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Neoforêt Aircushion, “2022 WorldStar Global Packaging Awards” winner

“Neoforêt Aircushion,” a sustainable packing material developed by the pulp, paper, and new materials company Moorim, was selected as a winner of the “2022 WorldStar Global Packaging Awards,” the most respected packaging technology awards in the world. Among the approximately 440 products submitted from around the world, Moorim was the only Korean paper manufacturer to receive an award.The WorldStar Global Packaging Awards are an annual competition in which the World Packaging Organization (WPO), which consists of packaging associations and businesses from around the world, selects the most innovative packaging products to receive awards. This award is currently recognized as the most prestigious in the global packaging market.Moorim Paper’s “Neoforêt Aircushion” is an environmentally-friendly paper packing material that can be used as an alternative to bubble wrap to protect products for packing or delivery. It is Korea’s first air-filled paper cushion, and, at only 7 cm in diameter and 1.6 g in weight, it is about the size of your palm while still being strong enough to withstand a 10 kg bag of rice.Based on this durability, the “Neoforêt Aircushion” is a highly effective packing material, and because no adhesives are used during the sealing process, which prevents air leakage, the product earned an official recognition from the Korean Ministry of Environment for its recyclability and eco-friendliness. Therefore, as a revolutionary product that offers a new alternative to the packaging market, which is placing more and more emphasis on sustainability, it was selected to receive the award.After receiving the “Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) President’s Award” at the “15th Korea Star Awards” in May 2021, Moorim Paper’s Neoforêt Aircushion was chosen as a “2021 Korean Green Product of the Year.” It also received the “2022 WorldStar Global Packaging Award,” proving the product’s remarkable technology and eco-friendly design on the global stage.Moorim Paper’s Neoforêt Aircushion is currently being used in a several of the shipments out of CJ Logistics’ Baekam Distribution Center, and with business inquiries from not only the packaging industry, but also other industries, the product is expected to serve a variety of uses in various sectors. ​

Date 2022.01.26
Moorim is awarded the first prize in the category of ‘paper manufacturing’

   Moorim scored the highest in terms of customer satisfaction in the category of ‘paper manufacturing’ for the 2022 Korea First Brand Awards. Korea First Brand Awards is an annual event with a 20 year history, hosted by Korea Consumer Forum to honor the top brands in each category based on consumer satisfaction surveys and expert reviews.   The participation of over 380,000 consumers participating this year in particular, has furthered boosted the authority and reliability of the Awards. Moorim received high scores for being a market leader for paper used for printing with its 66 year long knowhow and technological capabilities, and particularly for promoting the growth of the market for more environment-friendly paper products, with the launch of ‘Neoforet’ a brand specializing in environment-friendly paper.  Moorim plans to complete its transformation into a comprehensive company for pulp manufacturing and paper manufacturing, while working on launching a variety of new businesses to broaden its horizons by using new materials such as ‘pulp molds’.  

Date 2022.01.14
Moorim develops environment-friendly packaging paper ‘Neo CCP R30’

  With the unveiling of its environment-friendly paper used for packaging of skincare products, Moorim is acting on the values of ESG management.  Moorim announced in January that it would be joining hands with Kolmar Group to develop a new environment-friendly packaging paper called ‘Neo CCP R30’ to be used for packaging skincare products. Neo CCP R30 has further increased the environment-friendliness factor of Moorim’s existing premium packaging paper, ‘Neo CCP’, by using recycled ingredients, namely recycled pulp that is mixed in during the production process to minimize waste.  Moorim and Kolmar Group had signed on July 6, a strategic MOU for the development of environment-friendly packaging paper and ingredients for skincare products. Just four months since the signing of the MOU, the two companies were able to showcase new packaging materials that can be applied to products.    The launch of this latest packaging paper stands out amidst the wider trend of ESG management and the numerous MOUs and R&D projects taking place to develop environment-friendly products, as it is one of the first results where a leader in the beauty industry and a leader in the paper manufacturing industry came together and have actually produced results. The two companies plan to label the environment-friendly aspects of the packaging to offer consumers ‘clean beauty’ products that are environment-friendly inside and out.   Head of sales at Moorim, Mr. Shingyu Ryu noted, “The latest product launch is expected to see huge demand from many industries that had long desired environment-friendly products. As the environment-friendly aspect of paper has been highlighted, many corporate clients have been asking for such products. As a leader in the industry, Moorim plans to live up to such expectations through ethical paper products.”  Meanwhile, Moorim and Kolmar Group plan to follow up on this development of environment-friendly paper packaging with R&D on how to apply ‘nano-cellulose’, a natural material derived from pulp produced by Moorim, to skincare ingredients, too.  

