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Date 2024.02.16
Moorim P&P strengthens molded pulp competitiveness by signing MOU with ‘Nanu,’ a startup with eco-friendl…

 ​Moorim P&P, a comprehensive pulp, paper, and new materials company, announced on the 25th that it has signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ‘Nanu,’ a startup with eco-friendly coating technology, in a drive to expand the post-plastic market. Moorim P&P’s molded pulp ‘moohae’ is made from Korea’s only natural virgin pulp. It is hygienic and has excellent water and heat resistance and is used in various fields such as hotel amenity packages and fried chicken boxes. It is more durable, biodegradable, and recyclable than ordinary paper products, and it is playing a role in various fields such as food containers, packaging materials, and cushioning materials. Through this MOU, Moorim P&P and Nanu will be the first in Korea to apply eco-friendly water-based biodegradable coatings to molded pulps, further strengthening the durability of existing molded pulp, and fully realizing its function as a plastic substitute. In the case of molded pulp, unlike simple flat paper coatings, there are limitations in applying coatings to the surface due to its three-dimensional and diverse designs, and there were concerns that applying general plastic-based coatings would harm the eco-friendliness of the product. However, through the rendezvous of Nanu, which has its own patent for eco-friendly coating application technology for molded pulp, and Moorim P&P, which has the latest mass production facilities, an innovative molded pulp that overcomes these technical limitations is expected to come into the world. In addition, the durability of the molded pulp products is expected to be further upgraded. By incorporating the eco-friendly coating technology, water resistance, heat resistance, and strength will be enhanced, making it possible to expand its application to containers for hot food, such as cup noodles, as well as ready-to-cook food containers for microwave ovens, making it an ‘all-around’ eco-friendly product. The industry expects the collaboration to establish Moorim P&P’s molded pulp as a true plastic substitute and a catalyst for the expansion of the Korean molded pulp market. Moorim P&P’s molded pulp, which is loved by many companies for its eco-friendliness and customizable design, is expected to provide infinite use value in all industries, as well as the durability of the plastic through the use of the eco-friendly coating technology. “This MOU by two leading companies in the field of molded pulp and coating technology will become an opportunity to raise the level of Korean molded pulp to the next level,” said Lim Yongsu, the head of the Molded Pulp Division. “We will focus on expanding the molded pulp market this year by developing various products that can be used in various fields, starting from the molded pulp with eco-friendly coating technology.” “We are pleased to partner with Moorim P&P, which has the largest molded pulp production scale in Korea,” said Lee Yunno, the CEO of Nanu, “and we will do our best to become a successful example of shared growth towards ESG values through cooperation in technology and know-how.” Meanwhile, Nanu is a startup founded in 2021 that develops upcycled eco-friendly containers and packaging materials by utilizing discarded resources and is the only company in Korea to hold a technology patent for ‘molded pulp coating device and coating method utilizing the same’ and received the Prime Minister’s Award, the grand prize of the ‘2022 Youth Public Technology Startup Contest.’ 

Date 2024.01.25
Moorim Tops ‘Korea First Brand Awards’ for Third Consecutive Year

 Moorim (CEO: Lee Do-Kyun), a comprehensive pulp, paper, and new materials company, has been named the No. 1 satisfaction company in the paper category for the ‘2024 Korea First Brand Awards’ by consumers for three years in a row. This marks the first time Moorim has won the top spot in the paper category for the third consecutive year since the inauguration of the category in 2022. It is said that Moorim’s carbon neutrality and resource cycling programs, which it has been pursuing amid the global ‘post-plastic’ trend, and the customer communication to spread new values in the paper industry have succeeded in capturing the hearts of consumers. The Korea First Brand Awards, now in its 22nd year, is Asia’s largest brand awards program, with an average of 330,000 consumers on average over the past three years directly evaluating and selecting the brands in each category that will lead the year ahead. In particular, ‘Moorim’ has been ranked first in satisfaction for three consecutive years and crowned as a unique ‘people’s pick’ paper company, despite the fact that social interest in the domestic paper industry is rising as the eco-friendly value of the paper is being rediscovered, and consumer expectations are rising every year. Moorim, which has maintained the top position in the domestic printing paper market since 1959, when it succeeded in mass-producing wood-free paper for the first time in Korea, has continuously introduced sustainable products in line with the changed environment and customer needs. In particular, it has received significant attention for its next-generation new material products using the only pulp production technology in Korea to take the lead in practicing ESG values. The representative cases include ‘molded pulp’ introduced in Kyochon Chicken’s eco-friendly chicken boxes, the winner of the ‘2023 Korea Green Product of the Year,’ and the ‘paper wipes,’ the best sustainable brand selected at the ‘2023 Seoul Café Show Excellence Award.’ In addition, Moorim’s active contribution to the reduction of plastics by developing eco-friendly collaboration products with other industries, such as Shilla Hotel, Lotte Confectionary, and CJ Logistics, with biodegradable and recyclable certifications has also contributed to the high level of consumer satisfaction. Moreover, Moorim, as the only low-carbon paper company in Korea, is also accelerating its efforts to build carbon-neutral systems. It recently invested KRW 280 billion to build an additional eco-friendly recovery boiler utilizing the biomass ‘black liquor.’ Meanwhile, Moorim is closing the distance with consumers through an authentic communication strategy that communicates the ‘value of paper for a better everyday life.’ The largest official paper airplane competition in Korea, which has been held annually since 2017, and the B2C event ‘Paper Adventure’ in collaboration with Shinsegae Starfield are already established as representative events in the paper industry. Currently, the company has opened the industry’s first forest and marine ecology center, ‘PAPERIUM,’ in Lotte World Aquarium, which conveys the eco-friendliness of paper and pulp, to educate future dreamers about the importance of using eco-friendly products to protect nature.​ 

