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Demonstration of innovative, lightweight, 100% recyclable PET prototype formulations and process tooling for low carbon footprint packaging to replace current industry standard virgin plastics

Objective

The European food packaging sector has a turnover of €6 Billion per year with the production of 200 Billion polymer trays, the vast majority of which are manufactured from virgin non-recyclable plastics such as polypropylene (PP). The plastics packaging thermoforming sector in Europe consists of over 1200 companies employing approx. 150,000 people. In excess of 70% of these jobs thermoforming companies are SMEs. This sector faces very significant competitiveness and environmental sustainability issues, which this project will address. The overall objective of the project is to make Europe the leader in low carbon footprint, high-recycled content and long shelf life polymer packaging.

Specifically the ECOPET project will demonstrate the innovative recycled Polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) technology developed in the RPET-FC FP7 project, which will significantly reduce the weight and carbon footprint of packaging. In conjunction with this lightweight material a high barrier polyester will be applied enabling full recyclability of the packaging. In order to further extend shelf life the performance of a natural antioxidant/anti-microbial sub-micron thick coating will be evaluated. The developed technology will replace the use of virgin polypropylene (PP), which is the current market leader in food packaging. The specific project objectives are to demonstrate:

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

Holfeld Plastics Limited
Address
Avoca River Park, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
Arklow
Ireland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 470 400
Administrative Contact
Ted O'keeffe (Dr.)

Participants (4)

Cumapol BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 121 434
Address
Kerkstraat 28
6991HC Rheden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Brons (Mr.)
TMB Patterns Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 259 315
Address
Brue Avenue, Colley Lane Industrial Estate 24
TA6 5LT Somerset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lee Singleton (Mr.)
CITROX BIOSCIENCES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 96 920
Address
Unit 11 Harvard Industrial
PE28 ONJ Kimbolton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Howard Thomas (Mr.)
Spiegelberg & Zinke GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 106 550
Address
Nietzschestr. 4
40822 Mettman
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kai Spiegelberg (Mr.)