Mondi and Meurer have joined forces to replace plastic shrink film with a secondary kraft paper packaging solution, which is thought to be recyclable and compliant with both existing machinery and EU legislation.

The new TrayWrap solution utilizes Mondi’s Advantage StretchWrap. Reportedly, this uncoated material is made with 100% kraft paper from renewable resources and can be recycled in existing European paper recycling streams.

Its mechanical properties are said to include high strength, puncture resistance, and stretchability; these are expected to be beneficial in grouped packaging applications and align with upcoming regulatory requirements in Europe.

As such, TrayWrap is currently being utilized by a coffee brand to secure twelve packages of coffee for transportation across Sweden. Between four and six adhesive dots are applied to the bottom side of the existing corrugated tray, with the paper wrap applied on top to hold the coffee packs in place.

Each open side comes with pre-punched folding points which are designed to ensure stability while viewing, stacking, transporting, and unpacking products for sale.

Meurer has worked with Mondi to tailor the solution to existing machinery. Apparently, the technology used for TrayWrap is similar to that used for film, meaning food and drink producers can modify existing processes rather than invest in new machines.

Meurer’s Paper Hood Machine (PHM) uses an in-line paper technology with a higher resistance against mechanical stress, making it compatible with a range of paper qualities and tray formats. Testing has already taken place to establish its effectiveness with TrayWrap, the companies state.

“Our aim is to be always innovating and providing solutions that work for the product, the customer and the environment,” says Larsgoran Berglund, business development manager Kraft Paper at Mondi. “By working closely with Meurer, we are jointly mapping out a path to sustainability that is convenient for customers, supporting them in achieving their own sustainability goals.”

Jens Averbeck, senior global key account manager at Meurer, adds: “We are delighted to be working with Mondi, developing solutions that will provide food and drink producers with effective and secure packaging solutions that reduce or replace unnecessary plastic.

“This is just one example of how effective paper can be in securing goods, and we look forward working with more food producers with this product and process, tackling today’s challenges in the FMCG industries.”

A live webinar will be hosted by Mondi and Meurer at 10:00 AM on 13th June. There the companies will present the technical features, characteristics, and end uses of TrayWrap.

Other companies are making use of Advantage StretchWrap, including Robopac. It will utilize Mondi’s kraft paper solution in hopes of wrapping up to 750 pallets with one reel of kraft paper, aiming to phase out unnecessary plastics.

Similarly, Sentrex is using Advantage StretchWrap to wrap its own pallets. It has its sights set on simplifying logistics, unlocking maximum efficiency in the wrapping process, and reducing its plastic consumption.

In other news, Cox & Co is replacing its compostable plastic packaging with a paper flow wrap solution to package its single origin chocolate. This is intended to phase out all plastics, thus keeping them out of landfill – instead offering consumers a kerbside recyclable alternative.

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