Coated and laminated paper manufacturer Morgan Paper Coaters (MPC) has strengthened its structure and broadened its product range.
The company’s finance partner, Gerber Goldschmidt Group, has facilitated a broadening of its supplier base, which enables MPC to pursue more profitable product and speciality lines.
Currently, the company’s primary business is the production of label stock, in which it has a growing market share.
“The label stock market has enabled us to develop our process and finishing capacity. This will continue to be our primary focus in the short to medium term,” says MPC commercial director Ian Murray.
Functional coatings are another major aspect of MPC’s business and the company is currently targeting further development in this sector.
“Our initial vision was always to develop functional coatings. The company has now refocused its efforts to collaborate with key companies that share a similar vision. “These companies are essential to us as they bring value- added packaging solutions to the market,” Murray notes.
MPC has worked with industrial chemicals manufacturer Seal Chemicals and a few other suppliers to offer a full range of functional coatings for papers, boards and liners for corrugated boxes.
The company is now in a position to partner with packaging suppliers to bring a variety of functional coatings to the market.
MPC provides coated and laminated paper with a low environmental impact.
“Our primary aim is to be a driver in substituting polyethylene- (PE-) coated boards and papers in packaging items with equally effective barrier coatings, which enable the packaging items to be recycled back into the pulp stream,” says Murray.
The company’s process advantage lies in its coating tech- nology, he adds,
MPC is able to lay down a number of functional coatings in a comprehensive range of weights.
The company says it also is able to provide the highest level of barrier integrity in a market where the absence of pinholing can be a critical requirement.
“Functional coatings are a well-known chemical tech- nology,” says Murray. “Although the cost of PE-coated papers and boards is competitive, owing to the number of suppliers in the market, the pressure to substitute these products with more environment-friendly products is building,” he adds.
He states that South Africa has been slow in legislating the segregation of waste for recycling. But the need to change remains.
MPC says it is in a strong position to benefit from its specialised coating capabilities as global pressure mounts, urging the use of functional coatings.
Functional coatings cover a host of packaging requirements.
The coatings can be formulated to be flame retardant and to inhibit mould and rust, as well as fruit ripening, which enables smart packaging to prolong product life span, add value and still be environment friendly.