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To offer our customers a full portfolio of packaging papers, UPM Specialty Papers has launched UPM SolideTM, a family of kraft papers that feature a versatile combination of strength as well as converting properties. All grades in the portfolio offer excellent printability to maximise the shelf impact of packaging. All papers in the UPM SolideTM family are recyclable in regular paper recycling stream.

“UPM has made a commitment to novel climate positive innovations. The UPM SolideTM kraft papers are produced using 100% renewable and strong fibres from sustainably managed forests” highlights Dirk Ryckaert, Sales Director, UPM Specialty Papers.

“UPM Solide Lucent, for example, is a new translucent paper that offers a great alternative to plastics even on fast packaging lines where runnability is key” continues Ryckaert. “Our committed team of experts are ready to explore how the UPM Solide product family can be applied to your end-uses”. 

Ensuring the safety of packaged products is a shared responsibility. UPM takes product safety very seriously and we do our utmost to ensure our papers are safe to use. Our product safety systems cover the entire manufacturing process from the procurement of raw materials to the delivery of end products.

The UPM SolideTM products are certified as safe for direct food contact. The products have received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). In addition, mills producing UPM specialty papers are certified according to ISO 22000 food management systems. The product range also offers alternatives that are free from optical brighteners.

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UPM Solide product family

The UPM Solide portfolio offers a broad range of kraft papers to choose from, with substance ranging from 45 g/m2 up to 90 g/m2. Samples and trial reels of the UPM Solide portfolio are available.

UPM SolideTM combines high strength and good printability.

UPM SolideTM Smooth offers high printability with good strength. Excellent choice when you need the visuals of your product to make an impact.

UPM SolideTM Strong offers excellent strength and good printability. The paper is free from optical brighteners, making it an excellent choice when you are looking to convey your natural image.

UPM SolideTM Lucent is a natural white translucent paper with high strength properties. The smooth surface offers good printability and convertability.

Read more about the UPM SolideTM portfolio of papers.
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UPM Specialty Papers produces labelling and packaging materials to global markets and fine papers to Asian markets. Its main customers are paper converters, distributors, retailers and printers. UPM Specialty Papers is an industry leader in sustainable development. Its high performance papers are produced in Finland and China. UPM Specialty Papers employs approximately 2,000 people globally.

We deliver renewable and responsible solutions and innovate for a future beyond fossils across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. As the industry leader in responsibility we are committed to the UN Business Ambition for 1.5°C and the science-based targets to mitigate climate change. We employ 18,700 people worldwide and our annual sales are approximately EUR 10.2 billion. Our shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. UPM Biofore – Beyond fossils.

Laetitia Durafour, Marketing Director at Crown Food Europe, looks at the significant rise in popularity of organic produce and the benefits of metal packaging to this burgeoning sector

The organic food and beverage market is set to continue its surge in popularity, with considerable growth forecast through 2025. According to a recent report[1]  - “Organic Foods & Beverages - Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecasts “ states that the organic foods and beverages market worldwide is projected to grow by US$226 Billion, driven by a compounded growth of 14.8%.

According to the study, the organic foods segment displays the potential to grow at over 14.1% in that period, as consumers turn to more health-conscious products.. The shifting dynamics supporting this growth makes it critical for businesses in this space to keep abreast of the changing pulse of the market. Poised to reach over US$189.8 Billion by the year 2025, organic foods will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth. North America will maintain a 15.8% growth momentum, as consumers turn to more health-conscious products. Within Europe, which continues to remain an important element in the world economy, Germany will add over US$8.9 Billion to the region's size and clout in the next five to six years. Over US$10.8 Billion worth of projected demand in the region will come from the rest of the European markets.

Another report from Zion Research[2] states that an increase in the accessibility of organic product in Europe, in addition to a shift in preference towards a healthy lifestyle, is predicted to drive this considerable growth in the region, while Asia Pacific is also following suit. Growing awareness and rising disposable income levels are key drivers, in addition to advancement in biological farming techniques and continued imports from Europe and North America.

