South African pulp and paper company Sappi has unveiled a new uncoated fresh fibre liner, expanding its product offering for the corrugated board market.

The fully bleached Fusion Uncoated liner is based on the paper concept for the Fusion Topliner, which is already in the market.

The new product has a natural, uncoated surface when compared to the double-coated Fusion Topliner.

It is expected to be used in corrugated board and carton packaging, which require a high white appearance for the topliner, inner liner and fluting.

“Fusion Uncoated is wood-free and impresses with its high whiteness and strength values.”

Sappi containerboard product group manager Bernd Gelder said: “Sappi’s core expertise lies in the production of fresh fibre papers.

“This makes the development of Fusion Uncoated a logical next step in our ambition to create an ever more appealing container board portfolio.

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“We can now offer an uncoated surface with a natural look for the premium corrugated board sector. Fusion Uncoated is wood-free and impresses with its high whiteness and strength values.”

Approved for direct food contact, Fusion Uncoated is said to offer product manufacturers, designers and corrugated board processors an alternative to brown liner papers.

Applications of the new product include inner packaging such as white corrugated board inserts for high-end perfume boxes, in addition to food packaging.

Besides, the product can be used for display and shelf-ready packaging.

The company currently offers seven weights, from 70g/m² to 130g/m², in sheet and roll formats.

Sappi also recently rolled out another version of this liner, Fusion Uncoated OF, for food packaging applications.