In France, forest industry major Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj has strengthened its global leading position in parchment products for sustainable everyday applications by inaugurating a new parchmentizer line at its Saint-Séverin plant. With the new line the company meets the growing demand for sustainable alternatives for cooking and baking, pan liners, trays and molds.
According to the company, genuine vegetable parchment (GVP) offers optimal release, greaseproof and heat resistance properties, making them ideal for cooking and baking, food packaging and processing applications in both professional and domestic use.
The market for parchment products is estimated to grow by approximately 3 – 5 percent annually. Announced in June 2017, the EUR 7 million investment started up successfully in September 2018. Base paper for the parchmentizer line is sourced internally allowing also a more favorable product mix within the Food Packaging business, part of the Specialties business area.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö is one of the only few players to provide a viable compostable alternative to plastics and aluminum for products like baking trays and molding materials. We are committed to Genuine Vegetable Parchment as we believe sustainable materials are our future, said Omar Hoek, EVP of Specialties Business Area.
The plant’s main products include food and beverage packaging materials and it employs 168 people. In addition to using local resources for the building of the new line, the investment will employ 28 more full time employees, a significant number in a region that has been affected by “industrial desertification” in the past decade.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Specialties business area produces materials for food and beverage packaging, laboratory filters and life science diagnostics, water filtration, tape products and medical fabrics. It also supplies hot oil cooking and milk filtration materials, graphics paper for sticky notes and envelopes and metallized labels.