The development of R&D projects based on technological innovation is
one of ITENE’s priorities. Packaging materials are continually evolving.
ITENE has identified this requirement and has focused R&D efforts on
the development of new packaging materials to increase the shelf life
of the packaged products and to provide novel functionalities. These
new materials are an alternative to those currently commercialised.
One of the main objectives of ITENE is to develop new materials with improved properties for packaging
applications. During the last years, a great effort in R&D has been devoted to the field of biodegradable polymers,
to provide an alternative to those currently used, derived from oil.
In this topic, research on new coatings for paper and carboard is being also considered. All the developed materials
are being tested in accordance to their final application, evaluating their safety according with the different
This area includes the use of conventional packaging materials
(paper, polymer and others), as well as novel materials
(biodegradable/renewable). The research actually carried out
is based in:
- Development of novel functionalities in materials through the
use of additives, blends, coatings or specific processes.
- Development of composites; nanocomposites.
POTENTIAL ADVANTAGES FOR
Competitive differentiation thanks to the development of
tailored solutions. As example, in the case of nanocomposites:
- Increase in packaging material properties, e.g. barrier or
- Reduction in raw materials.
- Decrease of environmental impact.
Potentially applicable for both perishable and non perishable
products in major consumer sectors: cosmetics,
pharmaceuticals, chemicals, etc.
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