Microcellulose strengthens beverage cartons

Pure-Pak Classic. Photo: Elopak
Pure-Pak Classic. Photo: Elopak
Metsäbiotalouden tulevaisuuskuvasto / Forest Bioeconomy Future Catalogue

Microcellulose is obtained by grinding pulp fibres smaller, to the size of micrometres. Even finer in texture are nanocellulose and fibrills.

The advantage of microcellulose is that it can be used to produce extremely hard and durable products. On the other hand, it is very expensive to make microcellulose. This is why it is usually used in very small amounts.

The world’s  first pilot microcellulose mill was opened at Stora Enso Imatra Mills in early 2015, with the aim of exploring possible uses of microcellulose. One of the uses of microcellulose is packaging board, where it is added to normal pulp to give more strength. This makes makes it possible to produce thinner and lighter packages without losing strength.

Stora Enso has named the concept New Natura. The company has manufactured more than a hundred million packages for liquids to Elopak for East European markets. The supply has expanded to the rest of the Europe as well.

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