BillerudKorsnäs Launches SteriKraft® Protect AR – a new polymer reinforced medical paper

To answer the need for higher performance medical packaging systems, following the standardization regarding Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, BillerudKorsnäs has developed and now launches a new polymer reinforced paper SteriKraft® Protect AR.

The standardization, Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices ISO 11607-1, 5.5 Storage & Transport, has led to more rigorous and realistic ship testing protocols which have, in turn, shown the need for higher performance medical device packaging systems. To answer this need, BillerudKorsnäs has developed a new polymer reinforced paper, SteriKraft® Protect AR.

SteriKraft® Protect AR is designed as a heat seal coating base but will also seal peel to selected advanced peelable films without needing a coating.
More challenging applications such as large drape & gown packs, spinal needles, IV catheters etc. will benefit from the extra performance offered by SteriKraft® Protect AR. As with all other papers in the BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft® range, Protect AR is fully approved under the relevant sections of EN868 and ISO 11607-1.

"The key benefit of the polymeric addition is to provide some stretch to the paper which results in much improved  tensile energy absorption (TEA). TEA gives a good measure of the durability of the paper under shipping conditions," explains Jonathan Andrews, Business Development Director Medical at BillerudKorsnäs.

Comparison of Geometric TEA between standard medical kraft papers and new SteriKraft® Protect AR demonstrating the significantly higher performance of the new paper.

World launch at COMPAMED in Düsseldorf
The new BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft® Protect AR will be displayed for the first time at Compamed tradefair “Hightech solutions for medical technology” 13-16 November in Düsseldorf, Germany. Visit our stand, Hall 8b G09, to find out more about Protect AR and the rest of BillerudKorsnäs' SteriKraft® range.


About BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft®
BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft is a medical paper that can withstand exposure to various sterilisation methods and guarantees the sterility and purity of the products right up until the moment of use. The packaging will maintain its sterility for five years and is offered for all major sterilisation methods. Strong, safe and with microbial barrier properties. For more information, visit
www.billerudkorsnas.com/our-offer/packaging-materials/kraft-paper-medical

For further information, please contact:

  Jonathan Andrews, Business Development Director Medical BillerudKorsnäs, +44 776 993 40 04, jonathan.andrews@billerudkorsnas.com

BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com