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EU-funded project aims to develop pioneering food packaging materials

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EU-funded project aims to develop pioneering food packaging materials

July 30, 2019 - 06:21

BRUSSELS, July 30, 2019 (Fastmarkets RISI) -Stora Enso and Voith Paper are both involved in an EU-funded project on innovative cellulose-based materials for food packaging that are both recyclable and compostable.

The goal is to develop two production processes in order to move from proof of concept level to validating the technology in an industrial environment.

This will involve developing the wet lamination process for microfibrillated cellulose (MFC), as well as a chromatogeny coating and grafting process for the MFC layers to provide liquid resistance and a water vapor barrier.

With a total budget of Euro 2.8 million ($3.1 million), the project – dubbed CelluWiz – will receive Euro 1.9 million under the EU’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020. It kicked off in June and will run until November 30, 2022.

CelluWiz is led by France’s Centre Technique de l'Industrie des Papiers, Cartons et Celluloses. The other participants include Spanish technological center ITENE and the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

The project aims to produce three proofs of concept (clamshell, cup, and tray) that perform at least as well as reference products on the market. At the end, small pilot machines should be able to prove that the CelluWiz materials can offer a competitive alternative to existing multilayer plastic materials or multi-materials.