Textisol: Textile industry (non-woven fabrics)

Textisol is a textile sector company, its main activity is to produce non-woven textiles used for personal hygiene and home hygiene. It was founded in 1972, and since then, the focus has been on improving its processes and products. For this purpose, Textisol has always been committed to innovation, within a framework of sustainability performance. The plant has advanced facilities and a multidisciplinary team of technicians with proven and constantly evolving technologies.
Textisol employs 100 persons, and it is located in Cocentaina, a town of Alicante region in Spain. The centre has
7,105m2 of facilities covering industrial plants, laboratories, logistical centre and offices.

Use cases: CNF, active nanocapsules, metallic nanoparticles

UC2: Active nanocapsules with antimicrobial activity provided by the essential oils nanoencapsulated to reduce odours and antimicrobial effect in textiles for personal care (Non-woven textiles).

Pilot plants:

PP1, PP5, PP10, PP11


Compostability, mathemical modelling

DS Smith: Paper industry (coated paper roll)

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, paper products and recycling services worldwide. Over the past 80 years the company has grown dramatically, as have its services and areas of expertise. Today, DS Smith operates in more than 30 different countries, employing over 30,000 people in recycling, paper making and packaging operations. Across around 250 sites the company produces around 4.6 million tonnes of Corrugated Case materials which is then manufactured into 8.8 billion square meters of corrugated boxes. Through its recycling operation globally it manages around 6 million tonnes of fibre for recycling – meaning it is a net positive recycler.
The full range of DS Smith packaging products includes corrugated cardboard solutions for e-commerce, FMCG products, premium packaging, POS displays and industrial packaging solutions. DS Smith places R&D&I and Sustainability as two key principals of its investment strategy. With its Now and Next Sustainability strategy and its £100m investment commitment into Innovation, the company is recognised as a leader in the packaging sector. With a commitment to accelerate a move towards a circular economy DS Smith have partnered with leading circular economy experts, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMC), to combine the expertise of the two organisations – driving a portfolio of innovative projects that are aligned around circular principals. As well as EMC, DS Smith is engaged in multiple partnerships with strongly R&D oriented organisations including start-ups, universities, laboratories and paper technical centres.
DS Smith owns 15 mills for paper production all across Europe, with a further 2 in the USA, and more than 200 sites for corrugated board productions and converting plants. DS Smith has 169 families of active patents. The patents are related to product and process innovations.

Use cases: CNF, active nanocapsules

  • UC3: Cellulose nanofibers will be used as reinforcement of paper-based materials in terms of mechanical and barrier properties. Improvement up to 40% and 60%, respectively, are expected to achieve.
  • UC4: Chemically modified and hydrophobic cellulose nanofibers will be used with the aim to obtain new functionalities to the paper materials. Water and grease barrier are expected to reach.
  • UC5: Paper with active properties (antimicrobial and antioxidant) will be developed with the applications of nanocapsules to paper materials by coating. Improvement of barrier properties up to 30% and reduction of antimicrobial load in food products, and oxidation delayed at least 20%.

Pilot plants:

PP1, PP2, PP6, PP8, PP10, PP14


paper recyclability, in-line monitoring, food safety evaluation

Novamont: Packaging industry (biodegradable bioplastics)

Novamont is an Italian industrial company, in 1990, it is now a Benefit Company, certified B Corporation, world’s leader in the bioplastics sector and in the development of biochemicals and bioproducts from renewable origins. Novamont’s mission is to develop materials and biochemicals through the integration of chemistry and agriculture, by starting up biorefineries in the local areas and providing application solutions that ensure efficient use of resources throughout their entire life cycle, with advantages for the social, economic and environmental system. Its development model aims at building bridges between different sectors and creating new value by collaborating with all the stakeholders in the value chain: from agriculture to research, from industry to waste management, from local institutions to civil society. Guided by these principles, Novamont promotes an approach to bioeconomy based on the efficient use of renewable resources and on the regeneration of local areas, building world-first plants based on proprietary technologies and revitalising industrial sites that are decommissioned or no longer competitive to create new industries, new products and new jobs.

Use cases: Bionanomaterial used: PLA-PBS and PHBV-PLA block copolymers, CNF, nanocapsules, nanoclays.