Date 2021.12.02
ARTIZEN – the paper that makes you shine!

ARTIZEN has been born to capture hundreds and thousands of different colors on paper to upgrade your designs into a piece of art with its sophisticated and measured colors.  ARTIZEN brings out the sophisticated feel and lively colors that only roughgloss paper can bring out, to highlight your designs.  Capturing fancy colors as they are on paper. ARTIZEN, with its unique texture, brings out the liveliness of colors not just to the expert’s eyes, but also to laymen. Hundreds or thousands of fancy colors can now be captured as they are on paper, helping artists fulfill their dreams of achieving something extra with their designs.  Come take a look at what ARTIZEN can offer through our video!  

Date 2021.10.20
Moorim develops bio-degradable ‘paper straws’

 ​[Moorim’s U-shaped paper straw]​ As environment-friendly activities have now become an essential element of corporate activities, and consumers, too, look for better value in environment-friendly products, companies in the food and beverage industry or logistics industry are some of the first to go plastic-free.  In line with this trend, it was not rare to hear of a franchise coffee store offering environment-friendly paper straws in lieu of plastic straws, but now the straws that come attached to prepackaged beverages sold through large supermarkets and convenience stores are also being replaced with paper straws to great acclaim.  Prepackaged beverages, such as dairy products and fruit juices often come with a U-shaped straw for the consumer’s convenience. But since the frequent bending required for U-shaped straws made them more prone to damage, replacing them with paper straws had been challenging.   But U-shaped paper straws that have addressed this issue have become available to wide acclaim from the Korean beverage industry. Seoil, a global market leader of straws, has created such products using Moorim’s paper ‘Neoforêt STRAW’ which was developed for paper straws.   A representative of Seoil commented, “Since this is a product that directly touches consumers’ mouths, meeting the standards of food safety and hygiene are some of the basic boxes we have ticked off. The product has passed the tests of both U.S. FDA and Europe’s BfR, and are produced under strict quality control. The environment-friendly paper straws are gaining popularity, and we have been receiving a stream of inquiries.” ​[The environment-friendly paper straw of Moorim] Seoil had been supplying its paper straws made of imported paper to Maeil Dairy, Jeong Foods, Dongwon F&B, Hanmi Healthcare, Seoul Milk, Yonsei Milk, Samyook Food and Happy Fruit. But as Moorim recently launched ‘Neoforêt​ STRAW’ with improved durability making it fit for producing pleated type straws and minimal softening while the straws are in use, providing a strength that is similar to conventional plastic straws, Seoil has decided to switch over to using Neoforêt​ STRAW in lieu of the imported paper to produce straws with gradual increase of supply to domestic and international clients scheduled over time. The U-shaped paper straws to be attached to prepackaged beverages are often used for health supplement beverages or children’s dairy products. As such, meeting the requirements for food safety is also of high importance. ‘Neoforêt​ STRAW’ which is made of natural pulp has received approval from the U.S. FDA and Europe’s BfR. It has also won certification for both recycling and bio-degradability, meeting the standards for environment-friendliness.   Meanwhile, Moorim, a company specializing in environment-friendly paper manufacturing, has been working on replacing the plastic used for packaging the paper straws in order to attach them to the boxed beverage, with paper as well. It has finally developed such a paper and is currently going through a PTS certification process (i.e. certification for recyclability). Once it is commercialized in earnest, we can expect to see 100% eco-packaging used on boxed beverages where all plastic is replaced by paper.  

