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Tuba Seminar – Trends in the packaging industry

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Sep
13

Urska-Susnik-PivkLajovic Tuba embalaža, d.o.o. (TUBA) presented the WHEYLAYER2 project on September 12, 2013 at the 4th seminar on packaging (Trends in the packaging industry – from cost optimization to the use of sustainable materials and intelligent packaging) organized by Zelena Slovenija®. The seminar was held in Celje.

Some novelties and trends in the packaging industry were presented at the seminar as well as major international projects involving Slovenian companies and specialist research institutions. The seminar also revealed many aspects of the cost optimization in the packaging manufacture. Seminar brought together industry: packaging producers and users. The seminar addressed variety of companies from manufacture and service sector, environmentalists (including NGOs), educational and research institutions, companies dealing with waste management etc. –  all those who are aware of the urgent innovations in sustainable packaging production.

4th Workshop on Green Chemistry

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Aug
26

Dr. Elodie Bugnicourt will review different strategies for the valorisation of wastes from agro-food processing, including the one pursued in the present project, to obtain truly sustainable bioplastics and their applications as sustainable packaging during the 4th Workshop on Green Chemistry and Nanotechnologies in Polymer Chemistry organized by the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Pisa and Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials, CNR, next 4-6 September 2013 in Pisa, Italy.

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Wheylayer in PackagingFilms July 2012

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Jun
6

Wheylayer in PackagingFilms July 2012

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PCS exhibits at PLAGKEM and presents WHEYLAYER2 project

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May
13

Slovenian Plasttechnics Cluster (PCS) presented the WHEYLAYER2 project at the 10th edition of the “PLAGKEM” fair, held in Celje, Slovenia from 16th to 19th April 2013. This is an international fair of plastics, rubber and chemistry. It was visited by more than 10 thousand visitors, who came also from countries of Southern Balkans and the European Union. Most visitors were from professional area and they were satisfied with the event. Other 50 exhibitors from several European countries presented their technologies and products.

Exhibition programme included:

  • synthetic masses; semi-manufactures and products, special multipurpose products; products reinforced with fibers and metals,
  • crude rubber and rubber; semi-manufactures and products, special multipurpose products, products in combination with metals, products from foam rubber,
  • chemistry; semi-manufactures and products in the chemical, pharmaceutical, para-pharmaceutical, food, leather, cellulose, metallurgical and energetic process industry,
  • equipment and tools manufacturing, projecting, automatization and process monitoring and control in the production of synthetic masses, rubber, crude rubber and chemistry,
  • production of synthetic masses, crude rubber and chemistry – reprocessing and recycling,
  • ecology – clean environment in the production of synthetic masses, rubber, crude rubber and chemistry,
  • smelting plants

Project WHEYLAYER2 (FP7 315743) that was presented with a brochure raised high interested among visitors, who expressed desire to check sample materials. Those visitors were advised to visit project’s web site for more details.

PCS presented on a booth their business activities and their running research and development projects with brochures, posters and sample products; as well as products of some of their industrial members.

Industrie&Technologies: Des protéines de lait pour l emballage

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Apr
25

French online magazine Industrie&Technologies talks about the Wheylayer2 project in an article aimed at highlighting the biopolymer-coating based on whey protein residue for the production of sustainable plastic films.

The article, by Ludovic Fery journalist, reads as follows:

Un procédé de fabrication de films utilisant un coproduit de l’industrie laitière est en cours d’industrialisation dans le cadre du projet de recherche européen Wheylayer II. Sa commercialisation est prévue pour début 2014.

Click here to read the full article (French)

Wheylayer2 project at the University of Maribor

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Apr
10

On the 9th of April 2013, the Wheylayer2 project was presented at the University of Maribor by the project coordinator Urška Sušnik Pivk, from Lajovic Tuba company.

Students of Economics and Business attended this presentation about the Wheylayer2 Demonstration Activity project as the follow-on phase from the very successful Wheylayer project that developed a biopolymer-coating based on whey protein for plastic films, from November 2008 to October 2011.

