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Collaboration yields a sustainable packaging product

Bosch Packaging Technology paired with BillerudKorsnäs to create The Pearl and Sealed Paper Packaging


July 8, 2019
By Bakers Journal
The Pearl, created by BillerudKorsnäs and are processed on machinery from Bosch Packaging Technology. Photo courtesy of Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs

The demand for sustainable packaging among consumers and brand owners all over the world is growing at an exponential rate, which in many cases drives the demand to replace plastic packaging. Strong partnerships are required to bring about the development and innovation needed to meet this demand, and Bosch Packaging Technology paired with BillerudKorsnäs to collaborate on a solution.

The first result of this enhanced collaboration is the development of a new packaging concept called Pearl. It demonstrates how uniquely formed, small packages called shaped paper pods, can contribute to a more sustainable future by utilizing the unique formability of the FibreForm® material (3D-formable paper patented by BillerudKorsnäs). The material is processed on machinery from Bosch Packaging Technology, who not only contributes long-standing expertise in forming, filling and sealing of a wide variety of materials to the cooperation but also ensures the subsequent industrialization of the newly developed technologies for commercial production.

“Developing sustainable packaging solutions is an urgent and challenging topic. New solutions must be sustainable and at the same time ensure efficient processing. By combining the expertise of BillerudKorsnäs in the field of paper-based packaging material with our technological know-how, we will be able to answer both challenges,” says Dr Stefan König, president of Bosch Packaging Technology in a press release.

In 2016, Bosch and BillerudKorsnäs presented their first major joint innovation: Sealed Paper Packaging on a vertical form, fill and seal machine (VFFS). The ZAP module from Bosch makes it possible to process mono-material Axello® ZAP paper from BillerudKorsnäs on VFFS technology with dust-tight sealing. Now Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs are developing new sustainable paper-based packaging innovations. Both companies are further strengthening their approach to work closely with partners along the value chain to find better solutions for a sustainable future.

In industries like bread spreads, savoury and confectionery, single-use plastic packaging is widespread. “The goal is to support these industries with a sustainable packaging system and replace plastic in product samples, inserts, refills, portion packs and disposable packaging,“ says Simon Johansson, project manager at Packaging Solutions BillerudKorsnäs in the press release. “We have already passed several milestones in the project,” Torsten Sauer, project manager sustainability at Bosch Packaging Technology adds. “Now we are inviting selected brand owners to join our journey towards a sustainable future.”