Increasing prices for raw materials show that scarcity of resources will be one of the major challenges in the next decades. The use of fossil fuels and materials will probably be limited to applications where alternatives with similar properties made from renewable resources are not available. Currently, plastic materials are used in packaging components for both functional layers and layers that provide stability. The application of composite materials, consisting of functional layers and base layers made from renewable resources, could significantly reduce the amount of plastic in packaging. However, processing of such composite materials is challenging and the formability and applicability of various materials have to be investigated.
Consequently, the aim of the project „FunctionalMaterialForming“ is the investigation of the formability of composite materials made of plastics and paperboard in the deep drawing process. Coating methods, materials and the forming process with be analyzed and optimized.
The IGF project presented here by the Research Association of the Industrial Association for Food Technology and Packaging (IVLV e.V.) is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy via the AiF as part of the program for the promotion of industrial community research (IGF) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.