Comité International
de la Pellicule Cellulosique

International Committee For Celullose Films

CIPCEL (Comité International de la Pellicule Cellulosique) is a non-profit-making Association for producers of regenerated cellulose film and latterly also non-edible cellulose casings. It has member companies in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom. The headquarters of the Association is in Paris, France.

Activities

To improve and develop the use of the products manufactured.

To study and to provide solutions to problems of common interest.

To maintain relations with all relevant private and public organizations.

History

CIPCEL (Comité International de la Pellicule Cellulosique) was founded in 1949 and is registered in Paris, France. Initially, CIPCEL represented solely the interests of regenerated cellulose film manufacturers, before the introduction of other polymeric films—such as cast or oriented polypropylene — which have supplanted, to a large extent, the use of regenerated cellulose films in many of its traditional applications. This has resulted in the rationalisation of European regenerated cellulose film producers.

CIPCEL actively promotes the interests of the viscose products industry in terms of both consumer protection and environmental concerns.

Pure cellulose casings were first produced commercially in 1925 to complement the use of natural gut in the rapidly expanding meat industry. The manufacture of such casings was based on the discovery of cellulose dissolution by Cross, Bevan and Beadle in 1892.

For more than 80 years, cellulose casings (reinforced fibrous casings or pure cellulose casings) have increasingly replaced the use of natural gut, particularly in high volume outlets, for example, hot dogs. Moreover, further developments in highly mechanised processing methods have led to the manufacture of casings of increasingly larger diameters for products such as Mortadella.

From the outset, the fact that cellulose is regarded as a natural product and can be almost completely regenerated from the viscose solution has been advantageous both to regenerated cellulose film manufacturers and to cellulose casing manufacturers.

Members

FUTAMURA CHEMICAL Co Ltd
2-29-16, Meieki
Nakamura-Ku
No. 450-0002, Nagoya, Japan

www.futamura.co.jp

Innovia Films
Wigton
CUMBRIA CA 9BG, England

Phone: 0044 169 734 228 1

filmsinfo@innoviafilms.com
www.innoviafilms.com

Kalle GmbH
Rheingaustrasse 190-196
65203 Wiesbade, Germany

Phone: 0049 611 962 07

info@kalle.de
www.kalle.de

Viscofan S.A.
C/Berroa n° 15-4a planta
Poligono Industrial Berroa
E 31192 TAJONAR, NAVARRA, Spain

Phone: 0034 948 198 444

info@viscofan.com
www.viscofan.com

VISKASE S.A.
10, Chaussée Feldtrappe
BP 20923
60009 Beauvais Cedex, France

Phone: 0033 344 063 700

www.viskase.com

Viskoteepak Belgium NV.
Maatheide 81
3920 LOMMEL, Belgium

Phone: 0032 115 507 11

www.viskoteepak.com

Walsroder Casings GmbH
Postfach 1653
29656 Walsrode, Germany

Phone: 0049 516 150 300

info@walsroder.com
www.walsroder.com

Glossary

Natural casings:

Natural casings are produced from the intestines of animals, usually sheep and hogs.

Artificial casings:

Artificial casings are produced from various different materials including cellulose and collagen.

Collagen casings:

Collagen casings are made by stripping the natural collagen from animal hides, such as those of cattle, and regenerating following dilution in a suitable solvent.

Reinforced fibrous casings:

Fibrous cellulose casings are formed in much the same chemical way as pure cellulose casings. These casings include, in addition to pure cellulose from viscose, a paper substrate generally produced from abaca or Manila hemp fibres, or a nonwoven support. These casings are non-edible.

Synthetic casings:

Plastics are to be considered as synthetic casings; they are normally made from several layers of polymeric materials. Some of the more common man-made polymers include polyamide, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester, polyvinylidene chloride and polyvinyl chloride.

Pure cellulose casings:

Cellulose casings originally comprised pure cellulose from viscose and, as such, were considered to be man-made in the sense of taking a natural polymer, i.e. cellulose, and regenerating it following dissolution. These casings are non-edible.

Regenerated Cellulose film:

Regenerated cellulose film is a thin sheet material obtained from a refined cellulose derived from unrecycled wood or cotton. To meet technical requirements, suitable substances may be added either in the mass or on the surface. Regenerated cellulose film may be coated on one or both sides.

Publications

Guide to Good Manufacturing
Practice for Non Edible
Cellulose Casings.

REGULATION (EC) No 1935/2004 (PDF)

on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

Commission Directive 2007/42/EC

amending Directive 93/10/EC relating to materials and articles made of regenerated cellulose film intended to come in contact with foodstuffs.

Contacts

Headquarters
CIPCEL
152, Boulevard Haussmann
75008 PARIS
France
Secretariat
CIPCEL
Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 6
B-1160 BRUSSELS
Belgium
CIPCEL Secretary General
Mr David Morris
Telephone: 0032-2-676-7455
Facsimile: 0032-2-676-7454