The Biofore company UPM has launched a new solution for the thin print market. The revolutionary paper, UPM EcoLite, has been specially designed to meet the needs of customers printing pharmaceutical leaflets and religious literature as well as user manuals and instructions. By choosing this new paper, UPM's customers will benefit from significant cost savings compared to a conventional paper solution. "The product is a result of extensive R&D work at Kaipola mill in Finland. The name, UPM EcoLite, says it all: In addition to being an ecological choice, it offers our customers an economical option without compromising on the reading experience or folding properties of the paper," stated Joonas Järvinen, New Business Development Manager, News and Retail at UPM. UPM EcoLite is available in 29, 32, 34 and 38 g/m2. A lighter paper equals a smaller environmental footprint as it requires fewer raw materials, less water and less energy to produce and transport. Click Read More below for additional detail.
The innovation concerns a sizing additive that SCA has developed to improve the production of water resistant, hydrophobic, paper. The additive can be produced in a green sustainable manner.
The new sizing additive can completely replace the addition of commercial sizing agents in the paper production. The resulting paper exhibit improved water resistance and UV-light stability.
Since the depolymerized lignin can be produced from byproducts from a pulp mill the resulting sizing additive is sustainable and cost effective.