BillerudKorsnäs and ALPLA to join forces to pioneer paper bottles for a sustainable future

BillerudKorsnäs and ALPLA to join forces to pioneer paper bottles for a sustainable future

April 5, 2019
Press Release: BillerudKorsnäs

These two companies are looking at commercializing a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle

Paper packaging materials and solutions specialist BillerudKorsnäs and plastic packaging solutions provider ALPLA are collaborating to develop a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle, which they will market in a JV company called ecoXpac.

BillerudKorsnäs has been a driving force in the ongoing development of a paper bottle, which was started by ecoXpac in 2010 and with the Carlsberg Group since 2015.

In late 2016, Carlsberg revealed a first physical prototype of a paper bottle, the ‘Green Fiber Bottle’, and the first generation of paper bottles has since been in a testing phase. The plan now is to continue the development to be able to launch and then scale-up production. Following generations will be both fully bio-based and have biodegradable barriers.

“The question is not ‘if’ but rather ‘how soon’ this joint venture will introduce a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle to the market,” noted Petra Einarsson, CEO and president of BillerudKorsnäs. “When we do, it will enable a significant shift in consumer behavior globally.”

The formation of the JV is subject to customary regulatory approvals such as merger control clearances, although it is expected the transaction will be completed in the third quarter of 2019.

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