Tecnoalimenti (TCA) is an Italian consortium of food industries for research and innovation that integrates horizontally and vertically the main industrial players of the agro-food chain. As a non-profit research organisation, Tecnoalimenti S.C.p.A. is composed of 28 food sector industries and one financial institution, Intesa, as trustee of Ministerial funds. Its member industries account for 12% of Italian food sales. Established in 1981, Tecnoalimenti has a record of over 500 research projects in almost any domain related to agro-food, acquiring high-level skills in project envisioning, design, management and research execution. It has a wide experience as coordinator.
Bio-on was founded in 2007 and works in the field of modern biotechnologies applied to widely used materials to create natural products and solutions, totally obtained from renewable sources or agricultural processing waste materials. The Company holds the proprietary rights for producing linear polyesters, namely Polyhydroxyalkanoates-PHAs (truly biological plastic), through an innovative biotechnology completely based on natural bacterial fermentation of agricultural wastes (Bio-on has designed and patented such technology).
Icimendue represents a benchmark in the flexible packaging industry since the late 19 Century, employing a wide range of materials such as paper, cellulose film, polypropylenes and other advanced technological solutions. Nowadays, the rotogravure and flexographic printing, together with the modern equipment and metallization facility allows IM2 to print and produce many types of laminate film structures for all kinds of market sectors. The current capacity allows the Company to print any type of flexible film with an overlapping up to 11 colours, by coupling in line and off line in order to achieve different typologies of multilayers for the most varied market requirements.
The National Centre for Food Technology and Safety (CNTA) is a Spanish private non-profit Research Centre set up in 1981 as an initiative of the agrifood sector. The main aim of CNTA is to contribute to the development and innovation of the agrifood industry, offering technical support to improve their quality and competitiveness. CNTA acts as a key provider for knowledge, innovation and R&D&I services for over 500 industries (over 200 of which are members). CNTA staff includes over 100 scientists and technologists. Research scientists at CNTA are actively involved in numerous national and international networks.
Kao Chimigraf is an international company that has centered its enterprise in the Graphic Arts sector since 1970. Since then, it has been dedicated to the production, distribution and sales of superior quality flexographic liquid inks, rotogravure and Ink Jet that are intended for a variety of markets. This includes both the national and international industrial graphic sector. Kao Chimigraf offers a large range of series of inks for all types of applications at an excellent price/quality relationship; it also produces concentrates to manufacture ink. During its manufacturing, rigorous standards of quality are applied to insure the consistency and traceability of each batch.
Research group of Paper Converting and Packaging Technology of Tampere University of Technology, offers high quality teaching and research on paper and paperboard converting, technology and products. R&D work is focused on extrusion coating, laminating, dispersion coating and applications. Major fields of research include e.g. high-barrier coatings, surface treatment and modification, thin nanoscale coatings, and biodegradable/renewable/recyclable products. The unit has over 20 years of experience in R&D of wide range of polymers and their processing including both oil-based and bio-based polymers. PCPT has a well-equipped laboratory and pilot scale equipment for both research and education and it has collaboration with other universities, research institutes as well as paper, paperboard and plastics converting industry and related raw material manufacturers in Finland and abroad.
Technical University of Denmark is the leading engineering faculty of Denmark with 2300 researchers, 700 PhD students and 6000 bachelor and master students. The Department of Management Engineering at DTU focuses on innovation and organization of innovation processes and technological and environmental aspects in a business and social perspective. The department’s Division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) focuses on the development of scientifically based engineering methods and tools for analysis and application in decision support concerning environmental and social sustainability of products and technologies. The tools include life cycle assessment (LCA), social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) and cost-benefit analysis (CBA). QSA is a research group with a high scientific standing; DTU is the most cited university internationally within quantitative sustainability assessment