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In France, 55% of consumers see organic labels as playing an important role in their purchasing decisions of goods in the fresh self-service supermarket aisles.[3] In 2017, 94% of consumers bought organic produce, with vegetables showing strong growth year by year and being increasingly more present in consumers’ baskets.

Metal Packaging: A Natural Partner for Organics

Given the reputation of organic produce as better for our health and better for the environment, many raw organic items could be sold loose, particularly fruit and vegetables. Fresh ingredients harvested and collected from farms, fisheries, dairies and other food sources are immediately canned for safe keeping in optimum conditions in metal packaging to maintain freshness and taste.

Metal packaging aligns perfectly with the sustainable nature of this form of produce. Metal is a natural material that is infinitely recyclable, meaning it can be recycled over and over without any loss of physical properties. In fact, the vast majority of metal used for packaging is still in circulation today. This constant reuse into new containers or other metal products saves raw materials and energy and reduces CO2 emissions.

For organic foods, its uses are almost as infinite as its recyclable credentials and the more products that are certified organic, the more opportunity there is for metal. Fruits and vegetables are obvious candidates that have long been encased in metal, along with infant formula and fish including sardines, mackerel and herrings. More exotic products such as coconut milk are also synonymous with cans, and premium items like foie gras are often also packaged in metal.

The protective and preserving qualities of metal packaging are what makes it such a formidable substrate for organic produce. The can, for example, provides a hermetic seal that protects against light and oxygen, at the same time locking in nutrients that would otherwise begin to degrade if the product was merely refrigerated. These qualities also make cans a key weapon in the fight against food waste at each stage in the supply chain. For example, packaging produce in cans rather than packing it for refrigeration or freezing saves over one billion litres of food per year[4] – an enormous amount that would otherwise be left to rot in landfill.

Whether you are a producer or a consumer of organic produce, the chances are that in doing so you are keeping an eye firmly on the quality of the product and its impact on the environment. In these instances, it is advisable to look beyond the item in front of you and to consider the bigger picture in terms of sustainability, as there are often elements that have a significant impact on those credentials. For organic food producers, sustainability is as important as health benefits and quality and one thing is certain: organics and metal go hand in hand when it comes to consumer care and satisfaction.

Metal is also a compelling choice when considering aspects such as premiumisation and brand differentiation at point of sale. Beyond being a noble and malleable material, metal is the ideal canvas to bring out the premium qualities of the organic products inside. Crown provides its customers with numerous possibilities to package their organic products, including options that lend them a premium look with extraordinary shapes, sophisticated finishes and convenient solutions. The company’s in-house design capabilities have benefited numerous brands looking for support on projects, from the inception stages until the finite products were ready to be launched on the retail shelves.

Made in Europe, these cutting-edge technologies and decorative options underline the core brand values of Crown’s customers in the organics market and provide premiumization that enables them to attract and further engage with consumers, building a strong connection to their brand.



2Kantar Worldpanel LinkQ Bio réalisé auprès de 7090 PRA représentatives des foyers Français - July 2018 



Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a business unit of Ardagh Group has selected TricorBraun WinePak, a division of packaging leader TricorBraun, as its exclusive wine distributor to service small and mid-sized wineries in the western half of the U.S.

This renewed collaboration reinforces TricorBraun WinePak’s position as a key member of Ardagh’s portfolio of distributors, allowing the two companies to expand and attract new business. The strategic alliance combines Ardagh’s 125 years of wine-industry knowledge and proven track record as the largest producer of glass wine bottles made 100% in the U.S., with TricorBraun’s comprehensive experience as the largest distributor of wine bottles in the U.S., creating a dynamic combination for the U.S. wine marketplace.