Date 2024.01.10
Moorim and Lotte World open marine ecology center ‘Paperium’ at the aquarium

 Moorim P&P (CEO: Lee Do-kyun), Korea’s only low-carbon paper company, has partnered with Lotte World to create ‘PAPERIUM, an aquarium enjoyed with paper’ at the aquarium. As paper has recently gained attention as an environmentally friendly material, ‘PAPERIUM’ was designed to share the eco-friendly value of paper and pulp and convey the importance of nature, including forests and oceans, to future generations. In particular, this ‘PAPERIUM’ is the industry’s first ‘Forest-Marine Ecology Center,’ an exhibition designed to share the impact of rising sea surface temperatures due to global warming on marine ecosystems and marine life and to encourage everyday ESG practices, such as using eco-friendly products to reduce carbon and recycle resources. At PAPERIUM, Moorim showcased several objects and characters made with low-carbon paper products and biodegradable natural pulp. The exhibition contents help visitors understand the environmentally friendly values embedded in the paper manufacturing process, from raw materials to production technology, in an easy and fun way. The 2.4m-high ‘Eco-Friendly Paper Cup Tree’ in the center of PAPERIUM is a unique attraction created in collaboration with paper cup artist Kim Sumin. With a message to raise awareness about the protection of endangered animals, the work is made of ‘Neoforet CUP,’ the first eco-friendly paper cup paper with biodegradability certification in Korea, and natural molded pulp containers. The object made of a new paper filter that absorbs fine dust not only provides an air purification effect but also will be changed by season to add new fun. In addition, Moorim has also organized an eco-event, ‘Dear Penguin Friends,’ to encourage visitors to go one step further and participate in practical eco-friendly practices in their daily lives. Visitors can write messages of support for marine life protection on Moorim’s low-carbon postcards and drop them in the mailbox, and a donation to biodiversity-related environmental organizations will be made according to the number of postcards collected. ‘Moomoo and Friends Low Carbon Notebook Set,’ which includes postcards and stickers made with Korea’s only low-carbon paper, is also available at a special discount at the aquarium’s gift shop. Meanwhile, Moorim signed a ‘Business Agreement on the Expansion of Low-Carbon Certified Paper Products and Cooperation on Carbon Reduction’ with Lotte World Aquarium on April 14. The two companies are working together to strengthen carbon neutrality and ESG management by newly establishing PAPERIUM and introducing Moorim’s eco-friendly paper products to books and mission papers used in all educational and experiential learning programs at Lotte World Aquarium.​ 

Date 2023.12.21
Awarded the ‘Moorim Neo CCP Award’ at the ‘2023 Korea Package Design Awards’

