GERMANY – Bielefeld-based specialty paper manufacturer Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has partnered with SN Maschinenbau to offer paper-based packaging solutions.

Both firms will work together to develop sustainable and flexible packaging solutions for the food and non-food sector.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has provided barricote, an advanced line of recyclable barrier sheets for flexible packaging of food and non-food for many years.

After extensive testing and close collaboration, the two businesses have now established that films and water-coated barricote papers can be processed on SN Maschinenbau pouch packing machines with equal reliability.

The barrier paper made from biomaterial is biodegradable, which helps in reducing the problems related to the disposal of packaging waste.

“At SN Maschinenbau we were able to successfully test our Barricote varieties Liner MG, Liner MGO, BAG WG and BAG WGOM in use as stand-up pouches,” says Andreas Carstensen, application engineer at Mitsubishi Hitec Paper.

“Our papers not only offer barriers against water vapor, grease, oil, oxygen and aroma, but also against mineral oil migration.

“They can also be recycled in the waste paper cycle, are made from renewable raw materials, can be heat-sealed and are FSC and PEFC certified.”

SN Maschinenbau is known for its top-notch horizontal form, fill, and seal (HFFS) equipment for a variety of items, particularly food.

SN Maschinenbau Development & Global Accounts director business Reiner Muller said: “As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of horizontally operating pouch packaging machines, we are delighted with the excellent cooperation with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper and the positive test results.

“This proves once again that a large part of today’s sustainable mono packaging materials can be processed reliably without extensive adaptation of the machine technology.

“Furthermore, together with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, we offer a solution for the increasing demand for paper packaging in the market.”

The joint initiative is aimed at increasing the production of barrier paper which is expected to evolve at a CAGR of 4.6% from 2022 to 2032, according to Fact.MR’s latest released report.

Fact.MR reports that the growth is driven by the need for high-quality food & beverage packaging that is environment-friendly and liked by consumers.

In addition, various initiatives by governments to reduce the use of single-use plastic are a key factor driving demand for barrier paper, not only in food packaging but also for the packaging of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Worldwide demand for barrier paper is set to rise steadily and reach a market size of US$4.5 billion by 2032.

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