Mondi and Austrian mechanical engineering company EW Technology have launched a new machine for paper pallet wrapping.
The two companies worked together to design the machine, which fills a gap Mondi identified in the pallet wrapping market. Offering two settings, the machine can be fully automated to wrap up to 60 pallets every hour or semi-automated to wrap 10-15 pallets per hour.
The machine takes a full reel of Mondi’s Advantage StretchWrap paper, allowing customers to replace the multi-layer plastic which is currently the industry standard for pallet wrapping. Advantage StretchWrap is 100 percent virgin paper, created with renewable materials and fully recyclable in existing paper waste streams across Europe.
It contains no plastic or coating. Mondi’s independent life cycle assessment (LCA) compared the paper pallet packaging to conventional plastic stretch film. It performed better in several impact categories – most notably in climate change, with a 62 percent lower carbon footprint than virgin plastic stretch film.
A full reel of Advantage StretchWrap can be applied to the new machine without any need to re-wind. The larger dimensions of the Advantage StretchWrap reel mean that a replacement reel is only needed every 400 to 600 pallets compared to 40 to 80 pallets for plastic wrapping.
“Sustainable projects are close to our hearts and as a young team we are determined to make a positive contribution to the environment,” said Philipp Ertl, co-founder, EW Technology.
“By taking a collaborative approach with Mondi we were able to learn exactly what was needed and work together to deliver a unique new offering in paper wrapping technology for palletized goods – one that will benefit companies across many industries.”