20 June, 2019 News

BIOnTop Project: at the cutting edge of research

The first meeting of the BIOnTop project took place in the premises of AIMPLAS in Valencia. Our CEO, José María Meseguer, was present and explained CMSA’s role in the project.

BIOnTop is a research and innovation project funded under Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking with a consortium of 20 institutions from eight European countries (European funds: 4 MM€). The objective of the project is to create recyclable and cost competitive packaging solutions that can be mechanically recycled, industrially/home composted or even suitable for anaerobic digestion, using sustainably sourced comonomers, additives and fillers to formulate novel PLA copolymers and compounds.

Novel packaging films and textiles with tailor-made end-of-life and performance based on bio-based copolymers and coatings.

Moreover, the barrier properties of the produced bio-packaging trays, films and derived packaging, will be enhanced by using removable protein-based coatings and a novel fatty acid grafting technology to decrease permeability and compete with fossil packaging.
In the field of textile packaging, a majority of used coatings are not bio-based and are different than the coated fibres, making material or organic recycling extremely difficult. New PLA coatings or fatty grafting will allow reprocessing without significant loss of properties.