Packaging Research & Development

Packaging Research & Development

Research & Development at Kiefel

At our Technology and Material Centers, we advance our research activities into more sustainable technologies, processes and materials.

These centers are for material research and tests, as well as for sample production and machine demonstrations. Our customers benefit from advanced solutions that are optimally tailored to their individual requirements, from material to machine.

Be one step ahead with your products

Lighter packaging? Increased stability? Or can material distribution be optimized so that the stack height can be reduced? These are all typical examples of development challenges that we deal with in research and development. We have the experience, the specialists and the opportunities to handle such projects ourselves.

Materials Competence

We put materials to the test, analyze, categorize and test them. This enables us to deliver optimal results to our customers and improve products and machines. In our Material R&D Center in Freilassing, Germany, we focus on research into the processing of natural fibers. At the Applied Polymer Research Center in Sprang-Capelle, the Netherlands, we drive innovations based on recycled and bio-based plastics.

Our Services

Focus on Natural Fibers

  • Product development
  • Material recipes & additives
  • Proof of concept & process optimization
  • Barrier technology and coatings
  • Investigation of specific material parameters e.g. through electrical and chemical analysis
  • Various measurements such as residual moisture, material compositions, possible combinations
  • Basic research, e.g. use of agricultural waste, annual plants
  • Cooperation and research projects with universities, colleges, raw material suppliers, etc.

Focus on polymers / (bio-based) plastics

  • Material development
    • Thermogravimetric analyses (TGA)
    • Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC)
    • Melt Flow Index (MFI/MFR) and intrinsic viscosity
    • Measurement of density
    • Determination of moisture and hardness
    • Testing of alternative materials such as PLA and other recyclable materials
  • Product development
    • General microscopic examinations
    • Material recipes & additives
    • Product design and functionality
  • End product testing:
    • Tensile strength
    • Impact test
    • Oxygen permeability (OTR)
    • Layer thickness measurement
    • Product measurement incl. statistical analyses
  • Pre-series production

Impressions of our Opening Ceremony

July 1st, 2021

Application in our Technology Centers

In our Technology Centers, various types of machines for processing plastics, as well as for processing natural fibers for the production of samples and prototypes, are available for our customers.

A NATUREPREP KFP for high quality stock preparation of natural fiber pulp and the NATUREFORMER KFT series systems are located there for demonstrations and testing. The KFT can manufacture various fiber products, e.g. bowls, cups, secondary packaging for electronics, coffee capsules or flower pots.

Tools are also tried out on the systems, machine tests are conducted and sample production is carried out in small batches. Prototype testing also takes place here.

There will also be plastic processing machines from the SPEEDFORMER series KTR and KMD for the production of cups and coffee capsules, as well as tray packaging for food, for test purposes and sample production.

Continuous optimization

In order to stay competitive in the marketplace, it is important to keep up-to-date with the latest state-of-the-art production lines in the marketplace and to aim for competitive comparisons. After various analyses, we can provide information about possible changes to optimize product quality and output. We also offer training that is tailored to your needs.


Our expertise makes your prototype concept successful. We produce samples with your product design and your materials on our own thermoforming machines. Further downstream automation like rim rolling, printing, sealing and sleeving can be tested.

Sample Production

We offer you the opportunity to execute trial runs on our own thermoforming machine. After a minimal investment in a simple matrix tool we quickly supply your desired sample.