Passion in packaging paper

Sappi: quality containerboard is their goal


Have you ever stopped to think what goes into the making of containerboard boxes? These versatile storage units are used in point-of-sale displays. They also protect products throughout the supply chain and can be stored flat and/or in bulk before and after use. Advanced design technology makes it possible to develop and deliver customised packaging within days. But where does it all start?

In today’s competitive market, paper packaging has to satisfy stringent industry demands and customer requirements to ensure that fresh produce stays fresh: from harvesting through to packaging, transportation, cold storage and merchandising. Sappi, a global pulp and paper packaging manufacturer, understands the need for a visually appealing paper packaging solution that offers the required strength, versatility and convertibility. They are as passionate about paper and packaging as farmers are about their produce.

Sappi’s product portfolio was developed to meet the requirements for the agricultural and industrial applications.

Keeping up with trends

Driven by market trends and customer needs, continuous product innovation is a key aspect of Sappi’s business. Customers can look forward to paper combinations that offer yield gains and easier convertibility. Examples are the Kraftpride (Liner) and Ultraflute (Corrugated medium) combinations which offer customers options ideally suited for high-end, heavy duty market applications which endure, rigorous conditions within the supply chain. These are particularly useful in the citrus market where cold chains can be demanding.

Kraftpride is a 2ply virgin kraftliner that is laminated to fluting in box applications. It is available in a gammage range of 130 to 340g/m². Ultraflute, available in a grammage range of 125 to 180g/m², is a semi-chemical flute made with virgin NSSC fibre, a preferred choice for maximizing machine performance and runnability.

In addition, the Sappi Technology Centre in Pretoria offers a value-added service to the agricultural industry by carrying out specialised packaging tests. These include box compression and strength tests, as well as paper-to-box combinations. The boxes are exposed to varying conditions of cyclic humidity to ensure that they maintain their form and do not collapse during the supply chain.

Reliable supply of a sustainable product

“Local seasonal requirements and increased export opportunities for citrus, stone fruit, grape and tropical fruit farmers ensure a continuous demand for paper packaging products. As a company, we value partnerships and collaboration, and are therefore working closely with customers to cater for peak demand periods,” says Richard Wells, Sales and Marketing Director Paper and Paper Packaging.

Another important aspect is a product’s environmental credentials. The packaging material supplied by Sappi guarantees a recyclable, biodegradable product that is made from renewable resources. This means the fibre used in Sappi’s pulp and paper production processes are derived solely from sustainably managed plantations; never from indigenous or rain forests. The company’s mills, worldwide, use woodfibre from internationally certified sources that have gone through a rigorous Chain of Custody® (CoC) certification process that carries the stamp of an internationally recognised body such as the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) in South Africa, PEFC® (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) in Europe, and CSA® (Canadian Standards Authority) or SFI® (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) in the USA.

This makes the choice for paper packing an easy one. If you’re looking for an environmentally sustainable product, from a company that values quality, innovation and the specialised needs of its customers, Sappi is your answer.

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