BillerudKorsnäs launches recyclable paper-based flow wrap

New paper-based packaging meets barrier requirements of confectionery

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Recyclable Flow Wrap, a paper-based packaging solution for confectionery products. Photo - BillerudKorsnäs

BillerudKorsnäs has collaborated with Syntegon Technology to launch Recyclable Flow Wrap, a paper-based packaging solution that enables a shift from conventional plastic to renewable and recyclable materials.

Flow wrap is a type of flexible packaging used for many products in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, and today plastic film flow wrap is standard for FMCG. BillerudKorsnäs Recyclable Flow Wrap is an innovative paper packaging solution based on primary fibers sourced from well-managed forests and high barrier performance recycled as paper.

According to the press statement, the product enables the shift from conventional plastic to paper. It is suitable for medium to high barrier requirements such as those posed by chocolate bars and other confectionery and bakery products.

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The patent-pending BillerudKorsnäs Recyclable Flow Wrap is verified and tested using Syntegon’s paper-ON-form retrofit upgrade kit. “We are happy to launch a paper based flow wrap solution. The product is recyclable as paper and brand owners don’t have to compromise neither product shelf life nor converting productivity in comparison to plastic packaging options,” says Peter Åström, project manager Recyclable Flow Wrap.

With the Syntegon upgrade kit paper-ON-form, it can be installed on existing horizontal flow wrapping machines and new flow wrappers from Syntegon Packaging Systems. The solution was engineered in Syntegon´s own development center in Beringen, Switzerland, and consists of a flow-wrap forming unit and sealing tools or paper cold-sealing applications. The kit is already being used on existing lines from international manufacturers for packaging chocolate bars in the paper.

“To make flow wraps future-proof we have to take a holistic approach. In our test lab, we are concentrating on three elements. Avoidance. Recycling. Recovery. Our retrofit kit allows customers the transition to paper packaging on their existing Syntegon Packaging Systems horizontal flow wrapping machine – without any restrictions regarding speed compared to the existing for cold-sealable paper,” says Christoph Langohr, project manager of Sustainability Horizontal Packaging.

By introducing Recyclable Flow Wrap, BillerudKorsnäs brings forward innovation based on renewable and biodegradable materials, meeting brand owners and legislators´ need to reduce littering and increase recycling without compromising the barrier characteristics.

Syntegon Technology is a global process and packaging technology provider. Formerly the Bosch Group’s packaging division, the company, headquartered in Waiblingen (Germany), has been offering complete solutions for the pharmaceutical and food industries for over 50 years.

BillerudKorsnäs offers packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. The company is a provider of primary fiber-based packaging materials and has customers in over 100 countries. The company has eight production units in Sweden, Finland, and the UK and about 4500 employees in over 13 countries, including India.

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