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Kemira, Jain Chem collaborate to develop barrier coatings for paper and board packaging

August 22, 2023  By P&PC Staff

Kemira and Jain Chem, a manufacturer of customized chemical solutions, announced their ongoing partnership to develop and market aqueous barrier coatings for recyclable paper and board products in the Americas region.

The partnership focuses on barrier solutions that create moisture, oil, and grease resistance primarily for food service packaging. These solutions reportedly help replace commonly used polyethylene (PE) and harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in paper and board end-use applications, such as cup stock, wrapping paper, and folding carton packages that are microwavable, oven-safe, and suitable for frozen food. Jain Chem barrier technology is based on recycled raw materials and enables recyclable and repulpable end-products.

By partnering, the companies leverage Kemira’s expertise in the pulp and paper industry and Jain Chem’s portfolio of chemical-based solutions to develop next generation barrier coatings for evolving customer needs.


The market for aqueous barrier coatings is expected to grow quickly in the Americas, as brand owners and consumers increasingly demand more sustainable packaging applications. Working together with Jain Chem, Kemira is reportedly expanding its barrier offering in the region and building capabilities to meet the need to improve the recycling properties of existing paper and board packaging and to develop new fibre-based products as alternatives to single-use plastics.

“By further developing this partnership, we can supply our existing customers, the paper and board manufacturers, as well as the converters in the packaging value chain with a variety of innovative barrier solutions. Together we can provide the technical resources and product technology that allow our customers to develop and launch new products for their customers, while supporting their sustainability targets,” says Jim Rettinger, SVP of Commercial for Kemira Pulp & Paper Americas (interim).

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