Sappi expands corrugated card business

Paper giant Sappi is expanding its corrugated raw material product line with a new containerboard product group Containerboard.

Ehingen Mill
Ehingen Mill

The product group now includes corrugated paper (fluting) and topliner. The bright white Fusion topliner is the primary topliner product, while the cartonboard Algro Design and the new folding carton atelier can also be used as topliners.

Weights from 90 g/m2 to 400 g/m2 are available. In Europe, Sappi now also offers the corrugating medium Ultraflute. The fluting was specially developed by Sappi in weights of 125 g/m2 to 165 g/m2 and is manufactured in South Africa for the global market.

“My goal is to establish Sappi as an attractive, long-term and innovative partner in the corrugated card industry with the Containerboard product group,” said Bernd Gelder, product group manager for Containerboard. “The trend toward high-quality yet environmentally friendly packaging solutions offers opportunities for growth for packaging converters and their brand owner clients. We help our customers to exploit these opportunities and make their products stand out from the rest of the market. Our products allow them to be visually distinct, save glue and weight, and make processing more efficient. They also benefit from our reliable service.”

Fusion topliner plays a vital role in the containerboard market. Compared with other topliners available on the market, it has an outstanding surface finish. It also enables exceptional colour brilliance with high shelf impact and an optimum look and feel for brand differentiation.

Ultraflute is a new corrugating medium paper containing mostly virgin fibres from semi-chemical pulp and is the first choice for very high performance and post-processing requirements.

By expanding its special paper business to other European locations, Sappi is expanding on an existing strategy.

Following the conversion of the Alfeld factory into a competence centre for special paper and board, and scaling up the production of FBB in Maastricht, Ehingen is now Sappi’s third European production site for special papers and board.

Another new development is barrier solutions for corrugated card. The MOB liner/Leine Guard with special barrier layer (MOSH/MOAH barrier) has undergone successful market testing as an inner liner.

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