AR Packaging says that it aims to be first on the market with commercially viable plastic-free trays and cutlery for the food, on-the-go and foodservice sectors by joining the PulPac Technology Pool.

In line with what the company identifies as a wider trend away from plastic-based packaging, AR Packaging aims to be the first on the market with dry moulded fibre trays and cutlery. To that end, the group has joined the PulPac Technology Pool and thereby gets unique access to optimised processes for putting fully fibre-based and “renewable” single-use products on the market.

Dry moulded fibre, invented by PulPac in 2015, is today protected with 38 patents and patent applications possibly covering more than 50 nations. The technology, which dry moulds pulp into solid packaging and single-use products, is unique and differs from the traditional methods of moulding cellulose and claims to offer a replacement for single-use plastics at a lower price than previously possible.

“We have a good track record of putting new innovations on the market by fruitful collaboration with highly innovative partners which are experts in their field. Being a member of the Technology Pool shows our commitment to actively contribute to the development and industrialisation of sustainable dry moulded fibre products,” says Ralf Mack, Group Innovation Director at AR Packaging. “Our material know-how, converting expertise and market presence combined with PulPac’s technology will enable brand owners as well as agile first movers to take a giant leap forward in replacing plastic packaging and products in a fully sustainable and efficient manner.”

“We have placed all IP in a technology pool with the clear intention to reduce the global usage of single-use plastics. We are happy to have AR Packaging as a licensee, joining with their commitment to industrialise dry moulded fibres and contribute to the Technology Pool,” says Linus Larsson, CEO PulPac. “Technology pool members are charged with a royalty on sold goods to finance the continued and inexhaustive development of dry formed fibre packages. As a world leader in R&D for dry moulded fibres, new IP is filed by PulPac every month,” Larsson continues.