Mondi has added to its saturating kraft paper range, invested in a new paper machine, and improved the efficiency of existing models across various European mills with the goal of optimizing capacity, efficiency, and availability.

Advantage MF Boost is an unbleached, natural brown kraft paper made with responsibly sourced fresh fibres. Available with FSC and PEFC certification, its long fibre pulp results in porous properties that take in and act as a carrier for adhesive resins – thus making the material ‘ideally suited’ for laminates, the company claims.

By investing in a new paper machine at its Štĕtí plant in the Czech Republic, Mondi expects to increase production of Advantage MF Boost at its Mondi Frantschach and Mondi Dynäs mills in Austria and Sweden, respectively. According to Mondi, both mills are ideally placed to deliver short lead times across Europe and make Advantage MF Boost more widely available.

The paper machines running the saturating kraft paper have also undergone an improvement in efficiency, Mondi explains. This has apparently resulted in better formation and drying properties, as well as sped up production.

Additionally, R&D is still ongoing. So far it has expanded the product range with lower and higher grammages to meet individual customer requirements.

“We are very committed to boosting production of our Advantage MF Boost in order to serve the markets for decorative and compact laminates as well as industrial and technical films for plywood,” said Roman Senecky, COO Kraft Paper, Mondi. “Our existing infrastructure means we can produce and deliver this essential porous kraft paper globally, in suitable quantities, providing a reliable supply to all our existing and new customers.”

Shortly before this announcement, it was revealed that Mondi’s entire kraft paper packaging portfolio has been certified as home or industrially compostable, beating the company’s own 2025 deadline.

Meanwhile, Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill and paperboard mill expansion – said to use zero fossil fuels and produce 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood every year – commenced its operations in Kemi back in October.

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