Plastic packaging solutions provider ALPLA and paper packaging solutions provider BillerudKorsnäs have announced that they are joining forces to develop a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle.
The two firms revealed that they will form the venture in the Danish paper bottle company ecoXpac, and when the transaction has been completed, they will then own equal parts of ecoXpac, with a minority post being held by the founding family.
ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs share an ambition to drive packaging innovation in a sustainable direction.
The two companies intend to leverage the development by using their resources, competencies and strengths to support the scaling of ecoXpac in the commercialisation of a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle.
BillerudKorsnäs has been a driving force in the ongoing development of a paper bottle, which was started by ecoXpac in 2010, and with the Carlsberg Group in 2015.
In late 2016, Carlsberg revealed a first physical prototype of a paper bottle, the Green Fibre Bottle, and the first paper bottles has since been in the testing phase.
The plan is to continue the development and be able to launch and scale up production.
ALPLA chief executive Günther Lehner said: “With BillerudKorsnäs we have found an ambitious partner creating a new packaging market segment that offers a complementary consumer experience to our current rigid packaging solutions. ALPLA is sharing the passion for technical challenges and innovation. I want to emphasise the long-term vision of the joint venture to introduce fully bio-based paper bottles. ALPLA is contributing capital as well as technical know-how to the joint venture to accelerate the development and market introduction of the paper bottle.”
BillerudKorsnäs chief executive and president Petra Einarsson said: “I believe that with our shared and honest ambition to break new ground, ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs now make an important commitment to contribute to a more sustainable future. The question is not ‘if’ but rather ‘how soon’ this joint venture will introduce a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle to the market. And when we do, it will enable a significant shift in consumer behaviour globally.”