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Sappi at the FACHPACK 2024 in Nuremberg


18 July 2024


From 24 to 26 September 2024, the European packaging industry will meet at FACHPACK in Nuremberg. Sappi, a leading manufacturer of packaging paper and board, will be showcasing its extensive portfolio in Hall 4A, Stand 306.

This includes new products from the areas of flexible packaging, wet glue labels, corrugated board and virgin fibre board. Sappi's trade fair appearance this year is themed ‘Futureproof’.

Three new barrier papers for food and non-food applications

Sappi has extensive expertise in paper coating technology. For more than 10 years, the company has been producing a broad portfolio of packaging papers with integrated barriers against oxygen, grease, water vapour, mineral oil and aromas as well as additional heat-sealing properties. The papers offer optimum product protection. Thanks to the integrated barriers, no additional coatings or laminations need to be applied, which meets the current market demand for alternatives to non-recyclable multilayer materials and plastic packaging. With the brand new barrier papers Guard ICC, Guard OHS and Guard Twist Gloss, Sappi is expanding its product family of functional papers.

Guard ICC is a packaging paper with a barrier coating on both sides and has been developed for flexible packaging applications where dimensional stability and protection on both sides are required. Guard ICC is used in the food sector, especially for the packaging of waffle ice cream. It is available in a grammage of 110 g/m². The Guard OHS barrier paper, available in the print finishes Natural, Silk and Gloss, has excellent oxygen and water vapour barriers. It has been specially developed to meet the requirements of confectionery packaging. It also has integrated heat sealability and therefore fulfils the requirements for both heat and cold sealing. It is suitable for various flexible packaging applications, such as flow wraps, sachets and pouches for the food and non-food sectors. The third paper in the group of innovative newcomers is Guard Twist Gloss. The one-side coated paper with a barrier coating on the reverse side was developed primarily for twisting applications in the confectionery industry. The paper has already delivered very good results in various tests on different packaging machines.

At FACHPACK, Sappi will also be showcasing its broad portfolio of uncoated and coated flexible packaging papers with excellent processing properties. The company will be presenting its new Algro Finess C paper. The coated paper has been specially developed for coffee packaging. It impresses with its high-quality appearance and outstanding printing and processing properties. The new paper also effectively reduces folding and colour breaks, which can impair the appearance of the packaging at the POS. Sappi will also be showcasing its wide range of uncoated flexible packaging papers. The matt look and unrivalled feel of the papers are in line with the trend towards a more natural look and feel for flexible packaging.

New wet glue label paper for returnable bottle applications

Parade Label WS is a wet and alkali-resistant wet-glue label paper that achieves outstanding printing and finishing results thanks to its high-quality surface. The glossy paper is available in basis weights from 65 to 80 g/m2. For the first time, Sappi will also be presenting a linen-embossed version to the general public at Fachpack. Parade Label WS has already proven its high labelling performance in various qualifications. At the same time, the excellent printing and finishing results ensure a high shelf impact and brand differentiation

Since the end of last year, Sappi has carried out successful practical tests with selected customers. Parade Label WS is produced at the Gratkorn mill (Austria), where Sappi has invested a double-digit million euro amount to expand the label paper business in the long term

Algro Volume completes the Algro cartonboard family

The premium fresh fibre cartons from the Algro Design product family have been characterised by their flawless look and feel for over 20 years. They are ideal for packaging applications in the luxury perfume, cosmetics and confectionery sectors. A new addition to the portfolio is Algro Volume, a premium fresh fibre cartonboard with a fully coated top side that scores points for its outstanding printing properties and excellent volume and stiffness. Algro Volume is available in both sheet and reel form and is primarily intended for high-quality packaging and demanding graphic applications such as advertising material, envelopes, cards, tags and tickets. It is suitable for a variety of finishing techniques including embossing, varnishing and foil lamination. Algro Volume is available in various grammages between 220 g/m² and 380 g/m² and is produced at the Sappi plant in Maastricht (Netherlands).

For use on corrugated and solid board: Fusion Topliner and Fusion Embossed

Sappi's Fusion portfolio is known for its brightness, whiteness, excellent printability and dimensional stability. With the addition of 200 g/m² to the range, manufacturers can now transfer the special properties of the product to new applications, such as rigid cardboard envelopes, sleeves, banderoles and much more.

Fusion Embossed is the embossed version of Fusion Topliner and is also characterised by exceptional brightness, a high degree of whiteness and an elegant, silky surface. It delivers brilliant embossing results, high stability and excellent creasing properties. Fusion Embossed is available in two different surfaces, linen and denim, in grammages of 100 g/m² and 115 g/m². Since the launch of Fusion Topliner 200 g/m² and Fusion Embossed, the two new products have been used successfully by selected customers.

Investment in future security

Sappi has recently made a number of ground-breaking investments with which the company intends to position itself even better for the future. These include the innovative barrier coating system at the plant in Alfeld, the extensive modernisation of the Gratkorn site and the commissioning of a second e-boiler at the Maastricht plant. Michael Bethge, Sales Director Flexible Packaging at Sappi, explains: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming many visitors to our stand to inform them about the investments and our constantly growing portfolio. FACHPACK is the ideal place to hold stimulating discussions and show what ‘Futureproof’ means to us: a reliable partner that provides its customers with innovations for a sustainable future.’

Source: Fibers-in-process