The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) coordinates nine other companies and technology centers that work on the European project BIO4MAP, to develop a new transparent, multilayer, barrier, totally biodegradable and recyclable container for fresh pasta and different types of cheeses that need a packaged in modified atmosphere.
Among the project partners, the integrated supplier of Mercadona Central Quesera Montesinos stands out, a potential company that uses the new packaging for its cheese cake. Also participating in the project are the Spanish Vallés Plàstic, which will be in charge of applying a new coating made from natural waxes that increases the moisture barrier and therefore maintains the shelf life of packaged food, and Artibal, manufacturer of varnishes, lacquers and inks, in charge of the formulation of said waterproof coating.
Other companies that in the future will pack their products with the packaging developed in the project are the Belgian Altoni-Kelderman, manufacturer of fresh pasta, and the German Sachsenmilch, which will pack sliced cheese. In addition, the PLA manufacturer Hycail, which is going to develop a biodegradable adhesive suitable to be processed by co-extrusion, together with the Abo Akademi research center in Finland, the French packaging manufacturer and converting company Bobino Plastique, and the Fraunhofer IVV technology center in Germany, focused on the development of waxes to be used as coating.
“The function of AIMPLAS in the project, in addition to fulfilling the functions as coordinator of the project, is focused on the development of the biodegradable material and barrier necessary to meet the final requirements of the food to be packaged and is in charge of the processing of the new materials that are being developed to obtain the new multilayer container ”, explains Nuria López, principal investigator of the project at AIMPLAS.