The Spanish Technological Center is a meeting point to carry out R&D project, acquire legal information, regional and national funding for projects, among other activities. It is actively involved in the Spanish Technology Platform for Sustainable Agriculture (agricultural plastics) and in major standardization committees on plastic items, especially for agricultural use (film, pipe, etc.). Furthermore, it is a member of The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). Furthermore, it has previous experience in European projects as a partner as well as coordinator of consortiums.
Currently, multilayer films (a film with each layer is composed of different polymers) are widely used as barrier material in the food packaging industry in a cost-effective manner, ensuring to keep the food quality. The combination of several polymer layers significantly increases shelf‐life by controlling the transmission rate of oxygen, carbon dioxide and moisture as well as the concentration of oxygen inside the package which is a key in preserving the food. Besides, these films include other important properties as mechanical, sealing and adhesion properties. However, these multilayer packaging are not recyclable due to the combination of different polymers that they are made. As consequence the end of life of this packaging is either landfill or incineration, counteracting the efforts towards a circular economy and crude oil independency. The food sector demands the highest quality in packaging solutions, requiring excellent presentation with focus on product shelf-life extension.
The project aim is the development of an active biodegradable and compostable multilayer film for snacks packaging. It will be based on compounding techniques and selection of natural additives. Natural antimicrobial and antioxidants additives will be selected and incorporated to one of the layers aimed to extend the shelf life of food and increasing the period of time that the food is high quality (Active packaging).
The Coordinator and three companies are already included in the consortium. Their roles will be: technical support and plastic validation tests during the project; pilot manufacturing of the biodegradable compounds to obtain layers of biodegradable barrier film packaging; pilot manufacturing of the biodegradable barrier multilayer packaging; development of the biodegradable adhesives and biodegradable inks.
The coordinator is looking for a company to participate in the project as an end-user partner to validate de new technology in a real scenario. Preferentially, the end-user partner should be manufacturer and distributor of snacks, such as dried fruits, branded nuts, peanuts, chips/crisps, candies, crackers or similar products.
The project will be submitted to Fast Track to Innovation call under Horizon 2020 programme. The deadline of the call is 9th of June 2020. The project will last 30 months.
Deadline for the Expressions of Interest is 7th of June.