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A Swiss printer company is able to provide cradle to cradle-certified printing products, meaning all substances used in the product are biodegradable in a safe way. One obstacle though is the stitching wire for binding brochures that is made out of a metal alloy that is not biodegradable. This wire should also be biodegradable. They are looking for a producer who could supply such wire according to their specifications within the frame of a commercial agreement with technical assistance.
The wire for saddle stitching is on rolls. Then the string is bent and cut to the appropriate size in the stitching machine before stitching the product, for example a brochure.
The Swiss company is able to provide cradle to cradle-certified (C2C / circular economy related) printing products. Meaning that all substances used in the product are biodegradable in a safe way, except one: the stitching wire.
The stitching wire for binding brochures is made out of a metal alloy that is not biodegradable. This wire should also be biodegradable.
They look for a wire material that will work in the existing machine. It should be flexible in order to be bent but also hard in order not to tear.
Until now, there are 3 printing companies within Europe that would demand this product. They are convinced that the cradle to cradle concept (and circular economy) will spread out within the printing industry. So, the first company that would be able to deliver a product for this challenge will lead the market.
A similar product is used for packaging carton. Here it could also be a market for cradle to cradle designed products.
They are looking for a provider, that can produce this material, assist with the new specifications and that they can buy it. They would assist with the development and tests. Type of cooperation: commercial agreement with technical assistance.
These are the technical specifications of the existing material, which is not biodegradable:
Grade C4D according to European standard EN 16120, which is a non-alloy steel wire rod for conversion to wire.
C: 0.060 max
P: 0.035 max
S: 0.035 max
Si: 0.300 max
Diameter: 0,60 +0 / -0,01 mm
Tensile: 870 – 1130N/mm2
Class "regular" according to European standard 10244-2
Note: The new specifications with the biodegradable stitching material (C2C) need to be defined together.
They are looking for a provider that can produce the biodegradable stitching material, assist with the new specifications and that they can buy it.
The specific area of activity of the partner:
Manufacturer of metal wire, manufacturer of bioplastic or biopolymer, manufacturer of bio based thread.
The tasks to be performed by the partner sought:
The partner should develop the product, test it on site and redefine the specifications with the Swiss printer company. Later the partner should produce and sell it to them and others.
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