) Award

27 January 2016, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Ioniqa Circular has reached the 2016 final for innovators in The Netherlands: “Radicale Vernieuwers”. The award is for start-ups – ‘radical innovators’ – challenging the status quo with disruptive solutions for societal and/or environmental challenges. Ioniqa’s circular solution for PET-plastics is one of the ten innovations nominated out of 220 entries. Former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes will announce the winner on 9 February 2016 in Amsterdam.

Radicale Vernieuwers is an initiative of Kennisland, Vandejong Creative Agency and news magazine Vrij Nederland to put entrepeneurs with radically positive, sustainable and social initiatives in the spotlight. To become a radical innovator, the groundbreaking ideas have to contribute to a better world and be feasible in daily practice. The ten finalists can be found on http://www.radicalevernieuwers.nl/.

The Ioniqa nano-technology of Magnetic Smart Recycling is capable of recycling all kinds and colours of PET-waste into ‘virgin’ raw materials at a competitive price. As a consequence we can stop producing PET-plastics out of crude-oil today by producing new high-grade PET out of the abundance of plastic waste available on earth. A game changing alternative for the current practice of dumping millions of tons of oil-based PET-waste in landfill, incinerators and oceans.

About Ioniqa Technologies
Ioniqa Technologies is a high-tech chemical company from the Eindhoven region (The Netherlands), founded in 2009, that specializes in the development of Magnetic Smart Processes, which includes Magnetic Smart Materials and Separation Processes. It is a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Dutch Polymer Institute (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

More information: Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO Ioniqa / +31 681.462.963 / t.hooghoudt@ioniqa.com / www.ioniqa.com

22 Jan 2016 PRESS RELEASE – Ioniqa in Top 3 Ambition 2020 Challenge

PRESS RELEASE

Ioniqa in Top 3 Ambition 2020 Challenge

Three innovative start-ups – Ioniqa , SUR+ and Scoort – reached the Top 3 of the Ambition 2020 Challenge of  MVO Nederland announced during their New Year’s Event on January 21th in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. The goal of the Ambition 2020 Challenge is to encourage entrepreneurs to come forward with business concepts contributing to a climate neutral world without waste, where each individual talent counts. The winner will be announced on June 28th, 2016.

The jury chose three totally different start-ups with common characteristics: all proposals contribute to a circular and inclusive economy, all concepts are economically sound, each company has a good chance to grow and inspire others. The circular PET solution of Ioniqa fits this profile and developing a technology to convert PET-plastics and in the future also other materials into high-quality ‘virgin’ materials.

Magnetic Smart Recycling
Each year more than 50 million tons of oil-based PET-plastics (bottles, packaging, filling, apparel, carpets, etc) end up in incinerators, landfill and oceans. Only 10 percent of post-consumer PET-waste is collected and eventually mechanically down-cycled. The Ioniqa-technology of Magnetic Smart Recycling enables a high-grade up-cycling of all kinds and colours of PET-waste at highly competitive pricing.

About Ioniqa Technologies
Ioniqa Technologies is a high-tech chemical company from the Eindhoven region (The Netherlands) founded in 2009 and specializes in the development of Magnetic Smart Processes, which includes Magnetic Smart Materials and Separation Processes. It is a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Dutch Polymer Institute (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

More information: Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO Ioniqa / +31 681.462.963 / t.hooghoudt@ioniqa.com / www.ioniqa.com

15 Jan 2015 PRESS RELEASE – IoniqaCircular PET-recycling to next level: 1,000 Liter Runs

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IoniqaCircular PET-recycling to next level: 1,000 Liter Runs

Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 15 January 2016

Ioniqa’s circular solution for PET-plastics has reached a next level after the success of the recent 100 liter scale up. Ioniqa will start testing at Plant One Rotterdam its PET-recycling procedure on a 1,000 liter scale. The last stop before proceeding to industrial level of 10.000 ton production in 2017.

“The 1,000 liter scale-up is the next exciting step in our quest to close the loop for PET-plastics,” says Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO of Ioniqa. “Each year millions of tons of post-consumer PET-waste ends up down-cycled, dumped or incinerated which is totally unnecessary. With the use of our Magnetic Smart Process we are able to recycle all kinds of used colored PET into ‘virgin’ raw materials, a procedure that can be repeated endlessly and competes with oil-based PET materials.”

Ioniqa will use the pilot-facilities and services of Plant One Rotterdam. A specific industrial area in the Port of Rotterdam region, focusing on innovative start-ups and researchers to test new sustainable technologies on a commercial scale. In the coming period Ioniqa will establish here all necessary equipment for testing and scaling her PET-recycling technology.

