One tonne – knowledge included

Holmen Iggesund manufactures a range of paperboard products at Iggesund in Sweden and Workington in England together with plastic extrusions and laminations for paperboard at Strömsbruk in Sweden. These facilities have been paperboard production units for the better part of a century thus advancing the craft, skill and tradition of paperboard manufacture.

To achieve the best results in the printing process or in packaging manufacture, you need not only a high-quality base material but also knowledge about how to use that material in the best possible way.

Designers, packaging developers and printers all contribute their own specific knowledge and experience to help optimise the product’s properties and functions throughout its lifespan. For this reason, hands-on knowledge about the special properties of paperboard is also required.

For a number of decades, Holmen Iggesund has systematically compiled and made available to its customers an extensive body of knowledge material – the Iggesund Anchor – in order to help increase the user’s ability to make the best use of Invercote and Incada at all stages.

Service principles

All sales of Holmen Iggesund’s products in Europe are coordinated at our sales office in Amsterdam. We also have sales offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States, as well as in Iggesund, Sweden. We have organised our resources of people, technology and systems to suit our customers’ priorities and offer our customers complete commercial and technical customer support. Customers’ needs are constantly evolving and market conditions are ever changing. The service we provide is based on some simple principles:

  • Locally based account managers and technical service managers. Account coordinators in the sales office in Amsterdam speak the local languages.
  • Sheeting facilities close to our main markets, as well as at our mills, ensure the rapid delivery of small orders.
  • Distribution centres close to our customers.
  • A wide network of selected merchants supplement direct mill orders.

Product families

Our goal is to offer virgin fibre-based paperboard that meets the demands of our customers, the consumers and the authorities. Our product range consists of Invercote and Incada. They are also offered extruded and/or laminated with different plastics and foils.

Quality assurance

We have implemented Quality Assurance Systems to maintain our product quality and to meet customer needs and expectations. At our mills we have certified quality assurance systems in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The systems are documented in our Quality Manuals and are open for quality audits by customers. Product specifications and contracts are essential elements for ensuring that we have agreements between our customers and ourselves, which meet the need for clear joint understandings about product quality and safety.

Accredited laboratory

Our Laboratory for Sensory and Chemical Analyses is accredited for sensory measurements by the Swedish National Accreditation Authority, SWEDAC. This guarantees that tests are objectively carried out using approved and tested methods.

The laboratory performs sensory analysis using statistical calibration and chemical analysis using a gas chromatograph with an odour detector and mass spectrometry. It has unique equipment for taking gas samples at room temperature and has developed methods for measuring the effects of aromas on packaging material/permeability.

The laboratory’s capacity is continuously used to safeguard the taint and odour neutrality of raw materials and the baseboard. It is often consulted by third parties in investigations in taint and odour problems.

Accreditation number: 1740 ISO/IEC 17025.

Product safety

The essential purpose of packaging is to ensure the hygiene and quality of the packed product. We control the entire pulp and paperboard chain production so that we can supply paperboard products which meet strict standards for hygiene, barrier functions and taint and odour neutrality.

All materials used in the making of our board are approved for food contact in accordance with current regulations in different countries. To ensure that we are providing the correct product and product safety documentation we must know the intended final application. If the customer applications require product safety certificates or if further information is needed, please contact your local Technical Service Manager.


Iggesund product range

The Holmen Iggesund product range is very extensive and includes solid bleached boards from 180– 400 g/m² and folding box boards from 200–350 g/m² as well as versions where sheets are glued together or extrusion laminated with foil or film. Below you will find examples of the typical end uses and the grammage/thickness range for the respective products. For further information, please contact your local Holmen Iggesund contact.

Type of board/Grade Typical applications Grammage (g/m2) Thickness (μm)
  Solid Bleached Board (SBB, GZ)
Invercote G Perfumes, Cosmetics, Chocolates, Pharmaceuticals, Wines and spirits,
Book and CD-covers, Cards, Brochures, Advertising material
180-380 205-505
Invercote Creato Brochure and catalogue covers, Folders, Tags, Point of sales,
CD-covers, Cards, Tobacco
200-400 200-485
Invercote Albato Perfumes, Cosmetics, Chocolates, Wines and spirits,
Advertising material, Covers, Cards, Media, Tobacco
250-350 285-424
Invercote Lenato Tobacco 220-270 275-350
Invercote T Tobacco 220-280 275-365
  Folding Box Board (FBB, GC1)
Incada Silk Cosmetics, Chocolates, Medical and health care,
Covers, Cards, Media
220-350 325-590
Incada Silk C Tobacco    
  Folding Box Board (FBB, GC2)
Incada Exel Frozen and chilled food, Confectionery, Wines and spirits,
Beverages, Biscuits and other foods, Pharma and health care, Microwaveable products
200-350 310-640
  Board Laminates
Invercote Duo Advertising material, Games, Wines and spirits, CD-holders, Covers,
Point of sales, Brochures, Tags, Chocolates, Glassware, Perfumes and cosmetics
410-770 470-1010
Incada Duo Brochures, Tags, Advertising material, Games, CD-holders,
Wines and spirits, Electronic goods
410-995 610-1740
  Foil and Film Laminates
Metalprint Tobacco, Wine and spirits, Perfume and cosmetics, Hair care and toiletries, Pharmaceuticals, Brochures, Confectionery Depending on choice of baseboard grade Depending on choice of baseboard grade
Alubarrier Confectionery, Tobacco, Biscuits and other foods, Ice cream Depending on choice of baseboard grade Depending on choice of baseboard grade