Additional countries involved: United Kingdom and the Netherlands

Technical partners:

  • ATO-DLO Wageningen, the Netherlands
  • Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai, India

The central objective of the project was to find new end-uses for jute and kenaf by developing jute/kenaf-based composite materials which could be used, inter alia, for packaging and panelling purposes. The project particularly aimed to develop Jute Reinforced Plastics (JRP) which could be used for rigid and semi-rigid packaging, and panelling as substitutes for wood and plywood presently in use. Following a phased approach, initial attention was given to activities in the field of material development and market assessment. Based on the positive outcome thereof, a subsequent second phase focused on application development (i.e. the application of JRP for those purposes which have shown the most promising prospects). Included in the project was a training programme and a concluding workshop to ensure adequate dissemination of the experiences gained. The outcomes of the project have been documented in a final report and were presented at the mentioned workshop held in Mumbai in December 1997. A catalogue of potential end products has been prepared including product descriptions and material specifications. Although more product/application-specific research may be required before the novel materials may be widely used for packaging purposes, the project has provided the basic technical information as well as application opportunities for the jute composite materials. In that way, the project has provided a sound basis for further “end  product” development.

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