Sappi North America launches heavyweight LusterCote packaging line

By Jenny Eagle

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Sappi North America has expanded its LusterCote Packaging Line with heavyweight products available in 70lb, 80lb and 95lb for food packaging and labeling.

The coated one-side (C1S) product will be produced at Sappi’s manufacturing mill in Cloquet, Minnesota, US, and can be used for Offset, Flexographic and Gravure printing.

Global packaging business expansion

In combination with LusterCote 55lb and 60lb, the new grades also extend Sappi’s offering for cut and stack labels.

Mark Odgers, director, packaging, Sappi North America, said the company is looking to grow its global packaging business and expanded the line to offer products with more versatility and visually stunning results. Products include yoghurt, soups, confectionery and hot drinks.

Since launching the LusterCote line last year, we’ve seen many innovative applications and gleaned valuable insight into unmet market demands that Sappi is poised to fill​,” he said.

The company launched LusterCote C1S paper in February last year​ in response to a global customer need in consumer packaged goods, sold directly to label printers and converters.

Jennifer Miller, chief sustainability officer, Sappi North America, said at the time, in addition to its North American grades, the specialty packaging grades available from its Alfeld mill in Germany, such as Algro Finess, Parade Prima and Fusion, position Sappi to meet the evolving expectations of the North American packaging market.

Dry, aqueous, fatty foods

It launched LusterPrint in 1993, a grease-resistant paper compliant with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for paper and paperboard packaging in contact with dry, aqueous and fatty foods.

It can also be used in the production of popcorn bags and a variety of other flexible packaging applications.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 13,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world.

It has four businesses –Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging.

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