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Sappi launches new uncoated fresh fibre liner for corrugated board market

PKBR Staff Writer Published 10 January 2018

South African specialist paper company Sappi has introduced a new uncoated fresh fibre liner, Fusion Uncoated, for the corrugated board market.

The new fully bleached fresh fibre liner can be used in corrugated board and carton packaging applications, which need a high white appearance for the topliner, inner liner and fluting.

Sappi has developed new uncoated fresh fibre liner based on the paper concept used for Fusion Topliner product.

Approved for direct food contact applications, the Fusion Uncoated allows branded product manufacturers, designers and corrugated board processors to use as an alternative to brown liner papers.

The new liner’s applications comprise inner packaging such as white corrugated board inserts for high-end perfume boxes and food packaging.

Fusion Uncoated can also be used in display and shelf-ready packaging applications.

The company is manufacturing new uncoated fresh fibre liner at its Stockstadt facility, which is specialized in producing uncoated papers papers.

Fusion Uncoated is available in seven weights ranging from 70 to 130g/m² in sheet and roll formats.

Sappi also developed another version of liner called Fusion Uncoated OF for use in food packaging applications.

According to the company, Fusion Uncoated and Uncoated OF feature advanced printability with offset, flexo, screen and digital printing.

Sappi containerboard product group manager Bernd Gelder said: "Sappi's core expertise lies in the production of fresh fibre papers,”

“This makes the development of Fusion Uncoated a logical next step in our ambition to create an ever more appealing container board portfolio.”

In December 2017, Sappi unveiled plans to expand its dissolving wood pulp (DWP) capacity by 2020.

The company's plans include potential expansion at its Saiccor DWP Mill to increase the mill’s capacity by about 250,000tpa.