Our technology platform is based on innovative fluorescent materials, glass-ceramic markers and organic macromolecules as well as detection and sorting technology – from small detectors to large sorting machines. Cutting-edge technology results in concrete applications for companies, markets and the world. We always strive to create efficient and practicable solutions – whether it's for plagiarism protection, product passports, material tracking or precise sorting. This is how we continuously expand our technology platform and our patent portfolio.
Over the years, we have been able to build up and secure around 30 patent families in different countries. With our modern laboratory infrastructure, we further develop our marker materials ourselves and together with contractually bound research partners. We hold exclusive long-term licenses for the patents and processes developed in these research partnerships. In this way, we are always at the cutting edge of research and constantly optimize existing solutions, including in numerous funded projects.
Our interdisciplinary team has been complemented by an advisory board with high-ranking representatives
from research, business and politics
Since 2021, we also have a strategic cooperation with Carl Zeiss AG. The first step of this cooperation is a milestone for the Circular Economy: The development of a new optical detector that can combine several measurements for the precise identification of each waste object. You can find more information here.
Since the beginning of 2022, we have started an exclusive cooperation with the plastics processor Röchling Industrial (Röchling SE & Co. KG) - for the use of innovative marker technology in plastic products. For more information please click here.
We work in diverse research projects with renowned project partners* and have long-standing contractually bound research partnerships with prestigious institutes:
We are working in a wide variety of funded projects on the subject of product marking, circular economy and sorting with well-known partners from industry, economy and research.
CIRCULAR FoodPack aims to demonstrate for the first time a closed-loop recycling of food packaging under industry-relevant conditions by using tracer technology.
Project partners: Fraunhofer-Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung, Bayerische Forschungsallianz GmbH, AMCOR Flexibles Kreuzlingen AG, AMCOR Flexibles Transpac, Universität Gent, IRIS Technology Solutions, Kreyenborg GmbH und Co. KG, KIT, NESTLE, Siegwerk Druckfarben AG und Co KGaA, Ecozept, SUEZ Groupe, National Technical University of Athens
The aim of the project is to develop a 100-percent quality control system with traceability, including protection against counterfeiting, for the production of diagnostic test carriers for medical applications.
Project coordinator: Spindiag GmbH
Project partners: Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V., BioFluidix GmbH, senswork GmbH, Kontron AIS GmbH
Funding code: 02P18C014
12 partners from industry and research have joined forces to develop a coherent, sustainable and industrially suitable concept for battery cell production, recycling and reprocessing. The goal is an innovation platform of a green, detectable and directly recyclable lithium-ion battery.
Project coordinator: Carl Padberg Zentrifugenbau GmbH
Project partners: Fraunhofer-Institut für Silicatforschung ISC, Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Pure Devices GmbH, MAB Recycling GmbH, iPoint-systems GmbH, IFU Institut für Umweltinformatik Hamburg GmbH, EurA AG, BASF SE (associated partner), Leclanché GmbH (associated partner)
Funding code: 03XP0393D
The aim of the project is to reengineer selected components with regard to their CO2 balance and transform them into sustainable, recyclable products by applying lifecycle-spanning product development and resource-saving lightweight construction technologies.
Project coordinator: Siemens AG
Project partners: ifu Institut für Umweltinformatik Hamburg GmbH (iPoint-Gruppe), MetisMotion GmbH, Schmuhl Faserverbundtechnik GmbH,
THM recycling solutions GmbH, Technische Universität Dresden - Institut für Leichtbau und Kunststofftechnik, TU Bergakademie Freiberg - Institut für Aufbereitungsmaschinen und Recyclingtechnik, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie - Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik
The project is funded within the Technology Transfer Program "Lightweight Construction (TTP LB) - Program Line 2: CO2 Saving and CO2 Binding through the Use of New Construction Techniques and Materials" - of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) for three years until 2023 and is supervised by the project management organization Jülich.
Funding code: 03LB2008G
Development of a process-safe sorting and singulation technology using Tracer-Based-Sorting for article rejects in the injection molding production of plastic closures made of polyolefins – a prerequisite for in-house recycling, e.g. for closure caps.
Project partner: Georg MENSHEN GmbH & Co. KG
Project reference: 37711/01
The aim of the project is to protect electronic sensors against counterfeiting and attacks by applying security features that cannot be copied.
Project coordinator: Benecke-Kaliko AG
Project partners: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie KIT, Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien INM, Hochschule Offenburg, Cyient GmbH, ContiTech MGW GmbH, Elmos Semiconductor (assoziierter Partner)
Funding code: ME1ZEUS007
Further information can be found here.
Tracer-Based-Sorting (TBS) – Efficient and flexible: The primary goal of the project is to increase the economic efficiency of TBS technology in order to achieve a better implementation of a circular economy in different fields of application (not only for packaging).
Project partners: HD Vision Systems GmbH, Fraunhofer-Institut für Gießerei-, Composite- und Verarbeitungstechnik IGCV, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie KIT, Hochschule Pforzheim HS PF
Funding code: 033RK088A
Further information can be found here.