“For small to mid-sized wineries, TricorBraun’s customized service and supply chain expertise combined with Ardagh’s high-quality domestic wine bottle production means economical, creative and sustainable packaging,” said Kathy Brooks, Regional Vice President and General Manager at TricorBraun WinePak. “We are incredibly excited to expand our relationship with Ardagh Group, bringing our leading packaging knowledge and capabilities to simplify packaging so our customers can focus on what they do best.”

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The alliance provides an extensive service offering to wineries, including premium wine bottles in a variety of colors, sizes, styles and finishes, in addition to full decorating services, capsules, STELVIN® closures, state-of-the art repacking capabilities, enhanced custom packaging design and engineering services, and robust customer service support.

“TricorBraun WinePak’s extensive sales infrastructure allows Ardagh to further expand its reach to additional wineries in the West,” said John T Shaddox, Chief Commercial Officer for Ardagh’s North American Glass business unit. “With manufacturing facilities and sales teams serving you from the heart of the major North American wine regions, more small and mid-sized wineries can experience the high level of attention, responsiveness and ease that comes with buying from Ardagh through its new alliance with TricorBraun.”

Ardagh is dedicated to the wine market with capabilities and resources to grow with wineries every step of the way. Wineries that are not currently purchasing from Ardagh and are interested in purchasing less than 500,000 cases per year should contact Suzanne Gordon, TricorBraun at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To view Ardagh’s extensive wine bottle stock portfolio, which are all made in the U.S.A., visit

Ardagh Group is a global supplier of infinitely recyclable metal and glass packaging for the world’s leading brands. Ardagh operates 56 metal and glass production facilities in 12 countries, employing more than 16,000 people with sales of approximately $7bn.

As the largest wine bottle distributor in North America with a truly multi-continent supply, TricorBraun WinePak provides access to the highest quality glass from multiple domestic and global sources. We simplify the packaging procurement process, offering a state-of-the-art repacking system, as well as approximately 550,000 square feet of wine inventory space across seven warehouses to ensure just-in-time delivery at bottling time. TricorBraun WinePak also offers STELVIN® capsules and closures, private and stock molds, full decorating services, enhanced design and engineering services and the strongest sales and customer service support in the industry. TricorBraun WinePak is part of TricorBraun, North America’s largest distributor of primary packaging.

Growth in on-the-go eating, use of pharmaceuticals for an ageing population, the need to create stand-out on crowded shelves and, of course, pressure to reduce use of plastic are just some of the factors driving the increasing demand for paperboard. But how can packaging producers help their clients to meet this demand while also keeping their sustainability targets on track? Fortunately, Antalis has the answer; they can support their customers with an ever-growing portfolio of sustainable graphic and cartonboard products and services.

Antalis began developing its range of sustainable products and supporting services more than two decades ago and now has one of the most innovative offerings on the market. Key to the credibility and success of this portfolio is the company’s careful selection of suppliers who share Antalis’ focus on providing high quality products, sustainably.

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“Concerns around the use of plastic packaging, particularly single-use packaging, has led to a significant rise in demand for fibre-based graphic and cartonboards that are renewable, biodegradable, recycled or recyclable”, says Steve Chappell, Graphical Board Development Manager “At Antalis we also ensure we work with suppliers who have strong environmental ethics, like Iggesund and Metsä Board.”

Antalis stocks Iggesund’s world-leading paperboard brands Invercote and Incada, which are renowned for their durability and design versatility. Iggesund’s mill in Sweden, where Invercote is made, and its UK mill in Workington, Cumbria, where Incada is manufactured, have both been awarded Platinum level by the international assessment company EcoVadis.

Produced from virgin fibre of known and traceable origin, Incada is made at a mill that produces 100% of energy from renewable biomass, and is the only folding box board (FBB) manufactured in the UK, giving it a very low carbon footprint for UK customers. Invercote, solid bleached board (SBB), made from pure virgin fibre sourced from sustainably managed Swedish forests, is known for its strength and toughness and taint and odour neutrality making it particularly suited to packaging where demands on print quality and structural design are very high.

