Extensive applied research activities are the prerequisite for new technical developments that lead to increasing efficiency as well as new, sustainable products and further value creation. By means of an innovation-friendly climate and the targeted promotion of research activities, Austria is making the transition to a sustainable economy.
Currently 5 cooperative research projects are underway in which several companies are working together. Almost all of them are funded by the Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
The project volume of all research projects coordinated via Autopapier is more than 500,000 euros.
The current focus is on projects with the potential to save raw materials, reduce emissions and make production processes more sustainable.
Research partner institutes: BOKU, TU Graz, Wood Research Austria, AC²T research GmbH
Creating a climate conducive to innovation
Good framework conditions secure investments in the future. To ensure that companies continue to invest in research projects in Austria, we need an innovation-friendly climate. Since the need for innovation and research activities cannot always be planned in advance and relevant topics often only emerge in the short term, it is particularly important that the open-topic basic programmes of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency are adequately funded for the coming years. This is how we keep innovative companies in Austria and support them in their future-oriented orientation.
Debureaucratisation of research cooperation
The paper industry does not only carry out product-related research, but also in cross-company projects that would exceed the financial scope of individual companies. In future, cross-industry research cooperations will also play an important role in the development of completely new products. It is important to promote and advance such joint projects with as little bureaucratic effort as possible. In this way we support the innovative power of industry in an uncomplicated way.
Closely linking business and research
Between basic research and the development of marketable products and value chains there are many intensive working hours. Applied research is therefore an important prerequisite for the further development of the manufacturing industry. In order to successfully build these bridges between (basic) research and its economic exploitation, cooperation between industry and research must be supported by suitable programmes (e.g. COMET, Christian Doppler Laboratories, funded industry-related scientific theses, ...).
PAPER INDUSTRY RESEARCHES
BIO-BASED BARRIER MATERIALS
Paper and board have many positive properties for packaging applications. However, the barrier effect against fat, oil, water vapour and gases such as oxygen is not always sufficient. Packaging papers are therefore often coated with polymers to achieve the desired barrier effect. In the course of the research project "Barrier Paper" the suitability of novel, bio-based barrier materials or coatings for the packaging industry is being investigated.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Fast process control using NIR measurements
The aim of this project is a rapid characterization of pulp with regard to selected parameters by means of near infrared (NIR) measurements. This should enable process changes to be detected as quickly as possible. This characterization will be achieved by comparing the NIR measurements with a statistical database of samples that have been analyzed by NIR as well as by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) with fluorescent labeling.
The aim of the project is the optimization of calender efficiency based on tribological investigations.
In the course of the project, new technically suitable and legally compliant alternative complexing agents are to be identified to replace EDTA and DTPA. Further focal points are the better knowledge of the process conditions, the optimization of the application as well as the acceleration of the degradation of selected complexing agents.
The aim of Stärke plus is to use a comprehensive methodology to gain a holistic understanding of the central aspects of starch processing. In this way, the interactions of starch, one of the most important additives in paper production, with cellulose materials can be better controlled.
The effective use of enzymes in the paper and fiber industry is currently hampered by a lack of knowledge about their exact mechanism of action. This is where Project FiberZyme comes in. Using different imaging and analytical methods, the project aims to make the effect of individual enzymes and their mixtures on the fibre visible. In addition, control strategies for industrial application will be established.
The paper industry is producing less in the crisis year 2020 and has to accept a significant drop in sales. Nevertheless, it is focusing on the climate targets.
Austropapier dedicated a webinar to the most important renewable resource of the future - wood.
Mondi Frantschach was honoured for the second time in a row with the ALC-Austrian Leading Companies and the Innovation and Research Award of the State of Carinthia.