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The packaging industry is one of the most dynamic industries, as it is a key player in the marketing chain of all industrial value chains.

Packaging must ensure that the product reaches the user in a safe, efficient and sanitary condition. Due to social and legislative changes, new designs, new ways of manufacturing and distribution are required, as well as innovative packaging that does not require refrigeration, that is recyclable, carbon neutral and minimises other environmental impacts, and is made from natural sources.


We offer packaging eco-design to improve sustainability and we analyse the environmental footprint, life cycle analysis, etc.

We evaluate both material transformation techniques, such as extrusion, blow moulding, injection, thermoforming, and coatings: rotogravure printing, flexography, offset, screen printing, etc.

We also develop compostable and/or biodegradable packaging and coatings and we formulate bio-based materials adapted to packaging transformation functionalities and processes.

We evaluate aerobic biodegradability under composting conditions as per ISO 14855 and disintegrability as per EN ISO 20200.

We analyse the recyclability of packaging in line with the applicable standards and protocols and we study its viability in food applications. We research and develop materials for active packaging, incorporating antioxidants or antimicrobes. We analyse the barrier and mechanical properties of materials, as well as the food safety of packaging and food contact materials (global and specific migration).

Finally, we perform biosynthesis of PHAs from dairy industry waste for packaging film applications.


Major Projects


The aim of the project is to develop UV-cured coatings and water-based adhesives to improve the oxygen barrier in packaging, in order to increase the shelf life of the packaging by preventing the oxidation of fats that make food look commercially unpalatable.
Two packaging prototypes were planned:
1.- In mould labelling (IML) labels that make it possible to reduce oxygen permeability in packaging.
2.- Flexible complex laminates with improved barrier capacity (reduced oxygen permeability).

GAIKER's activity at SENOX is focused on developing a resin for IML labels that reduces the oxygen permeability in the final polyolefin container.

Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness
Co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), aimed at promoting quality technological development, innovation and research.


In the context of ageing, skin disorders are significant and visible, and therefore constitute a disruptive element in the quality of life of older people. The economic importance of this section of the population has grown dramatically over the last decade in Europe.

GAIKER's activity in SuperFlex is focused on an environmentally friendly concept.  We select and produce environmentally friendly packaging (in collaboration with industry) for personalised products. The design of the labels and the most appropriate printing technology were defined.


Scale up production and commercially validate two innovative food packaging solutions based on PHBV, a type of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bio-based polymer – a fully compostable food contact film and tray. This new packaging will use by-products from the food industry (cheese whey and almond shells), ensure biodegradability and reduce food waste as part of the EU's circular economy strategy.

GAIKER was responsible for developing and validating 100% biodegradable packaging on a pilot plant scale by means of thermoforming and flow pack, with improved properties.

  • Flow pack: applying a CNC coating and subsequent lamination to form the multilayer flow pack film.
  • Tray: developing a monolayer and multilayer film to form a tray

This project received funding from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research and development programme under contract number 773872

Evaluation of the recyclability of post-consumer PET trays by applying the PETCORE protocol, which includes all stages from shredding to processing into new trays, including washing in customer water and with additives, flotation, elutriation, centrifugation, extrusion, pelletising, solid state polymerisation (SSP), laminating, and thermoforming.

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