Metsä Board introduces a new liner “Modo Northern Light” at FachPack 2013

Metsä Board, the world’s leading producer of coated white-top kraftliners, introduced a new fully bleached liner at FachPack 2013, complementing its market-leading Kemiart range. Modo Northern Light is a lightweight, uncoated liner with high whiteness, ideal for microflute as well as for traditional corrugated packaging. Made from fresh forest fibres, it is suitable for direct contact with food and other sensitive products.

Modo Northern Light comes in a low substance range from 80-160 g/m2 and a bright white shade, making it suitable for microflute applications such as perfume, beautycare and healthcare as well as packaging for mobile devices. It also works well in larger applications, for example, online and mail order packaging. In corrugating it has a low washboarding tendency thanks to its bulk, and printability of both solids and screens is excellent, with high contrast. It can be used as a top liner, as fluting and as a reverse side liner. Modo Northern Light is manufactured at Metsä Board’s Husum mill in Sweden.

“This new product complements our Kemiart range of white top kraftliners by providing even more options for our customers,” says Risto Auero, VP Linerboard Sales, Metsä Board Paperboard. “Modo Northern Light helps meet demand for lighter-weight packaging and opens up exciting opportunities for combining a lighter liner with fluting in innovative ways.”

The new liner is a good choice in terms of sustainability. It is made from fresh forest fibres grown in sustainably managed Nordic forests. The fibres are of known origin and Metsä Board can trace all other raw materials used in the liner’s manufacture. The Husum mill holds both PEFC and FSC chain of custody certification as well as environmental and quality certificates.

Kemiart liners and Carta Selecta also on show
Double-coated Kemiart Graph+ and Kemiart Lite+ have proved especially popular since their upgrading and the introduction of lighter substances for Kemiart Lite+. The full range includes Kemiart Graph+, Kemiart Lite+, Kemiart Ultra and Kemiart Brite, each of which has a particular suitabililty for pre- or post-, inline or offline flexo print.

Carta Selecta is a double-coated liner that provides even more options when high gloss is required. It is designed for demanding multicolour litholamination and UV varnish. 

Enhanced folding boxboards – lighter weights and optimised shades
Metsä Board also showed its folding boxboard range which includes recent enhancements to its grades Avanta Prima, Simcote and Carta Elega. The product enhancements improve the suitability of each cartonboard in the range for a particular packaging end-use such as food; beautycare; healthcare; or luxury packaging and graphics applications.

The bulk of Avanta Prima has been improved, meaning a lighter weight can be specified whilst maintaining the same thickness and stiffness. As a result Metsä Board has further light-weighted grammages across the range. Avanta Prima has been developed to meet the requirements of the healthcare market, and its surface has now been optimised to allow for 2D data matrix coding. Its shade has also been optimised to enhance visual whiteness.

Simcote, already offering an outstanding combination of stiffness and consistency for food packaging, now has improved bulk for even better yield. As a result, grammages have been light-weighted across the range, providing both cost and sustainability benefits. The shade of Carta Elega has been optimised to enhance visual whiteness – an important characteristic in the beautycare market.

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For further information, please contact Metsä Board:
Risto Auero, Vice President, Sales, Linerboards
Mobile  +358 (0)50 598 8828
E-mail: risto.auero(at)