Flex Function 2 Sustain

Open Innovation Ecosystem for Sustainable Nano-functionalized
Flexible Plastic and Paper Surfaces and Membranes

Call identifier: H2020-NMBP-HUBS-2019
Topic: DT-NMBP-03-2019 Open Innovation Test Beds for nano-enabled surfaces and membranes (IA)
Starting date: 1st April 2020
Duration of the project: 48 months


Plastic and paper based flexible materials and films are used in a wide range of daily life products e.g. in packaging, furniture surface finish, consumer electronic devices, architecture or in car windows. Applications represent well established multi-billion Euro markets. Key Enabling Technologies for a majority of these applications are based on nano-enabled functionalization of the surfaces. Today, Industry faces game-changing, critical challenges for societal acceptance and economic competitiveness: (1) Overcome plastic waste pollution and follow the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy towards the development of sustainable materials; (2) Keep pace with digitisation and get products ready for integration of smart systems and intelligent products.

FlexFunction2Sustain will be the first European Initiative to support the Industry in overcoming these challenges through a sustainable Open Innovation Ecosystem. FlexFunction2Sustain will develop dedicated services to boost innovation for nanofunctionalised flexible plastic and paper surfaces and membranes and offer those services to users, in particular SMEs, in all EU countries through an independent single entry point (SEP) legal entity with multiple regional front offices.

FlexFunction2Sustain connects complementary pilot lines to a set of 9 connected lab-2-fab facilities covering all major nanosurface processing techniques for (flexible) plastic and paper surfaces and membranes. The facilities and novel surface functionality will be demonstrated in six relevant industrial application scenarios. 20 pre-commercial pilot cases will demonstrate the Services of the FlexFunction2Sustain OITB.

The FlexFunction2Sustain OITB is prepared to support the client at any point in the innovation chain from TRL4 to TRL7 with and integrated technological, business development and verification/pre-certification service portfolio that helps the client to progress quickly through the innovation chain.

List of participants:

No. Participant organisation name Short name Country
1. Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FEP, IAP and IVV) FHG Germany
2. Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH JOA Austria
3. Aristotle University Thessaloniki AUTH Greece
4. Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH COA Germany
5. AMCOR Flexibles AMCOR Switzerland
6. Gesellschaft für Mittelstandsförderung mbH GEMI Germany
7. Organic Electronics Technologies  OET Greece
8. 24IP Law Group 24IP France
9. BL Nanobiomed BLNANO Greece
10. Centre Technique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites IPC France
11. International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL Portugal
12. Hellenic Organic and Printed Electronics Association HOPEA Greece
13. I3Membrane GmbH I3M Germany
14. Hueck Folien GmbH HUECK Austria
15. Centro Ricerche Fiat SCPA CRF Italy
16. Procter & Gamble Service GmbH PG Germany
17. SONAE MC – Serviços Partilhados, S.A. SONAE Portugal
18. Capri Sun GmbH CAPRI Germany
19. Amires s.r.o. AMI Czech Republic

Contact persons:

Project Coordinator: Dr. John Fahlteich, john.fahlteich(at)fep.fraunhofer.de

Project Manager: Anastasia Grozdanova, grozdanova(at)amires.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n°862156, project FlexFunction2Sustain