To improve product performance
The main mission of the Barbier Group’s Research and Development Department is to improve the formulations and to intensively test our products.
With a laboratory equipped with modern and high performance analytical and control equipment, is one of the Barbier Group’s driving forces for product evolution and the improvement of their performance.
Thanks to the R & D work many improvements have been achieved:
- THE DOWN GAUGING OF ITS PRODUCTS.
- AN IMPROVED QUALITY OF RECYCLED RAW MATERIALS WHICH ALLOWS US TO INCORPORATE MORE OF THIS MATERIAL IN THE FORMULATIONS OF CERTAIN PRODUCTS.
- THE DEVELOPMENT OF BIODEGRADABLE ALTERNATIVES AND / OR BIOBASED FORMULATIONS FOR CERTAIN PRODUCTS WHEN APPROPRIATE.
To develop innovative solutions for our customers
The Barbier Group R&D department is actively involved in the development of solutions and is specially adapted to the technical demands of our customers.
As an example of a project of this type, our partnership with Limagrain, Mondi the Papermaker and Calcia Cement Manufacturer led to the development of biodegradable plastic films to replace polyethylene film used in the production of cement bags. A major innovation which make these bags compostable after use.
To contribute to the Barbier Group’s future and also to the plastics industry in the long term
For this purpose, the Barbier Group takes part in national and European cooperative projects with other leaders in industry.
The challenge is to study and to develop tomorrow’s innovations in terms of plastic films in general and in packaging more specifically. These cooperative projects, for which Barbier Group brings its knowledge and expertise in the fields of extrusion processing and printing, also mobilize raw material suppliers, machines manufacturers, plastic films users as well as academic participants (university, public or private research institute).
CURRENTLY THE BARBIER GROUP IS ACTIVE IN SEVERAL PROJECTS ADDRESSING VARIOUS THEMES:
- 2 BIMULCH (FUI project): pilot of this collaborative project aimed at optimizing the use performance of biodegradable mulch film (in particular for a better control of degradation behavior in and on the ground).
- BIODOM (ECOPHYTO2 project): Subcontractor partner of this collaborative project concerning the development of biodegradable mulch film formulations for use in overseas areas in tropical climates.
- POPBA (AAP ANR LABCOM 2018) : Joint thematic laboratory on Durability of materials with the CNRS unit POPPI lab Clermont Ferrand University,
- MONOPE (AAP Citeo ecodesign) : Pilot of this collaborative project which brings together several industrials. This project aims to develop single-material packaging in order to optimize their recyclability after use. The project uses MDO technology and more specifically relates to the development of laminated FFS pouches or film as well as a bundle pack fitted with a handle for the transport of bottles.
- SUPPER (AAP Citeo recycling) : Pilot of this collaborative project which brings together manufacturers, technical centers and an academic. This project aims at the development on an industrial pilot scale of a system using supercritical CO2 in batch to decontaminate recycled materials in polyolefins produced from waste to restore their suitability for food contact. The project also provides for the filing of a dossier with EFSA to validate the technology.
- LIFE EBP (AAP Europe LIFE) (Ecofriendly multipurpose Biobased Products from municipal biowaste) : Partner of this collaborative project piloted by Hysitec and which brings together 12 other academic, institutional and academic partners. This project concerns the recovery of used water for the production of green molecules including PHA polymers which will be tested, among other things, for mulch film applications used in agriculture.
- CIMPA (AAP Europe H2020) (CIrcular Multilayer Plastic Approach for value retention of end-of-life multilayer films) : Partner of this collaborative project led by CTI IPC and which brings together 15 other academic, institutional and academic partners. This project concerns the recovery of recycled raw material produced from waste of used multilayer films.