Environment & Sustainability
BillerudKorsnäs and Bosch partner on sustainable paper packaging
By P&PC Staff
By P&PC Staff
July 8, 2019 – BillerudKorsnäs and Bosch Packaging Technology are releasing a new sustainable paper-based packaging solution as part of their ongoing partnership.
The concept is called Pearl, and aims to show how specially formed and correctly sized small packages – called shaped paper pods – can contribute to a more sustainable future by using the formability of a 3D, formable paper patented by BillerudKorsnäs called FibreForm.
The material is processed on machinery from Bosch Packaging Technology, which offers its expertise on forming, filling and sealing of a wide variety of materials to the partnership, and ensures the subsequent industrialization of the newly developed technologies for commercial production.
In industries such as beauty and personal care, bread spreads, savoury and confectionery, single-use plastic packaging is widespread. “The goal is to support these industries with a sustainable packaging system and replace plastic in product samples, inserts, refills, portion packs and disposable packaging,” says Simon Johansson, project manager at Packaging Solutions BillerudKorsnäs.
The Pearl concept will be shown for the first time at FOOMA (The International Food & Technology Exhibition) in Tokyo from July 9 to 12, 2019. Pearl will also be exhibited at FachPack (September 24 to 26, 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany), PackExpo (September, 23 to 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada) and interpack (May 7 to 13, 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany).
In 2016, Bosch and packaging supplier BillerudKorsnäs presented their first major joint innovation: Sealed Paper Packaging on a vertical form, fill and seal machine (VFFS). The ZAP module from Bosch processes mono-material Axello ZAP paper from BillerudKorsnäs on VFFS technology with dust-tight sealing.
“Developing sustainable packaging solutions is an urgent and challenging topic,” says Dr Stefan König, president of Bosch Packaging Technology. “New solutions must be sustainable and at the same time ensure efficient processing.”