TECH NEED

Seeking Sustainable and Durable Materials for Packaging Applications

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Materials - Composites
Materials - Bio Materials
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TN174418

Background/Description

Packaging materials play an important role in daily warehouse operations and the logistics industry to protect and transport vast amounts of products from different locations. Such packaging have to be designed to be sturdy, durable, withstand external loadings under various conditions and time periods as well as being reusable for economic reasons.

As part of the company’s initiative to move towards green solutions, a Singapore-based packaging manufacturer is seeking sustainable composite materials as an alternative to wood for use in packaging solutions. Besides packaging, another possible use-case for the material may be for use as planks or floorboards at construction sites.

The proposed composite material should be highly durable (strength and durability should be comparable to wood), cost-effective and be able to be easily manufacturable (e.g., extrusion, molding).

The technology seeker is interested to collaborate with technology owners who:

  • have access to relevant sustainable low-cost material sources as wood replacement
  • are able to co-develop a suitable composite material from these sustainable low-cost material sources, with the desired functionalities for use in packaging applications e.g., able to withstand external loadings under various conditions
  • are able to support the manufacturing of the material into usable products (e.g., packaging, planks)

Technology Specification

The proposed material should fulfil the following requirements:

  • Must be from a sustainable source i.e., derived from recycled or waste streams
  • High strength and durability - comparable to wood
  • Lightweight
  • To be readily and sustainably manufacturable, e.g., extrudable with standard extrusion processing equipment, or via molding etc.
  • Material should be cost-effective for the desired application (e.g., planks or floorboards)

Preferred Business Model

  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture)
  • R&D Collaboration