According to a new report, global high-barrier pouch packaging totals approximately 49 billion units and consumed approximately 352,000 tons of polymer materials in 2015. Global high-barrier pouch consumption is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.1% to 2020, reaching 69 billion units and a market value of almost $3 billion. The report, from Smithers Pira, is titled, “The Future of High Barrier Pouches to 2020.” As the report explains, all flexible packaging films have some level of permeability to oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. It is rarely economical to use a single film as a barrier because of the large wall thickness and higher cost that would be required. Where a barrier is required, multilayer film structures are commonly used, which typically incorporate a base film—which itself could provide some barrier protection—plus either a higher barrier polymer or a barrier coating.
Sappi Packaging and Speciality Papers, a leading producer and global supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, today announced that it will be showing its full range of specialty and packaging grades at the 2016 Pack Expo International in Chicago, November 6-9, 2016. Sappi is committed to offering customers high-quality, innovative and sustainable specialty products via its robust global network.
“We are excited to present again at Pack Expo this year,” said Mark Odgers, Director of Packaging, Sappi North America. “As we continue to grow our business on a global scale, it is important that our customers have access to Sappi’s full product offerings across regions. With our diverse product portfolio, we have the ability to help brands stand apart from the crowd. We continue to heavily invest in our infrastructure with our renewed focus on innovation, very high and consistent quality, increased capacity, and a promise to bring breakthrough products to market each year, which is a significant achievement in our industry.”
Sappi is excited to present new advancements to some of its most popular grades at this year’s Pack Expo. Sappi has recently restructured its containerboard product range to provide new and improved solutions for the corrugated cardboard market. This includes the bright white Fusion topliner as well as corrugating liner & fluting Ultraflute. Fusion topliner is unique in the containerboard market. Compared with other topliners on the market, it has an outstanding surface finish. This is reflected in its exceptional color brilliance with high-shelf impact for excellent brand differentiation. Fusion topliner also enables significant cost savings when it comes to finishing. A heavy duty semi-chemical flute, UltraFlute demonstrates strength and durability and is ideally suited for high-end market applications that endure rigorous conditions throughout the supply chain.
Sappi saw two advancements in its packaging grades this year in North America. First was the expansion of its LusterCote product line to include heavyweight options. This provides press operators, brand owners and graphic designers with superior performance on a wide range of coated one-side (C1S) applications, including litho labels, envelopes, book dust jackets, set up boxes and point-of-purchase displays and now banderole. This complements the 55 and 60lb grades that were introduced the previous year, primarily targeting the cut & stack market.
Sappi also introduced the McCoy Gift Card 28pt to its McCoy line in North America. Brand owners may now ensure brand consistency throughout all marketing efforts by using the entire McCoy paper line for their printing needs. McCoy gift cards allow for effortless design defined by the details, durability for daily use, and production through renewable resources that help reduce environmental impact.