Mondi partnered with Robopac to offer sustainable paper wrapping solution

Robopac’s new paper wrapping machine uses Mondi’s Advantage StretchWrap

Mondi makes it a (pallet) wrap with Robopac Courtesy- Venus Packaging

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, has partnered with Robopac, a world-leading manufacturer of pallet-wrapping machinery, to offer a seamless and more sustainable paper wrapping solution for pallet storage and transportation.

The two organizations collaborated closely to develop the solution, combining Mondi’s expertise in packaging and paper with Robopac’s know-how about wrapping machines. Robopac’s new paper wrapping machine uses Mondi’s advantage StretchWrap which is 100% kraft paper, delivering excellent protection for palletised goods due to high strength, puncture resistance and tension absorption. The paper is created with responsibly sourced, renewable materials, containing no plastic or coating making it fully recyclable in existing waste streams across Europe.

Robopac’s semi-automated and fully automated machines can both take Mondi’s advantage StretchWrap, allowing customers to replace unnecessary plastic which is currently the industry standard for pallet wrapping. An independent life cycle assessment (LCA) demonstrated that Advantage StretchWrap performed better in several environmental impact categories, such as climate change. The LCA found that it has 62% lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to virgin plastic stretch film, and 49% lower GHG emissions when compared to plastic stretch film made with 50% recycled content.

The semi-automatic machine is able to process a 25kg reel of advantage StretchWrap to secure up to 40 pallets with one reel, every hour. The fully automated wrapping machine, meanwhile, can wrap up to 750 pallets with one reel, which equates to up to 60 pallets per hour. This solution was introduced at the 2023 Interpack fair, where delegates could witness first-hand the genuine, successful trials on the prototype.

“We highly value the collaboration on eye-level with Robopac including a great exchange of expert knowledge, having similar core values within our companies. Close collaboration with our partners is key to transition to sustainable packaging solutions, therefore working with Robopac is truly driving our progress towards a circular economy and provides our customers a combination of state-of-the-art machinery with best quality wrapping paper,” said Bartosz Babicz, product manager StretchWrap, Flexible Packaging Mondi

Filiberto Felici, Robopac product manager adds, “Our biggest challenge was to adapt the paper material to the packaging operations, while ensuring maximum stabilisation of the customer’s products during transportation with minimum use of resources. Using our own unique cube technology, we achieve maximum load stabilisation and are very satisfied with the effectiveness of our machines’ performances in conjunction with Mondi’s Advantage StretchWrap.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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