New patent grant to PulPac

New patent for forming and cutting a compacted edge of a product in a forming mold system using heat and pressure

Dry Molded Fiber - the fiber forming technology that can transform the industry and establish a new global standard for sustainable fiber-based packaging and single-use items. Photo PulPac

The European Patent Office has decided to grant yet another patent to PulPac. The new patent relates to a method and an apparatus for forming and cutting a compacted edge of a product in a forming mold system using heat and pressure. The patented technology is an important integral part of PulPac’s Dry Molded Fiber technology and is beneficial to all PulPac’s licensees.

Dry Molded Fiber is invented, patented, and licensed to packaging manufacturers by the company. The technology is up to ten times faster than traditional fiber forming methods and offers highly competitive unit economics. In addition, being a dry process, it saves significant amounts of valuable water and energy, resulting in up to 80% lower CO2 emissions compared to alternatives.

To date, it holds 28 patent families with 85 (119, including coming nationalizations of the now granted EP-patent) granted national patents and plus 50 pending patent applications. New patent applications are filed continuously. In addition, PulPac has a substantive body of know-how and trade secrets that are shared only within the Dry Molded Fiber network. Based on the core IP, PulPac has developed a complete technology platform covering multiple areas of fiber application manufacturing. All are driven by the need for disruptive technology solutions that enable a sustainable packaging industry.

Peter Ekwall, CIPO, comments, “Margins for commodity products are narrow and there is a cost challenge to sustainability. We can offer a patented manufacturing technology that is good for business, customers, and the world we share. Licensing from PulPac gives access to IP and world-leading know-how within all dimensions of Dry Molded Fiber, from generic R&D, material, barriers, applications, tooling, machinery, industrialization, production, and patent protection.”

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