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29.06.2020 Creating paper sack packaging norms

BillerudKorsnäs, Solna, Sweden, and HAVER & BOECKER, Oelde, Germany – two global leaders in the field of industrial packaging – have decided to collaborate in formulating a set of recommendations called the Sack Packaging Norms. In a joint statement, the two companies point out that – with regard to bulk powdered goods such as building materials, chemicals and foodstuffs – different supply chains place differing demands on packaging. Additionally, the machinery used across the world to produce and fill the packaging consists of many different technologies, raw materials and models. This has resulted in the development and use of a variety of packaging solutions and processes.

Therefore BillerudKorsnäs and HAVER & BOECKER are attempting to clarify the situation by initiating the Sack Packaging Norms. Employees of both companies have noticed many repeated and unnecessary faults which result in packaging waste, product and efficiency loss as well as environmental damage. Often, also, these errors result from miscommunication or the use of different standards or practices. For the most part these faults can be easily rectified by applying some basic standard knowledge or practice. It was thought that the development of a ‘common language’ for the packaging value chain would be an effective way to ensure the elimination of waste and promotion of efficient packaging performance around the world.

“Globalisation makes it essential to speak one language clearly and distinctly. With the Sack Packaging Norms, we have, together with BillerudKorsnäs, created the basis for joint and helpful communication for your perfect paper bag packaging”, said Thomas Hilling, general manager HAVER & BOECKER Institute.

The Sack Packaging Norms cover the basics and the most critical factors which must be taken into consideration when packing powdered goods, starting from paper manufacture, the handling, storage and manufacture of sacks, the filling of sacks and finally the correct way to transport and store the filled packages.

BillerudKorsnäs contributes to this effort with years of expertise in packaging paper manufacturing and field experience as well as analytical tests, design and development in the BillerudKorsnäs Packaging Development Centre. HAVER & BOECKER contributes with extensive experience and expertise in filling machinery and powder bulk handling.

“If producers and users of paper bag packaging follow the recommendations and guidelines, and implement these norms in their supply chain - efficient and effective packaging manufacturing, filling, handling, storage and transport of the finished goods will be secured. As an industry we will reduce waste significantly, making a major contribution to saving our planet”, said Mikael Peterson, technical service director at BillerudKorsnäs.

The first 10 Sack Packaging Norms are available free of charge and can be downloaded at: Suggestions for Norms can also be submitted on the website. The companies will regularly publish new Sack Packaging Norms and these will be sent out regularly to interested parties who have registered.;


Laboratory testing of paper sacks

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