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March 22, 2016
Another award has been handed to the Fil Rouge project to develop eco-friendly agricultural string, led jointly by Textilose Curtas Technologies (TCT) and the Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2).
After the Innovation en Chartreuse Trophy in 2015, the Fil Rouge project received the Technological Innovation prize at the 10th edition of the Stars et Métiers contest organised by the Isère Chamber of Trades and Crafts and covered by TéléGrenoble on 22 March 2016. In partnership with researchers from LGP2 – Évelyne Mauret, Isabelle Desloges and Laëtitia Marrot, a post-doctoral student who is spending a year at the lab – TCT, an Isère-based SME, developed a 100% biodegradable and compostable paper-based plant tie string for the agricultural sector. Pascal Servais, Manager of TCT, and Évelyne Mauret, Professor at Grenoble INP-Pagora, were handed the prize by Pascal Marchetti, Managing Director of Banque Populaire des Alpes, the event's sponsor.
Pascal Servais, an engineer who graduated from the school in 1982, highlighted his unwavering eagerness to promote paper, a material invented in China more than 2,000 years ago, but which remains a material for the future: often associated with books, it has a plethora of uses, notably the creation of string that is fully compliant with environmental requirements. In addition to agriculture, this product has a variety of possible applications, including in electrical cables. Currently undergoing strength testing, the string will be launched on a very promising global market in the autumn.
Évelyne Mauret is very happy to be a part of a collaboration to which LGP2 contributed its expertise and cutting edge facilities: "This is a wonderful adventure for a laboratory that actually has very few opportunities to join forces with SMEs, let alone micro-enterprises, because it tends to collaborate with large groups. It has been very interesting to engage in this kind of work with a local company and to see it bear fruit so soon". She also points out that "paper is an extremely strong material that can be used in numerous applications. This string is able to withstand several months of extreme temperatures and humidity levels, as demonstrated by the tests conducted during the project".