Andaltec to improve packaging shelf life

By Jenny Eagle contact

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Andaltec Southern Spain
Andaltec Southern Spain

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The Andalusian Plastics Technology Center (Andaltec) in Martos (Jaén), southern Spain, is working on a dozen projects related to packaging in the food industry.

The projects include development of products by thermal, mechanical and process simulations; prototyping and small scale test bath production, nano and bio-composites, active and intelligent packaging and applications for biodegradable plastics.

Andaltec was created in 2005 and has promoted seven start-up companies and assists more than 130. It has developed more than 80 R&D projects, and answers more than 100enquiries a month.

Advantages of plastic

Daniel Aguilera, director R&D, Andaltec said there are more firms operating in the food sector that prefer to wrap their products in plastic.

"Plastic is a material that has many advantages for the food sector and we are working closely with several Andalusian companies so their packaging is much more than a container for their product​," he said.

Andaltec technicians have been working to extend the life of products without using additives that could contaminate them by improving the plastics used to contain food​.

Cost of production

The benefits of the packaging that the Plastics Technology Center is developing are numerous. They provide a greater security to the consumer because the food stays fresh longer and in better condition​.

Food companies are able to reduce the cost of production of their packaging and lengthen the time that their products can be on the market​.”

Andaltec is a National Technological Centre approved by Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. It is registered with the Andalucian System for knowledge Agency, and is associated to the Andalucian Technological Space Network (RETA).

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