“We have invented the first industrial method that can convert cellulose fibres into packaging that is price competitive enough to replace single-use plastics at scale. And it is possible to utilise all types of cellulose fibres, virgin, residue or recycled,” said Linus Larsson, CEO, PulPac.
The new pilot line is fully automated. Raw paper pulp is fed through a mill to break it up into fibres. These are then formed into a web that is fed into a standard plate press. The press is equipped with unique tooling that compacts the fibres into a mould.
“Any off-cuts and excess web can be fed back into the system to minimise waste. Barriers and surface decorations are easy to add in-line, rolling all manufacturing processes into one. So, there is no need for additional steps,” Larsson explained.
The industry’s interest in PulPac’s method is significant. A handful of clients and partners are already implementing the technology. The dry forming enables high-speed manufacturing of fibre products of almost any shape or use. It saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions. It also presents many designs and tech advantages that traditional fibre moulding methods cannot meet.
“Our clients will be able to deliver what a whole world demands, a sustainable replacement to single-use plastics – and they can do so with maintained or even increased margins in several categories. The pilot line lets us showcase the advantages of the technology and fast track industrialisation for clients,” Larsson continued.
“Our vision is to be a world leader in innovative packaging that is both sustainable and commercially successful. We help clients to disrupt the industry and set a new and sustainable standard for packaging and single-use products,” Larsson concluded.