Swanline launches Cygnus Reelboard

Range of barrier coated solid boards for the food packaging sector

Cygnus Reelboard fits well within SPB’s portfolio of products because they all provide a plastic-free solution.

Reelbrands have appointed Swanline Paper and Board (SPB) to distribute Reelboard under Swanline’s Cygnus brand. According to the company, the new range of barrier coated materials gives a viable alternative to PE laminated grades, without the PE! Coated with a SeerPak aqueous coating, the brand-new line of material is suitable for direct food contact. It has been proven to be resilient to grease and moisture through the clever micro applied layered coatings.

Swanline Group is the UK’s trade only supplier of paper-based materials, print and conversion services to the packaging and point of sale sectors. It has been affiliated with Reelbrands for over two years. Swanline is looking forward to bringing this moisture and grease resistant, fully recyclable material to market, which it believes will be a huge benefit for companies looking to become more eco-conscious without compromising quality.

Swanline’s chief executive officer, Nick Kirby, said, “Reelbrands describe themselves as ‘packaging pioneers, creating a world beyond plastic’. They ignite positive change through innovative design, research and development with their trading partners and we are proud that they have chosen to partner with us for this ground-breaking new range.”

Ian Bates, chief executive officer of Reelbrands, added, “Both Swanline and Reelbrands have similar visions; Reelbrands chose Swanline as our partner because of their ingenuity, award-winning design skills and state-of-the-art conversion facilities which all extend to a winning formula. We are aware that Swanline distribute their products nationwide so are looking forward to seeing our material being used all over the UK.”

Cygnus Reelboard fits well within SPB’s portfolio of products because they all provide a plastic-free solution. It sits alongside SPB’s ground-breaking Cygnus Eco Board – a water-resistant material designed to service the POS and signage sectors. The new Cygnus Reelboard materials are available in virgin kraft or white and part recycled versions, all with similar barrier properties. As Swanline provides an end-to-end service, from design through to production and distribution, there is no end of possibilities that can be achieved with this substrate.

Cygnus Reelboard is made in the UK with sustainable materials that are BPA (bisphenol A) or PFA (Perfluoroalkoxy alkanes) free and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) Certified. This brand-new range of materials is certified with the internationally recognized plastic-free certification mark and 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. The Reelboard range is said to be ideal to use across a variety of packaging applications, especially in the food industry.

Sian Sutherland, chief executive officer of A Plastic Planet, the well-known group determined to inspire the World to turn off the plastic tap, comments, “New innovations such as Cygnus Reelboard are a game-changer and we welcome them to the growing Plastic Free certified materials movement. We all know that we urgently need to switch from toxic fossil fuel plastic packaging, useful for days before polluting for centuries. Pulp and paper are a big part of the answer for how we solve the plastic crisis as the recycling value system is already well established, unlike plastic recycling that still struggles to exceed 10% levels in the UK.”

Cygnus Reelboard has grease resistance KIT >12 and water resistance Cobb <20 at 1800. Many grades are available from SPB either as palletized stock at 720x1020mm or sheet cut to bespoke sizes.


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