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Sappi North America debuts first paperboard packaging line





Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp, today announced the launch of its paperboard packaging line, with two premier boards, Proto and Spectro, during Pack Expo International. This product launch comes on the heels of a year-long rebuild of Sappi’s Paper Machine 1 and modernization of the woodyard both at its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine. Together, Sappi invested over $200 million in these two projects.

“We’re excited to bring these new paperboard grades to market and showcase them for the first time on a global stage at Pack Expo International. This line will allow us to provide luxury packaging and folding carton applications that complement our existing specialty packaging products,” says Deece Hannigan, Vice President of Packaging and Specialties Business, Sappi North America. “Sappi has a long history of bringing innovative, sustainable and high-quality products to market and these packaging products continue that legacy. This investment in our business allows us to further diversify our portfolio, bringing us closer to meeting the goals set in our 2020Vision.”

Sappi was the first company to set standards for graphics paper, with roots extending back to 1854. For 160 years, it has transformed the entire industry through cutting-edge, dynamic paper solutions. Now, using innovation to lead the way, it is setting the new standard in paper-based packaging by providing high-quality, cost-effective products.

The two new paper-based packaging product lines to the market include:

  • Proto: A sturdy, single-ply SBS capable of meeting a breadth of applications from general folding carton and food packaging to pharmaceutical and OTC. It’s the paperboard for everyday jobs, providing an unmatched yield advantage, and superior surface and printability for a lasting impact.
  • Spectro:  A single-ply SBS with enhanced optics, making it ideal for premium applications that call for dynamic and vibrant images. Whether using UV, aqueous, or specialty coatings, hot foil stamping, embossing, special effects, or varnishes, Spectro has the surface for the most demanding applications.

Both product lines will provide convertors with superior color consistency, printability and downstream performance. Sappi will continue to expand its new paperboard product line to meet customer needs around the globe.

Sappi will showcase its new additions and its entire global paper-based packaging line at Pack Expo International in Chicago on Oct. 14-17, 2018. Attendees are encouraged to visit the company at booth S-4233 to view the new products.


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