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MasterOpak

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MasterOPAK 

Development of high opacity polyethylene masterbatch 

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is the pigment traditionally used in white and colour opacifying masterbatches. This inorganic pigment is able to disperse light in an extremely efficient way, giving the materials in which it is dispersed a high opacity and whiteness. However its cost, despite being subject to constant fluctuations, is very high. This makes its replacement desirable, at least partially with alternative materials, but without jeopardizing the characteristics of the final product, namely colour, opacity, mechanical performance and stability. 


The MasterOPAK project thus seeks the development of an innovative opacifying filler that allows for the partial replacement of titanium dioxide in masterbatch for thermally processed polyethylene products. This filler, consisting of hollow particles of thermosetting polymer will be developed and incorporated into masterbatch. The project focuses on a strong articulation between laboratory development and industrial validation, in order to ensure the viability of production and industrial use of the solutions found. 

Objectives

1.

Production of a white opacifying Masterbatch with a reduced TiO2 content  



2.

Production of a blue opacifying Masterbatch



Activities

1.

Laboratory  research 



2.

Preliminary studies


3.

Definition of the technical specifications



4.

Promotion and dissemination of results


5.

Prototype and pre-series production 



Technical Data Sheet

Project name

MasterOPAK – Development of high opacity polyethylene masterbatch

Project code

POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017820

Main Purpose

Reinforce research, technological development and innovation

Beneficiary Entities

Isolago - Indústria de Plásticos, S.A. University of Porto, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu

Approval date

29/11/2016

Start date

01/09/2016

End date

31/08/2019

Total eligible cost

EUR 1 630 182.83

European Union financial support | FEDER

EUR 978 625.12

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