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Stora Enso and Pulpex team up for industrial-scale paper bottle production

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Stora Enso and Pulpex team up for industrial-scale paper bottle production

May 12, 2021 - 05:36

BRUSSELS, May 12, 2021 (PPI Europe) -Stora Enso and the London-based packaging technology company Pulpex are joining forces to industrialize the production of eco-friendly paper bottles and containers made from wood-fiber pulp. According to the companies, their renewable products will offer an alternative to PET plastics and glass.

Pulpex was established by Diageo, one of the world’s largest producers of spirits and beers, and the venture management company Pilot Lite. The focus of the firm’s partnership with Stora Enso is on developing a high-speed production line that is expected to be operational in 2022. Using Stora Enso’s formed fiber material, Pulpex will produce paper bottles for different market applications, from home and personal care products to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and liquid foods.

According to Stora Enso and Pulpex, the global beverage packaging market is worth an estimated $117 billion and is forecast to grow by 4.5% and reach $170 billion by 2027. The partners added that leading consumer packaged goods companies including Diageo, PepsiCo, Unilever, GSK Consumer Healthcare and, most recently, Castrol have joined the Pulpex global partner consortium with a view to produce some 750 million paper bottles per year.

“We see great potential in combining the development skills of Pulpex with our industrial capabilities. This cooperation marks an important step in bringing to market a truly sustainable alternative to plastic bottles and containers, while offering end-user qualities that match those of traditional packaging in the beverage market,” Sohrab Kazemahvazi, senior vice president formed fiber at Stora Enso, said in a statement. “We are delighted to have Stora Enso involved with Pulpex and are looking forward to the tangible benefits of such a formidable collaboration that will undoubtedly help us over the coming months as we seek to make our new, high-speed production lines available to all our partners,” Pulpex director Scott Winston added.