Fiber composite - an EU-funded project

Fiber composite - an Eco-innovation project funded by the EU

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Burial coffins are currently being made mainly of particle boards. However, the use of boards sets great limitation regarding design and structural shape. Particle board also contains large amounts of formaldehyde-based glue which is carcinogenic. With OrganoClicks newly developed technology for moulding of biofibers, a new eco-coffin produced by using OrganoComp® has been developed between during 2012-2017 in collaboration with Scandinavias largest manufacturer of burial coffins FredahlRydén. The project was co-founded by the European Union under the EU-program Eco-innovation.

Moulded pulp has been used for application such as egg cartons and packaging for decades. However, the demand on surface finish and functionality has been low on these products resulting in soft materials and rough surfaces. The sizes of the moulded objects has also been small, limiting the number of applications. In august 2012 OrganoClick started a project called Fiber composite funded by the EU under its Eco-innovation program. The project was performed together with OrganoClick's partner FredahlRydén (previosuly Nyarp), Scandinavias leading coffin manufacturer, with the aim at developing and launch a lightweight moulded burial coffin on the European market.

The project was finalised in 2015 after having set up a completely new fiber moulding production line in OrganoClick's premises. The first coffin saw the Swedish market in 2017, and a full Nordic launch is planned by FredahlRydén in the autumn 2018.

The final coffin is entirely made of 100 % biofibers and OrganoClick's biobased binders and other "green" chemicals.  Using OrganoClicks moulding technology and the biocomposite material OrganoComp®, a coffin with great structural strength,  high surface quality and attractive design has been developed. The biocomposite OrganoComp®, used in the coffin withstand both dry, humid and cold conditions, and it also meets all requirements such as burn rate during cremation. The coffin is certified and approved by the Swedish funeral agents associations Technical committee.

Except from being produced of entirely renewable materials, the production methods and OrganoClicks material technology alse enables savings of raw material and weight of approximately 50 %. The coffin's weight has thus been reduced from ~40 kg for a coffin made of particle board to ~20 kg fro the new coffin. This reduces the coffins carbon foot prints even more compared with current materials.

With the versatile moudling technology, various designs can be set on the coffins without changing production method. Smooth, surfaces and curvatures can be incorporated which is rather difficult and requires extensive labor with currently used production processes.

The EU-funded project "Fiber composite" is part of the EU-programme Eco-innovation which is a wider part of EU's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme. The programme is administered by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. For more information about the programme, please visit the programmes website.