Engineered Natural Materials
in Packaging Applications

30 May 2023
From 9:00-12:30
Online seminar via MS Teams

Natural materials derived from plants, which have been used by humans since the start of civilization, have been largely replaced by synthetic and composite materials during the last century. With the increasing global awareness and concern on management of end of life of such synthetic and composite materials and related environmental threats, engineered natural materials are gaining considerable commercial importance. Strong efforts are devoted worldwide to the development of new engineered natural fibers and materials, and their use in new environmentally friendly products and products with new functionalities. The combination with biopolymers opens up the way for replacement of fossil fuel derived polymers. The high specific strength, low density, and biocompatibility of natural fibers offers plenty of opportunities for their use as filler materials and as materials for packaging and structural applications.

The rate of development of packaging solutions using engineered natural materials is increasing fast and has the potential to substitute conventional polymer based packaging in a wide variety of areas, from consumer and food packaging to reusable packaging of industrial goods. Challenges still remain with respect to modelling and prediction of the part characteristics and performance in operation, process development for mass production, as well as development of fiber material with tailored properties. In addition, the implications for the supply chain must be considered.

Get up-to-date knowledge
The seminar on Engineered Natural Materials in Packaging Applications brings together top European industrial and academic speakers providing up-to-date knowledge of the latest developments, new possibilities and opportunities that can support companies in implementing natural materials packaging innovation. The seminar covers the topics of natural fibers mechanics, fiber based moulding, biopolymer moulding, material development and reusable industrial packaging

Target audience
The webinar is directed to engineers and production managers with interest in the use of natural materials in packaging applications.

Seminar organizers
Giuliano Bissacco (DTU Construct) and Cristina Ferreira (MAN Energy Solutions) from ATV-SEMAPP’s production steering group.

30 May 2023 - Engineered Natural Materials in Packaging Applications

09:00 - 09:10
Welcome and introduction
09:10 - 09:40
Forming of geometrically advanced paper and board structures for packaging applications

Sören Östlund, Professor, Packaging Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden

Motivated by sustainability arguments, not the least, but also by cost, there is a great potential for materials from wood fibers to replace plastic in many packaging applications. For ultimate success, however, paper exhibits disadvantages that today seriously limit this potential, one being limited formability.
In this presentation, methods for forming 3D paper packaging structures are discussed. In particular, the deformation and damage mechanisms involved in the forming operations are analyzed, and how they relate to fibre network properties in developing new packaging structures.

Dr. Sören Östlund is a Professor of Packaging Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. His research is on the deformation and damage mechanisms of fibre-based packaging materials
09:40 - 10:10
Fibcro® enriching circular economy

Stefan Lummitsch, CTO & COO, BIO-LUTIONS International AG

Sustainable food packaging and the holistic, environmentally friendly use of organic materials are a key challenge of our generation that requires innovative and bold solutions. Therefore, companies need to start considering the life cycle of their products from start to finish. For BIO-LUTIONS this holistic approach on packaging solutions begins with our patented fibcro® natural fibres, which are mechanically converted from agricultural residues. This gives  previously overlooked natural resources a new value. Through regional and diversified raw material sourcing, BIO-LUTIONS makes itself more independent of market fluctuations and international supply chains. Our products are manufactured using the innovative, resource-efficient dry moulding process. Finally, the biodegradability and recyclability of our packaging solutions closes the gap to a true circular economy.

Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Lummitsch (COO & CTO, Member of the Board of BIO-LUTIONS) has been guiding the company since 2020 in the establishment of a new production site in Schwedt/Oder as well as in the further development of the technology. He studied process engineering on wood technology with doctorate in pulp & paper at the Universität Hamburg and is an expert in sustainable business development, operational process optimization and change management. During his more than 20 years in the pulp and paper industry he was striving for operational excellence as Technical & Operations Manager, worked as Head of R&D (Pulp & Paper) and was responsible for the project management for the set-up of entire production facilities. Prior to his entry into the clean-tech startup world, he worked for renowned companies including Smurfit Kappa, Seyfert and Coveris.
10:10 - 10:40
Innovative packaging solutions based on wood fiber biopolymer composites

Sarah Übele, R&D Engineer Polymers, Rezemo GmbH

Plastic packaging based on fossil polymers are commonly used for consumer goods due to their good chemical and mechanical characteristics. However, the manufacturing of these products consumes non-renewable resources and only a small portion is recyclable. In recent years biopolymer-based products have become of considerable interest as environmentally friendly alternatives. The use of wood-plastic-composite (WPC) materials based on biopolymers allows us to offer products fully made from renewable resources. This material is a sustainable alternative for a wide range of fossil-based products as shown by our pilot product, the wooden coffee capsule.

In this presentation, the challenges in the development of new applications for the cosmetics and agricultural industry that are competitive to conventional plastic products will be focused.

Sarah Übele works as R&D Engineer at the rezemo GmbH for the material development focusing biopolymers since 2023. She has a background in the field of polymer membranes and investigated mixed-matrix membranes for water treatment in the Innovation Field Membranes at the Fraunhofer Institute for Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in the context of her doctoral thesis at the university of Duisburg-Essen.
10:40 - 10:55
10:55 - 11:25
Dry forming – a disruptive technology with the potential to replace plastic packaging, at scale

Adam Johansson, Senior Development Engineer, Yangi

We all know that the industry needs to change. We all understand that the packaging solutions of today will not sustain us tomorrow. If the industries keep producing plastic at the current rate, the CO2 emissions will double by 2050 to 85 million tons, of which 60% comes from the plastic packaging industry. Also, the world is facing water shortages like never before. It is time for action. It is time for more sustainable packaging alternatives that fit into existing recycling systems.​
Designed to meet circular principles, Yangi® is a turn-key manufacturing technology for cellulose-based packaging based on dry forming principles, enabling a cost- and resource-efficient solution. This presentation will: ​

  • Outline key environmental benefits of dry forming technology and explain why this new technology is so disruptive
  • Share the current applications, limitations, and challenges of dry forming technology
  • Look at how the dry forming process differs from other sustainable packaging solutions currently on the market
  • Provide more insights on how partners in the entire packaging value chain can accelerate innovation for a more sustainable future
Adam Johansson has an unusual career path that makes him stand out from the rest. Starting as a race car mechanic working on top-level rallycross manufacturing and engineering, Adam quickly took a deeper interest and completed his degree in Nano Science with a specialisation in material science at the faculty of engineering at Lund University. Wanting to develop material and technological solutions towards a more sustainable future, he joined Yangi as a Senior Development Engineer. A research-driven professional, Adam loves to build value by finding solutions to complex problems.

11:25 - 12:05
The use of engineered wood for industrial packaging seen from a cost and CO2 perspective

Anders Lassen, Owner, Clip-Lok SimPak

Clip-Lok has globally for more than 35 years manufactured and sold tailor-made industrial, re-usable wooden packaging to the automotive industry, defense, defense contractors and industry in general. In the presentation we will discuss the decision making on type of packaging, the environmental impact of packaging (plywood, OSB (Orientated Strand Board), plastic and steel) as well as the elements in calculating the ROI on re-use of packaging of large and/or expensive industrial and consumer products.

12:05 - 12:25
Panel discussion
12.25 - 12.30
Closing remark

Registration fee

DKK 495   Members of ATV-SEMAPP and promoting partners listed in the registration form
DKK 695   Non-members
DKK 175   BSc and MSc students (Membership is free of charge – register here. Early bird discount does not apply)
DKK 295   PhD Students (Early bird discount does not apply)
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