Pulp Paper & Logistics

INDUSTRY NEWS 7 Lucart shows off its carton recycling scheme I

talian tissue products manufacturer Lucart recently hosted a delegation from Tetra

Pak to demonstrate how drinks cartons are recycled into paper products and dispensers. At Lucart’s Diecimo mill the

drinks cartons are separated into fibre for use as tissue products that are certified EU Ecolabel and FSC, and into a material composed of polyethylene and aluminium that is used to make toilet paper dispensers and shipping pallets. The process is the result of a

project launched in 2010 between Lucart and Tetra Pak, the world’s

leading manufacturer of drinks cartons. Called ‘Natural’, the project is said to have recovered

Paper-based multi- packs for canned beer help sustainability

Drinks producers are increasingly replacing plastic secondary packaging for their cans and bottles with recyclable paper- based versions that raise their sustainability credentials. One recent example is Belgian

brewer Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck, which switched from using shrink film to multi- pack tops supplied by Smurfit Kappa. After being approached by the brewer, which had already switched to more easily recyclable aluminium cans from glass in a bid to circularise its supply chain, Smurfit Kappa recommended a paper-based design with an inbuilt handle to replace the shrink film. The brewery’s chief executive

Xavier Vanhonsebrouck, commented: “It was very nice to be able to discuss our plans with Smurfit Kappa because they also

have a culture of innovation and worked with us to find the right solution. We have the perfect packaging for the future now.” Smurfit Kappa’s chief executive of Europe, Saverio Mayer added: “The Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck has a lot of exciting plans to expand into new markets and an ever-growing product range that we are looking forward to collaborating with them on.

“Both our companies share a deep commitment to sustainability and the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging initiative opens up a world of possibilities for us both.”

more than 4.4 billion cartons in the five years to 2018. Lucart’s sales and marketing

chief Guido Pasquini said: “This meeting was an important moment for us to exchange information and expertise and continue to progress the strategic partnership undertaken with Tetra Pak, with which we share values and a common vision of the future, is fundamental in achieving one of our main objectives: the promotion of sustainable growth and a circular economy aimed at ensuring respect for the environment and the well-being of people. I am sure that from this meeting further joint initiatives will emerge in the future.”

Rebranding for Metsä Fibre products

Metsä Fibre’s Botnia brand of pulp products, services and biochemicals is being replaced with the Metsä brand. The Metsä Group says it wants

to strengthen its Metsä brand, and refresh its branding and marketing to focus more on its customers. “The pulp branding is new, but the products and product range are exactly the same, with the same northern wood raw material and guaranteed Metsä Fibre quality,” it said in a statement.

Ari Harmaala, SVP for sales and

customership at Metsä Fibre, added: “We are simplifying the naming of our pulp product and service portfolio by moving our pulp offering under one unified Metsä brand. We are always looking for things to improve and ways to create more added value for our customers, and that’s why our new customer promise is Exceeding Expectations – a commitment that reflects our strategic aim and ambition.”

PCMC in Italy acquires STAX Technologies

Italy’s Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of the Barry-Wehmiller Converting group, has acquired Serbia’s STAX Technologies, based in Čača. The acquisition of STAX, which

produces wrappers, bundlers, case packers and palletisers, adds reciprocating flow technology to PCMC’s tissue packaging product line.

“This marks a new era for PCMC,” said Sergio Casella, president of PCMC-Italy. “By adding STAX’s expertise and capabilities, we are the only manufacturer to offer both reciprocating and continuous flow equipment as well as complete solutions from unwinders through palletisers for customers worldwide.”

November/December 2019

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