Espoo-based Paptic has closed a Series A financing amounting to €23 million to drive the growth of the Finnish company and expand its materials portfolio. The round is led by the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF), US-based chemical company Ecolab and Japanese trading house Itochu Fibre Ltd.
The new financing will support Paptic’s growth and expand its material portfolio, making Paptic® flexible packaging materials more available globally. It will also enhance the company’s ability to serve its global customer base and accelerate the industrial scaling of Paptic’s foam-based manufacturing technology. In addition, the investment supports the company’s commitment to be carbon-neutral by 2030.
“We are very happy that our work and solutions to reduce the use of fossil-based materials in flexible packaging are recognized as sustainable and commercially viable alternatives for today and tomorrow. The new investments enable us to take the next step in our company’s journey to boost our growth to new markets “, said Tuomas Mustonen, CEO and co-founder of Paptic Ltd. “Our renewable and recyclable materials, with a unique touch and feel properties, are a drop-in solution to replace plastics in flexible packaging as they run efficiently on existing converting lines.”
Founded in 2015 in Finland, the company has developed Paptic®, a fibre-based and recyclable material to replace plastics and conventional materials in packaging. Paptic material has been available on an industrial scale since 2018. The global market for flexible packaging is estimated at over €200 billion annually – 70 percent of the materials used are plastics. In nearly half of the end-uses, plastic could be replaced with renewable and recyclable Paptic® materials.
Many well-known companies have already committed to switching from plastics to packaging solutions from sustainable sources with low-carbon value chains, in line with the circular economy. The shift is being reinforced by recycling and climate targets in the EU and other markets.
For instance, fischertechnik replaces the plastic with Paptic® material in the packaging of its bio-based construction set “Animal Friends”. With Paptic®, one of the sustainability forerunners in the toy industry, has replaced single-use plastic in pouches with wood fibre-based Paptic® material. The fibre-based and recyclable Paptic® material enables the production of a new, truly sustainable vegetable packaging solution. In this optimized packaging, all sustainability aspects are considered, including the substrate, design, printing, and inks.
Guillaume Gras, Investment Director at ECBF, added: “The versatile applicability of recyclable Paptic® materials provides an excellent basis to reduce the use of fossil-based materials in packaging. Our investment will provide Paptic with the resources to accelerate its international expansion, as well as to serve the growing demand for innovative sustainable packaging materials.”