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FLAX AND HEMP ADVANCED FIBER BASED COMPOSITES

Objective

Agriculture is one of the biggest sectors in Europe, representing a gross value added around EUR 148 billion, employing almost 25 million people in the EU-27(2011). However, this sector faces nowadays several challenges: competition with cheaper products from other countries, lower margins, and stringent policies, while keeping required productivity, safety and sustainability within EU. Development of a competitive and sustainable agriculture will not be possible without providing the tools to valorize its products through novel products and techniques.
Nowadays, ecological concern has resulted in a renewed interest in materials derived from renewable resources, like natural fibres. Although the demand for natural fibers is growing worldwide and its price is increasing, annual plants such as jute, sisal, kenaf, flax or hemp require further development to provide novel products with improved properties.
Packaging industry has a huge interest in reducing packaging materials and associated wastes, biodegradable materials have been evaluated for this application. However, the use of biodegradable films for food packaging has been strongly limited because of the poor barrier properties and weak mechanical properties shown by natural polymers. A possible strategy to increase its properties is the development of fibre based biocomposites. In TRAYSRENEW project (FP7-SME-2010, Proposal number 262269) poultry packaging materials derived from hemp and flax composites were processed and characterised. However, further efforts need to be performed to optimise project results.
FLHEA will use the results from Traysrenew to provide a novel range of surface modified reinforcements. The project will focus on the upscaling and modification of micro and nanoreinforcements based in Hemp and flax, and its subsequent processing to obtain composites with improved properties. A demonstration task will evaluate sheet extrusion and thermoforming of food packaging trays.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food packaging
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/biocomposites
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/sustainable agriculture

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 204 745
Administrative Contact
Ana Viñas Ruiz (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

Arctic Fiber Company Ltd
Finland
EU contribution
€ 100 800
Address
Merilinnuntie 1
23500 Uusikaupunki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pekka Vilppunen (Mr.)
MELODEA LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 130 800
Address
The Faculty Of Agriculture Of The
76100 Rehovot
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yoram Shkedi (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 119 420
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charo Sanchez (Ms.)
ORGANOCLICK AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 234 440
Address
Linjalvagen 9
187 66 Taby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robin Grankvist (Mr.)
RODENBURG PRODUCTIE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 143 200
Address
Denariusstraat 19
4903 RC Oosterhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeroen Van Soest (Dr.)
TERMOFORMAS DE LEVANTE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 50 320
Address
Carretera Font Roja 13
03801 Alcoy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Palmer (Mr.)
RB BIOBASED INSTITUTE B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Denariusstraat 19
4903 RC Oosterhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeroen Van Soest (Dr.)