Product: biodegradable and/or compostable packaging

  • UC6: Block copolymers will be used as reinforcement of biobased /compostable formulations for film packaging, injection moulded cutlery and coffee capsules, and thermoformed trays and containers.
  • UC7: Chemically modified cellulose nanofibers will tune the water-based dispersion to be applied as barrier coating on paper-based substrates;
  • UC8: Nanocapsules will confer various functionalities, e.g. antimicrobial features resulting in extended shelf-life of packaged food and cosmetics.
  • UC9: Nanoclays will reinforce the biodegradable formulations, increasing mechanical and barrier properties of compostable non-food packaging carrier bags to be reused for organic waste collection.

Pilot plants:

PP1, PP2, PP3, PP5, PP6, PP7

Ambrosia Lab: Cosmetic industry

Ambrosialab is a research spinoff company of the University of Ferrara. It is a research and development company operating in the field of life sciences and biotechnology, founded in 2003. Ambrosialab develops prototypes of dermocosmetic products and medical devices starting from innovative concepts, often unique and patented, passing from their design to the realization of small pilot productions, necessary for efficacy and stability tests according to EU and USA compliance of the finished products. The prototypes are then industrialized and marketed in partner companies. Ambrosialab supports, through scholarships and research grants, basic university research in the field of oxidative stress and related effects. The strength of Ambrosialab lies in its network of industrial production partnerships, in Italy and abroad. Ambrosialab also deals with the quality and effectiveness verification phases, necessary for the production and commercial phase of products developed at its partner companies. These networks have been increasingly consolidated over the years of activity. Ambrosialab is part of the Gree-Cluster (a temporary joint venture) in between 5 other companies devoted to the sustainable development of food, cosmetics and packaging (basically following LCA approaches and CtoC rules.

Use cases: CNF/CNC, active nanocapsules, biobased personal care formulations

  • UC10: CNF/CNC will act as film forming agent, thickening and moisture-retaining in cosmetics formulations, substituting fossil-based additives.
  • UC11: Nanocapsules will act as delivery systems being a vehicle of active agents to provide, i.e. antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiwrinkle and moisturizing properties to cosmetics formulations with measurable improvements with the aim of replacing chemically produced delivery systems. Objective; better performance in terms of bioavailability of the ingredients to be delivered through innovative and sustainable technology.
  • UC12: Functional food will be developed by the application of active nanocapsules to different food products.

Pilot plants:

PP1, PP2, PP5, PP6, PP8


Evaluation of compliance to EU regulation 1223/2009 for cosmetic application

Logoplaste: Packaging industry (rigid packaging)

Logoplaste is an industrial group, manufacturing rigid plastic packaging for some of the most reputable companies in the world, in the food and beverage, personal care, household care and oil and lubricants sectors. Founded in 1976, for over 40 years, the company has pioneered in-house manufacturing in Europe and beyond with the “hole in the wall” concept, supplying plastic bottles “just-in-time” from factories installed directly on the site of the client. Today, Logoplaste manages more than 70 factories, more than 350 machines, with locations in 16 countries: Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam. The most up-to-date technologies in injection molding, stretch-blow molding and extrusion molding are used to produce packages across the wide range of market segments.
Logoplaste innovation lab is a specialised division of the Logoplaste Group, exclusively dedicated to the research and development of tailor fit packaging solutions, offering a holistic and agnostic (technology and materials) vision of packaging development, addressing all the variables of the innovation process, fulfilling a user need supported by the best technology and the most viable business model, abide by the most demanding sustainability requirements.

Use cases: Block copolymers (PLA-PBS, PHBV-PLA), CNF, modified natural clays and active nanocapsules or metallic nanoparticles and their nanocomposites; compostable packaging for food and personal care applications

  • UC13: bottle for personal care products injection stretch blow moulding (ISBM) reinforced with active nanocapsules with the aim of increasing the shelf life of the packaging solution. Shelf-life extension up to 30%, respect to biodegradable base material.
  • UC14: bottle for food applications (e.g. sauces) performed by co-extrusion blow moulding with biodegradable biopolymers reinforced with nanocellulose and/or nanoclays to improve barrier. Reduction of OTR and WVTR up to 30-40% respect to biodegradable base material.Both packages 100 % compostable

Pilot plants:

PP1, PP2, PP3, PP5, PP6, PP7, PP12


Food safety and compostability tests

CellMat Technologies: Foamed products (eg for packaging, automotive, thermal insulation)

CellMat Technologies: Foamed products (eg for packaging, automotive, thermal insulation)
CellMat Technologies (www.cellmattechnologies.com) is a technological company intensive in R&D activities whose main business activity is based on helping industrial partners to improve their processes and products. It is also specialized in the development of new foamed products and foaming technologies, in offering a service of foaming pilot-lines to foam manufacturers, in the development of sustainable technologies and in the transferring of know-how and licenses to industrial companies. The two areas of expertise of the company are cellular materials and biopolymers. It was founded in 2012 by researchers of the Cellular Materials Laboratory (www.cellmat.es) of the University of Valladolid. It is an exemplary company in the development of activities towards transferring knowledge from academia to industry. Currently, the company is a global benchmark in the field of cellular materials and has become a strategic partner for several key industrial players in the field of polymer foams.

