Smurfit Kappa combines expertise with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper to create innovative food packaging

Smurfit Kappa combines expertise with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper to create innovative food packaging

November 7, 2019
Press Release: Smurfit Kappa

As part of its ongoing ‘Better Planet Packaging’ initiative, Smurfit Kappa has collaborated with one of its partners, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, to create a new type of innovative and recyclable food-safe packaging

A combination of Smurfit Kappa’s expertise in paper-based packaging and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper’s strength in coated papers has led to the first product in the new range being shortlisted as a finalist in the Swiss Packaging Awards.

The outer board-based packaging was made from Smurfit Kappa’s MB12 packaging solution which has unique, built-in adsorption technology which protects against aromas and possible migration of substances. The inner packaging, which contains Mitsubishi HiTec Paper’s BARRICOTE barrier paper, offers protection against moisture and grease and has heat-sealing properties.

This unique solution demonstrates the possibility to create functional board-based packaging that is fully recyclable thanks to the optimized use of renewable raw materials in the barrier.

“It has been a very interesting and collaborative process for us working with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper on this project,” said Lars Henriksson, vice-president of Product Development of the Smurfit Kappa Paper Division. “The fibers that our industry-leading paper is made from are an excellent solution for a huge range of products due to a range of attributes, not least their inherent sustainability.”

“As experts in specialty paper coatings, we brought our know-how in barrier and protective coatings to this process,” added Dr Dieter Becker, director of New Business Development & CSR at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. “Our solutions are completely free from foil, laminates, aluminium and fluorocarbons. Instead, we rely on the highest possible percentage of biodegradable resources which is why Smurfit Kappa’s MB12 solution was the right one.”

HOBAKO, a Swiss producer of chocolate products, together with SCHELLING, its Swiss packaging provider, were the first to use the new board-based packaging solution which was shortlisted as a finalist in both the sustainability and technology categories of the Swiss Packaging Awards earlier this year.

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