The objective for the consortium of AR Packaging, PulPac and the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) is to develop and commercially validate ten standardised product concepts within different packaging and single-use applications during next three years.
The purpose is to enable rapid upscaling and dissemination of the Dry Molded Fiber technology with ready to use and validated designs – building on the combined expertise in the consortium and the support offered by the Swedish Innovation Agency.
“Given Dry Molded Fiber’s blend of sustainability, global scalability and cost efficiency, we were early to join the PulPac Technology Pool and are heavily supporting the development,” says Ralf Mack, Group Innovation Director, AR Packaging. “Consumers and the industry alike are seeking a shift to fibre wherever possible. Consequently, we are proud to support these efforts to standardise key product categories, with our long experience in the packaging market and deep insights in the converting industry, offering a much faster path to market and greater spread for this breakthrough technology.”
“RISE is proud to partner with PulPac and AR Packaging in co-developing these products for global market introduction of Dry Molded Fiber,” comments Helena Halonen, Project Manager, RISE. “We are confident that sustainable cellulose-based materials are the key to replacing fossil-based plastics and the dry forming process is definitely an enabler with large and interesting capacity. We are excited to take lead in validating the products’ recyclability, biodegradability and compostability as well as perform Life Cycle Analyses and examine consumer preferences in the categories.”
“PulPac’s development continues to accelerate, and we see much value in this consortium with RISE and AR Packaging and the support from the Swedish Innovation Agency,” comments Linus Larsson, Chief Executive Officer, PulPac AB. “We see this project of standardising DMF-solutions in commodity categories for maximum spread and uptake – as any licensee can utilise the results – as a strong testament to both our business model and vision to replace single-use plastics at scale.”