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Dibbiopack, four years of collaborative work in the field of Bioplastics Smart Packaging

Zaragoza has been host to the Final Conference and Presentations of findings and results of this Project, an initiative with a 7.8 million euro budget from the European Commission, with partners from 10 countries under the coordination of the Aragonese Technical Centre Aitiip.

The companies and research centres involved have focused their work on the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors, and have disseminated the benefits that biopackaging brings to society as a whole.

The Final Conference of the European Dibbiopack project held in Zaragoza, Spain has gathered 19 partners from 10 countries within the European Commission´s Seventh European Framework Agreement. It has primarily aimed at the development of multifunctional smart-packaging from bioplastics (bio-based, compostable and biodegradable) for the 3 most relevant sectors involved in their use: food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical.

The Project has been coordinated by Aitiip Technological Centre. Its final budget was 7.745.570 euros,- 5.702.632 coming from the European Commission. Over a four year period, Dibbiopack has brought together entities and industries from all over Europe, which have delved into the formulation and manufacturing of Smart packaging and materials (bottles for pharmaceutical use, cosmetics and food trays.) Their objective has been to go beyond the regulatory, technological, market and environmental milestones in the bioplastics sector. Research conducted by over 100 people has provided packaging with functionalities that enhance product preservation while reporting on product condition within the packaging itself. By using cutting-edge nanomaterials, bioplastics packaging now presents mechanical and durability properties similar to those found in conventional plastics. Likewise it makes use of biodegradable films with enhanced barrier properties and sensors reporting on product content.  The project falls under the umbrella of a circular economy, a proposal by the European Commission at the end of 2015 with financial backing aiming to help companies and citizens make the transition towards a more efficient economy.

The final conference was divided into two. The first part was held at the CaixaForum Congress Centre in Zaragoza. Its institutional opening was chaired by Pilar Alegría, the Regional Government´s Minister for Innovation, Research and Universities of the Autonomous Government of Aragón as well as representatives for the Centre for Industrial Technological Development of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Government of Spain (CDTI) and Aitiip Technological Centre. After their contributions, the partners in the project analysed the impact of their findings and results both on the field of biomaterials and smart and innovative packaging and on the industrial sector. During the second part, those attending the conference had the opportunity to visit the pilot plant at Aitiip Technological Centre´s facilities where the demonstrators were built, in order to become acquainted with all details of their building process and the machinery used and specifically designed for that purpose.

Ms Berta Gonzalvo, Project Coordinator and Head of Research and Development at Aitiip explained its benefits for end-users as “opening endless possibilities, since end-users will be able to see if the products they consume on a daily basis are in optimal condition, while using sustainable multifunctional packaging from environmentally sound and friendly raw materials. As for the future, Ms Gonzalvo pointed out that “our job is not over yet; we are in the process of defining, alongside our partners in the Project, not only those rules necessary to exploit on a commercial scale those findings and results, but also the required intellectual property protection for the processes involved. At any rate, there are products at an early commercialization stage that industries could introduce into the market in the short term, along with others that need further research and development  and for which funds from Europe as well as from individual countries are necessary”.

Similarly, Mr Juan Manuel Blanchard, Aitiip´s President, stressed the fact that in Aragón “there is a Technological Centre, highly experienced in innovation management, with capabilities to conduct major research and lead European projects of such importance as this. It can be claimed, therefore, that the path we took was the right one in order to get products that are marketable and enjoy consumer acceptance.”

Dibbiopack, a European joint-venture in support of Bioplastics and Smart Packaging

This initiative, presented at the European Commission Head Office in Madrid, Spain, with a 7.8 million euro budget in which 19 partners from 10 countries have been involved for 4 years, can be regarded as a huge milestone in the bioplastics packaging sector. Its research into bioplastics has led to findings that allow the use of bioplastics in packaging as active agents for content preservation.

 

This project, coordinated by Aitiip Technological Centre has had, as its main line of interest, the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors. A presentation of findings and results, open to the general public and stakeholders will take place on February 24, 2016 at the CaixaForum Congress Centre, in Zaragoza, Spain.

