Collaboration on biodegradable flexible packaging

Thursday, 12 January, 2006

Amcor Australasia and Plantic Technologies have announced an alliance to work towards the development of a new biodegradable material, which if successful, has potential to change the mainstream confectionery packaging market and provide manufacturers and retailers with a cost effective, functional and environmentally-sustainable packaging solution.

The collaboration will encompass a research program over two years and will seek to build the Intellectual Property (IP) of both companies. Plantic will provide its patented Plantic material: a plastic created from plants, which dissolves rapidly on contact with water. Amcor will use the Plantic material to undertake trials of the resin in a commercial packaging film operation.

Plantic Technologies' COO, Brendon Morris said: "We expect our alliance with Amcor will expand the market for Plantic resin into flexible packaging and further advance our technology. The market for flexible packaging is one of the largest in the world. Future commercialisation of the product will contribute to environmental sustainability by reducing the dependence on petrochemical plastics and ultimately achieve a cleaner environment for future generations."

To date, Plantic materials have been used as a rigid plastic in confectionery and biscuit trays. Plantic's collaboration with Amcor aims to develop a thin and durable plastic for the flexible packaging of food and confectionery, such as chocolate bar wrappers and over wrap. Plantic is also developing its portfolio of resins to include injection moulding grades.

Dr Michele Allan, general manager Amcor Research and Technology, said: "This alliance combines our state-of-the-art forensic and development capability with Plantic's expertise in biodegradable product technology. It responds to demand from our customers for an improved biodegradable packaging solution and to consumer demand for environmentally friendly packaging in a broader range of products."

In the last three years, Plantic has completed commercial supply deals with Cadbury Schweppes, Lindt and Sprungli and Byron Bay Cookie.

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