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Arctic Paper and Rottneros collaborate on sustainable fibre trays in Poland

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Arctic Paper and Rottneros have signed a letter of intent regarding a 50/50 joint venture in Kostrzyn, Poland with the aim of building a moulded fibre tray factory. The start up of the new factory is planned for the end of 2023.

Production will be suitable for high barrier packaging, modified atmosphere packaging with extended shelf life as well as for packaging with lesser functional demands, all based on Rottneros primary fibre. The products can withstand heat and are excellent for ready made food – both frozen and chilled dishes – which constitutes a rapidly growing market. Production capacity is estimated at 60 to 80 million trays.

This can be compared with Rottneros Packaging's existing plant in Sunne, Sweden, where the capacity today amounts to 15 to 20 million trays of comparable quality. In addition to supply climate smart packaging the purpose is also to use the new plant as a model to show both the high quality and a scalable and competitive production.

‘The investment will be an important step in our new 4P strategy, to broaden Arctic Paper's offering from graphic papers to other, fast growing segments. We have always believed in Rottneros as a strategic investment and look forward to developing a joint business in sustainable fibre trays. Arctic Paper's factory in Kostrzyn gives us all the prerequisites, both technically and geographically, to get started quickly,’ said Michal Jarczyński, CEO of Arctic Paper.

‘This is an excellent next step to show what Rottneros Packaging can do in the transition to sustainable packaging, something that the entire industry is in. It will be extremely exciting to see how we can develop our leading position in moulded fibre trays with the highest possible requirements for packaging,’ said Lennart Eberleh, Rottneros’ president and CEO.


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