Peter Orisich, CEO of Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials, reports that sustainability is at the centre of Mondi and its customers’ strategies. ‘The launch of AegisPaper represents a breakthrough in the next-generation of sustainable packaging. This range reduces the amount of plastic used by replacing it with a renewable resource that has specific mechanical properties, such as puncture resistance, flexibility, printability, and barrier protection. The coatings technologies applied to these papers create custom barriers against grease and water vapour and ensure sealability.’
According to Peter, AegisPapers are suitable for numerous packaging applications within the dry food, frozen food, pet food, confectionery, secondary packaging, toy, e-commerce, flower packaging, and DIY industries.
Three grades are available for different applications and requirements: select, 95/5 food, and reduce. The select grade offers a wide range of custom barrier properties, a dispersion coating and a high-performance sealing layer.
The 95/5 food grade consists of a 95/5 paper to plastic ratio for a high-mechanical performance. ‘It’s certified as fully-recyclable and has the highest and strongest mechanical properties for food applications,’ Peter asserts. ‘Reduce is a range of papers with the thinnest paper and coating grammages to reduce the amount of packaging material needed.’
In addition to AegisPaper, Mondi offers AegisBase as a white or brown recyclable base paper solution for functional barrier papers with extensive mechanical properties, high stiffness for high-speed converting lines and high-stretch for wrapping applications. ‘This sustainably-sourced range offers paper structures suitable for barrier coating applications, excellent puncture resistance, optimal strength, and basic printability properties on a coated surface, Peter concludes.
Ed’s note: The Mondi AegisPaper range is represented in Southern Africa by REM Speciality Papers.