AMB 2022-004 Pilot Case Introduction

Read insights for AMB 2022-004 Pilot Case led by the Italian company AMB Spa that was selected through FlexFunction2Sustain Open Call.

AMB challenge is to identify material formulations and/or coating technologies able to provide a recyclable PET sheet, chlorine-free and halogens free, that can replace the current structures in applications where the barrier requirements are very demanding (for example in food and pharma applications), guaranteeing the same barrier levels against moisture. The PET substrate is then thermoformed to have a blister pack (bottom part of the blister), so the barrier must not be damaged with this thermo-mechanical process.

Possible solutions that could be explored in this project include the barrier development, coating technologies and formulation of PET compounds with suitable additives, provided by the Flexfunction2Sustain partners.

The project will allow AMB to have a technical solution suitable for the blister application, recyclable and aligned with EU regulation on recycling plastic, moreover, avoiding the use of components such chlorine and halogens that are dangerous for the environment.

In order to execute this Pilot Case, AMB is using the combined services of FlexFunction2Sustain consortium partnerIPC – Centre Technique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites,  Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Joanneum Research, Sonnenberg Harrison Partnerschaft, including:

  • Identification of barrier formulation and coating
  • Lamination
  • WVTR and OTR tests on flat films & WVTR on thermoformed samples
  • Recyclability assessment
  • IP and market analysis

Stay tuned for further details on AMB 2022-004 Pilot Case development!