2021 01 05 100641Also within Antalis’ extensive portfolio of sustainable graphic and cartonboards are Metsä Board’s Classic and Prime, both PEFC certified, and FSC certified Eskaboard from Eska.

MetsäBoard Prime FBB Bright – A fully coated white backed folding box board (GC1) with high bulk and stiffness. MetsäBoard Prime FBB makes it possible to ‘lightweight’ printed products so you get more product out of every tonne of material purchased while at the same time consuming fewer raw materials, reducing transport weight and producing less waste.

MetsäBoard Classic FBB is a fully coated cream-backed folding box board (GC2) with a double blade coating on the front. It is hard sized as standard for high water resistance demands, such as refrigeration and chiller cabinet products.

Eskaboard is a solid board made from 100% recovered paper.  An FSC-certified  board with  excellent lay flat, stay flat properties - it is ideal for producing anything from book covers and ring-binders to puzzle and game boxes and even luxury packaging.

Further support in helping customers achieve their sustainability goals comes by way of Antalis’ Carbon Offsetting scheme. All purchases from across the company’s papers, packaging and visual communications ranges can now be carbon offset.

Steve comments, “We have one of the most comprehensive ranges of paperboards in the UK.  We’re continually reviewing our range of products and suppliers to ensure they are as sustainable as possible, and I am excited to say that we will be expanding our portfolio with new and innovative products, with the highest environmental profile, in the near future.”

With Piab's new gripper, six-packs with cardboard wrapping can be handled automatically, gently and without leaving any marks. This provides the beverage industry with a new solution for more efficient packaging and palletizing of bottles.

After various discussions with customers from plant engineering and the beverage industry, it was clear to Piab’s experts that a gripper for the simple automatic handling of six-packs with cardboard packaging was needed. Because this is how beer and beer-based mixed drinks are offered and must be packaged and palletized accordingly by the beverage industry. The difficulty with the automation of this process step has been that mechanical grippers cannot pick up the bottles from the top of the bottle caps, as these are usually sealed with a banderole made of aluminum or paper, which would be damaged. At the same time, the cardboard is very thin and unstable and must be handled with care. The gripper should also not leave any marks on the cardboard box to avoid an impression of the packaging being damaged.

Piab Sixpack Gripper Front View

The vacuum specialists from Piab, headed by Bernd Gries Manager Global S-Accounts, therefore developed a special gripper with rectangular suction cups. The rectangular suction cups take up the six-pack in only three places. In order to prevent the cardboard from being drawn into it due to the large suction surface and leaving marks, the Piab team developed a corresponding load support as part of the suction cups. This prevents the cardboard from being drawn in and getting damaged.

The gripper is manufactured using a 3D printing process and can therefore be easily adapted to different six-pack sizes. The fastest way to do this is via the exchangeable cheeks, which serve to stabilize the six-pack in the gripper during handling.

In addition to Piab’s rectangular suction cups, the gripper contains powerful COAX® vacuum ejectors. One COAX® ejector is integrated decentrally for each square suction cup. This provides additional safety when handling, because each ejector works independently of the others. So if one ejector fails due to contamination, the six-pack will continue to be held reliably by the other two. The gripper has an automatic blow-off pulse to enable the six-pack to be put down quickly.

Piab Sixpack Gripper Front Detail

This cleans the ejector, channels and the suction cup at the same time.

For customers who have Industry 4.0 interfaces, the gripper offers query options for vacuum process data.

PIAB Vakuum GmbH

Piab provides smart solutions for the automated world, helping thousands of end users and machine producers in e-commerce logistics, food, pharma, automotive and other manufacturing industries to improve energy-efficiency, productivity and working environments. With more than 700 employees and SEK 1,2 bn in sales 2018, Piab is a global organization, serving customers in almost 70 countries from a network of subsidiaries and distributors. By leveraging the ongoing technological development in automation and robotics, and targeting high-growth segments and geographies, Piab's vision is to become the global leader in gripping and moving solutions.

