Scale-up and demonstration of the process is needed to collect and collate data necessary to make a realistic industrial and market assessment to prepare a sound sustainable business case.
The industrialization of the technology for the production of the cutin-based bio-lacquer will have manifold important socio-economic effects at different levels and for different categories of end-users in the food persevering and metal packaging chain.
The project will contribute with effective solutions to reassert Europe’s ability to autonomously design and manufacture products that are representative of strong cultural and environmental values and of manufacturing excellence. The possibility of producing an innovative and green can on a large scale is a great opportunity for the entire industry of reference to re-launch this type of material, to make it more competitive than other materials and to gain a new market share for it. Since the production of tinplate and metal cans is growing steadily in other countries (from which Europe imports), especially in Asia (China, India, Malaysia and Korea) and South America, the innovative impact of the project can be significant also outside Europe.