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New innovation ecosystem is launched - KCL is involved in supporting the market entry of bio-based consumer products

Jan 29, 2021

The packaging, automotive, and other consumer goods industries have received EUR 14.5 million funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for a project aiming to replace petroleum-based goods with bio-based products. The INN-PRESSME project will function as an ecosystem, involving the development of recyclable and/or biodegradable packaging, energy, and vehicle solutions and other consumer goods.The project involves 26 other European organisations from nine European countries.

The core of the new INN-PRESSME ecosystem (Full name, “Open innovation ecosystem for sustainable plant-based nano-enabled biomaterials deployment for packaging, energy/transport, and consumer goods”) is comprised of pilot devices owned by ten European partners. The services of the ecosystem make it possible to develop new high value add products that are recyclable and biodegradable, or solutions that replace oil-based products. The core of the new INN-PRESSME ecosystem (Full name, “Open innovation ecosystem for sustainable plant-based nano-enabled biomaterials deployment for packaging, energy/transport, and consumer goods”) is comprised of pilot devices owned by ten European partners. The services of the ecosystem make it possible to develop new high value add products that are recyclable and biodegradable, or solutions that replace oil-based products. 

“KCL's role in the project is to provide and develop its already existing wide range of services of recycling testing for fiber-based materials”, says Eva Sandås, Customer service manager, and KCL project leader in the INN-PRESSME project.

A goal of the project, which operates on the principle of open innovation, is to expand into a Europe-wide ecosystem offering research and pilot services for enterprises of different sizes. The ecosystem offers companies the possibility to reduce risks linked with developing new products and to accelerate market access. 

The INN-PRESSME website (www.inn-pressme.eu) will be available soon. More information is available via the European Commission’s CORDIS service.

INN-PRESSME has received funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement N° 952972).

The project, providing product solutions that are based on biomaterials, was launched on 1 January 2021 and runs until 31 January 2025.

Co-ordinated by VTT, the INN-PRESSME project also involves the following partners:

• Belgium: Innovation in Research & Engineering Solutions (IRES), Greenovate! Europe EEIG

• Finland: Keskuslaboratorio Oy - Centrallaboratorium Ab (KCL), Walki Plastiroll Oy

• France: Centre Technique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites (IPC), Commissariat à l´Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA), Polymaris Biotechnology SAS, Arjowiggins France

• Germany: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., WSVK OEDERAN GmbH, Skeleton Technologies GmbH

• Italy: Stam srl, Centro Ricerche Fiat SCPA

• Poland: Instytut Włókien Naturalnych i Roślin Zielarskich

• Spain: Fundación CIDETEC, Fundación AITIIP, Asociación de Investigación de Materiales Plásticos y Conexas (AIMPLAS), Gnanomat SL, Global Equity & Corporate Consulting SL, Asociación Española de Normalización (UNE), MAIER S. Coop, Albéa Services, Podoactiva SL

• Sweden: RISE Processum AB, Skanem Skurup AB• United Kingdom: Granta Design Ltd.

Further information
KCL – Oy Keskuslaboratorio-Centrallaboratorium Ab
Eva Sandås  eva.sandas@kcl.fi  +358 40 7387842
Maiju Aikala  maiju.aikala@kcl.fi  +358 40 8294563

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