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Starcolor Mirabell™ (GD2) – tailor-made for the pharmaceutical market

21.08.2015 - Recycled Cartonboard

Starcolor Mirabell™ from our German mill in Neuss is expanding Mayr-Melnhof Karton‘s "Mirabell" product family: the for the pharma market necessary, outstanding surface quality and a bright grey reverse meet high visual standards and shows excellent performance both in converting and packing. This opens up new areas of application for the best GD2 recycled cartonboard. 

Best surface quality, ideal converting performance
In order to reflect the trend towards sustainable packaging materials but also to meet the pressure on costs, the pharmaceutical industry is demanding a tailor-made solution from recycled cartonboard. With Starcolor Mirabell™, we have developed a high-quality GD2 product which meets this demand from the pharmaceutical sector in full: high brightness (84 %), best surface quality on the GD2 market, excellent printing and converting performance, ideal results with Braille embossing as well as suitability for digital printing, good inkjet and laser coding properties – and all of with the best environmental scores.

The Neuss mill is strategically located in Western Europe: short transport routes guarantee flexible service and contribute towards achieving sustainability goals. The mill meets the latest technical standards and has the most modern recycled cartonboard machine in Europe. Due to the special purity of the fibres the outstanding surface quality of Starcolor Mirabell™ is achieved. The cover of this newsletter was printed on the new GD2 quality and it offers an impressive illustration of this property.

New challenges a reliable answer
The requirements of the pharmaceutical industry are among the most demanding in the packaging sector, and the challenges will continue to increase in the future: the individualisation and ageing of society require products which are tailor-made to customers. As well as user-friendliness and sustainability, it is primarily safety aspects that are growing in importance and demanding the highest standards from cartonboard and packaging producers. 

With optimised coating, Starcolor Mirabell™ meets FFPI (Forschungsgemeinschaft Faltschachteln für die Pharmaindustrie, engl.: Research Group Folding Boxes for the Pharmaceutical Industry) standards defined for inkjet and laser coding, and it is ideally suited to the use of 2D matrix codes. These codes can give additional information, guarantee reliable counterfeit protection or supply information on transport and storage time ("track and trace"), thereby enabling seamless product tracking. The particular challenge with inkjet codes is that they have to dry and be wipe resistant within less than 0,3 seconds in order to be correctly legible in accordance with ISO standard 15415. 

Leading manufacturers of pharmaceutical products around the world rely on MMK qualities: Starcolor Mirabell™ has been tested successfully for pharmaceutical applications with K+D AG. Ivo Kassel, Head of Purchasing K+D: "Starcolor Mirabell™ guarantees the best possible printing results with its special optical properties, and thereby gives the packaged product ideal presentation."

With its tailor-made solutions, Mayr-Melnhof Karton offers the answer to highly individual customer needs and specific product requirements. We will be happy to support you in realising your goals and look forward to your enquiries!

We are looking forward to your enquiries!

Interested? Datasheet and Samples of
Starcolor Mirabell™ can be found here:




Starcolor Mirabell™ is available in grammages of 280-350 gsm
Starcolor Mirabell™ is available in grammages of 280-350 gsm
FS-Karton mill is strategically located in Western Europe
FS-Karton mill is strategically located in Western Europe

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