Ardagh has won a Sustainability Award in the inaugural ‘Pre-Commercialised Innovation’ category for its method of producing remeltable briquettes from the fine particle glass rejected during the recycling process, allowing 100% of recycled glass to be remelted into new glass bottles and jars.

The rejected glass makes up 10% of glass collected for recycling and is currently unusable in glass manufacture because it contains loose organics and CSP (ceramic, stone and porcelain) which can cause blistering in new containers. It is typically diverted to road aggregate or is lost to landfill and can never be recovered.

Driven by the goal to maximise cullet recovery for remelt, Ardagh worked with various partners to develop the recipe and method to produce briquettes from the rejected glass, which can be melted safely in the furnace without any adverse effects – closing the recycling loop.


The award attracted 63 entries from across the world and was narrowed down to the top 5 in Packaging Europe’s online awards event. On being announced the winner, Brendan O’Meara from Ardagh’s European Glass Cullet team commented:

“We’re incredibly proud to win the Sustainability Award, particularly with such strong competition. The potential of the briquettes to recover 100% of collected glass for remelt is a significant achievement. Special thanks go to Stewart Wright at Wright Engineering and Professor Paul Bingham at Sheffield Hallam University for their incredible support and expertise.”

Ardagh’s Chief Sustainability Officer, John Sadlier, added ''We are delighted to receive recognition for this particularly important project that supports us in achieving our ambitious sustainability targets. We hope the additional cullet available as briquettes will help to achieve the ultimate objective of 95% cullet and 5% raw materials within the glass batch, reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the furnace''

For more on Ardagh’s development of the briquettes, please visit

Iggesund Paperboard’s new InverformTM  for ready-made food packaging trays ticks all the boxes for sustainability and performance.

 Made from pure cellulose fibres, Inverform has been specifically developed for pressed and folded trays used in food packaging. Inverform has an exceptional formability and is the ideal replacement for traditional solutions, such as plastic trays.

“Iggesund Paperboard has a long tradition of working sustainably and producing material that won’t harm the environment. Inverform was developed largely in response to the plastic pollution problem,” says Stefan Söderberg, Sales Manager, Iggesund Paperboard.

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 The extensive use of plastic materials is linked to many serious problems, including:

  • The large climate impact caused by the fossil fuels required to make plastic
  • Plastic collecting in the oceans and elsewhere, due to the lack of biodegradability
  • Excess waste due to a low level (less than 40 per cent) of recycling

“We were determined to come up with a renewable and recyclable material for food trays that would be more environmentally friendly than plastic, while maintaining the same high packaging performance throughout the value chain,” says Stefan Söderberg.

Food and retail companies that are looking for more ways for their products to support a sustainable future can now ask for trays made of Inverform. Trays made of Inverform with a plastic barrier have a substantially lower carbon footprint than the common plastic tray and can be recycled in existing paper packaging recycling schemes. And, in addition to helping to lower the climate impact, Inverform packaging meets the highest standards for food hygiene and protection, ensuring longer life and less food waste.

“Inverform is the first of a new product application and we are in the process of developing the next generation of barriers since there is an increasing demand for sustainable packaging solutions and the requirements are becoming tougher each year. We are continuously improving our products to help our customers with their challenges now and in the future,” says Stefan Söderberg.  


Inverform is a Solid Bleached Board (SBB) made of pure cellulose fibres sourced from sustainably managed forests. A polymer barrier is added to Inverform making it ideal for tray forming and heat sealing. Inverform is a food grade material, without added optical brightening agents and it has all the required food safety certificates, including being safe for use in microwaves and conventional ovens.

