ESPOO, Finland, Sept. 24, 2013 (Press Release) -Metsä Board, the world's leading producer of coated white-top kraftliners, has introduced a new fully bleached liner which complements its market-leading Kemiart range. Modo Northern Light is a lightweight, uncoated liner with high whiteness, ideal for microflute as well as for traditional corrugated packaging. Made from fresh forest fibres, it is suitable for direct contact with food and other sensitive products.
Modo Northern Light comes in a low substance range from 80-160 g/m2 and a bright white shade, making it suitable for microflute applications such as perfume, beautycare and healthcare, as well as packaging for mobile devices. It also performs well in larger applications, such as online and mail-order packaging.
In corrugating it has a low washboarding tendency thanks to its bulk, and printability of both solids and screens is excellent, with high contrast. It can be used as a top liner, as fluting and as a reverse side liner. Modo Northern Light is manufactured at Metsä Board's Husum mill in Sweden.
"This new product complements our Kemiart range of white top kraftliners by providing even more options for our customers," says Risto Auero, VP Linerboard Sales, Metsä Board Paperboard. "Modo Northern Light helps meet demand for lighter-weight packaging and opens up exciting opportunities for combining a lighter liner with fluting in innovative ways."
The new liner is a good choice in terms of sustainability. It is made from fresh forest fibres grown in sustainably managed Nordic forests. The fibres are of known origin and Metsä Board can trace all other raw materials used in the liner's manufacture. The Husum mill holds PEFC and FSC chain of custody certification as well as environmental and quality certificates.
Metsä Board is Europe's leading producer of fresh forest fibre cartonboards, the world's leading manufacturer of coated white-top kraftliners, and a major paper supplier. The company's sales network serves brand owners, carton printers, corrugated packaging manufacturers, printers, merchants and office suppliers.
Metsä Board supports its customers' businesses by providing high-performance paperboards and quality papers for consumer and retail packaging, graphics and office end-uses. Together with its customers and partners, Metsä Board develops products and services for demanding end uses. The company's paperboard is mainly used for the packaging of beautycare and healthcare products, foods, cigarettes, and consumer durables as well as graphics. Paper is mainly used for office papers as well as wallcoverings and other speciality end uses.
Metsä Board's business areas are Paperboard, and Paper and Pulp.
Metsä Board is headquartered in Finland. In 2012, the company's sales totalled EUR 2.1 billion, and it has approximately 3,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
Metsä Group is a responsible forest industry group whose products are part of people's everyday life and promote sustainable well-being. Metsä Group produces high-quality products mainly from renewable Nordic wood. The Group's business areas are tissue and cooking papers, board and paper, pulp, wood products as well as wood supply. Metsä Group's sales totalled EUR 5.0 billion in 2012, and it employs approximately 11,500 people. The Group is present in some 30 countries.