BillerudKorsnäs and Haver & Boecker bundle their know-how for perfect packaging

Development of a common language to eliminate waste

BillerudKorsnäs and Haver & Boecker bundle their know-how for perfect packaging

In the world of bulk powdered goods such as building materials, chemicals, and foodstuffs, different supply chains place differing demands on the packaging. Additionally, the machinery used across the world to produce and fill the packaging consists of many different technologies, brands, and models. This has resulted in the development and use of a variety of packaging solutions and processes. Therefore BillerudKorsnäs and Haver & Boecker, have developed a set of recommendations called the Sack Packaging Norms.

The employees at BillerudKorsnäs and Haver&Boecker, who are active all over the world, have noticed many repeated and unnecessary errors that result in packaging waste, product loss, and environmental damage. Often, also, these errors are as a result of miscommunication or the use of different standards or practices. These errors are most easily fixed by applying some basic standard knowledge or practice. It was thought that the development of a ‘common language’ for the packaging value chain would be an effective way to ensure the elimination of waste and efficient packaging performance around the world.

BillerudKorsnäs and Haver&Boecker jointly develop Sack Packaging Norms

“Globalization makes it essential to speak one language clearly and distinctly. With the Sack Packaging Norms, we have, together with BillerudKorsnäs, created the basis for joint and helpful communication for your perfect paper bag packaging,” says Thomas Hilling, manager at Haver & Boecker Institute.

This ‘common language’, a joint development by Haver & Boecker and BillerudKorsnäs, is a set of recommendations called the Sack Packaging Norms. The Sack Packaging Norms cover the basics and the most critical factors which must be taken into consideration when packing powdered goods, starting from paper manufacture, the handling, storage and manufacture of sacks, the filling of sacks, and finally the correct way to transport and store the filled packages.

BillerudKorsnäs contributes to this effort with years of expertise in packaging paper manufacturing and field experience as well as analytical tests, design, and development in the BillerudKorsnäs Packaging Development Centre. Haver & Boecker contributes with extensive experience and expertise in filling machinery and powder bulk handling.

“If producers and users of paper bag packaging follow the recommendations and guidelines, and implement these norms in their supply chain – efficient and effective packaging manufacturing, filling, handling, storage and transport of the finished goods will be secured. As an industry we will reduce waste significantly, making a major contribution to saving our planet,” says Mikael Peterson, Technical Service director at BillerudKorsnäs.

The first 10 Sack packaging Norms are available free of charge and can be downloaded at Suggestions for Norms can also be submitted on the website. The companies will regularly publish new Sack Packaging Norms and these will be sent out regularly to interested parties who have registered.

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