Aimplas and Ainia Collaborate on Nanopack Project
The Technological Institute of Plastic, Aimplas, and Ainia Technological Centre, both Valencia, Spain, are currently collaborating in a R&D project, which aims to develop the first prototypes of cosmetics packaging with improved properties using nanomaterials.
The Nanopack project will last for 24 months and is financed by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness, Ivace. With this project, both institutes want to make progress in the development of safer, more sustainable and more competitive cosmetics packaging. Nowadays, plastics are the most commonly used materials in the cosmetics industry for product packaging due to its multiple advantages: design, lightness, strength and durability. Nanopack project tries to show that all these properties can be improved.
According to initial studies, it has been proved that nanoparticles used in the project (nanoclay) give plastics advanced properties, such as higher gas barrier and better mechanical and thermal properties. Furthermore, it is no longer necessary to use additives and charges because of this improved new material high efficiency. The number of layers and the quantity of raw materials used in the manufacturing of packaging might also be reduced, resulting in costs saving.
Another objective of the project is to add these nanoparticles to biopolymers (bioplastics) coming from renewable sources. Nanopack project will finish in December 2015. It is expected that the results will be applicable to other sectors which also have high demands, for example, the industrial oils packaging sector.
AIMPLAS Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico
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