Use cases: CNF, nanolignin and nanoclays, foamed products

  • UC15: Thermoformed foamed trays for food packaging, with improvements of up to 20% extended shelf life and 20% mechanical properties (or 20% weight reduction at the same mechanical performance).
  • UC16: Foamed packaging based on bioexpanded beads, improvements of 10% in thermal resistance and 20% mechanical performance (or 20% weight reduction at the same mechanical performance) are expected.
  • UC17: Complex shaped foamed parts for the automotive sector with improvements similar to previous product.

Pilot plants:

PP1, PP2, PP5, PP7, PP14


Rapid prototyping, Production of foams by different technologies: extrusion foaming, bead foaming, reactive foaming, injection molding, compression molding, gas dissolution foaming, characterization of foams and foaming mechanisms.

danipack: Packaging industry (flexible packaging for food and other applications)

Danipack is a Portuguese Leader in production of films for Food Packaging, equipped with state of art technology of extrusion up to seven layers, providing solutions of gas barrier, high speed packaging, using materials such Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyamide, EVOH and PLA. Danipack was founded in 2016, with experienced team from film sector. With a turnover over 65 Million €, with export rate of 40%, Danipack employs around 180 persons. The mainly films application is for lamination converters, and food industry like thermoforming films and vacuum pouches. All films for food contact are under BRC certification.

Use cases: Block copolymers (PLA-PBS and PHBV-PLA), CNF, active nanocapsules, modified nanoclays / Compostable and a recyclable packaging for food applications

DANIP will develop two products of flexible packaging for food applications, 2 laminated film ranging from 6 to 200 µm to be thermoformed for vacuum packed applications (meat and cheese), with two different objectives:

  • UC 18: recyclable solution reinforced with nanocellulose and/or nanoclays to achieve high barrier performance, (reducing the number of layers). Also, active nanocapsules will be incorporated to release active agents (antimicrobial and/or antioxidant) to increase the shelf life of food products
  • UC19: a compostable solution based on bionanocomposites developed by using biodegradable polymers reinforced with nanocellulose and/or nanoclays to achieve high barrier performance and with active nanocapsules with the aim of increasing the shelf life of the packaging solution. Reduction of OTR and WVTR up to 15-25% and active packaging to extend shelf-life up to 20% respect to non-biodegradable material, to reduce the number of layers or thickness in multilayer systems.

Pilot plants:

PP1, PP2, PP3, PP5, PP6, PP7, PP9


In-line monitoring, food safety, compostability tests and recyclability studies

Hilos técnicos: Textile industry (synthetic fibres)

Hilos Técnicos S.M., S.L. (HTSM), located in Barcelona, began its activities under the direction of Mr. Jordi Sánchez Busquets, a pioneer in Spain in the manufacture of synthetic technical yarns (Monofilament, Multifilament and Raffias), with more than 50 years of Experience in the sector. Since its origins, the company has developed its own technologies and production processes, always betting on new technological advances. Hilos Técnicos S.M., S.L. manufactures and distributes the highest quality yarns. HTSM has extensive experience in plastic extrusions, we manufacture Monofilaments, Multifilaments and Raffias of different strengths with top quality materials.

Use cases: CNF, active nanocapsules, compostable synthetic fibres

  • UCM20: synthetic fiber produced with biodegradable materials reinforced with CNF by reactive extrusion for agricultural applications. 100% compostable and biodegradable in soil at least 80%.
  • UCM21: synthetic fibers produced with biodegradable materials and coated with active nanocapsules including agrochemical to be released in a controlled manner. 100% compostable and biodegradable in soil at least 80%, reducing conventional agrochemical treatments by 20%.
  • Pilot plants:

    PP2, PP5, PP7, PP8, PP11


    Mathematical modellling, compostability