Lab breakthrough for sustainable barrier

Lab breakthrough with OrganoClick’s sustainable barrier within a BioInnovation project for PulPac’s Dry Molded Fiber technology

Earlier this year a consortium consisting of Pulpac, Nordic barrier coating and OrganoClick was granted financial support for barrier development and hypothesis testing within the Swedish strategic innovation program BioInnovation financed by the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova. The goal of the project is to develop radically new biobased and biodegradable materials and evaluate application methods that enable the integration of more environmentally friendly water (hydro-) and/or grease (oleophobic) resistant barriers in dry molded processes (Dry Molded Fiber).

OrganoClick’s role in the consortium is to develop and supply the biobased and biodegradable barrier coating material. Nordic barrier coating uses the barrier material supplied by OrganoClick in their production of nonwoven materials that finally is used in PulPac’s process for producing dry molded fiber packaging.

“This is a lab level breakthrough with a great potential to drive the uptake of Dry Molded Fiber in the most challenging packaging applications and increasing efficiency even more. Next is further industrial development and validation in the face of a promising commercial upscaling for sustainable barriers,” comments Sebastian Roos, Chief Technology Officer at PulPac AB.

“OrganoClick’s multifaceted approach when developing new products starts in looking at the nature. By mimicking living plants and fruits own chemistry, OrganoClick has developed fiber modification technologies that enables functionalization of most fiber-based products. The potential markets now enabled in packaging and single-use products with our new water and grease resistance barrier materials for Dry Molded Fiber by PulPac are enormous and we are very excited about the next steps,” comments Dan Blomstrand, VP Biocomposites at OrganoClick AB

PulPac, OrganoClick and Nordic Barrier Coating have the last couple of months conducted extensive tests on the sustainable barrier solutions with new application methods and materials that show very high potential for biodegradable and food-grade solutions for more complex applications.

“Our work with combining materials and new chemistry from OrganoClick for Dry Molded Fiber is very exciting and we are proud of the generated breakthrough results. We are now thinking about future infrastructure and industrial development to commercially validate the solutions discovered, and to cater to DMF’s global uptake,” comments Urban Winberg, CEO at Nordic Barrier Coating AB

The tested materials also display an interesting potential to increase efficiency in the production and simplify handling of chemicals involved.

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