(10/27/2013 / nho)

New heavy weight Billerud Flute opens new market possibilities

BillerudKorsnäs is launching a heavy weight semi-chemical fluting in 220 gsm. The new product is so strong that it can contribute to replace wood packaging. Following market driven demands on strong containerboard materials for heavy-duty packaging, BillerudKorsnäs has developed a heavy-weight semi-chemical fluting at the mill in Gruvön, Sweden.

After extensive trials and evaluations the company could launch Billerud Flute 220 gsm in September this year. The main reasons why companies are looking for using a strong corrugated board instead of wood are:


  • The weight of the box is reduced dramatically which facilitates logistics and handling. It enables freight costs reductions and less impact on the environment.
  • The corrugated construction acts as shock absorber for sensitive heavy duty products and thereby reduces the risk of damaging the high value goods.
  • Corrugated board is not affected by regulation concerning pest and insects’ damage on wood packaging.
  • There are great opportunities to print attractive and decorative graphics on corrugated packaging.


The new grammage will also be able to contribute to lightweight corrugated solutions when replacing double wall or dual arch constructions with single wall solutions.


BillerudKorsnäs has already started to introduce this new product on the market and the feedback is very positive. “Thanks to this strong fluting we can support brand owners in receiving safe and smart transport packaging solutions with less material usage," says Mikael Andersson, Sales Director Containerboard at BillerudKorsnäs.