Final publishable summary report

The SUCCIPACK project was a 3-year European FP7 project coordinated by Actia. It aimed at investigating how polybutylene succinate (PBS) materials could answer the requirements of the food industry. SUCCIPACK considered the entire life cycle of packaging from the raw materials production to its end of life.

The French company ARD (Agro Industry Research and Development) realized the first worldwide production of PBS with 100% bio-based succinic acid using wheat as a feedstock. The PBS has been formulated by Natureplast to adapt its properties for the processing of food packaging (film extrusion, thermoforming and injection molding).

Films, trays and cups have been produced by Leygatech, Velfor and the CTCPA for the packaging of cheese, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

Barrier properties of the materials have been adapted by surface treatments to each product specifications by VITO and Topchim from Belgium.

Safety and quality tests realized by LNE and CTCPA proved that the new material is suitable for food packaging. This outcome was confirmed by AINIA, Vysoka Skola Chemicko-Technologicka (VSCHT) of Prague and the University of Bologna (UNIBO) by evaluating quality parameters and shelf-life of different foods (raw meat, lettuce, peanuts, cheeses, vegetarian and ready-to-eat products) provided by SMEs (Mambelli, Ortoreale, Gimar, Combio) and packaged with the innovative PBS materials.

Finally, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and the BIODYMIA laboratory from the University of Lyon developed a suitable method of Solid State Polymerization (SSP) to improve PBS properties and its recycling ability. The environmental performances have been measured by 2B to optimize the different production routes of PBS and guide the material development by means of ecodesign feedback.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No.289196
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