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Biodegradable stitching wire for saddle stitching of printed brochures

Country of origin:
Country: 
SWITZERLAND
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TRCH20171024001
Published
24/10/2017
Last update
05/11/2018
Expiration date
28/04/2019

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Iron and Steel, Steelworks
Metals and Alloys
Plastics, Polymers
Biobased materials
Biobased materials
Books, cards and other publishing
Packing products and systems
Printing and binding
Printing and service activities related to printing
Other printing
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Summary

Summary: 
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.

Description

Description: 

Background:
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.

Biodegradable 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.

Market:
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.

Cooperation:
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.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
These are the technical specifications of the existing material, which is not biodegradable: Steel analysis Grade C4D according to European standard EN 16120, which is a non-alloy steel wire rod for conversion to wire. C: 0.060 max Mn: 0.300/0.500 P: 0.035 max S: 0.035 max Si: 0.300 max Dimensions Diameter: 0,60 +0 / -0,01 mm Mechanical Characteristics Tensile: 870 – 1130N/mm2 Coating Galvanised Zinc thickness: Class "regular" according to European standard 10244-2 Note: The new specifications with the biodegradable stitching material (C2C) need to be defined together.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
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.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,Inventor,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500