  Moorim (CEO: Lee Do-Kyun), a comprehensive pulp, paper, and new materials company, is supporting the dreams of budding package designers by presenting the ‘Moorim Neo CCP Award’ at the ‘32nd Korea Package Design Awards 2023’ (hereinafter the ‘KPDA’). The KPDA is the country’s leading package design award organized by the Korea Package Design Association, and since 2019, Moorim has been sponsoring scholarships and supporting young talents by presenting the ‘Moorim Neo CCP Award,’ an award named after the company’s high-end package paper with the largest market share in Korea. This year, the ‘Moorim Neo CCP Award’ was presented to Ms. Lee Serin (work title: Delight) for her original design. Meanwhile, Moorim’s ‘Neo CCP’ has been attracting attention as a product optimized for sustainable packaging using water-based coatings amid the recent strengthening of ESG management across all industries. Through product testing, Moorim has demonstrated that ‘Neo CCP’ has excellent printing and processing aptitude not only for laminating, which is the main existing processing method, but also for water-based coatings, which have insufficient surface layer protection. In particular, the cracking rate was observed to be very low (less than 5%) when paper prints were folded. In addition, even after processing with water-based coating, it maintained the highest smoothness and high gloss, and delicately and clearly expressed the luxurious images and colors of the packaging products. ‘Neo CCP’ is also a product that has obtained FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PTS (recycling certification) certifications. In 2021, Moorim expanded its product lineup by jointly developing ‘Neo CCP R30,’ an eco-friendly package paper that incorporates up to 30% recycled pulp into ‘Neo CCP,’ with Kolmar Korea. Moorim is going to promote its product brand awareness campaigns to budding package designers, as well as promote the superiority of its products through sample marketing that showcases the superior processing quality of the CCP product group.  ▲ A sample greeting card printed in black and coated with a water-based coat on Moorim’s top-of-the-line package paper ‘Neo CCP.’ ‘Neo CCP’ has a low cracking rate in the folding part and has excellent cosmetic properties.​​  

Date 2023.12.19
moohae Paper Wipes’ selected as the “Superior Sustainability Brand” at the 2023 Seoul Café Show

 ​‘moohae Paper Wipes’ by Moorim P&P (CEO Lee Do-kyun), a comprehensive pulp, paper, and new materials company, has been selected as the ‘Superior Sustainability Brand’ at the ‘Excellence Awards, the official award of the ‘2023 Seoul Café Show’ (Seoul Café Show). The Seoul Café Show shortlists ‘Cherry’s Choice’ entries among the innovative new products by the participating exhibitors and finalizes the Excellence Award winners in design, new technology, and sustainability categories. This year, out of a total of 672 entries, Moorim’s ‘moohae Paper Wipes’ were honored as the best brand in the sustainability category. This is the second time Moorim has won the Excellence Award, following ‘Neo Foret CUP,’ an eco-friendly raw paper for paper cups, in 2020, and it is once again recognized that Moorim is presenting sustainability through various eco-friendly paper products in everyday life. According to the Seoul Café Show Secretariat, Moorim’s ‘moohae Paper Wipes,’ which uses a real biodegradable paper fabric made from 100% natural pulp, is a sustainable innovation that meets the needs of both the F&B industry and the environment, unlike existing tissue fabrics. In addition, the Secretariat mentioned that the product was selected for the award because it introduced ‘paper’ as a packaging material and applied ‘Neo Foret FLEX,’ a recyclable paper packaging material with an eco-friendly water-based coating. Moorim’s ‘moohae Paper Wipes’ is made of paper fabric, a natural biodegradable material that replaces synthetic fibers such as non-woven fabrics and polyester, so it can be used without worrying about microplastics and can be separately disposed of as paper after use. The strength of the paper fabric, which is different from other tissue fabrics on the market, is also an advantage. It is safe for sensitive skin as it has been tested for the absence of fluorescent brighteners and three harmful substances, and it is a Korean-made product that has undergone strict hygiene management. The product is available in the ‘Moorim Store’ in the Naver Smart Store. On the other hand, Moorim also plans to support the Seoul Café Show’s eco-friendly campaign, ‘Thank you, Coffee,’ by sponsoring paper wipes to 300 cafés participating in the Seoul Café Show and its partner program to provide an opportunity to experience environmentally friendly paper products. Through this collaboration, Moorim aims to promote the sustainability of paper and meet the eco-friendly needs of the F&B industry amid the ESG transition.​ 

Date 2023.11.09
National snacks to be packed in harmless molded pulp ‘moohae’!

