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Greaseproof paper/board thanks to MFC wet lamination

Obtaining new single-material packaging that is 100% bio-based, hard-wearing, and a barrier to contaminants, oxygen, and grease...


Packaging is required for transporting and protecting food but also for communicating with consumers. The food packaging industry, which is by nature quick to adapt to changes in consumer expectations and social trends, is now facing the challenge of improving its sustainability and reducing its environmental impact. The CTP is participating in these efforts through several of its projects!

It’s a simple principle! Obtaining new single-material packaging that is 100% bio-based, hard-wearing, and a barrier to contaminants (including mineral oils), oxygen, and grease...
How? Thanks to a new innovative technology patented by the CTP: Wet Lamination of MFCs!

In the context of various R&D projects, CTP experts have developed the technique of wet lamination of a thin MFC film on a paper or board for production of new all-cellulose packaging materials. The CTP also assists its clients in the paper-making industry with their product development, by offering sheet format testing in the laboratory or processing rolls on the wet lamination pilot.

For example the European project CelluWiz[1] is rising to this challenge by developing two innovative processes (wet lamination paired with chromatogeny) to produce packaging made only from cellulose, which is recyclable and compostable and has the barrier properties that are essential for food packaging. This cross-disciplinary project coordinated by the CTP involves 5 partners from 4 European countries, working together for 3 years with a total budget of €2.8m.  Thanks to this project a new generation of packaging materials is being developed. These new 100% cellulose materials will provide an alternative to plastic materials currently in use and will be renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. At the end of the project, three proofs of concept (hamburger boxes, cups and food trays) will be formed using materials produced at pilot scale to demonstrate their technical and environmental performance and validate the relevance of the approach.

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Project leaders = Philippe MARTINEZ & Fleur ROL

[1] This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 838056