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Stora Enso & HS Manufacturing Group to design next-generation barrier properties for plastic-free products

By Jenny Eagle contact

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Protēan technology barrier coating can be applied to produce cellulose-based paper products. Photo: HSMG
Protēan technology barrier coating can be applied to produce cellulose-based paper products. Photo: HSMG

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Stora Enso has partnered with HS Manufacturing Group (HSMG), which makes plant-based barrier coatings, to develop formed fiber products, using HSMG’s Protēan technology for food contact packaging applications.

The technology contains a biodegradable and recyclable additive that gives fiber-based packaging water, grease and oil-resistant properties, ideal for cookies, donuts, fast food, bakery and butcher wraps and sandwiches. 

Eco-friendly packaging

donuts

This partnership paves the way for meeting customers’ needs and consumers looking for eco-friendly packaging​,” said Sohrab Kazemahvazi, VP, head, Formed Fiber, Stora Enso. 

Through this collaboration we can design next-generation barrier properties which allow us to tap into new application areas for plastic-free products​.” 

Stora Enso will apply the Protēan barrier technology to its renewable and recyclable PureFiber products. 

The technology enables the manufacture of single-use products that are renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and plastic free. 

The Protēan technology barrier coating can be applied to produce cellulose-based paper products, including single-use food service items. 

Stora Enso’s respected leadership as a renewable materials company and reputation in product design and innovation provide a perfect opportunity to broaden the introduction of Protēan as a sustainable alternative to legacy technologies​,” added Samuel Mikail, chairman, HSMG. 

Hylte Mill, Sweden

Earlier this year Stora Enso announced a €5m investment to build a production line and to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. 

The formed fiber technology enables the manufacture of products which are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and do not contain plastic. 

According to Stora Enso, the initial annual capacity during the pilot stage will be about 50 million units, with the intention to expand. The first products will be available on the market at the beginning of 2020, targeting packaging for fast food restaurants.

"This investment is another step on our transformation journey to replace plastic and other fossil-based materials with renewable and recyclable alternatives​," said Sohrab Kazemahvazi, head of Formed Fiber, Stora Enso.

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