About Iggesund Paperboard

Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

Estal, a company specializing in the development of premium packaging, has seen how the differentiation, innovation and sustainability of its products was once again recognized in the Pentawards, the most prestigious awards in the world of packaging: a total of seven designs involving packaging from Estal's catalogue received the prestigious awards in this latest edition. The success of the commitment to offer a unique catalogue, always focused on innovation and design, is the central theme of Estal's recognition.

Estal's Wildly Crafted collection, designed together with SeriesNemo, has been awarded the Gold Prize in the sustainable design category, which values the environmental performance of the packaging, taking into account the materials used and the production methods. Wildly Crafted is specially designed for manufacturers looking for a handcrafted, rough and imperfect look and an industrial production that respects sustainability. The beauty of imperfections defines this collection, which is both attractive and ecologically aware. In addition, Wildly Crafted goes beyond design: it is an artisanal language that gives brands a new ingredient of value and a hallmark that generates community. This product has been particularly well received in the United States, where it is marketed by ByQuest.

On the other hand, the Estal’s Sommelier collection designed by Mario di Paolo, BrandBreeder, has also been awarded the Bronze Prize in this edition of the Pentawards 2020. This collection of bottles is For Mario di Paolo "a journey through time, a lasting and unbreakable connection with our roots, told through three genuine and organic wines from Puglia". This innovative and creative concept renews the aesthetics and functionality of wine bottles. The new model Sommelier reflects a minimalist ring profile that provides not only a simple and more fluid figure, but also generates real functional benefits for its consumer. The result of this innovation is a rejuvenated bottle that transmits a more dynamic and breaking image that is perceived to have a higher weight and a better-quality level. The Sommelier concept creates new opportunities for the creation of contemporary and exclusive wine bottles, in line with new consumer expectations.

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The latest proposals from Wildly Crafted and Estal’s catalogue will be presented at the next edition of Bar Convent (12-18 October, Berlin), one of the most prestigious events in the sector.

A great success at the Pentawards

Along with the Wildly Crafted and Sommelier collection, five other designs in packaging or products from Estal were awarded prizes in this latest edition of the Pentawards. The new vodka from the American company Air Co, which has a distinctive Estal cap, has won the highest award, the Diamond. The Platinum Award has been granted to the London gin brand Pridem's Gin, designed by Enpedra Estudio and with a bottle from Estal's catalogue. The Murganheira wine, designed by Omdesign on another of Estal's characteristic bottles has been distinguished with a Gold Award. The Spanish designers SeriesNemo have received a second award: the Silver Award for the new premium vinegar by Toro Albalá, which also uses a bottle from Estal's collection. Finally, the bottle of Estal designed by Rita Rivotti for the Portuguese winery Vale D. Maria has been awarded the Silver Prize.

The Pentawards, which for the first time since their creation in 2007 have been held online, are the most important annual awards in the world of packaging. Participants include designers, design agencies, communication agencies, brands, packaging manufacturers and design students. Committed to recognising excellence in design and connecting the global packaging community, each year the Pentawards choose winners based on design quality, brand expression, creativity and innovation, and emotional connection.

About Estal

Estal manufactures glass containers for wines and sparkling wines, distillery, beverages, gourmet products, perfumes and cosmetics, and for home-fragrance. Specialists in premium solutions for the world of packaging for over 25 years, the company creates, designs and manages projects from the initial idea to the final product, providing maximum creative freedom, testing new materials, shades, textures, and applying the most advanced technical and decorative innovations.

The global solutions in packaging, integrating bottle or jar, closure, accessory, and decoration, make up the value of Estal's offer. The commitment to innovation is its main added value. The company develops new transversal and differential solutions on an aesthetic, functional and technical level. Its know-how has been recognised with prestigious industry awards such as the Pentawards for its groundbreaking Sommelier concept and the Prix Luxe Pack in green for its new Wild Glass colour with 100% recycled PCR glass.