About Plant One Rotterdam

Plant One Rotterdam is a Center of Excellence for testing and demonstration of sustainable process technologies. Promising innovations that have been proven in laboratories, can make a head start and speed up their time-to market here. All facilities for testing and demonstration installations are available, as well as office and laboratories. More info: www.plantone-rotterdam.nl

About Ioniqa Technologies

Ioniqa Technologies is a clean-tech company, founded in 2009 and located in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). Ioniqa specializes in Magnetic Smart Processes, a platform technology applied to PET-recycling and carries the promise for many other recycling applications in the future. Ioniqa is a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Dutch Polymer Institute. More info: www.ioniqa.com

More information:

  • Ioniqa Technologies: Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO / +31.681.462.963 / t.hooghoudt@ioniqa.com / @IoniqaCircular

7 Jan 2015 – Successful 100 Liter scale-up circular PET-solution

Successful 100 Liter scale-up circular PET-solution

Imagine a world without PET-plastics waste by converting it into the highest grade raw materials and stop using oil for PET-plastics !

Infinite recycling of PET-plastics is becoming reality: Ioniqa scaled up its circular process for PET-recycling by a 100-fold. The aim to validate the critical process parameters and the process yield turned out to meet our expectations. The outcome of this experiment is very successful.

Till now it was impossible to recycle coloured PET-waste efficiently into ‘virgin’ raw materials by taking the colour out. Ioniqa invented a unique circular solution for the PET-waste problem. In the current situation millions of tons of used PET-plastics are downcycled, dumped or incinerated year on a year. This is not only bad for the environment but also a waste of scarce primary and secondary resources.

The next step in our quest for proof of principle are the 100 Liter-runs Ioniqa performed. In the coming months Ioniqa will further scale up this process to 1,000 liters as a preparation for the real thing: the establishment of a 10 kiloton production plant for recycling all kinds of coloured PET-plastics into‘virgin’quality recycled PET.

If Ioniqa succeeds in her mission and our technology becomes mainstream, the world can stop producing new PET-plastics out of scarce oil-resources and start recycling the millions of tons of PET-waste already out there. In the near future PET producers will be capable to offer their customers the highest quality recycled PET-products at a competitive price levels.

 

The journey continues !

 

21 Dec 2015 – New COO drives industrial upscaling

21 December 2015, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Teun de Weerd joined Ioniqa as the new COO driving the industrial upscaling of its award-winning circular PET recycling process. He has a background in Process Development Management with broad experience developing ideas into commercial processes within Biotech, Pharmaceutical and Food businesses. He has held several principal project management and line positions. Teun studied Chemical Technology at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands).

17 Dec 2015 PRESS RELEASE – Ioniqa signs € 2,5M financial loan for its circular PET-recycling technology

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Ioniqa signs € 2,5M financial loan for its circular PET-recycling technology

17 December 2015, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Ioniqa, a clean-tech start-up with a game changing PET (plastic) recycling technology, receives a €2,5M financial loan (“Innovatiekrediet”) from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland), the operational organization from de Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The funds will be used for R&D and the realization of a 10,000 ton PET-recycling plant in the Netherlands, capable of infinite recycling of all kinds of PET-plastics at competitive price levels.

The current PET-value chain is a linear process and valuable raw materials are wasted,” claims Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO of Ioniqa, “With our patented technology Ioniqa is able to recycle all colored PET-waste into new ‘virgin’ PET raw materials, with comparable quality and costs as oil-based produced plastics. This will benefit PET-producers, FMCG’s & Brands and Waste disposal companies and saves scarce resources and our environment.”

About 50 million tons (90%) of the worldwide oil-based PET-plastics (bottles, packaging, filling, apparel, carpets etc) end up in incinerators, landfill and oceans each year. Ioniqa Technologies invented a cost-effective clean tech solution – a Magnetic Smart Recycling Process – for this worldwide PET-waste problem.

Multi-million funding for upscaling technology
To scale up its circular PET-recycling process to industrial levels, Ioniqa received a multi-million euros investment earlier this year from Existing Shareholders and Chemelot Ventures. Together with this capital injection of The Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ioniqa is able to further expand her PET-recycling technology from the current scale into a fully operational 10 kilo-ton industrial plant.

Already we have scaled up our process a 1,000-fold to 100 Liter demo-scale,” explains Tonnis Hooghoudt, “Thanks to Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs, Existing Shareholders and Chemelot Ventures, we can realize our dream: establishing the first industrial PET-recycling plant in the world that closes the loop of for PET-plastics.”

About Ioniqa Technologies
Ioniqa Technologies BV is a high-tech chemical company, founded in 2009 and located in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). Ioniqa specializes in Magnetic Smart Processes, a platform technology which is now applied to PET-recycling and carries the promise for many other recycling applications in the future. Ioniqa is a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Dutch Polymer Institute. More information: www.ioniqa.com

About Netherlands Enterprise Agency (“Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland”)

Netherlands Enterprise Agency is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Dutch government encourages ambitious entrepreneurs with access to capital, knowledge, and business partners. The implementation of the financing instruments aiming at innovation and growth form an important part of the activities of RVO.nl. Innovation Credit (“Innovatiekrediet”) is one of the financing instruments.

More information
Ioniqa: Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO / +31 681 462 963 / t.hooghoudt@ioniqa.com/ @IoniqaCircular
RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency): Kees van Hoeven / +3188 602 5401/ kees.vanhoeven@rvo.nl