Sappi will soon introduce new barrier coating technology at its speciality mill in Alfeld, Germany, strengthening its position as a global provider of sustainable paper packaging solutions through its functional paper packaging range.
Sappi is a market and innovation producer of functional papers with integrated barrier functionality and excellent heat-sealing properties. These papers for flexible packaging come with integrated barriers against oxygen, water vapour, grease, aroma and mineral oil.
“Thanks to the integrated barriers, there is no need to apply special coatings or laminations. This innovative paper responds to market demand for alternatives to foils and plastic,” the company said.
Explaining the decision, Sappi Europe CEO Berry Wiersum said, “Expanding the use of our proprietary barrier coating technology underpins Sappi’s drive to maintain our leading position in barrier coated paper as well the commitment we have with our customers in developing innovative future focused packaging solutions which contribute towards a sustainable future.”
He added that adding barrier coater capacity at Alfeld Mill further upscales the company’s capabilities, brings this combination of paper, dispersion and coating technology to more customers, enabling Sappi to offer customers even more competitive and attractive paper packaging solutions.
“The demand for paper and paperboard packaging continues to rise dramatically as consumers become increasingly mindful of the impact their buying choices have on the environment. The call for innovative, truly sustainable solutions has never been louder,” he said.
“Sappi is striving to support its customers to go beyond traditional film and foil-based material solutions, growing its products ranges to meet the demands of our ever-changing world. Working directly with brand owners Sappi seeks to create future-oriented circular solutions in line with growing collective global responsibilities.”
Sappi Sydney sales manager Chris Reynolds said this announcement will encourage the Australian and New Zealand brand owners and packaging manufactures.
“They are excited by our existing range and for them to know that Sappi is investing to ensure their will be increased capacity is great news,” he said.
The company expects to begin commissioning the new products as from mid-2022.