Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Elastomer Experts for Food Packaging

Request Number
Due Date
Sep 6, 2019
Program Manager



Opportunity to provide in-depth consultation with a multi-billion dollar global packaging company


Phase 1 – Review of responses: Q3 2019
Phase 2 – Direct engagement begins: Q4 2019 / Q1 2020


All financial details will be determined jointly with the client.


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RFP was closed on
Sep 2019

RFP Title


Elastomer Experts for Food Packaging
RFP Description

NineSigma, on behalf of a global packaging company with billions in annual sales, seeks consultative engagement with experts in thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), specifically those with significant experience using TPEs in food packaging applications.


NineSigma’s client develops and produces a wide variety of packaging technologies, including those for usage in the food and beverage industries.

The client produces a dispensing valve currently comprised of a non-recyclable elastomer material. In an effort to improve the environmental footprint of its products, the client would like to identify alternative TPE grades with better sustainability and recyclability profiles without compromising on its best-in-class performance. If a suitable replacement is not currently on the market, the client is interested in formulating a custom TPE for their use.

To that end, the client desires responses from leading experts in the usage of thermoplastic elastomers. Those experts will also ideally possess:

  • Experience in the food packaging industry related to:
    • Sauces and condiments AND/OR
    • Non-carbonated beverages AND/OR
    • Dairy products
  • Current regulations governing TPE usage as defined by the United States Food and Drug Administration as well as the regulations of European countries:
    • US FDA: 21 CFR 176.170 & 21 CFR 177
    • EU: 1935/2004/EC
  • Knowledge of multiple TPE grades and varieties
  • Knowledge of processes for formulating and molding TPE
  • Recycling landscape in Europe

The client will evaluate submitted statements of qualifications and select the preferred expert. Depending on qualifications of respondents, the client may instead elect to engage with multiple experts in order to assemble a comprehensive view of the TPE technology space, including manufacturing, performance and end-of-life.

The selected expert(s) will, in exchange for compensation by the client, provide in-depth guidance in the selection, or creation, of a new grade of TPE with improved environmental profiles. At the client’s discretion, the expert(s) may also be requested, for additional compensation, to perform lab-scale joint development work in support of the client’s on-going development efforts.


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Review of Responses

  • Client will complete their initial review of responses during Q3 2019

Phase 2 – Direct Engagement

  • Client will begin consultation work with selected respondent(s): Q4 2019 / Q1 2020
    • Engagement expected to last 12-24 months
Key Success Criteria

The successful expert will possess significant experience in and knowledge of the following areas:

  • Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs):
    • Primary Focus:
      • Styrenic block copolymers, TPS (TPE-s)
    • Also of interest:
      • Thermoplastic polyamides, TPA (TPE-A)
      • Thermoplastic copolyester, TPC (TPE-E)
      • Thermoplastic polyolefinelastomers, TPO (TPE-o)
      • Thermoplastic polyurethanes, TPU (TPU)
      • Thermoplastic vulcanizates, TPV (TPE-v or TPV)
      • Not classified thermoplastic elastomers, TPZ
      • Other recyclable elastomers suitable for food packaging applications
  • The packaging industry:
    • For sauces and condiments or
    • For non-carbonated beverages or
    • For dairy products
  • Regulatory requirements set by the United States Food and Drug Administration or by European countries for the usage of TPEs in food packaging
  • Manufacturing using TPEs including
    • Molding
    • In-house compounding
    • Polymer customization
  • Recyclability post-consumer usage
    • Particularly in Europe
Items to be Submitted

Your response should address the following:

  • Non-confidential description of:
    • Previous relevant work
    • Knowledge of TPEs
    • Knowledge of the packaging industry
    • Governmental regulations
    • Manufacturing using TPEs
    • Waste stream profiles of TPEs
  • Freedom to operate and potential conflicts of interest
    • Including ability to enter into confidentiality agreements
  • Desired compensation rate
  • Preferred method of engagement

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