CuanTec receives backing from Sky for single-use plastic replacement

CUANTEC, a biotech company based in Motherwell and Oban, has secured investment from Sky Ocean Ventures and Scottish Enterprise.

The company is developing an alternative to single-use food packaging, which uses waste processed from the fishing industry and natural substances to create a flexible anti-microbial and compostable bioplastic film.

The funding will allow for the company to process a pilot production scale and finalise its formulations, whilst also allowing for new jobs at the CuanTec lab at the European Marine Sciences Centre in Dunstaffange.

The investment has been led by Sky Ocean Ventures – Sky’s impact investment fund committed to accelerating ideas that can help turn off the plastics tap and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise – Scotland’s national economic development agency.

Cait Murray-Green, CEO of CuanTec, said, “The world has awakened to the problems that we have created with single use plastic. CuanTec are working to provide compostable alternatives which will eliminate single-use plastic from the food industry. We are delighted by the support of Sky Ocean Ventures and Scottish Enterprise in enabling this early stage technology to move forward and to help create scientific jobs in rural Argyll and in Motherwell. 

“Increasingly the investment community has also taken up the challenge and SOV has proven to be a valuable partner who believe strongly in our team and in what we are trying to achieve – to make plastic pollution history.”

Jamie Rowles, head of investment at Sky Ocean Ventures, said “We are excited to support the next phase of CuanTec’s development, alongside Scottish Enterprise, on the company’s journey to imbed their formulations into the packaging of fresh produce. We have developed a strong relationship with the team over the last 6 months, and their strong passion and desire to develop sustainable solutions to single use packaging is unmatched.

Kerry Sharp, director of the Scottish Investment Bank, added, “This deal represents an exciting progression in the growth of Cuantec and will enable the company to scale up production. We are delighted to support the company, alongside Sky Ocean Ventures, as it continues to innovate and develop products with the potential of addressing the problems of plastic pollution and food waste.

“The company has been supported by Scottish Enterprise’s SMART: SCOTLAND innovation support and Financial Readiness support and we look forward to working further with the business, through Scottish Enterprise’s many support mechanisms, as it continues to develop and grow.”