 

The European Commission Head Office in Madrid has been the chosen venue for the presentation of the Dibbiopack Project, a Research & Development Project financed by the European Union within the Seventh European Framework Agreement in which 19 partners from 10 countries have been involved for 4 years. The Project was presented by the Project Technical Coordinator Victor Peinado, member of Aitiip – the Aragonese Technical Centre in charge of Project Coordination- and Dimitri Barua, Spokesperson for the European Commission Representation in Spain. This presentation has provided the opportunity for the mass media to gain a detailed insight into this initiative, with a final 7.745.570 euro budget, 5.702.632 euros coming from the European Commission.

 

Dibbiopack revolves around the development of multifunctional Smart packaging from polymers with three key sectors in mind: pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries. They are labelled “smart”, as bioplastic materials present new characteristics that turn them into real actors for product preservation by increasing product durability, helping keep its quality and reporting to the consumer on content preservation conditions. They are environmentally friendly materials from renewable sources, sustainable, and contribute to a circular economy. They help reduce power consumption and raw materials use by means of more efficient manufacturing processes. And all this, without losing sight of eco-design.

 

The project has made inroads into a sector with a 20% growth a year, with huge industrial, environmental and social opportunities, contributing to the necessary reduction in production and use of petroleum-based packaging. Likewise, other sectors, such as waste management and disposal, might benefit from it, too.

 

A Project that falls under the umbrella of a Circular Economy put forward by the European Commission

 

The Project helps move forward towards a “Circular Economy” that seeks to make a more sustainable use of resources. In December 2015, the European Commission proposed an ambitious package of new measures on the circular economy so as to help companies and consumers in their transition to a more efficient economy. The proposed actions will help “close the circle” of a product life-cycle thanks to a higher reuse and recycling rate, and will be beneficial to both the environment and the economy. Thus, the highest possible value and use will be generated and made from raw materials, products and waste, while fostering savings in energy and achieving a reduction in greenhouse emissions. Proposals encompass the whole life-cycle: from production and consumption, through secondary raw materials market to waste management and disposal.   

 

The European Commission will continue to finance investment in the circular economy through regional funds and the European programme for Research & Development “Horizon 2020”. With a 650 million euro budget for research and innovation, it will take over from the Seventh European Framework Agreement.   Additionally, there will be financial support from The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), with a budget of 5.5 billion euros allocated for waste management and disposal.

 

A Project born in 2012

 

For four years, Dibbiopack has brought together entities and industries from all over Europe, which have delved into the formulation and manufacturing of Smart packaging and materials (bottles for pharmaceutical use, cosmetics and food trays.) Their objective has been to go beyond the regulatory, technological, market and environmental milestones in the bioplastics sector while providing solutions by means of:

 

  • Nanomaterials: These provide the bioplastic packaging with durability and mechanical properties similar to those found in conventional plastics. These nanofibers do not come into contact with the products as, in order to keep packaging and content apart, biodegradable labels are used. Likewise, these labels incorporate antimicrobial agents that are released in the event of humidity. Thus, bacteria emergence is checked.
  • Biodegradable films with enhanced barrier properties.
  • Sensors changing their colour according to the amount of oxygen present within the packaging. Thus, any valuable information on content condition is readily available with no actual content contact thanks to a RFID antenna integrated in a mobile phone or Tablet, leading to higher convenience for traceability and access to information records.

Dibbiopack partners:

 

Research Centres: AITIIP –(Spain, Zaragoza), INSTM (Italy), CNR (Italy), VITO (Belgium), Fraunhofer ISC (Germany), TECOS (Slovenia), University of GALWAY (Ireland).

 

Companies with R & D capacity: AVANZARE (Spain, Logroño), CONDENSIA (Spain, Barcelona), ARCHA (Italy, TEHNOS (Slovenia), PLASMA (Macedonia), INNOVIA Films (United Kingdom), GORENJE (Slovenia).

 

End-users: NUTRECO (Spain, Toledo), HELP Pharmaceuticals (Greece), COSMETIC (Greece).

 

Other types of entities: ALMA (France), SOGAMA (Spain, A Coruña).

 

Public presentation of results and findings in Zaragoza on February 24

 

The Final conference on the Dibbiopack Project will be held in Zaragoza, Spain, on February 24, 2016. It will gather the project partners, who will go over all technical details linked to planning, implementation and results. There will also be a visit to pilot lines where two out of the three demonstrators were built. The presentation of results and findings will take place in a public event open to all audiences at the CaixaForum Congress Centre in Zaragoza.

