Pharmaceutical Packaging

Pharmaceutical packaging has long been an essential part of ensuring the safety and efficacy of medications. But, as plastics have become increasingly pervasive in our environment, companies are looking for other, more sustainable solutions. That's where Metsä Board comes in. In this article, we'll discuss the role of pharmaceutical packaging and why Metsä Board’s paperboards are a great solution for companies looking to make their packaging more sustainable.

The Role – and Challenges – of Pharmaceutical Packaging

Pharmaceutical packaging is a vital aspect of the drug development process, as it helps to ensure the safety and efficacy of medicines. However, there are a number of issues that can affect the quality of pharmaceutical packaging, including:

  • Poor design can lead to problems such as leaks, breakages or adulteration of the contents.
  • Poor materials can result in problems such as leaching of chemicals into the contents or degradation of the packaging itself.
  • Poor manufacturing can result in defects such as incorrect sealing or poor printing quality.

These issues can have serious implications for patient safety and the quality of medicines, so it is essential that they are addressed during the drug packaging development process.

It is also important that pharmaceutical packaging is designed to meet the requirements of regulatory authorities in order to gain approval for marketing purposes. This means that manufacturers must ensure that their packaging is suitable for the intended use and meets any labelling requirements.

Finally, the cost of pharmaceutical packaging is an important factor for manufacturers to consider. As packaging can be a significant component of the overall cost of a product, manufacturers must ensure that they are using materials and processes that are both effective and resource-efficient.

To address these challenges, it’s important to work with a packaging supplier who not only understands packaging, but who also understands the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry.

How Does Metsä Board Help Pharmaceutical Companies with Sustainable Packaging?

The pharmaceutical industry is under immense pressure to develop sustainable packaging solutions. The goal is to reduce the environmental impact of packaging while ensuring that products remain safe and effective. Metsä Board supports pharmaceutical companies to meet these challenges by providing versatile and sustainable packaging materials.

Because Metsä Board’s paperboards are made of renewable and recyclable pure fresh fibres, they are a lightweight and sustainable option supporting the circular economy. Fresh fibre paperboards do not contain any unknown substances which, make them an ideal choice for packing delicate or sensitive products.

In addition to its environmental benefits paperboards from Metsä Board are also resource-effective as they provide lightweighting opportunities, i.e. possibilities to reduce the basis weight of the material used while not compromising strength or stiffness. Lightweight paperboards use less raw materials, water and energy, which helps to minimise the carbon footprint and environmental impact of packaging. Lightweight materials also mean there is less waste to recycle at the end of the packaging value chain.

Metsä Board even goes one step further

Consumer concerns and tightening regulations have intensified the drive for more sustainable and safe packaging. At the same time, improving performance and efficiency are important. To answer the demand Metsä Board has introduced a collaborative 360 Service approach to deliver measurable benefits throughout the packaging value chain, from easy recyclability of packaging to brand impact, production and supply chain efficiency, reducing environmental impact, and beyond, complementing its premium paperboard offering.

Covering the whole packaging value chain, the 360 Services can make a measurable difference to your business; for example, by enabling you to maximise product performance, increase converting efficiency and minimise costs by matching the right materials for your needs, improve functionality, reach your sustainability targets and improve the performance of your supply chain.

With its exceptional service and premium quality products, you can rest assured that Metsa Board will meet all of your needs while helping to protect the environment at the same time.


Metsä Board’s paperboards are an excellent choice for sustainable packaging solutions. The portfolio offers a wide range of products suitable for various applications, from packaging pharmaceutical products to cosmetics, foods and other premium and sensitive products. The company is committed to providing customers with sustainable and safe options that are designed to provide high performance results and reduce the environmental impact of packaging.

Introducing Metsä Board in brief

Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and provider of sustainable packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. Metsä Board’s products are made using the highest quality wood fibre raw materials and are manufactured in compliance with industry standards.

With a focus on lightweight and high-quality folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners, Metsä Board offers a broad range of paperboards with unique properties and performance characteristics to meet the needs of our customers in different industries.

The team of experts has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical packaging industry and work closely with customers to find the right solution for their needs, whether that be a standard packaging form or a bespoke design. In addition, trainings on best practice for working with their products to ensure safety guidelines are met, are offered. And they also provide guidance on correct storage and handling of our products to ensure their longevity.

The pure fresh fibres which are used in the products are a renewable and a recyclable resource that can be traced back to sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Board is also a forerunner in sustainability and aims to have completely fossil free mills and raw materials by the end of 2030.

About Pharma and Device Packaging and Labelling Forum 2023

Packaging innovation has had to accelerate at a faster rate than ever before in recent years to optimize drug delivery for pharma, healthcare professionals, and patients alike – but it's necessary to keep up with medical advances, stay ahead of competition, and accommodate the unique and differentiated needs of combination products, biologics, vaccines, and other specialty medicines.

We are inviting you to be a part of WORLD BI’s Pharma & Device Packaging and Labelling Forum 2023 to meet with the industry experts and visionaries from around the world to deliberate over the latest innovations & explore the growing opportunities in the Pharma packaging Industry.

The forum will deliver senior-level executive insights, unrivalled networking and knowledge sharing opportunities with high-value actionable content on multiple facets of the industry. Speakers from notable pharma and medical device companies like Medtronic, Aurobindo Pharma, Novartis, ESKO, Boehringer Ingelheim, Gradient, Metsä Board and many more will be joining and sharing their valuable insights.

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