Mondi has unveiled its plan to invest €16 million in technology to produce a new line of “ultra-high barrier” paper-based packaging solutions.
The range, called FunctionalBarrier Paper Ultimate, is said to meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging.
The addition expands Mondi’s portfolio of high-barrier paper-based packaging for food products such as dried foods and powdered milk, as well as for applications in the home and personal care market. These products require packaging that shields against water vapour and oxygen, ensuring extended shelf life.
In addition, Mondi said the new range is designed to be recyclable in paper waste streams across Europe while providing the necessary product protection. Initial trials are said to have shown positive results for both customers and end consumers.
Dirk Gabriel, COO of consumer flexibles at Mondi, commented: “As a global leader in sustainable packaging solutions, we have been focused on the aluminium barrier challenge for some time. We knew that with research, development and investment in new technologies, we would find an effective replacement that would provide the necessary protection for our customers’ food products.”
He continued: “FunctionalBarrier Paper Ultimate helps our existing and new food-producing customers to switch to a more sustainable packaging solution and thus contribute to their sustainability goals. It is a tangible example of our ‘Mondi Action Plan 2030’ commitment to making all our packaging solutions reusable, recyclable and compostable.”
The commercial production of the FunctionalBarrier Paper Ultimate range is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2024.
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