With an annual turnover in 2019 of 35M euros, exports now account for 40% of Estal's sales, and the trend is upwards. As a representative company of internationalisation, with sales offices in the USA, UK, France, Portugal, Italy and China, Estal sells to all countries, along with the current collaboration of 11 distributors and agents in Spain and 16 in the USA, South America, Italy, France, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Moldova, Poland, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

How 380gsm Invercote Creato is opening up new digital printing opportunities for printers and designers

For printers looking to create digitally-printed, stand-out, luxury packaging that also has sufficient durability and the right environmental credentials the options can be challenging. However, the latest innovations in digital print are opening up the possibility to create packaging with some serious punch.

Invercote Creato 380gsm is a high performing paperboard with the potential to be printed digitally.

At 380gsm (457 micron), Invercote Creato achieves maximum stiffness while being lighter in weight than products with a comparative thickness, which helps to reduce environmental impact through use of fewer raw materials. Plus, its super-smooth and extremely high white surface produces brilliant results on a number of digital printers.

Invercote Creato 380gsm has been successfully tested on liquid toner HP Indigo 5000 ,7000 ,10000, 12000 and 30000 series (equipped with thick substrate kit), and dry toner Xerox iGen 5,Xerox Iridesse and Ricoh C9200 machines.

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The dimensional stability of this two-sided, multi-layered product makes it an excellent choice for multi-step processing, while its lightfastness resistance ensures consistent colour representation and no yellowing. These characteristics, along with its thickness and stiffness make it an ideal choice for luxury packaging as well as a wide range of other graphic packaging applications, including cosmetics, med tech, food and confectionary.

“Invercote Creato is available in a wide range of weights and sizes, with the 380gsm providing the possibility of opening up new business opportunities for printers and designers by helping them push the frontiers of luxury packaging design”, says Steve Chappell, Graphical Board Development Manager at Antalis.

Invercote Creato is produced by Iggesund at their mill in Sweden which has recently been awarded Platinum for sustainability by Ecovadis, putting it in the top 1% off all 65,000 companies they have rated. Invercote Creato 380gsm is sold exclusively in the UK by Antalis with SRA3+ and B2 sizes available from stock for next day delivery.

About Antalis

Antalis (Euronext Paris: ANTA) is the leader in B2B distribution of Papers (number 1 worldwide outside the United States) and industrial Packaging, and number two in the distribution of Visual Communication media in Europe. In 2019, the Group reported sales of €2.1 billion and employed 4,700 people serving over 115,000 customers, companies and printers in 39 countries. Through its 117 distribution centres, Antalis makes around 11,000 deliveries per day worldwide and it distributed 1.1 million tons of paper in 2019.

Metsä Board's Kyro mill will be 150 years old this year, 2020. The wood grinding plant along the Kyröskoski rapids was started up in 1870. Since then, the Kyro mill has manufactured market wood pulp, groundwood, sawn timber, various papers and paperboard for international markets. Today, it is a modern and efficient mill that produces high-quality folding boxboard for Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group.

“Kyro people are proud of their mill. Our staff have always lived with changes and challenging times have been overcome by working together. People commit themselves to the mill for a long time, with families often having several generations involved. This has positively influenced the kind of mill Kyro is today,” says Petri Huiko, VP and mill manager of Metsä Board Kyro.

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“Continued development is key to the success, efficiency and production quality of our paperboards and we are proud to continue to develop Kyro as generations before us have done”, added Petri.

Last year, Metsä Board Kyro began manufacturing a new plastic free eco-barrier board for food and food service packaging and introduced artificial intelligence (AI) to its quality control. In addition, the mill’s board machine finishing area is presently being modernised. The rebuild includes a new reeler, a winder and the renewal of the reel broke handling system. The investment value is EUR 20 million and the new machinery is scheduled to start during the autumn of 2021.

Metsä Board

Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and forerunner in sustainability. We produce premium lightweight folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners for consumer goods packaging as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests. We aim for completely fossil-free mills and raw materials by 2030.

The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2019, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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