European producer of fresh forest fibre cartonboards Metsä Board, formerly known as M-real, has unveiled newer versions of two of its grades, Carta Elega and Avanta Prima, whcih are designed for the beautycare and fragrances market.
The new boards, of which the carbon footprints are said to have been halved after their manufacturing had started at the company's biopower plant at the Kyro mill, were showcased at Luxe Pack 2012, where Metsä Board participated for the first time under the brand name.
Metsä Board commercial director Beautycare and Healthcare Christophe Baudry said that both grades are provided with a middle layer using BCTMP (bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp).
"BCTMP is a pulp especially developed for its purity and lightness. This provides improved taint and odour properties as well as cleanliness. Both boards now have a triple coating on the top side, which improves printing results," Baudry said.
The firm has also announced during the expo that the investment in its Kyro mill will enhance the folding boxboards capacity by an additional 40,000 tons per annum (tpa) of both the new grades, while its Äänekoski mill is expected to produce about 30,000tpa of Carta Integra in addition.
Metsä Board said that it has also introduced new sheeting services and a new Express Board service at Äänekoski and at Gohrsmühle, Germany, to cater to the European market.
In the expo, the company exhibited its revamped Chromolux cast-coated board range, which is used for printing and finishing processes.
Six of the Chromolux colours are also introduced in 350 g/m² to enable a wider choice for packaging firms manufacturing cartons for fragrances, said the company.