The paper straw was an idea created in the fall of 19th century by the American inventor Marvin Stone who converted the habit to use rye grass for sipping a drink into the innovative spiral wound solution we know today.
While in the sixties, the revolution of plastic material was the beginning of the end for paper straws, today greater awareness about pollution, biodegradability and recyclability is pushing the market to come back to a renewable material like paper.
Regulatory activity is helping promote change as well. On April 2018 European commission issued the directive that ban all single use plastic from 2021.
Current market research estimates the global demand for industrial straws at approximately 400 billion per year.
Base on that, IMA T&T division has decided to develop a new automatic line – from paper strips to corrugated and bended straws wrapped on a ladder band – to match the new market needs. The goal has been a new generation design driven by efficiency, accessibility, modularity, flexibility, hygiene, cleanliness and definitely high speed.