Guyenne Papier : three centuries of expertise
Guyenne Papier was created in 1689, which means more than 300 years of knowledge in the paper sector and the paper industry. Guyenne Papier transcends the papers, films and textiles produced, thanks to the coating process.
Based in the Dordogne (24), Guyenne Papier specialises in the coating of all types of flexible media (paper, film, textile). The production teams thus provide specific properties to the chosen media: printing, technical, aesthetic properties, etc.
Guyenne Papier is positioned in a niche market offering value-added media for the graphics industry, paper converting, the textile industry and digital printing.
Building on this history, Guyenne Papier is now expanding on several continents and investing a major part of its turnover, in research and development, to innovate in the treatment of all flexible media.
Guyenne Papier exports 70% of its production.
Guyenne Papier’s promise :
All Guyenne Papier products are certified to be free of fluorinated resins, chlorine derivatives (PVdC), PVA and plastic film (no PE – Polyethylene or other PET – Polyethylene Terephthalate).
They are 100% repulpable and more than 90% recyclable, with no additional processing and no pollution of the paper/cardboard industry.
A change in society and in our habits
Guyenne Papier chooses to manufacture resolutely eco-responsible products with a long-term vision. As far from greenwashing as possible.
This approach and vision, together with very specific technical know-how, enable us to create products with barrier properties to grease, oil, water and steam.
But let’s not be fooled. The extremely high technical performance of a paper often raises questions about its composition.
Paper has interesting natural properties, but it is still a porous material. A high-performance grease barrier in a paper raises questions about the presence of fluororesin.
A high-performance oxygen barrier raises questions about the presence of EVOH or PVdC, which are currently the only really effective products for achieving a very low oxygen transmission coefficient.
A high-performance water barrier raises questions about the presence of PE (polyethylene), which is capable of making paper totally impermeable.
Guyenne Papier is committed to 0% controversial materials :
0% fluorinated derivatives.
The SuniBarrier range does not contain any products derived from halogenated substances, so there are no fluorinated resins. Despite their remarkable grease barrier properties, these compounds have been criticized for several years for their harmful role on health (endocrine disruptor). Some countries, such as Denmark, have already taken the step of banning these substances. A vision shared by Guyenne Papier, which has decided not to use controversial substances.
Highly effective as a barrier to gases, grease and mineral oils, PVdC (polyvinylidene chloride) contains vinylidene chloride. This compound is a central nervous system depressant, skin and eye irritant and can also impair liver function. Harmless when cold, PVdC is usually applied in industry when hot, giving off harmful fumes.”
Our barriers are not based on PE, PP or other PET commonly used in paper lamination. Yet all our solutions are heat-sealable, proving that there are alternatives to conventional plastics. By avoiding the use of these substances, all our products can be recycled in the paper industry without special treatment and without disrupting the recyclability cycle.
0% PVA or PVOH
A very versatile product, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA, sometimes called PVOH) is a water-soluble polymer widely used in industry to provide various properties such as grease or gas barrier.
When applied to paper, this synthetic polymer raises questions when it comes to recycling the packaging at the end of its life. Indeed, because of its water-soluble nature, PVA is not retained by filters and is very difficult to treat in wastewater treatment plants. As a result, it ends up in our rivers and oceans, and this polymer is not biodegradable in cold water or in sea water. “
Guyenne Papier works with water-based coatings. Water is the main component of the coating sauces used to coat the papers. The coating technology used at Guyenne Papier enables barrier properties to be applied to the papers in a homogeneous manner. Located on the banks of a river, Guyenne Papier has long been committed to banning chemicals that are harmful to people and the environment from its process. 0% fungicide, 0% solvent.
Changing the mindset on packaging
Trying to match the performance of a paper to that of a film is a perilous pitfall. The risk is to use papers containing products that do not have the best health or environmental properties.
Modifications can be envisaged, particularly with regard to the specifications of manufacturers, or even the Use By dates and our way of consuming (habit of having transparent packaging), to accept more easily these new compostable and environmentally friendly packaging.
Through this SuniBarrier range, Guyenne Papier hopes to communicate its passion for paper and demonstrate its desire to go ever further in innovation, through ecological papers that perfectly meet all your needs.