Opportunity

Stora Enso, a leader in renewable materials, is looking to broaden its range of coating solutions and surface treatment technologies that could be applied to our packaging. We are developing new generations of bio-based and renewable packaging solutions that enable the packaging material’s recyclability and reusability. Therefore, we are also looking into materials and technologies from other industries to find the most groundbreaking innovations.

Opportunity overview

At Stora Enso, we believe everything made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Therefore, we want to push the boundaries of barrier solutions. Food packaging solutions must fulfill the demanding tasks of preserving food on grocery store shelves, take-away boxes, and home delivery bags. Many of these critical properties are provided by barrier materials: they control the transmission of oxygen, humidity, grease, heat, and aromas, to name a few. At the same time, the reusability and recyclability of industrial and eCommerce packaging are increasingly essential for Stora Enso and its customers. We aim to provide packaging materials at least 95% shall be recyclable at scale with the relevant recycling processes.

Your opportunity with Stora Enso

We want to replace fossil-based barrier components in packaging using innovative coating materials and state-of-the-art coating technologies. We also aim to maximize our packaging performance with minimum material usage, which different application methods or technologies could help. Our use cases differ from flexible packaging to home delivery of greasy foods, so bear in mind that we are looking for various solutions. You do not need to be able to provide an entire packaging solution either – we are happy to co-create sustainable packaging offerings using our existing materials and your solutions combined. Do you have something to offer in food-safe, functional, and sustainable packaging materials and technologies?

Examples we're looking for

Novel biomaterial-based coatings for long shelf life food packages

We are looking for high-performance (OTR < 1 and/or WVTR<1) coating materials to provide the required barrier properties for food packaging while reducing material consumption. Such coating materials may range from mono materials to formulations and shall apply to fiber-based substrates.

Barriers for industrial packaging and eCommerce

We are looking for renewable materials and solutions to provide the required barrier properties for industrial and eCommerce packaging to replace plastics and allow for increased reusability.

Low coat weight barrier technologies and materials

Low coat weight ensures the recyclability of packaging, even though the barrier material itself would not be fossil-free/recyclable. We are searching for new barrier materials or technologies for existing barrier materials that provide the required barrier properties with low (<2 g/m2) coat weight.

Technology as solution – new application and coating methods

Standard technologies for applying barriers on fiber-based substrates are, for example, extrusion and dispersion coatings. Besides tapping into these technologies, we are also willing to learn about other opportunities that might already exist but are not commonly used in the fiber-based packaging industry. Such technologies should, however, be applicable on paper, board, or fiber-based substrates.

Part of the global bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, and wooden construction and one of the largest private forest owners in the world. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow.
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