Overcoming sector boundaries, utilizing residual materials and optimizing value chains - this is the declared goal of INGRAIN for the next six years. The WIR! alliance plans to initiate innovation-based regional structural change by synergistically exploiting the innovation potential of a biobased "circular economy" that has hardly been addressed to date. The basis for this is the networking of the strong agricultural, textile and food industries in the region around Germany's westernmost county, which is unique in this combination in Germany.
The project consortium, consisting of WFG Heinsberg, RWTH Aachen University with the Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) and the Chair of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering (IMA), the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences with the Competence Center Microbiology & Biotechnology, and the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences with the Faculty of Life Sciences, was able totogether with more than 50 corporate partners from practice, successfully submitted an application in a multi-stage process and received approval for six years of funding of at best up to 15 million euros for activities to establish a biobased circular economy.