Lactips is an innovative and productive French company. It produces thermoplastic pellets made of milk protein: it is a compound. It is unusual to use animal protein, the casein, in order to create a water soluble plastic solution by upgrading cow's milk waste. Furthermore, this plastic raw material will be used by the manufacturers of the plastics processes, as any other traditional raw material, for thermoforming, film, or any kind of plastic applications. The patented technology is the result of scientific researches from the IMP laboratory of Saint-Etienne University. This solution is a disruptive eco-friendly innovation as it replaces petrochemical plastics.
Our products will enable major actors of the detergent industry to innovate and provide greener and better products like dishwasher or washing machine tabs, chlorine tablets for swimming pools, etc. Today, one person out of three encounters problems using unidose of detergent products. The existing plastics dissolves badly: it leaves residues that clog filters and does not melt well. This market is pushed by the development of packaging and especially to improve the usefulness of dosing with no contact for the users of the contained chemical products. Lactips product offers a dissolution in hot and cold water for any usages.
Moreover, it's safe for the consumers and for the environment as the bio-sourced material is completely biodegradable. Lactips' product position on the market has a true strategic issue for its customers because it represents a capital-differentiating factor on the sector: water soluble, biodegradable, printing, no aquatic toxicity, gas barrier and it can be edible. It permits a lot of functions.
Lactips' raw material can also be transformed by different processes: film, injection, etc. Moreover, the imagination is the only limit of this product as it can be used in several applications other than the detergent industry, such as agrochemicals, food, cosmetics, medical industries and others.
Lactips' material is industrialised on all the chain of the plastic process. As it is an innovative product, there are processes of validation to be set up, the feasibility is checked step by step. First, the technical team validates the compatibility between our plastic film and the chemical product with which it will be in contact. The result is done by an ageing test which is realised in Lactips' laboratory. Next, a packaging test is included in the checking process with wrapping partners. Then, the production can start and a contract is established between the different professional parties.
For the industrial production launching, the company extends to set up 400 m² dedicated to the first industrial workshop.
Implanted in the plastic valley situated near Lyon, Lactips was created in 2014 by M. Prochazka (scientific director), the inventor of the solution and Mrs Gramatikoff (CEO), a strategy expert. The development went ahead thanks to a first fundraising of €1.2 million in 2015. Step by step, the staff has been rising, up to 26 people in 2017. The same year, they won a secure funding project from the European Union, called H2020. Now, the company is industrialised, and plans to build a bigger factory and hire around 40 people by 2020.
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