  ​Moorim P&P, a pulp, paper, and new materials company, has partnered with Kyochon F&B, which operates Kyochon Chicken, to introduce an eco-friendly molded pulp called ‘moohae (which means harmless in Korean)’ to its chicken boxes and actively implement ESG values. The chicken box with natural pulp was developed for the first time in Korea by two companies – one leading the molded pulp and another leading chicken franchise industries – and is said to have set another standard for eco-friendly containers by utilizing the advantages of molded pulp that can be molded into any desired shape.The ’molded pulp chicken box,’ which was introduced for the first time in Korea, is made of raw pulp, a natural material, to ensure food safety so that consumers can use it with confidence. The practicality was also reviewed; not only is the box designed with air holes on the surface to keep the chicken crispy for a long time, but the lid of the box can also be removed and used as a tray to hold pickled radish or chicken bones.Moorim P&P’s molded pulp used as the main material for the chicken box is the only product in Korea made from 100% natural virgin pulp that has passed the global tests from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Federal Agency for Risk Assessment (BfR) and therefore proven hygienic and safe. It is also the only molded pulp in Korea to acquire Food Safety Management System (FSSC 22000) certification. Its unparalleled strength and durability perfectly protect the contents, and outstanding oil and water resistance (the ability to block oil and moisture) make it perfect for holding and storing oily foods. It is also conveniently microwavable.​      ​In addition, Moorim’s naturally molded pulp has already earned a reputation in the industry as an environmentally friendly product. It naturally decomposes in 26 weeks in the ground and has obtained biodegradability certification (OK compost HOME) from ‘TVU AUSTRIA,’ a prestigious European testing organization. Moorim P&P’s molded pulp ‘moohae,’ which has been recognized for its superior product quality and eco-friendliness developed from the unrivaled technology of Korea’s only pulp manufacturer, is currently widely used as an eco-friendly container for various food products in E-mart and Coupang and was recently selected as the ‘2023 Korea Green Product of the Year’ by the Korea Green Purchasing Network. The industry expects the introduction of molded pulp chicken boxes will also help Kyochon Chicken franchises improve the efficiency of their store operations, as the molded pulp boxes need not be folded and assembled manually, whereas the existing boxes require this process.As such, Kyochon Chicken expects this collaboration with Moorim P&P to be a successful example of ESG management practices that fulfill both ‘carbon reduction’ and ‘win-win management.’ In response, the company plans to introduce the packaging for one of its signature menus, ‘Honey Combo,’ and start supplying it to some franchises in the capital metropolitan area in November, gradually expanding to stores nationwide.Yong-soo Lim, head of Moorim’s Molded Pulp Business Division, said, “Following the recent replacement of High1 Resort hotel amenity packages with molded pulp, we are once again collaborating with Kyochon Chicken, Korea’s leading chicken franchise, and Moorim P&P’s molded pulp have been recognized for their versatility, quality, and eco-friendliness. As an industry leader expanding the molded pulp market, we will continue to present the infinite utilization value of pulp molds, not only for food containers but also for household products, digital appliance packaging, and cushioning materials, and take the lead in ESG management practices.”​ 

Date 2023.11.01
Moorim Participates in Kolmar Korea Sustainability Seminar

   Moorim (CEO Lee Do-kyun) participated in the “Kolmar Korea Sustainability Seminar” held by Kolmar Korea (CEO Choi Hyun-gyu), the largest global cosmetics original design manufacturer(ODM), on September 6. At the seminar held at Kolmar Korea R&D Complex, Moorim was selected as a representative eco-friendly new material company along with LG Chemicals, Lotte Chemical, and CJ Cheil Jedang, and had the opportunity to introduce its eco-friendly paper products and pulp materials to more than 250 people from the cosmetics and packaging industries who are preparing for a sustainable future. At the seminar, Moorim informed the ESG management practices in the paper industry in line with the government’s policy to remove plastics and consumers’ value consumption trends and presented the role of paper as an eco-friendly material. In particular, Moorim actively promoted the eco-friendliness of paper, including the eco-friendly all-pulp board for packaging that is widely used in the cosmetics industry, and the efforts to expand the demand in this market by complementing barrier properties. In addition, Moorim introduced the strengths of paper, such as biodegradability and recyclability, through new materials, including cellulose nanofiber (CNF) and bioplastics, as well as eco-friendly paper and molded pulp products utilizing Korea’s only natural virgin pulp.Meanwhile, in July 2021, Moorim and Kolmar Korea signed a strategic business MOU on the development of eco-friendly cosmetic packaging materials and raw materials, and jointly developed and applied ‘NeoCCP R30,’ an eco-friendly packaging paper. ‘NeoCCP R30’ is an eco-friendly product that utilizes recycled pulp to maintain existing printability while adding resource recycling value. In addition, Moorim is supplying ‘Neoforet FLEX,’ a flexible packaging paper that can be used for various purposes, such as paper tubes, pouches, and labels, to Kolmar Korea.Moorim has set up a product promotion zone on-site and provided related souvenirs so that seminar visitors could experience various eco-friendly paper packaging products that can replace plastic materials, including ‘NeoCCP R30,’ ‘Neoforet FLEX,’ and ‘Neoforet Inner Frame,’ an eco-friendly paper frame. In the future, Moorim plans to accelerate the development of sustainable packaging by collaborating with various industries, such as electronics, food, and pharmaceuticals, which are increasingly demanding eco-friendly paper packaging materials due to the spread of ESG management.

Date 2023.09.15