Mitsubishi HiTec Paper and SN Maschinenbau at Fachpack 2022

Fachpack 2022 to take place from 27 to 29 September in Nuremberg

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Mitsubishi’s water-coated barricote pouch for food and non-food items
Mitsubishi’s water-coated barricote pouch for food and non-food items

Sustainable solutions are particularly in demand in the field of flexible packaging for food and non-food items. Keeping this in mind, Bielefeld-based specialty paper manufacturer Mitsubishi HiTec Paper and Wipperfürth-based expert for pouch packaging machines SN Maschinenbau are joining hands to offer safe and environment-friendly packaging solutions made of paper. 

For several years, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has been offering barricote, an innovative range of recyclable barrier papers for flexible packaging of food and non-food. 

SN Maschinenbau is known worldwide for first-class horizontal form, fill and seal machines for various products, especially food. 

After numerous joint test runs, the two companies proved that the water-coated barricote papers could be processed on SN Maschinenbau pouch packaging machines as reliably as films. This eliminates the need for costly retrofitting of the machine technology.  

“We were able to successfully test our barricote grades Liner MG, Liner MGO, BAG WG and BAG WGOM for use as stand-up pouches at SN Maschinenbau,” says Andreas Carstensen, application engineer at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. 

“All barrier papers performed equally in the process as established plastic materials. Our papers not only provide barriers against water vapor, grease, oil, oxygen, and aroma but also against mineral oil migration. They are recyclable in the waste paper cycle and are made from renewable raw materials, they are heat-sealable as well as FSC and PEFC certified.”  

“As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of horizontally operating pouch packaging machines, we are delighted with the excellent cooperation with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper and the positive test results,” says Reiner Müller, director of business development and global accounts at SN Maschinenbau.

“This proves a large part of today’s sustainable mono packaging materials can be processed reliably without extensive adaptation of machine technology. Together with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, we offer a solution for the increasing demand for paper packaging,” Müller says.

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