The HiBarFilm2 Project is an Innovate UK funded project (Ref: 10015317) that started in March 2022 and is expected to run for 30 months. Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd is leading the consortium of eight companies – BASF, Bangor University, Cambridge Nanomaterials Technologies, Dunbia, Fre-Energy, Parkside Flexibles and Wells Plastics – to develop the next generation of high barrier films for food packaging using functionalised nanomaterials (“HiBarFilm2 Consortium”).
HiBarFilm2 has an ambitious objective to achieve the same barrier performance using a mono-materials polyolefin film as the currently used multilayer barrier films.
The consortium aims to accomplish this using plasma functionalised nanomaterials to increase barrier performance in two main areas of focus; firstly by mixing the nanomaterials directly into the polyolefin prior to filming, adding barrier properties to the film itself – both polyolefin films and compostable plastics will be used to also address the issue with contamination of films with food waste such as fats and blood; and secondly, by dispersing the nanomaterials into a barrier coating which can be applied to the polyolefin substrate. The advantage being the two solutions can be combined to increase the barrier performance further. By manufacturing mono-material flexible films the recyclability of these materials will increase, and value will be added.
HiBarFilm2 Project Open Day Workshop
The 1st Open Day was held in Cambridge as a hybrid event, at the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa (QHotel) on the 29 June 2023. A total of 36 delegates registered to participate in the event in person and online. They came from the following leading organisations University of Cambridge, Novartis Pharma (CH), The Coop, University of Strathclyde, Queen Mary University of London, University of South Wales, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Ourobio, Algreen Ltd, Pulpex, Haleon, Echo Packaging Limited, one • five, Yiotis SA, among others.
To read more about this event, please visit the Workshops page (button below).