In August 2010 Mondi and Siam City Cement (SCCC) successfully implemented a high porous bag construction for 50kg cement packaging in Thailand. This 2-ply 80 gsm construction for 50kg cement bags then became the benchmark throughout South-East Asia.

"Now, with SCCC’s and Mondi’s shared passion for innovation another development has been successfully implemented: a 2-ply 70 gsm ‘Advantage Select’ sack kraft paper for all 40kg cement bags," explains Clemens Stockreiter, CEO, Mondi Kraft Paper Europe & International.

Mondi and SCCC have introduced a bag made from high-porosity sack kraft paper which meets the requirements for quick, dustless filling and tough handling. "The new two-ply 70 gsm construction is considered to be the most cost-effective and best performing 40kg cement bag solution in South-East Asia and provides SCCC with a range of benefits throughout the supply chain," explains Gerry Gosen, managing director, Mondi Packaging Paper Sales Asia.

SCCC, 35% owned by Holcim, is one of the largest cement manufacturers in South-East Asia, with capacity to pack 15,000t/day of bagged cement. Mondi’s sack kraft paper grade Advantage Select has been used to successfully implement new 2-ply constructions throughout the Holcim group. Two-ply high porous bags manufactured out of Advantage Select are lighter and stronger and deliver cost savings to both bag convertor and cement producer. Advantage Select sack kraft paper has been adopted by the majority of converters and cement producers in South-East Asia.