Munksjö, a manufacturer of advanced paper products, has added a 35 g/m² low basis weight paper to its Gerbier range to facilitate lighter and flexible packaging.
Gerbier HDS range consists of one-sided glossy papers which are easier to pack. The new low basis weight paper comes with a 12.5% weight reduction as compared with a standard Gerbier HDS 40 g/m².
The weight reduction enables a lower environmental footprint whilst maintaining quality in lamination, printing and the converting process.
The glossy papers can be used for pouches or sachets, for food and non-food end-uses such as sugar, coffee, aromatic herbs or dehydrated products.
For such applications, Gerbier HDS 35 g/m² offers the lowest basis weight on the one-side coated papers market, the company claimed.
The quality coating enables glossy and smooth finish and elevates visual attraction whilst keeping the brand image intact. The paper is suitable for extrusion with PE or lamination with alufoil and PET.
Gerbier HDS 35 g/m² works well with flexo and helio printing. The lower basis weight helps easy sealing process and provides flexibility in hassle-free converting.
Munksjö flexible packaging vice president Alexandra Venot said: "The flexible packaging market is putting in a lot of energy to meet the demanding challenges of brand owners looking for creative ideas, technically-advanced packaging, respectful of brand image and supporting the transition to a sustainable society.
"At Munksjö Graphics and Packaging, we strongly believe that the development of specialty papers will contribute to driving the future of packaging towards more sustainable solutions.
"Gerbier HDS 35 g/m² is one step in that direction.
"We're committed in continuing our efforts and bringing more in the future."
The Gerbier HDS paper range is manufactured at Stenay Mill in France. The site specialises in the manufacture of specialty packaging papers for food and non-food flexible packaging, metallising, wet-glue and self-adhesive labeling.
In March, Munksjö added two one-sided coated papers to its range of base papers for metallising, Metalkote Expert and Metalkote Classic. These coated papers were introduced to be used in returnable beer bottles and one-way beer bottles.