Billerud invests R&D for fresh food packaging

Invest in Sweden Agency - Billerud invests R&D for fresh food packaging: " June 20 2007 | Billerud invests R&D for fresh food packaging.

Goods worth massive sums are destroyed every year because of poor quality packaging. Billerud is now establishing its own development centre for packaging research focused on corrugated containers that will be the first of its kind in the world. It will help provide consumers with better quality fruit and vegetables, among other products.

Each year in Europe, fruit and vegetables worth around ten billion euro are destroyed because they are packaged in boxes that are damaged during transport causing the contents to be damaged too. Billerud is now intensifying its research into transport packaging. The company’s new laboratory, Billerud Box Lab, will be inaugurated on June 28 at 10 am.

“We have previously performed research into stronger fibre-based transport packaging, and we are now stepping up this initiative. We are probably the first papermaker in the world with its own development centre of this kind. The new laboratory will take the development of corrugated boxes to the next level,” explains Lennart Eberleh, head of Billerud’s Packaging Boards business area.

At Box Lab, Billerud’s experts will measure the long-term performance of boxes and perform tests in a climate chamber where temperatures and moisture levels can be inaugurated on June 28 at 10 am.

“We have previously performed research into stronger fibre-based transport packaging, and we are now stepping up this initiative. We are probably the first papermaker in the world with its own development centre of this kind. The new laboratory will take the development of corrugated boxes to the next level,” explains Lennart Eberleh, head of Billerud’s Packaging Boards business area.

At Box Lab, Billerud’s experts will measure the long-term performance of boxes and perform tests in a climate chamber where temperatures and moisture levels can be varied to mirror conditions in the transport phase for filled packaging. Five additional compression testers will be installed in the climate chamber. This will help to increase the pace and quality of testing work and the number of customer-oriented development projects.

Source: Billerud"

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