Packaging and speciality paper manufacturer Sappi Europe has invested a double-digit million euro sum in a new plant to produce innovative high-barrier papers – including a new type of barrier coating machine. Recently put into operation at the company’s Alfeld site in Germany, the in-house solution will produce high-barrier papers for recyclable packaging for food and non-food applications.
Sappi draws on far-reaching expertise in paper-coating technology. For more than ten years, the company has been producing a wide range of packaging papers that feature integrated barriers against oxygen, grease, water vapour, mineral oil and aromas, at the same time as providing very good protection for packaged products. The fibre-based, recyclable packaging solutions enable brand owners and converters to achieve their sustainability goals and contribute to circular economy. In the future, Sappi’s customers will benefit from increased delivery capability thanks to higher production capacities and a shorter supply chain.
The investment includes a coating kitchen, reel finishing and automated handling system, ensuring scalable high volume of 300 million m2 output as well as opportunities for customized solutions and continuous coating innovation. Depending on requirements and applications, different coating technologies can be used on the new machine. Sappi uses a multilayer coating and water-based dispersion technology for the production of environmentally friendly packaging solutions and especially in the production of high-barrier papers.
At interpack trade fair in Düsseldorf/Germany (4 to 10 May 2023; hall 8a, booth B35) interested parties will have an opportunity to find out more about the new coating system and its exciting possibilities.