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Cerealus Introduces Cerefiber for Increased Bond, Tensile Strength

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Cerealus, Waterville, Me., USA, reports that it has developed Cerefiber® to create strength for paper and packaging mills by treating fiber with a patent pending starch encapsulation technology. The company notes that the new product has been created to provide mills with increased bond or tensile strength, which can enable material reductions in basis weight, increased stiffness, less pulp refining, or further optimization of less expensive furnish. Cerefiber reportedly can treat every form of pulp fiber, including recycled fiber, chemical pulp, semi-chemical, and groundwood, while maintaining specified strength and paper qualities.

According to Cerealus, mills using Cerefiber can achieve bond and tensile strength of 40% or more. The new starch encapsulation technology directs the starch to attach to the fiber without impacting machine chemistry, charge, or BOD, the company explains.

Current mill users of Cerealus strength technologies include various paper products, such as: newsprint, coated free sheet, uncoated free sheet and coated groundwood. Cerefiber is a "leverage" technology that enables a mill to trade increased strength for economic or production benefits.

"Cerealus is proud to offer an additional solution for paper and packaging mills. Cerefiber has clear benefits and offers competitive cost advantages to our customers," explains Tony Jabar, CEO of Cerealus.

Tom Moore, president of Cerealus, adds that "we challenge any mill to answer the question, what would you do with additional strength?"

Cerefiber joins Cerecarb® in the Cerealus portfolio of strength technologies. Cerecarb was introduced in 2011 to enable paper mills to increase filler content and enhance printability.


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