Chesapeake, a leading manufacturer of consumer packaging, is contributing to a pan-European project that aims to revolutionise paper packaging. The project, coordinated by the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University, has secured EU funding in-excess of €3m (£2.5m) and is expected to result in the development of ‘NEWGENPACK’ - the next generation of environmentally friendly paper packaging.
Experts from across Europe are pooling ideas and resources to ‘change the face of paper packaging’ and create innovative sustainable packaging with enhanced properties.
Carol Hammond, Head of R&D at Chesapeake, who is one of the research partners, declared that the expertise bought together for the project has the potential to create a new generation of packaging.
The group, with specialists from Sweden, Poland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK, said it will focus on the development of new packaging that is both sustainable and economically viable. The participants are carrying out top level, individual research projects to advance in three major fields: next generation packaging composites; cellulose fibre based active packaging and the effect of packaging production on the environment, the economy and society as a whole.