Smurfit Kappa’s planned expansion and modernisation of its paper sacks business in the Latin American market continues at pace. Smurfit Kappa is investing USD $40 million in response to growing market trends and the increasing need for environmentally sustainable paper sacks. In Colombia, a new Windmoller & Holscher paper sacks machine at its plant in Palmira is now fully operational. This, representing a USD $9.5 million investment, which was announced in February 2020, has increased the plant’s production capacity by an additional 100 million multi-ply paper sacks per year, as well as improving the print quality and performance of the sacks. This new line complements the investment made by the Company in 2018, when it expanded its paper sacks plant in the Dominican Republic with an investment of USD $10 million. Improved capability will continue in the second quarter of 2021 with an investment of USD $1 million for the modernisation of Smurfit Kappa´s paper sacks plant in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Ahlstrom is further extending its range of release papers by introducing new products supporting sustainability and circularity in manufacturing Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) laminates and labels.
Ahlstrom strives to develop sustainable products, support the transition to more renewable, bio-based materials, and enable more efficient use of resources.
Release Liners are carriers of many PSA labeling materials, allowing highly efficient printing, cutting, and application of PSA labels. While performing a sustainable function, as they contribute to reducing product waste, increasing product safety, and moving goods reliably and efficiently through traditional or online distribution, they can also be manufactured with increasingly sustainable components.
In line with these targets, Ahlstrom is extending its Acti-V® range of high-performance label release liners with new products offering novel options to sustainability-driven laminators, label printers, and end-users, thanks to the use of post-consumer recycled fibers and unbleached cellulose fibers:
*Acti-V® RF Yellow is a supercalendered release paper including at least 15% post-consumer recycled fiber, featuring the typical light-yellow color of paper liners that carry most PSA paper labels in Europe.
*Acti-V® RF Natural is a supercalendered release paper featuring a light creamy color, naturally resulting from the blend of at least 15% post-consumer recycled fiber and unbleached and bleached cellulose fibers.
Both products support circularity by replacing a portion of virgin fibers with post-consumer recycled fibers. Additionally, the new Acti-V® RF Natural does not use any dye and is based on components that – according to Ahlstrom’s initial estimates* – can allow reduction of at least 15 % in the carbon footprint compared to the standard Acti-V® Yellow liner. The new release papers maintain the outstanding performance of Ahlstrom’s proprietary Acti-V® technology, which allows a highly efficient silicone coating and converting process, showing potential reductions in the consumption of energy, catalysts, and silicone.
more at: https://www.ahlstrom.com/Media/releases/press-releases2/2023/ahlstrom-introduces-innovative-label-release-papers-with-recycled-and-unbleached-fiber-content/