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WHEYLAYER2: barrier biopolymers for sustainable packaging

Objective

"The WHEYLAYER 2 project is based on the WHEYLAYER project that has been recognized by the EC as a star project with high dissemination potential and has received a lot of interest from the packaging industry and its end users. The WHEYLAYER project developed a biopolymer-coating based on pure whey protein isolates for plastic films able to replace currently used expensive synthetic oxygen barrier. WHEYLAYER reached Oxygen Transmission Rate (OTR, Q100) of 1 cm3/m2 d bar at 23ºC and 50% RH and Water Vapour Transmission Rate (WVTR, Q100) of 2 g/m² d. The WHEYLAYER material is easily recyclable, the LCA showed significant reduction of the resulting packaging environmental impact, and preliminary evaluation showed that it fulfilled food safety regulations (migration, emission of volatile compounds). A patent application was filled regarding the coating process and a WHEYLAYER prototype application machine was built that reaches semi-industrial production speed while keeping satisfactory barrier properties.
WHEYLAYER 2 will focus on up-scaling the results obtained in WHEYLAYER project, proving their industrialisation potential. It will focus on final packaging items (trays, blisters, tubes and cans as opposed to films and sheets in the WHEYLAYER project) and additional specific functionalities (e.g. convertibility, printability, UV barrier). Main markets evaluated will be cosmetics and pharmaceutical packaging in addition to food. Since WHEYLAYER exceeds the barrier properties of existing biopolymer and due to the pull for recyclable packaging, the market opportunties for WHEYLAYER appear huge as a potential substitute for EVOH and PVDC. The WHEYLAYER technology will result in recyclable multilayer packaging. WHEYLAYER2 will be heavily disseminated while maximasing the exploitability of the material and finally fill the gap for environmentally friendly packaging materials for sensitive products meeting the expectations of the increasing amount of ""green"" consumers."

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

LAJOVIC TUBA EMBALAZA DOO
Address
Verovskova 66
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 619 370
Administrative Contact
Urška Sušnik Pivk (Mrs.)

Participants (9)

MANUFACTURAS SERVIPLAST SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 370 898
Address
Cl Cobalto 13
08907 Hospitalet Llobregat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrique Romero (Mr.)
MEIEREI GENOSSENSCHAFT EG LANGENHORN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 133 840
Address
Bahnhofsweg 1
25842 Langenhorn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Holmer Wöhlk (Mr.)
DUNREIDY ENGINEERING LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 50 380
Address
Hebron Industrial Estate Unit 53
Kilkenny
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matt Breen (Mr.)
ILIRIJA, RAZVOJ, PROIZVODNJA IN TRZENJE KOZMETICNIH IZDELKOV DD
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 50 265
Address
Trzaska Cesta 40
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zdenka Koren (Mrs.)
NUTRARESEARCH 2011 SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 59 800
Address
C/feixa Llarga 105
08907 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Gavilan Martin (Ms.)
GOSPODARSKO INTERESNO ZDRUZENJE GROZD PLASTTEHNIKA - GIZ GROZD PLASTTEHNIKA
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 39 956
Address
Kidriceva Ulica 25
3000 Celje
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Urška Kropf (Dr.)
IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 189 168
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elodie Bugnicourt (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 189 912
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Markus Schmid (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 52 356
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lazzeri Andrea (Prof.)