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New Sack Packaging Norms set global standard

Sack Packaging Norms

BillerudKorsnäs and Haver & Boecker combine their respective know-how to deliver perfect paper packaging

IN the world of bulk powdered goods such as cement, 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, materials and models.

The resulting development and use of a variety of packaging solutions and processes has led BillerudKorsnäs and Haver & Boecker to develop a set of recommendations called the Sack Packaging Norms.


Both BillerudKorsnäs and Haver & Boecker, who are active all over the world, say they have noticed many repeated and unnecessary faults which result in packaging waste, product and efficiency losses as well as environmental damage. Often, these errors are a result of miscommunication or the use of different standards or practices and are mostly easily fixed by applying some basic standard knowledge or practice.

Both companies, therefore, thought that the development of a ‘common language’ for the packaging value chain would be an effective way to ensure efficient packaging performance around the world and the elimination waste.

‘Globalization makes it essential to speak one language clearly and distinctly,’ said Thomas Hilling, general manager of Haver & Boecker Institute. ‘With the Sack Packaging Norms, we have, together with BillerudKorsnäs, created the basis for joint and helpful communication for your perfect paper sack packaging.’

This ‘common language’, a joint development by the two companies, is a set of recommendations called the Sack Packaging Norms. These cover both the basics and the most critical factors which must be taken into consideration when packing powdered goods, starting with paper manufacture, through the handling, storage and manufacture of sacks, to the filling of sacks, and finally to the correct way to transport and store the filled packages.

Haver & Boecker are contributing to this effort through their extensive experience and expertise in filling machinery and powder bulk handling, whilst BillerudKorsnäs are contributing with their years of expertise in packaging paper manufacturing and field experience, as well as analytical tests and design and development at the BillerudKorsnäs Packaging Development Centre.

Mikael Peterson, technical service director at BillerudKorsnäs, said: ‘If producers and users of paper sack 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.’

The first 10 Sack Packaging Norms are available free of charge and can be downloaded from the BillerudKorsnäs website, where suggestions for additional Norms can also be submitted. Haver & Boecker and BillerudKorsnäs will regularly publish new Sack Packaging Norms, which will be sent out to all interested registered parties.


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