THE CTP, A KEY PLAYER OF ITS SECTOR
« There will be a before and after... Heading towards new landmarks of innovation »
Despite this troubled context, the paper industry stood firm in answer to the call for bio-sourced and recyclable products of primary necessity, namely through food packaging and hygiene products. Our industrial partners rose to the challenge of adapting and guaranteeing the continuity of their productions without compromising their principal objective: preserving the health of their teams.That said, businesses in our sector are beginning to feel that this “contextual” demand is now slowing down, despite efforts to invigorate local markets to compensate the upheaval in international trade.
SHERPACK, TOWARDS THE PACKAGING OF TOMORROW
In June 2017, three manufacturers (Cargill, Borregaard, Ahlstrom-Munksjô) and three research centres (ITENE, IPCF, CTP) joined forces to develop a flexible cellulose-based packaging material called Sherpack. This material will be born in 2021 from the combination of three innovative technologies applied to the paper support: the wet lamination of a thin layer of fibrillated cellulose, the formulation and coating of a water-based emulsion of a biodegradable polymer, the specific design, formulation and printing of polysaccharide-based motifs. The first two provide the barrier properties to oxygen, mineral oil and water vapour, the third facilitates the handling of the packaging and improves rigidity.