Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Aluminum Foil-free Gas Barrier Material

Request Number
Due Date
Apr 8
Program Manager


Joint/contract development, licensing, product supply



Phase 1: Creation of prototype film – Within 1 year

Phase 2: Initiation of review on commercialization – Within 1 year (after completion of Phase 1)



Budget for joint development already secured

 (details open to discussion based on proposals)


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RFP was closed on
Apr 2019

RFP Title


Aluminum Foil-free Gas Barrier Material
RFP Description

NineSigma’s Client, a multibillion-dollar food company, seeks a technology to manufacture aluminum foil-free gas barrier material (base material or coating).

We are looking for a partner that aims to develop recyclable food packaging materials with oxygen-/water vapor-barrier performance equivalent to aluminum foil.

Key Success Criteria


The Client aims to develop technology that meets the following requirements; however, it is not necessary for all requirements to be met at this point because further development is scheduled:

  • Gas barrier performance
    • Packaging material with oxygen-/water vapor-barrier performance and characteristics equivalent to aluminum foil
    • Target values (20 μm-thick film equivalent)
      • Oxygen: ≤0.1 cm3/m2 atm day (23°C/50%RH)
      • Water vapor: ≤0.1 g/m2/ day (40°C/90%RH)
  • Form: Film, molded products (e.g., bottles,), or coating
  • The material should be considered to have no negative impact on food safety or preventive measures can be taken against any harmful effects (e.g. prevention of material dissolution into foods)
  • It is preferable if there is a prospect of establishing recycling technology.
Possible Approaches

The Client expects the following approaches and combination therewith, but is open to others:

  • Plastics material(s) with high gas barrier performance
  • Filler composite(s)
  • Coating and surface finishing techniques for plastic base material(s)
  • Film formation of a small amount (1-300 nm) of metal such as aluminum by vapor deposition and other techniques
Items to be Submitted

The Client, as a food manufacturer, considers that it is extremely important to use sustainable food packaging materials as a responsible company. It engages in the research and development of packaging materials.


Laminated aluminum foil films with high gas barrier performance have been widely used as packaging materials, but from the perspective of sustainability, the challenge is that they have a difficulty in recycling. Accordingly, the Client aims to develop a technique for manufacturing a recyclable gas barrier packaging material serving as a substitute for laminated aluminum foil films.


The client has evaluated several gas-barrier plastic films on market, but the performance of any of them was not as good as that of laminated aluminum foil films. On the other hand, the combination of multiple pre-existing films presented an adequate level of gas barrier performance, but this approach poses a cost issue.


The Client has decided to solicit technologies in order to promptly establish sustainable food distribution in cooperation with an excellent partner(s) all over the world.


Notes on Response

Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.


Response evaluation

The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.

  • Overall scientific and technical merit
  • Approach to proof of concept or performance
  • Economic potential of concept
  • Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
  • Potential for proprietary position
  • Respondents’ capability and related experiences


Anticipated Project Process

After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.

The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.

Preferred Collaboration Types
Area of Interest