 

For further information, please address your queries to: 

Project Coordinator: Berta Gonzalvo (berta.gonzalvo@aitiip.com)

Technical Coordinator: Víctor Peinado (victor.peinado@aitiip.com)

Enquiries about the final event: José Andrés López (jal@aitiip.com)

For interviews and additional material, please address your requests to: prensa@izecomunicacionindustrial.es (Santiago Izuel, 616-418026)

Smart packaging, at the core of the Dibbiopack European Project

This initiative, with a 7.8 million euro budget and 19 different entities from 10 countries working for 4 years in partnership, can be regarded as a huge milestone in the bioplastics packaging sector. Its research into bioplastics has led to findings that allow the use of bioplastics in packaging as active agents for content preservation while providing information about content and its condition.

This project, coordinated by AITIIP Technological Centre, has had as its main line of interest the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors. A presentation of findings and results, open to the general public and stakeholders will take place on February 24, 2016 at the CaixaForum Congress Centre, in Zaragoza, Spain.

The European Dibbiopack project is an initiative financed by the European Commission within the Seventh European Framework Agreement, and has involved 19 partners from 10 countries. It has primarily aimed at the development of multifunctional smart-packaging from biopolymers.

 

This Project, with a total budget of 7.8 million euros – 5.7 coming from the European Commission- could be regarded as a huge breakthrough in the packaging sector, as packaging stops being a mere support for content and moves on to adopt an active role, with functionalities that allow a better preservation of products while informing consumers on content condition. Sustainability has been a central concern all over the Project to rise to this challenge. The research conducted and the development of prototypes strove to provide solutions applicable to the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors, -the top   three and heaviest users of packaging, - by means of bioplastics (bio-based, compostable and biodegradable.) This way, not only inroads have been made into a sector with huge industrial, environmental and social opportunities, but also great strides into the necessary reduction in production and use of petroleum-based packaging. Likewise, other sectors, such as waste management and disposal, might benefit from it, too.

 

Dibbiopack has brought together entities and industries from all over Europe that have delved into the formulation and manufacturing of Smart packaging and materials (bottles for pharmaceutical use, cosmetics and food trays.)

Their objective has been to go beyond the regulatory, technological, market and environmental milestones in the bioplastics sector while providing solutions by means of:

> Nanomaterials. These provide the bioplastic packaging with durability and mechanical properties similar to those found in conventional plastics. These nanofibers do not come into contact with the products (cosmetic creams or food) as, in order to keep packaging and content apart, biodegradable labels are used. Likewise, these labels incorporate antimicrobial agents that are released in the event of humidity. Thus bacteria emergence is checked.

> Biodegradable films with enhanced barrier properties, thanks to a three-coating solution combining biodegradable organic-coating materials with other plasma-applied inorganic ones.

> Sensors changing their colour according to the amount of oxygen present within the packaging. Thus, any valuable information on content condition is readily available with no actual content contact thanks to a RFID antenna integrated in a mobile phone or Tablet, leading to higher convenience for traceability and access to information records.

Public presentation of results and findings on February 24

The Final conference on the Dibbiopack Project will be held in Zaragoza, Spain on 24 February 2016. The project partners will go over all technical details linked to planning, implementation and results. There will also be a visit to pilot lines where two out of the three demonstrators were built.

Dibbiopack is a project that brings numerous advantages to a wide range and diversity of sectors and stakeholders. Therefore, the presentation of results and findings will take place in a public event open to all audiences at the CaixaForum Congress Centre in Zaragoza, on February 24.  To see the agenda of the event and to sign in, please go to http://www.aitiip.com/dibbiopack/dibbio_en.html

For further information, please address your queries to: 

Project Coordinator: Berta Gonzalvo (berta.gonzalvo@aitiip.com)

Technical Coordinator: Víctor Peinado (victor.peinado@aitiip.com)

Enquiries about the final event: José Andrés López (jal@aitiip.com)

For interviews and additional material, please address your requests to: prensa@izecomunicacionindustrial.es (Santiago Izuel, 616-418-026)

Bioplastics, a great opportunity for Europe

The European Dibbiopack Project in which 19 partners from 10 countries have been involved for 4 years, provides solutions to the challenges posed by the necessary transition towards non-petroleum based manufactured packaging. This initiative, with a 7.8 million euro budget- 5.7 coming from the European Commission and coordinated by Aitiip Technological Centre, will hold its final conference in Zaragoza on February 24, 2016. With a comprehensive approach, this project deals with the development of multifunctional packaging, with applications in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

