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December 17, 2021updated 24 Dec 2021 11:24am

ALPLA, Glatfelter and BOC to develop dry-formed packaging solutions

The partnership is part of ALPLA’s strategy to increase its investment in the circular economy.

Austrian packaging and recycling company ALPLA and its joint venture partner, Glatfelter, have partnered with Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures (BOC) to develop sustainable packaging solutions using dry forming technology.

The partners aim to use the technology to develop natural fibre-based closures and other moulded packaging products.

Under the terms of the agreement, ALPLA and Glatfelter will support the development of cellulose-based products such as screw caps.

These fully bio-based packaging materials could potentially be ocean biodegradable.

The partnership is also intended to support BOC’s product development and reduce its products’ time to market.

BOC CEO Lars Sandberg said: “We are pleased about the partnership with leading companies from the industry.

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“In addition to a common vision for a sustainable future, they also bring enormous competencies in the field of production technology and materials science into our company.”

Glatfelter senior vice-president and chief commercial officer Chris Astley said: “This partnership brings together like-minded companies that share similar sustainability objectives and goals.

“We are excited to partner with ALPLA and BOC to make more innovative and eco-friendly products that will have a lasting effect on our world.”

The partnership with Glatfelter and BOC is part of ALPLA’s strategy to increase its commitment towards a circular economy.

In line with this commitment, the company has been developing paper-based bottles in partnership with Paboco since 2019.

It also launched a home-compostable coffee capsule in 2018.

ALPLA corporate research, development and innovation director Christian Zmölnig said: “We are investing continuously in the research and use of alternative, bio-based packaging materials to complement our product portfolio.

“Now we are looking forward to bringing our expertise into the new cooperation with Glatfelter and BOC.”

ALPLA specialises in manufacturing custom-made packaging systems, bottles and caps for the food and beverage sectors among others.

In September, the company collaborated with packaging and bottling machine company Krones to develop a returnable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container.

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