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Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs intensify innovation collaboration

The demand for sustainable packaging among consumers and brand owners all over the
world is growing at an exponential rate, which in many cases drives a strong need to replace
plastic packaging. Strong partnerships are required to bring about the development and
innovation needed to meet this demand. A good reason for Bosch Packaging Technology and
BillerudKorsnäs to intensify their successful collaboration.
Already in 2016, Bosch and BillerudKorsnäs presented their first major joint innovation – Sealed
Paper Packaging on a vertical form, fill and seal machine (VFFS). The ZAP module from Bosch
makes it possible to process mono-material Axello® ZAP paper from BillerudKorsnäs on VFFS
technology with dust-tight sealing. Now Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs are
developing new sustainable paper-based packaging innovations. Both companies are further
strengthening their approach to work closely with partners along the value chain to find better
solutions for a sustainable future.
“Developing sustainable packaging solutions is an urgent and challenging topic. New solutions must
be sustainable and at the same time ensure efficient processing. By combining the expertise of
BillerudKorsnäs in the field of paper-based packaging material with our technological know-how, we
will be able to answer both challenges,” says Dr Stefan König, president of Bosch Packaging
“The collaboration with Bosch Packaging Technology offers new perspectives for sustainable
packaging. Bosch brings many years of experience in technology and implementation into the
cooperation. By joining forces, we can realize our ideas in a more targeted way and shape the future
of packaging together,” says Petra Einarsson, president and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.
The first concrete result of this enhanced collaboration is the development of a new packaging
concept called Pearl. It aims to show how uniquely formed and right-sized small packages, called
shaped paper pods, can contribute to a more sustainable future by utilising the unique formability of
the FibreForm® material (the leading 3D-formable paper on the market, patented by
BillerudKorsnäs). The material is processed on machinery from Bosch Packaging Technology, who
not only contributes long-standing expertise in forming, filling and sealing of a wide variety of
materials to the cooperation but also ensures the subsequent industrialization of the newly developed
technologies for commercial production.
In industries like beauty and personal care, bread spreads, savoury and confectionery, single-use
plastic packaging is widespread. “The goal is to support these industries with a sustainable
packaging system and replace plastic in product samples, inserts, refills, portion packs and
disposable packaging,“ says Simon Johansson, project manager Packaging Solutions at
BillerudKorsnäs. “We have already passed several milestones in the project,” Torsten Sauer, project
manager sustainability at Bosch Packaging Technology adds. “Now we are inviting selected brand
owners to join our journey towards a sustainable future.”
The Pearl concept will be shown for the first time at FOOMA (International food & technology
exhibition), South hall, booth 3C-34, in Tokyo July, 9 to 12, 2019.
Together with further sustainable packaging solutions and developments, the Pearl concept will also
be exhibited at the leading packaging tradeshows such as FachPack (September 24 to 26, 2019 in
Nuremberg, Germany), PackExpo (September, 23 to 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, USA) and Interpack
(May 7 to 13, 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany).

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