15 April 2021

Siegwerk and Kotkamills collab to develop fiber-based packaging

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By Shradha Mishra, deputy editor
Siegwerk, a global provider of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, and Kotkamills, a finnish paper and paperboard manufacturer, have joined forces to create innovative solutions for printers and producers of fiber-based packaging to further drive packaging circularity.  
Under the motto ‘Together we accelerate change for good’, this strategic partnership aims to provide the market with highly sustainable and eco-friendly solutions by combining the latest technologies of both companies. The collaboration is based on the potential of water-based dispersion barrier coated paperboard to replace traditional polyethylene (PE) coated board. Thus, the switch in coating not only offers an economic driver to collectors and recyclers, but it also reduces the environmental impact of the packaging.  
The new water-based dispersion barriers make the paperboard compostable, repulp able and easy to recycle; the fibers used are from sustainable PEFC and FSC certified sources.  
Siegwerk claims that its newest sustainable inks and coating intensifies the superior printing properties of Kotkamills’ paperboard, resulting in quality printing performance and surface protection.  
‘With Uni-nature, our recently launched water-based ink system formulated with renewable and natural components, we add a sustainable ink and coating solution for improved packaging recyclability’, said David Charquet, International Key Account Director Europe Business Unit Paper and Board at Siegwerk. ‘We are very delighted to work together with Kotkamills to provide innovative and circular solutions that ensure high-quality packaging performance while reducing the environmental impact. Together we aim for packaging circularity and want to accelerate change for good.’ 
‘We are pleased that our collaborative effort with Siegwerk is bearing fruits that the packaging industry and printers can benefit from by offering to brand owners and consumers sustainable and eco-friendly products. Together, we accelerate change for good’, said Päivi Suutari, VP, research, development and innovation at Kotkamills. ‘Circularity is essential now and will be even more so in the coming years,’ Suutari further added. 
Together the two partners claim to offer the packaging markets a viable alternative to replacing traditional plastic coatings in fiber-based packaging, improving recyclability and circularity and resulting in an increased value of wastepaper, improved fiber recovery, and a noticeable reduction of waste. The partners solutions are designed to help converters and brand owners to deliver sustainable packaging alternatives and thereby create value for a circular economy going forward. 
The combination of Siegwerk’s profound ink expertise and packaging application know-how and Kotkamills’ innovative paperboard products enables the partners to develop quality solutions for packaging printers and producers, and thus together build a sustainable and circular future. The two companies are committed to continued close collaboration to identify further potential projects in which they can bring other innovative solutions to life and to pursue opportunities with customers in order to shape the future of sustainable printed packaging. 

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