The company specializing in the design and production of innovative materials from unexploited natural resources has chosen the Roctool moulding technology to enhances its offer and better address the needs of luxury brands seeking eco-responsible solutions.
Authentic Material recycles and upcycles animal, plant or mineral materials from its customers into new custom-made materials, which they can integrate back into their production. In a circular loop, Authentic Material gives a new value to these natural materials resulting from quality shortfalls in production workshops or from unused stocks. Brands then use them for various applications, including packaging, leather goods, accessories, etc. This is what Authentic Material has called “Natural self-sourcing”.
Industrialization in progress
At the end of 2019, Authentic Material raised funds to acquire a cutting-edge technology, and initiate its industrialization process. Together, Authentic Material and Roctool, have designed specific equipment matching the needs of the company: a flexible thermocompression moulding platform, dedicated to mass production of natural materials.
“This first phase of industrialization, which was a very complex project, conducted during the troubled period of the health crisis, taught us a lot. This feedback is very useful for the continuation of our industrial development,” said Vincent Menny, Authentic Material President.
By inductively heating and then rapidly cooling the mould of a plastic pack, the Roctool technology simplifies the production of thinner-walled premium parts with unparalleled surface qualities, whether glossy, matt or textured, thus bypassing the need for secondary decoration steps.
“Through this synergy, Roctool extends its diversification strategy towards the use of its process in composite materials and, in particular, high quality bio based materials. This project is a way to help our both companies to increase their skills by combining R&D resources. We will therefore be able to gain insights into the potential of future materials and offer tomorrow’s designers new and more environmentally-friendly solutions,” explains Mathieu Boulanger, Roctool’s CEO.