JAPANESE DELEGATION HUNTING FOR NORDIC PACKAGING INNOVATIONS
A delegation of 15 Japanese men and women visited the international packaging fair in Gothenburg Sweden 20-23 october, hunting for exciting new packaging innovations. Paper Province business cluster arranged a half day seminar together with Business Sweden, to showcase a few new and promising products.
– It is too early to say if this will lead to something concrete, but a few people showed interest after my talk, says Daniel Carlsson from Cellcomb.
RESEARCH ON FOOD WASTE
First off, researcher and scientist Helen Williams gave a talk about her findings in regard to how packages affects the amount of food waste in society. The delegation learned that if you package milk in three deciliter packs instead of one liter the material usage increases by 50%. But the smaller packages will be profitable if the reduce the food waste by only 2,5 percent.
FOOD PAD EXTEND SHELF LIFE BY 75%
Cellcomb, Daniel Carlsson
Daniel Carlsson from Cellcomb was grateful to meet a whole delegation of businessmen and women at once. His presentation of Cellcomb food pad that can extend the shelf life of chicken by up to 75 percent attracted interest.
– This is very positive. The more people we get to tell about our products, the better. If I could make a wish, it would be to attend similar events with European clusters as well, says Daniel.
LABEL INDICATES WHEN FOOD IS POOR
Erik Lindberg, Innoscentia
Erik Lindberg Innoscentia started his talk by saying that 2.2 million die of food poisoning per year. Next he showed the audience a potential solution to the problem – a label that changes color when bacterial growth reaches a certain level.
– Measuring bacteria is better and safer than checking the cold chain, as the food may be destroyed even before it is cooled, said Erik.
Innoscentias label will bi in prototype stage within a year and they are looking for partners to help them run tests.
BIO BARRIER FOR FOOD PACKAGING
Barrcoat, Louise Törnefalk Svanqvist
Louise Törnefalk Svanqvist showed Barrcoats biological barrier that can replace a large part of all oil-based barriers in food packages for dry foods with medium content of moisture. Their barrier is one hundred percent biodegradable and can be applied directly to the paper machine or afterwards.
FIRST IN THE WORLD WITHOUT PORES
Per Emilsson, UMV Coating
UMV Coating was also in place with Per Emilsson. He said that they, to their knowledge, is the first in the world to succeed in coating a bio barrier without causing pores. The solution they arrived at is to coat in several thin layers.
– Then we have time to dry each layer enough. Furthermore it is important that the barrier remains on the surface of the paper, rather than being sucked into it.
LIKE PLASTIC – BUT WOOD
Urban Blomster, Södra
Last of the speakers was Urban Blomster from the Södra, who showed their new packaging material DuraPulp. A plastic-like material that is 100% biodegradable, consisting of 70-80% cellulose fibers and the rest of the biopolymer PLA.
– We have tested different methods of production and concentrations, and it is possible to create a material with different characteristics, says Urban.
Generally DuraPulp has high wet strength, bending strength and elasticity, but is free of dust and absorbs only a little water. According to Urban Blomster the potential is great within packaging, but it will be yet some time before we will see DuraPulp-packages on the market.
The trip to Sweden was organized by JPI, Japan Packaging Institute.