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Looking for biodegradable material producers to develop a paper stirrers dispenser for vending machine applications




A major Italian company active in the vending machines production is looking for a paper or biodegradable material producer to develop a new type of paper stirrers dispenser, to replace plastic stirrers. The partner would join in the project under a technical or research cooperation agreement.


This big Italian company is a world-leading manufacturer of professional coffee machines and a major international player in both Ho.Re.Ca. and OCS (Office Coffee Service) sectors.
Following the direction addressed by EU to reduce the monouse plastic parts, this company started an R&D project for the substitution of plastic stirrers, developing a new concept of paper stirrers dispensers able to supply the customer with adaptable stirrers to the different dimensions of the cup.
The dispenser is designed as an automatic waterproof paper roll storage with a cutter, all controlled by a software (it could be used in manual mode too).
The dispenser is able to unroll , fold (along a preformed line) and cut a paper strip according to the cup's height, so that it can be used as a stirrer.
The company is looking for a company able to provide a paper based material (biodegradable) that could fit into this new concept of stirrers dispenser, to carry out research together through a research or a technical cooperation agreement. The partner, under research cooperation agreement could bring in his material and start research with the Italian company; under technical cooperation agreement the partner could bring in his material and solution and adapt it to the Italian company's needs.
The solution will be integrated in the vending machines produced by the company.

Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: This Italian company is developing a new concept of stirrers dispenser in vending machine application, that will have the following specifications:
o Paper stirrers dispenser
o Possibility to get any lenght of stirrer with only one dispenser
o High capacity (more than 1.000 stirrers each charge)
o Flexibility: only one model of dispenser can be used for all the vending machines models.
o Compactness
This new solution would allow a reduced environmental impact, through:
o Total removal of plastics stirrers
o Use of biodegradable materials (paper)
o Removal of the secondary package of the plastic stirrers (plastics strips, expanded polystyrene, cardboard packaging)
The partner should be able to provide such material / solution, to be developed in cooperation with the Italian company.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Ideal partner would be a roll paper producer, a company dealing with production of biodegradable roll paper or a raw material producer, such as a paper mill. The role of the partner would be to work together with the Italian company, under a research cooperation agreement or a technical cooperation agreement, for the development of a new paper stirrers dispenser, to be incorporated into vending machines. Joint participation to a EU funded programme could also be considered.

Development Stage:

Concept stage - -Technical macro feasibility done -3D studies under development -Concept prototype realisation to be planned


Secret Know-how,Granted patent or patent application essential - Patent analysis ongoing with external patent office

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Industrial Manufacture \ Materials \ Paper, Pulp and Forestry \ Packaging
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Packaging / Handling / Packaging for materials / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Paper technology / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Biobased materials
Manufacture of other special-purpose machinery n.e.c.
CONSUMER RELATED / Retailing / Other retailing / CONSUMER RELATED / Consumer Products / Other consumer products / OTHER / Manufacturing / Packing products and systems


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