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World’s First Injection Molding Machine for Fiber-based Products Debuts

Pulpac, developer of a process for molding dry fibers derived from pulp into packaging and disposable applications such as hot and cold beverage lids, trays and cutlery, now has a second conversion option in its repertoire through an alliance with Taiwanese injection molding machine supplier Huarong Group that offers a horizontal injection molding machine developed specifically for the process. With the launch of a new machine platform, the PulPac Scala, based on a technology associated with plastic conversion combined with PulPac’s new and unique Mill-to-Web fiber unit, the solution represents and easily scalable option for prospective users of the process. The first Scala machines are sold by launch partner Huarong Group and equipped for producing fiber-based lids.

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PulPac’s Chief Commercial Officer, Sanna Fager, has talked to many packaging producers about dry molded fiber, its benefits, and future possibilities. “When we launched dry molded fiber a few years ago, we did it with a great machine platform. The PulPac Modula [vertical compression molding press] is still the best fit for producers with high volumes and a need for modularity. But one size doesn’t fit all, and we saw an opportunity to make dry molded fiber approachable to even more packaging producers.”

Addas Fager regarding the Scala branding: "Its name is, of course, a play on words. Due to its low investment threshold, any producer that wants to gain market leverage in this new, exciting, and fast-growing market can start small and then scale up.”

Viktor Börjesson, PulPac’s Chief Partnerships Officer, adds: “As the inventors of dry molded fiber , our knowledge about the technology is unrivaled. Huarong brings 40 years of experience in building machines for the plastic industry. We merged our cutting-edge tech to Huarong’s existing and functioning clamping unit, and the result is a compact, hassle-free, plug-and-play machine for dry molded fiber manufacturing.”


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