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ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs form JV to develop bio-based paper bottles.

“The question is not ‘if’ but rather ‘how soon’ this joint venture will introduce a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle to the market. When we do, it will enable a significant shift in consumer behaviour globally.”

Swedish pulp and paper provider BillerudKorsnäs and Austrian plastics manufacturer ALPLA have announced that they will team up to develop a bio-based paper bottles.

In a statement, the companies said that they will form a joint venture in the Danish paper bottle company Ecoxpac.

BillerudKorsnäs is currently the majority owner and has been a shareholder in the firm since 2015. Once the transaction has been completed, both ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs will own equal parts.

BillerudKorsnäs (@BillerudKorsnas) has been a driving force in the ongoing development of a paper bottle, which used sustainably-sourced wood and was started by EcoXpac in 2010 and with Carlsberg Group since 2015.

According to ALPLA (@ALPLApackaging) and BillerudKorsnäs, they both share an ambition to drive packaging innovation in a sustainable direction. The two companies intend to leverage the development by combining their resources, competencies and strengths to support scaling EcoXpac in the commercialisation of a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle.

In 2016, Carlsberg revealed a first physical protype of a paper bottle, the Green Fiber Bottle, created in collaboration with Ecoxpac.

“With BillerudKorsnäs we have found an ambitious partner creating a new packaging market segment that offers a complementary consumer experience to our current rigid packaging solutions,” Günther Lehner, CEO of ALPLA.

He added: “ALPLA is sharing the passion for technical challenges and innovation. I want to emphasise the long-term vision of the joint venture to introduce fully bio-based paper bottles. ALPLA is contributing capital as well as technical know-how to the joint venture to accelerate the development and market introduction of the paper bottle.”

BillerudKorsnäs President and CEO Petra Einarsson said: “I believe that with our shared and honest ambition to break new ground, ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs now make an important commitment to contribute to a more sustainable future.

“The question is not ‘if’ but rather ‘how soon’ this joint venture will introduce a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle to the market. When we do, it will enable a significant shift in consumer behaviour globally.”

“EcoXpac was founded with a strong vision for the future,” said Martin Grosen Petersen, CEO of EcoXpac.

He added: “Today, we are privileged to have the best players in their fields sharing our vision. It makes me proud of what we have achieved so far. The vision has never felt closer to reality than today.”


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Read: Coca-Cola makes new investment to boost the use of recycled PET in its bottles.

Read: Expert View: Bio-based, not just a ‘buzz word’ for the European pulp and paper industry, it goes to the roots of who we are.

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