Wheylayer2 is focused on finalizing the industrialization steps prior to the commercialization of the developed whey protein coating for plastic films that could replace currently used expensive synthetic oxygen barrier layers and greatly improve the packaging sustainability.

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Ms. Urška Sušnik Pivk, from Lajovic Tuba company

 

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Coordinated by Tuba, Wheylayer2 project is participated by 10 partners from 5 European countries.

Wheylayer2 features in Tuba mag

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Mar
27

Tubica, Lajovic Tuba’s magazine, published an article about the Wheylayer2 Demonstration Activity project, which is the follow-on phase from the very successful – WHEYLAYER  project that developed a biopolymer-coating based on whey protein for plastic films.

The article goes over the different activities held so far since August 2012, when the project kicked off.

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Research Article: Processing and Validation of Whey-Protein-Coated Films

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Mar
5
Advances in Materials Science and Engineering. Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 496207, 10 pages

Processing and Validation of Whey-Protein-Coated Films and Laminates at Semi-Industrial Scale as Novel Recyclable Food Packaging Materials with Excellent Barrier Properties

E. Bugnicourt,1 M. Schmid,2,3 O. Mc. Nerney,1 J. Wildner,4 L. Smykala,4 A. Lazzeri,5 and P. Cinelli5

1Innovació i Recerca Industrial i Sostenible (IRIS), Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, Avenida Carl Friedrich Gauss No. 11, 08860 Castelldefels, Spain
2Material Development Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Giggenhauser Straße 35, 85354 Freising, Germany
3Chair of food packaging technology, Technische Universität München, Weihenstephaner Steig 22, 85354 Freising, Germany
4Food Technology and Bioprocess Engineering, ttz Bremerhaven, Fischkai 1, 27572 Bremerhaven, Germany
5Department of Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Pisa, Via Diotisalvi No. 2, 56126 Pisa, Italy

Received 25 August 2012; Accepted 5 January 2013

Academic Editor: Wen-Hua Sun

Copyright © 2013 E. Bugnicourt et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A biopolymer coating for plastic films was formulated based on whey protein, and its potential to replace current synthetic oxygen barrier layers used in food packaging such as ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymers (EVOH) was tested. The whey-coating application was performed at semi-industrial scale. High barrier to oxygen with transmission rate down to ranges of 1 cm3 (STP) m−2 d−1 bar−1 at 23ºC and 50% relative humidity (r.h.) but interesting humidity barrier down to ranges of 3 g m−2 d−1 (both normalized to 100 μm thickness) were reached, outperforming most existing biopolymers. Coated films were validated for storing various food products showing that the shelf life and sensory attributes were maintained similar to reference packaging films while complying with food safety regulations. The developed whey coating could be enzymatically removed within 2 hours and is therefore compatible with plastic recycling operations to allow multilayer films to become recyclable by separating the other combined layers. A life cycle assessment was performed showing a significant reduction in the environmental impact of the packaging thanks in particular to the possibility of recycling materials as opposed to incinerating those containing EVOH or polyamide (PA), but due to the use of biosourced raw materials.

Meierei-Genossens eG hosts M7 meeting

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Feb
17

Month-7 meeting of Wheylayer2 gathered together the project consortium in Meierei-Genossens eG (MLANG) partner’s facilities, in Langenhorn, Germany.

The two-day meeting took place on the 13th and 14th of February 2013. On the afternoon of the first day, all project attendees visited company’s farm and cheese-making factory.

MLANG will be involved in supplying whey protein for the Wheylayer packaging. They may also use the resulting packaging for packing the cheese and cream that they produce. Wheylayer2 project focuses on up-scaling the results obtained in the WHEYLAYER project.

Meierei-Genossens eG hosted this meeting, in its facilities in Langenhorn, Germany.

Attendees visited Meierei-Genossens eG farm and cheese-making factory

Getting ready for Month-7 meeting

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Jan
20

Wheylayer2 consortium will hold next project meeting on the 13th and 14th of February 2013.

Meierei-Genossens eG will host this meeting, in its facilities in Langenhorn, Germany. A visit to its farm and cheese-making factory is included in the two-day meeting for the project participants.