Mondi and Robopac have joined forces to develop a paper stretch wrapping solution and help phase out unnecessary plastics in pallet wrapping applications – claiming to wrap up to 750 pallets with one reel of kraft paper.

Bringing together Mondi’s knowledge of packaging and paper and Robopac’s wrapping machinery, the solution apparently enables customers to phase unnecessary plastic out of their pallet wrapping operations.

Robopac’s new paper wrapping machine is compatible with Mondi’s Advantage StretchWrap, which is made entirely from kraft paper and claims to offer high strength, puncture resistance, and tension absorption in pallet wrapping applications. Mondi states that it uses responsibly sourced, renewable materials to create the paper, which does not feature plastic or coating and is thus thought to be fully recyclable in existing European waste streams.

According to an independent life cycle assessment, the material lowers greenhouse gas emissions by 62% when compared with virgin plastic stretch film and 49% in comparison to plastic stretch film made with 50% recycled content.

The semi-automatic machine can apparently process a 25kg reel of Advantage StretchWrap and wrap up to 40 pallets with one reel every hour. Its fully automated equivalent can then secure up to 750 pallets with one reel and wrap up to 60 pallets per hour, it is claimed.

This solution was unveiled at this year’s interpack trade show.

“We highly value the collaboration on eye-level with Robopac including a great exchange of expert knowledge, having similar core values within our companies,” says Bartosz Babicz, product manager StretchWrap, Flexible Packaging Mondi. “Close collaboration with our partners is key to transition to sustainable packaging solutions, therefore working with Robopac is truly driving our progress towards a circular economy and provides our customers a combination of state-of-the-art machinery with best quality wrapping paper.”

Filiberto Felici, product manager at Robopac, adds: “Our biggest challenge was to adapt the paper material to the packaging operations, while ensuring maximum stabilisation of the customer’s products during transportation with minimum use of resources. Using our own unique Cube Technology, we achieve maximum load stabilisation and are very satisfied with the effectiveness of our machines’ performances in conjunction with Mondi’s Advantage StretchWrap.”

At 10:00 CET on Thursday 21st September 2023, Mondi will host a webinar discussing Advantage StretchWrap’s technical features and reported sustainability impacts. Bartosz Babicz and Mondi sustainability manager Julia Dunker will be featured.

Earlier this year, Mondi offered its Advantage StretchWrap kraft paper to Silbo in a bid to replace plastic stretch film in its pallet wrapping applications. In turn, Silbo installed the first EW Technology PaperWrap machine at its Żory plant.

Similarly, Antalis Packaging has expanded its Master’in range with three new pallet stretch wrappers, including a semi-automatic solution and a mobile machine. It is hoped that these solutions will accommodate applications of various sizes.

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