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New materials

The growing adhesion of companies to sustainability policies involves the need to find innovative ways of improving product performance and reducing environmental impact: as a consequence, this is also reflected in the use of new packaging materials, especially in the food chain.

One of the points that IMA is working on in collaboration with our customers is the use of compostable packaging materials. Currently, these materials, which are still being developed, are seldom used for packaging, mainly for costs reasons, but also because they are more complicated to use. It is therefore essential to involve IMA during the development of these materials to identify the most suitable packaging solution for the customer. With regard to collaborations on this topic, IMA finances a study grant to obtain knowledge about packaging materials.

The researcher with DICAM at the University of Bologna will study “Polymeric materials for eco-sustainable packaging”. As described above, IMA has a growing interest in environmental matters and in packaging solutions with a lower environmental impact. For example, the MaXima project includes a line of research entitled “Use of eco-compatible materials”, which seeks to overcome the restrictions that limit the use of PLA and equivalent materials. This activity is carried out in collaboration with an important company that produces filters made from PLA.

 

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