Date 2021.10.07
Moorim develops bio-degradable ‘paper straws’ that captures the company’s environmental values

  Moorim P&P will be attending the 26th Korea International Plastics and Rubber Show (KOPLAS 2021)' being held at KINTEX Exhibition Hall No.2 from Wednesday, August 25th to Saturday, August 28th to unveil its new environment-friendly bio-plastic that has added pulp to reduce carbon emissions while improving its bio-degradability. Moorim P&P is a leader in Korea’s printing paper industry. Established 65 years ago, Moorim P&P is now the only company in Korea to produces its own pulp used in paper manufacturing. It has also become the first Korean company to establish an integrated system for paper manufacturing to provide more competitive production capabilities and differentiated quality in its products, presenting a new paradigm for the industry. Drawing on its technologies in pulp and paper manufacturing, Moorim is now taking the lead in developing new environment-friendly materials that capture the company’s philosophy of valuing environmental preservation. At this upcoming show, Moorim will be showcasing environment-friendly bio-plastic developed using high quality pulp, wood chips and wood particles. Bio-plastic that has reduced carbon emissions by adding pulp to regular plastic (PP), bio-degradable plastic (PLA) with even higher bio-degradability by adding pulp, and pulp mannequins made of a mixture of 90% pulp and environment-friendly polymers are all boundary-pushing bio-plastic products that reduce carbon emissions and realize the value of up-cycling. These products can be found at the booth of Moorim P&P.   In addition, information on environment-friendly bio master batches (M/B) with more than 50% content of cellulose and technologies to produce bio-compound materials that can be used for injections will also be made available at the booth. At present, the environment-friendly bio-plastics of Moorim P&P are used to produce everyday products such as hangers, mannequins, toothbrushes and buckets, as well as cosmetics containers and boxes. In the future, they are expected to be used to produce food containers and films.  In addition to environment-friendly bio-plastics, nano-cellulose that is currently in development by using pulp, can also found at the booth. Nano-cellulose has a size of one nano-meter (or one billionth of a meter) and a weight of one fifth of that of steel, but its strength is five times that of steel and has excellent thermal stability and high hydrophilicity, making it highly applicable to various industries including the automobile, cosmetics and chemical industries while remaining environment-friendly. Nano-cellulose is being used to develop skincare products with active ingredients that make the most of its high viscosity and moisturizing abilities, food packaging materials that leverage its function as an oxygen barrier, and materials used for the interior of automobiles to replace plastic while offering greater strength.  A representative of the research center at Moorim P&P noted, "The nano-cellulose in a powder format that is currently in development by Moorim is expected to increase the strength when used in plastic (PP)-based composite materials for the interior of automobiles. When used that way, it also reduces the amount of plastic (PP), making the automobile lighter and improving fuel efficiency." 

Date 2021.08.25
Moorim’s Neoforêt brand are chosen as ‘green products of the year.’

