In order to better support the development of environmentally effective products and processes based on the Cradle to Cradle® design principles, Prof Dr. Michael Braungart has decided to transfer the EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH activities to a new organization jointly owned by Michael Braungart and Drees & Sommer starting on 01.01.2019 as EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer. The business and all legal relationships will be transferred to the new company. EPEA and Drees & Sommer have been working together in projects for years.
Founded in 2009, EPEA Switzerland GmbH continues to be owned by 100% Albin Kälin GmbH. The scientific project services will be carried out by the EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer starting 1.1.2019. The previous successful cooperation between EPEA Switzerland GmbH will be continued with the newly founded EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer.
Albin Kälin, CEO of EPEA Switzerland, congratulates Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart on this move and is looking forward to the new partnership with EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer. Albin Kälin and Michael Braungart have a friendship and business relationship for over 25 years starting with the development of the Climatex fabrics, the first Cradle to Cradle® products in the world and as former CEOs of EPEA Int. Umweltforschung and EPEA Nederland.
As a partner of industry in the role as knowledge and innovation trustee and accredited assessor of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ certification, EPEA Switzerland has been able to implement and celebrate numerous breakthroughs of concrete innovations with industry in recent years: solutions to global problems of “microfibers”, “bottles in the ocean”, ” toxic and non-recyclable packaging “have been created, such as biodegradable elastomers and polymers, reactive dyes or printing inks for packaging. These have been applied in areas such as flexible packaging, beverage bottles, parquet floors, luxury products, mattresses, workwear and outdoor textiles.
Companies and brands project references are: Archroma, Asahi Kasei, Bauwerk Parquet, Bayonix, Calida, Clariant, Climatex, Dystar, (Frog) Werner & Mertz + Erdal, Giroflex, Lauffenmühle, Pfister, Röwa, Siegwerk, tana chemistry, Tanatex Chemicals, Textilcolor, Trigema , USM, Vögeli, Windmöller, Wolford.
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