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Building on a long partnership, Stora Enso is supporting Elopak with renewable innovations that can help them remain competitive. One such innovation is the New Natura Concept (NNC), based on Micro Fibrillated Cellulose (MFC).

Aiming to make packaging as light as possible, Elopak initiated trials once MFC was available from Stora Enso’s Imatra Mills.

“By using MFC, we get the maximum yield out of the raw material and thus more packaging material per ton of board. Important properties, such as stiffness and internal strength, are maintained, with less weight. Within Europe, there are various incentives and regulations to reduce the weight of packaging material. The partnership with Stora Enso makes it easier for us to reach these targets,” says Tom Egenes, Director Strategic Sourcing at Elopak.

As an international supplier of paper-based packaging solutions for liquid food, Elopak is continually developing its expertise to match changing demands for packaged food. The company depends on secure supply. “We have converting plants in Europe, Russia and North America, so it is crucial to have a partner that can supply 24/7. Sourcing from two Stora Enso mills with the exact same quality gives us peace of mind and ensures that the value chain is never broken.”

Elopak has piloted the NNC in the Eastern European market, offering it to all dairies in the region. More than 100 million packages have been produced successfully. During 2016, Elopak intends to test NNC board in Western Europe.

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