 Moorim Paper, a leader in Korea’s environment-friendly paper manufacturing industry, was given three honors as three of its products, ‘Neoforêt​ CUP’, ‘Neoforêt​ STRAW’ and ‘Neoforêt​ buffer material’ were selected by consumers as ‘green products of the year 2021’. This is the first time a Korean paper manufacturer was awarded three honors at the same time.  ‘Green products of the year’ are chosen by environmental groups and consumers who participate throughout the entire selection process, from the selection of candidate products to actual voting, and thus is given high credibility. The non-profit civic group, Green Purchase Network hosts the competition each year, with evaluators of consumer groups and environmental groups from across the country casting their votes after using the candidate products themselves and evaluating the products for their environment-friendliness, function and value for price.  The three products of Moorim that won the honor received high praise for their contribution to environmental preservation and recycling, by replacing hard or soft plastic materials used in conventional products with environment-friendly paper. The three products of Moorim are often referred to as the ‘three leaders of environment-friendly paper’ that capture what Moorim does best. The latest honors add to the outstanding track record the products have accumulated in environment-friendliness, and thus marks an important point in the Korean paper manufacturing industry as a whole. Neoforêt​ CUP, for instance, uses environment-friendly water-soluble coating liquid, making the cups bio-degradable within 45 days. Verified for their environment-friendliness, it is already supplied to a number of convenience stores and large supermarkets.Neoforêt​ STRAW, meanwhile, is used to produce paper straws made of natural pulp. It has passed tests for environment-friendliness and have been certified for both its bio-degradability and recyclability, making Moorim the only paper manufacturer in Korea to have a dual certification. Moreover, thanks to its outstanding durability, the straws are able to maintain their original form for a longer period and offer improved feel to the touch. The paper has also passed the safety tests of the U.S. FDA and BfR of Europe. ‘Neoforêt​ buffer material’ is used to produce materials that replace the conventional Styrofoam, plastic or bubble wrap used to prevent damage in packages. The material is also patented for its paper cushion format where air is injected to absorb shock. Paper buffer materials are about the size of a palm or approximately 7 cm on each side for each unit, weighing a mere 1.6g but is durable enough to withstand the weight of one package of rice. The outstanding durability and environment-friendliness were recognized at the ‘15th Korea Packaging Competition’, winning the Award by the President of the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology. At present, it is used by the Baekam Logistics Center of CJ Logistics for some of its packages. The latest awards have proven to Moorim that there is growing demand from consumers for environment-friendly paper, and plans to live up to such demand by continuing its development of various paper products that have wide applicability in everyday life, thus leading the market for environment-friendly paper products. 

Date 2021.08.13
Moorim P&P signs an MOU with Kolmar Korea

Moorim P&P, Korea’s only company with businesses encompassing pulp manufacturing, paper manufacturing and new materials has signed an MOU with Kolmar Korea, an internationally renowned ODM company for skincare products on July 6th.  The MOU will lay the groundwork for strategic alliance in the development of environment-friendly packaging and ingredients for skincare products.    ▲ President Dogyun Lee of Moorim P&P (left) and President Byeongjun Ahn of Kolmar Korea (right) signed an agreement on July 6th, outlining future cooperation in the development of environment-friendly paper packaging materials and ingredients used for skincare products.     As an increasing number of companies seek to adopt values associated with the environment, society and governance into their business management company, Moorim, too has presented a new direction for environment-friendly products as a leader in its industry and re-affirmed its commitment to take the lead in invigorating the market. The latest agreement between Moorim P&P and Kolmar Korea will kick-start the R&D in applying the naturally derived material, ‘nano-cellulose to containers, packaging and even ingredients used for skincare products. This is of particular note as paper and pulp are considered one of the most environment-friendly materials that can be used in this industry and nano-cellulose is derived from pulp. Nano-cellulose, derived from environment-friendly materials, is known to be effective in reinforcing hydration. This has prompted much research for further application in a wider range of industries. In Korea, Moorim is the only company to produce pulp in-house and have a competitive edge in related technologies.  President Dogyun Lee of Moorim commented at the signing ceremony, “The environment-friendliness of paper which is close to its natural form, has been widely recognized. We are taking one step forward from using environment-friendly paper for packaging to develop environment-friendly nano-cellulose that can be applied even as an ingredient in skincare products. We have high hopes that this will open a genuinely environment-friendly era within the skincare industry.”  The signing of the latest MOU is in fact not the first of such cooperation. Towards the end of last year, Kolmar Korea used paper produced by Moorim to create an environment-friendly paper tube container for its skincare products, the first of its kind in Korea. As the paper tube containers replace the existing plastic containers, the use of plastic has been saved by approximately 80%, drawing much attention from the industry. From the very early stages of project conception, Kolmar Korea opted for paper produced by Moorim, a company that has been recognized for its advanced technologies in manufacturing environment-friendly paper. Kolmar’s strategy is to draw further on this technological synergy that has been verified through the production of paper tube products, to lead the market.  President Byeongjun Ahn of Kolmar Korea noted, “Since its establishment, Kolmar Korea has been leading the market with its outstanding R&D capabilities. It has also presented new paradigms in the packaging of skincare products. The MOU with Moorim P&P will allow us to usher in a new eco-system for environment-friendly skincare packaging, which will in turn reinforce ESG values in the management of the company.”   

Date 2021.07.08