Functional Papers – two more grammages available

7 January 2020

The requirements for packaging papers are becoming increasingly demanding. They need to offer greater functionality, be environmentally friendly, recyclable and provide optimal protection for the packaged products. While many paper manufacturers are still talking about such multi-functional solutions, the innovation leader Sappi has already expanded its portfolio. The 85 g/m² and 100 g/m² grammages are now available in the Sappi Seal product family. Converters and manufacturers of food products, such as sugar, tea and confectionery, as well as non-food items, like children’s toys and DIY products, now have even more possibilities to use this functional paper and move from fossil-based materials to environmentally friendly packaging. The wide range of projects that Sappi has already completed for well-known customers, highlight its relevance for the market.

Environment and business in perfect harmony

Sappi Seal has integrated heat sealing functionality and is produced with over 95 per cent renewable materials. The two new papers, along with the existing 67 g/m² product already available, are sustainable alternatives to packaging solutions incorporating papers with a PE coating. “Sappi Seal supports a reduction in the consumption of fossil resources by over 50%, as the heat sealing functionality is integrated in the form of a dispersion coating on the reverse side of the paper. A study conducted by Ecochain also suggests that production related CO2 emissions can be almost halved,” René Köhler, Head of Business Development Packaging and Speciality Papers at Sappi, explains the benefits. Furthermore, Sappi Seal is fully recyclable and available FSC (FSC C015022) and PEFC (PEFC/07-32-76) certified.

Outstanding print results for a premium appearance

In addition to these benefits, Sappi Seal also offers the following features for its customers. The packaging paper is not only heat sealable, but also offers a significant moisture barrier against water vapour. It also ensures outstanding print results, thus guaranteeing a premium appearance for the packaged goods. The single side coated paper can be printed by gravure, offset and flexo printing. Finally, Sappi Seal impresses with its exceptional usability. Flexible packaging produced with this paper can be opened up excellently and precisely, which is appreciated by consumers and which strengthens their connection to the product. These benefits for the consumer, combined with the positive impact for brand communication and brand image, ensure that Sappi is considered a pioneer of sustainable packaging solutions with this paper.

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