Sdra finds partner to promote pulp-based bio-composite material

Pulp & Paper Canada
July 14, 2014
By Pulp & Paper Canada
High-end packaging is a target market for Sdra's DuraPulp, a pulp-based bio-composite material.
High-end packaging is a target market for Sdra's DuraPulp, a pulp-based bio-composite material.

Södra is taking the first commercial step into the international market for its bio-composite material DuraPulp in collaboration with UK-based James Cropper PLC, a speciality paper and advanced materials group.

 “James Cropper's extensive technical competence and global market reach will mean that we will be able to speed up the commercialization of DuraPulp," said Anna Altner, Södra's project manager for DuraPulp.

“Initially, the collaboration will involve niche and high-end packaging-related applications but we do see wide potential opportunities, including the horticulture market," explained Jacqueline Redman, strategic marketing and innovation manager at James Cropper.

DuraPulp is a bio-composite material that consists of specially-selected pulp from Södra Cell and a renewable biopolymer. After additional processing, these two components take on special properties, such as moisture resistance, strength and rigidity. 

James Cropper plc has two business divisions: the paper division includes the speciality and luxury paper manufacturing and converting business and the non-woven division, Technical Fibre Products, holds a niche and leading position in the aerospace, energy, medical, automotive and other sectors. 

Södra is already involved in technical collaboration with Swt Paper, a privately-owned business development company in Varberg specializing in bespoke paper and cardboard products. This collaboration is making it possible to produce wet-formed DuraPulp demonstrators that showcase the material's potential in bespoke packaging and containers.

Add comment

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that Pulp and Paper Canada has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published and those that are published will not be edited. However, all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Security code

Subscription Centre

New Subscription
Already a Subscriber
Customer Service
View Digital Magazine Renew

Most Popular

Latest Events

Paperex 2017
November 1-4, 2017
European Paper Week 2017
November 28-30, 2017
PaperWeek Canada 2018
February 5-8, 2018
Tissue World Miami 2018
March 21-23, 2018
PaperCon 2018
April 15-18, 2018