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Paper Based Packaging Strength Testing

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State-of-the-art testing facilities for evaluation of pulp, paper and board, with regard to strength, printing, runnability and chemical properties

  • An extensive laboratory for all traditional paper measurements in standard climate
    Provides strength measurements like compression, tensile, tear, burst, ply-bond, and also different surface evaluations and optical properties. The laboratory also has the possibility to measure the most common properties for corrugated and carton board. All tests are done in a well-controlled standard climate 23˚C/50%RH.
  • Characterization of paper properties in non-standard climates
    Large climate rooms, allows us to evaluate papers in environments that corresponds to the end-use of the customer’s products, whether they are used in tropical climate or in cold storage. The size of the rooms enables us to do the actual measurements in climatised environment, not only the conditioning process.
  • Development of non-standard tests
    In-house methods for non-standard characterization e.g. compression strength during long time loading, cracking resistance, surface strength and glue joint strength, properties that are related to runnability in the customer’s processes and to the life span of the end-product. Deep knowledge in paper mechanics as well as skilled mechanical and IT technicians enable us simulate our customer’s process and supply chain, from where we develop our unique paper properties.
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
    The SEM gives a picture of the smallest details of the paper, but can also be used as a tool to analyze the chemical structure of the paper surface. In combination with the light microscope it’s a powerful tool for investigations regarding coating and printing as well as trouble shooting problems with gluing problems and impurities.
  • Printability and coating laboratory
    In our printability lab we have the possibility to evaluate the interaction between the printing ink and the paper substrate with e.g. surface energy measurements. The laboratory is also equipped with all necessary methods for printing evaluations e.g. color density, dot gain, formation and appearance. In the coating laboratory we have equipment for hand and coating color evaluation and development.
  • Chemistry laboratory
    Advanced laboratory equipment enables us to find and quantify chemical compounds, both in the paper and in the paper making process. These useful tools to ensure the chemical balance in the process is right, and also the chemical composition in the paper is right for reaching optimal strength, so that no harmful substances are present. The laboratory is also accredited for certain environment analysis.
  • Advanced pulping laboratory
    Provides the possibility to simulate all steps in the paper making process, from digesting, bleaching and refining to the production of paper sheets. In our dynamic sheet former we can produce anisotropic, multi-layer sheets, comparable to machine made papers, which makes it a perfect tool for evaluation of different raw materials and new additives.

Lars Henriksson – Vice President Product Development

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Innovation is when you nurture a new idea, grow it into something of value and deliver it to market

Lars Henriksson is Vice President of Product Development for Smurfit Kappa’s paper production. He joined in 1989 as a graduate trainee and is based at our Tech Centre in Pitea.

What does you role entail?

My role consists of product development, technical customer services and product safety. In my role I manage a talented team with an unrivalled knowledge of paper. The team includes technical customer managers specifically focused on our customers’ markets, and others with specific areas of focus, including Chain of Custody programs and paper mechanics. My job is to also standardize our procedures to ensure all of our mills produce the same high standard of paper. Our uniqueness comes through the outstanding quality of our paper.

What defines a good innovation for you?

Innovation doesn’t just mean a new product it could be a process or a new way of working. Innovation for me is a new idea that works. However, it’s not just an invention, it needs to be something that is commercially viable. You need to nurture a new idea, grow it into something of value and deliver it to market.

How do you inspire innovation within paper production?

My inspiration always starts from understanding our customers’ requirements and solving them. The drive is to see something nobody has seen before and ask ‘How can we make it better?’ ‘What isn’t working right now?’ Nothing is more satisfying than optimizing or creating a process that revolutionizes the status quo.

What role does innovation play in paper production?

Innovation is critical to us; we need to maximize our business opportunities and differentiate ourselves from our competition. It’s a balance of being reactive and proactive. We are structured for both, with technical managers working directly with customers, which is probably as reactive as you can achieve. We listen to the market and focus our resource on what is demanded, whether its printability, strength or safety. We also proactively look for new technologies and possibilities through our external network, which includes institutes and universities. We ask ourselves what’s going to be important in the papermaking process in the future and move from there.

Collaborating with the packaging innovators

Collaboration is our uniqueness and our integrated structure gives us the opportunity to develop products with the end user in mind. We work in close collaboration with our customers and this seamless working together is how we outperform our competition. The packaging innovators are reliant on us to deliver high quality, and we appreciate our need to serve them. We have regular formal and informal meetings where paper quality is high on the agenda, and we agree standards, which are reviewed every year to ensure we are all working towards the same goal.