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CEREAL WASTE VALORISATION THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF FUNCTIONAL KEY FIBRES TO INNOVATE IN FIBRE PACKAGING MATERIALS

Objective

Cereal waste biomass is a potential source of valuable compounds such as bio-based fibres that can be used in new potential applications. This is the case of the microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) which is a novel type of cellulose with nano-scale dimensions and very interesting properties for the development of composite materials due to its high strength and stiffness combined with its low weight, biodegradability and renewability.
One of the main objectives of the FUNKIFIBRE project is to obtain MFC from cereal residues coming out from the manufacturing of oat-based food products which contain important cellulose contents. Another main objective of the project is to modify the MFC to make it suitable for the development of plastic composites. The final goal is to obtain new materials for packaging applications achieving better mechanical and barrier properties. This will make possible the generation of lighter packages and the improvement of limited properties of some bio-based and biodegradable plastics.
FUNKIFIBRE will work on the optimization of the technological processes needed to transform the current cereal waste into a valuable product. The achievement of this result will impact in the cereal SMEs since agricultural wastes have become an environmental and economic problem producing economic losses due to extra costs for the management. In addition, the development of improved renewable and biodegradable packages will impact on the plastic and packaging SMEs since bio-based materials are seen as a growing alternative by the European consumers to conventional packaging plastics which currently generate over 5 million tons of landfilled plastics.
FUNKIFIBRE involves a consortium of companies and research organizations with combines commercial and technical expertise, a broad coverage of European countries and markets and a holistic vision all along the value chain. This will allow us to reach technical and marketing objectives in the speed to market required by industry.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

ELASTOPOLI OY
Address
Nokiankatu 1
38210 Sastamala
Finland

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markku Nikkilä (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 318 026

Participants (5)

EDWARD FLAHAVANS AND SONS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 308 667
Address
Kilnagrange Mills
10055 Kilmacthomas Waterford

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Flahavan (Mr.)
Arctic Fiber Company Ltd
Finland
EU contribution
€ 266 179
Address
Merilinnuntie 1
23500 Uusikaupunki

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pekka Vilppunen (Mr.)
ALMUPLAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 177 662
Address
Calle Pouet 1 Pg Industrial Norte
46440 Almussafes

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Salvador Chelos (Mr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 10 590
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carmen Sanchez (Mrs)
CENTRE TECHNIQUE DE L INDUSTRIE DESPAPIERS CARTONS ET CELLULOSES
France
EU contribution
€ 19 758
Address
Domaine Universitaire
38610 Gieres

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Véronique Morin (Dr.)