Alpla and BillerudKorsnäs share the ambition to drive packaging innovation in a sustainable direction. The two companies intend to leverage the development by combining their resources, competencies and strengths to support scaling ecoXpac in the commercialisation of a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle.

When the transaction has been completed, BillerudKorsnäs and Alpla will own equal parts of ecoXpac. A minority post will be held by the founder family. EcoXpac is an innovative Danish company specialised in designing, developing and implementing process solutions for moulded fibre bottles. The company follows a strategy striving to introduce fibre-based products in categories dominated by other materials and by so doing contributing to a more a sustainable future.

Texte AlternatifBillerudKorsnäs is currently the majority owner and has been a shareholder in the company since 2015. BillerudKorsnäs has been a driving force in the ongoing development of a paper bottle, which was started by ecoXpac in 2010 and with Carlsberg Group since 2015.

In late 2016, Carlsberg Group revealed a first physical prototype of a paper bottle, the Green Fiber Bottle, and the first generation of paper bottles has since then been in a testing phase.

The plan now is to continue the development to be able to launch and then scale up production. Following generations will be both fully biobased and have biodegradable barriers thereby fully realising the vision and enabling consumers all over the world to live more sustainably. It is to realise this vision the two companies come together on this journey of innovation.

¬ęAlpla and BillerudKorsn√§s now make an important commitment to contribute to a more sustainable future. The question is not ‚Äúif‚ÄĚ but rather ‚Äúhow soon‚ÄĚ this joint venture will introduce a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle to the market. When we do, it will enable a significant shift in consumer behaviour globall¬Ľ says Petra Einarsson, CEO and President BillerudKorsn√§s.

Alpla is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 20 800 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and moulded parts at 178 sites across 46 countries. The company operates its own recycling plants: PET Recycling Team with a site in both Austria and Poland, and in the form of a joint venture in Mexico. And has been cooperating with Texplast (Germany) on PET recycling since July 2018. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, pharmaceutical products, ...

BillerudKorsnäs is a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and hascustomers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production units in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4400 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB, a fully owned subsidiary, accommodates several venture initiatives.

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