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TenCate Digital Inkjetprinter
TenCate Digital Inkjetprinter
18 augustus 2013

Program Closing the Loop 2013: DAY 2

The second day of the conference Closing the Loop 2013 is aimed at those who want to see the circular economy in practice. With excursions to the most innovative companies of this moment, often working together with European and local governments.

Expect to visit practices that have not been shown to audiences before, with world premieres like the digital inkjet printer’ of TenCate in Nijverdal. It will also be an excellent day for networking, meeting and discussion, during our two trips through the East and the Southwest of the Netherlands.


08.30 hr.
International guests are ready at the hotel lobby of the 4 star NH Hotel Amersfoort, right in the centre of this old town, opposite the train station. Also Dutch participants, who travel by public transport, gather in the lobby. The participants will be picked up by a bus and travel to Scherpenzeel, the Awarehouse of Interface. For those visitors who wish to travel by car, there is a parking lot on the premises in Scherpenzeel.

0.9.00 hr.
The participants will split up in two different groups. There will be a ‘Go East’ excursion program and a ‘Go West’ program. The maximum number of visitors may differ per location. First come, first served. Participants will have to make a choice in advance. Please use the ‘Remarks-option’ of the Registration Form to fill in the preferred Route.

12.30 hr.
Lunch package on the road

17.00 hr.
After the visits the buses will return to the Awarehouse, around 17.00 hr. This is where the trip ends for those who came by car. Network drinks will be arranged. Foreign guests and Dutch guests who came by public transport will be brought to the train station in Amersfoort and the NH Hotel in Amersfoort.

The ‘Go East’ Route

The day will start off at The Awarehouse of Interface with a presentation of the brand new ‘Circle Scan for Cities or Regions’, developed by Circle Economy. The Circle Scan identifies opportunities for direct and systemic impact on the basis of high level resource flow analyses for essential resources like water, energy and nutrients. Host of this presentation is also the city of Almere, in the person of Henk Weyschedé, director of the Economic Development Board Almere (EDBA).

After the mini-conference a tour in the factory of Interface will be organized, with the ReEntry Carpet Tile Recycling in Practice. Your host will be Rob Heeres, director planning and logistics Europe of Interface.

Visit to Royal TenCate in Nijverdal, a multinational listed company based in the Netherlands that strives for leadership in (a WEG) growing market niches for specialist and functional materials, in particular in the field of textiles technologies. Our host Gerrit Koele, business development manager, will show the brand new digital inkjet printer, developed for outdoor textiles. There have been successful experiments with printing RFID-tags for textiles, which could make the sorting process easier. This could enable the clothes collection industry to select different fabrics on a raw material basis. TenCate also developed a revolutionary new knitting system for the production of synthetic grass fibres. After years of use, soccer teams can return their turf to TenCate. The knitted grass fibres can then be used very easily in a new production cycle.

Visit to Royal Auping in Deventer, the first manufacturing company of beds in the world that has been awarded with the Cradle to Cradle Organization Charter. Our host will be CEO Aart Roos, who will guide us through the ‘integral’ manufacturing process. This label will guarantee that the newest line of bed designs consists of at least 50 percent recycled materials, or materials that are recyclable. This line, called ‘The Essential’ has also been awarded with the Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver certificate. New matrasses from Auping range were recently selected as 'best choice' by the 'Consumentenbond', a Dutch consumer-organization.

The ‘Go West’ Route

Starts with an exclusive visit to ‘The Duurzaamheidsfabriek’ in Dordrecht, one day before the official opening. Hosts are Rein Meester, director Sustainability of the city of Dordrecht, Monic van Eerden of HVC and architect Thomas Rau, CEO of Turntoo. In the Turntoo model, the manufacturers retain ownership of their own products. The Duurzaamheidsfabriek, who is a consumer, only pays for the use of the light, floor tiles and chairs, rather than for the raw materials that went into these products. As a result, innovation accelerates and using environmentally friendly products becomes considerably cheaper: minus 3 percent, in this case.

Visit to Tetra Pak Benelux in Moerdijk, the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions manufacturer. Tetra Pak offers a broad portfolio of beverage cartons. The company is a frontrunner in the application of renewable and biobased materials. Three years ago biobased plastic caps were launched on a pilot scale; today these caps are available around the world. More recently Tetra Pak announced a pilot in Brazil to incorporate biobased plastic - also derived from sugar cane- in the production of beverage cartons.

Visit to the gardens and the lab of Weleda in Zoetermeer, a natural beauty-company with a history that started almost (SPATIE) 100 years ago. One of the entrepreneurs, Ita Wegman, a Dutch doctor who started this company believed that body care and medical products should be based on a homeopathic and anthroposophic approach. Our host is Lieve van der Borght, director of marketing and sales for the Benelux. No concessions are made, so Weleda never used any micro plastics in their scrubs. Instead, natural ingredients are used.

Visit Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude, where we’ll end the day with drinking a beer with manager sustainable development Jan Kempers. The international brewer is developing sustainable agricultural practices, closing various loops in the brewery process. The project has the name Green Circles and covers five themes: (1) stimulating green energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, (2) ensuring sufficient and high quality water, (3) closing loops on raw materials, (4) sustainable mobility and logistics and (5) improving the living environment and biodiversity.

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