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Sweden's OrganoClick develops sustainable barrier for Bioinnovation

Oct '21
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Pic: OrganoClick
A consortium consisting of Pulpac, Nordic barrier coating, and OrganoClick has been granted financial support for barrier development and hypothesis testing within the Swedish strategic innovation programme, BioInnovation, financed by the agency, Vinnova. OrganoClick’s role in the consortium is to develop and supply biodegradable barrier coating material.

The goal of the project is to develop radically new bio-based 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 moulded processes (dry moulded fibre). 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 moulded fibre packaging, OrganoClick said in a press release.

PulPac, OrganoClick, and Nordic Barrier Coating have in 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.

“This is a lab level breakthrough with a great potential to drive the uptake of dry moulded fibre 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,” Sebastian Roos, chief technology officer at PulPac said in a statement.

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

“Our work with combining materials and new chemistry from OrganoClick for dry moulded fibre 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,” Urban Winberg, CEO at Nordic barrier coating said.

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