ITENE is the reference research centre in packaging, transport & logistics. Founded in 1994, currently employs 165 people and provides business solutions with an integrated view of the supply chain, from raw materials to the design and development of packaging, optimization of logistics and distribution of goods until the products reach consumers and are ultimately managed as waste, all within a framework of sustainable performance.
Located in Valencia (Spain), ITENE has 7,150 m2 of facilities, of which 3.000 m2 are distributed in 6 laboratories, 5 pilot plants and 1 simulation centre with a complete scientific-technological equipment.
- Chemical characterisation of materials
- Physical-mechanical characterisation of materials
- Microbiological analysis
- Packaging assessment
- Approval of dangerous goods packaging
- New materials and processing
- Packaging production
- Modification and synthesis of additives
- Compostability assessment of packaging materials
- Transportation simulation
With these infrastructures ITENE carries out its research projects, technological development and innovation, acting globally throughout the whole distribution cycle:
- Development of the raw materials that will form part of the materials.
- Development of materials with improved properties that will form part of the packaging.
- Development of packaging that best adapt to the cycle of production, distribution and end-user requirements.
- Innovation in the logistics and distribution processes for its distribution, optimization and efficiency.
- Interaction with the consumer.
- Treatment of waste once the packaging comes to the end of its life.
In the DEEP PURPLE project framework, ITENE will employ their 5, 30 and 50 L fermentors to hydrolyse the cellulose recovered from wastewater to transform it into 2G sugars in WP2, as well as, the nanocellulose pilot plant, with a current production of 2 kg/day, to obtain the CNFs.
In WP4, ITENE will develop composites based on PHA and CNFs in its twin co-rotating Mini extruder (X-plore). The test probes will be chemical and mechanical characterised by means of different available techniques such as DSC, TGA or DRX.