An average of 200 plastic bags per person per year are used in Europe. The majority of these bags fall under the category of lighter plastic, those of which are the least reused and the most difficult to recycle. In a country like France, 17 billion of these bags are consumed per year, and these figures can be extrapolated to any adjacent European country. The same may be said of thousands of bottles and packaging, of any kind, made from petroleum products that we find around us. Half of these will end up dumped, taking hundreds of years to degrade. Experts have detected a high concentration of plastic flotsam in almost every ocean, which ends up in the seabed and back into the food chain

This huge problem has led to changes in legislation in many countries. A compulsory reduction of up to 80% in the use of certain types of packaging in the European Union by 2019 has been put forward. Thus the development of substitute products made from non-petroleum based bioplastics comes across as a huge industrial, social and environmental opportunity. While it is undeniable that traditional plastic packaging is convenient, it is no less true that the performance of those renewable substituting materials must be equivalent. This poses technological and economic problems that industry and research centres are striving to solve.

Within this context we find the project Dibbiopack, a research and development project financed by the European Commission within the Seventh European Framework Agreement and in which more than 19 partners from 7 countries have worked for 4 years. With a total 7.8 million euro Budget- 5.7 coming from the European Commission, Dibbiopack´s main objective is the development of multifunctional types of packaging, (bio-based, compostable and biodegradable) with relevant applications in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

Under the Coordination of AITIIP technological Centre, and thanks to widespread research and an exemplary collaboration between entities and industries from all over Europe, the Dibbiopack Project has made big strides into the development of bioplastics, a sector with many environmental, technological, market and regulatory challenges but poised to grow by at least 20% a year over the next few years. This could mean an opportunity for growth and job creation in Europe while providing definite solutions to problems such as waste management.

Present projections seem to indicate that, by 2019, 80% of bioplastics will be made in Asia. Europe, with its leading research in the field, cannot lag behind now that those materials are closer to market The European Parliament adopted measures in this respect and the European Commission designated bioplastics as a lead market that deserves to get legal support.

 

The Dibbiopack Project is a good example of this. Based on being environmentally friendly, using materials from renewable sources, taking into account environmental sustainability and a circular economy, reducing the use of energy and raw materials by means of more efficient manufacturing processes, it has enabled the formulation and manufacture of:

  • Compostable and biodegradable materials with enhanced properties and perfectly adapted to an industrial use.

  • Bio-based and biodegradable films with antimicrobial or enhanced barrier properties.

  • Bottles of biodegradable and compostable material for pharmaceutical use with external biodegradable labels and with an oxygen- absorbing effect on the cap, and its ensuing sealing effect, as well as a minimum weight.

  • Packaging for cosmetics with biodegradable labels that can be either on the inside (antimicrobial effect) or the outside (for information or decoration purposes.)

  • Food trays for processed food in an oxygen- free atmosphere. Made from biodegradable and compostable materials, with biodegradable labels and having an antimicrobial effect on the inside. Furthermore, they have an integrated oxygen sensor in the RFID tag that provides de user with full details on content and its condition.

Final Conference Dibbiopack Project. Zaragoza, 24 February 2016

The Final conference of the Dibbiopack Project will be held in Zaragoza, Spain, in February 2016. Based in Zaragoza, Aitiip Technological Centre, has coordinated this initiative for the last 4 years. Among its main lines of research we find bioplastics and their transformation processes. In a two-day session, partners in the Project will revise all technical details linked to planning, implementation and results as well as a visit to pilot lines where two out of the three demonstrators were built.

On February 24, the results of the Project will be released in an open social event. If you wish to attend, you may sign in here: https://goo.gl/HXwpwJ

The final conference, to be held in the Caixaforum Congress Centre, will see an institutional presence at the European, national and regional levels and will include open sessions for stakeholder sectors. Therefore an invitation has been issued to a wide range of stakeholders in agreement with one of Dibbiopack priorities: Awareness raising and the dissemination of knowledge on bioplastics and their application in Europe.

For further information, please address your queries to:

Project Coordinator: Berta Gonzalvo (berta.gonzalvo@aitiip.com) Technical Coordinator: Víctor Peinado (victor.peinado@aitiip.com) Enquires about the final event: José Andrés López (jal@aitiip.com)

For interviews and additional material, please address your requests to: prensa@izecomunicacionindustrial.es (Santiago Izuel, 616-418026)

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