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Solenis joins global consortium for fibre-based plastic alternatives


July 8, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Specialty chemical producer Solenis is participating in the Piloting Alternatives for Plastics project, a global initiative to help develop the next generation of fibre-based materials to replace plastics used in food packaging, filters, hygiene products and other goods.

Solenis is joining more than 50 other companies in the technical consortium, including major packaging and paper manufacturers, led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).

During the 30-month project, the group will work to identify materials and manufacturing methods best suited for full-scale development.

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The goal is to reduce the time it takes to move projects from initial laboratory results into commercial production. Based on that development work, companies can better migrate to a product development phase that leverages bio-based solutions for their own products.

Piloting Alternatives for Plastics will focus on several technical areas, including the development of breakthrough technology to dramatically reduce energy and water used in papermaking. Areas of focus also include cellulose-based wipes and hygiene solutions to replace petroleum-based nonwovens, as well as high-performance, cellulose-based materials that can create 3D structures and improve water resistance.