The latest news from academia, regulators
research labs and other things of interest
Posted: October 23, 2009
Cargill and Topchim Take Sustainable Innovations to the Biggest Pulp and Paper Fair in Brazil
(Nanowerk News) Cargill, one of the world's biggest companies in the food industry, and Topchim, a Belgian company of specialty chemistry research, announce their strategic partnership to produce a sustainable line of products in Brazil to be used for paper and board applications.
Cargill, one of the world's biggest companies in the food industry, and Topchim, a Belgian company of specialty chemistry research, announce their strategic partnership to produce a sustainable line of products in Brazil to be used for paper and board applications. The first product is called TopScreen DS13, a product made mainly from vegetal sources, which when applied on a paper surface, result in a resistant water proof barrier. The product is an alternative for polyethylene, paraffin and acrylic resin, products derived from mineral oil and that are currently used for similar applications.
The TopScreen DS13 was developed by Topchim using nanotechnology and it has been produced for the first time in August this year by Cargill in its Mairinque's plant.
The novelty will officially be presented on the 2009 edition of ABTCP, which will take place from October 26th to 29th, at ExpoTransamérica, in São Paulo. "We are presenting a solution to our clients in the packaging sector who seek for sustainable products. Paper or board treated with TopScreen is totally recyclable as the TopScreen is just like paper made out of a vegetal source, which is not the case with the currently used products", emphasizes Cargill's commercial director, Paulo Hoffman
Topchim is specialized in solutions for the paper, board and packaging industry and is a pioneer in the use of Nanotechnology for the development of customer designed nano-particles. Cargill is a world leader in vegetal oils, a main component used in this technology. "Topchim is committed with its researchs to seek solutions that respect the environment and that are furthermore economically attractive", says Henk Van den Abbeele, president of Topchim and head of Research and Development.
TopChim is an established research-driven chemical company, specializing in paper and card board coating technology, based in Belgium and Brazil, operating in Europe and Latin America. The company applies the latest technologies in chemical science to develop high-performance ecological coating solutions for the paper and cardboard industry. Its pioneering work is the result of active collaboration with European institutes and universities involved in fundamental research in chemistry. TopChim is committed to continuing its search for solutions for optimal paper and paper coating production that are both environmentally friendly and economically attractive. The research efforts of TopChims’ Nanoscience department have been translated amongst other things into the industrial-scale production of nano-hybrid pigments.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 159,000 people in 68 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.
Cargill has been in Brazil for 44 years and has its roots in the agribusiness industry. We are also a major player in the Brazilian food industry. Based in São Paulo, we have operations in 18 Brazilian states. Cargill has plants and branch offices in nearly 180 cities in the country. Currently the company employs about 26.000 people throughout our businesses in Brazil