International Paper launched a lightweight board called Alaska Plus based on the company’s recent project in Poland to modernize its Kwidzyn mill.
“Alaska Plus represents a step-change in light-weighting, with basis weights significantly lower across the range compared to other standard GC2 products,” stated Michael Krüger, Commercial Director Coated Paperboard and Recycled Specialties at International Paper. “Using the latest technology in board making, we have been able to lower the basis weights of this product, whilst keeping all other technical parameters stable.”
The modernization of International Paper’s Kwidzyn mill in Poland was completed earlier this year, resulting in a production process that consumes fewer resources, offers lower transport weights and produces less waste.
Alaska Plus is designed for pharmaceutical, healthcare and beauty-care packaging as well as for chocolate and all kinds of dry food applications. At this moment, three basis weights are available to customers currently in Europe. The full range of products, comprising seven basis weights, starting from 200 g/m², will be available in the comings weeks.
The standard Alaska GC2 board will continue to be available with unchanged technical specifications for a certain period of time in order to facilitate the transition to Alaska Plus.