Global speciality papers producer Sappi has introduced a folding box board1 (FBB1), Atelier, to offer enhanced printing, converting, finishing or post-production handling.

The FBB1 Atelier has been manufactured at the company’s Maastricht mill in the Netherlands and currently weighs between 220gsm and 350gsm. The mill has recently undergone a multi-million-pound upgrade to feature a new paper-making technology.

Sappi Europe paperboard sales head Lars Scheidweiler said: “More than a decade ago, we set out to introduce Sappi’s Algro Design family of premium solid-bleached boards (SBB), and it has been a tremendous success.

“By bringing Atelier folding box board to the market, we will once again introduce a completely unique concept to the paperboard market. This new FBB offers bulk and stiffness to deliver perfect functionality at lower basis weight.

“The results are improved printing, converting, finishing or post-production handling.”

“The results are improved printing, converting, finishing or post-production handling. We are extremely excited to be globally launching this innovative product.”

According to the company, Atelier offers a brightness factor of 100% on the top side and 98.5% on the reverse side to cater to the demand for printing on both sides of the board.

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Scheidweiler added: “We will now start to provide trial material of Atelier to the market, followed by high-quality swatch books, which will be made available soon.”

Earlier this month, Sappi Austria Produktions has partnered with technology giant Honeywell to transform its paper mill in Gratkorn as part of a €30m upgrade project.