Formakote™ – The complete package

As Australian businesses continue to recover from the global pandemic, the challenges of supply chain remain a significant issue for SMEs with more than one in four citing supply of stock as an issue for their operations, according to new research from NAB.

Consumers are now all too aware just how fragile supply chains can be in the face of a health crisis, natural disaster or international incident. Ball & Doggett is certainly not immune from the pressures of global supply chain disruptions when sourcing materials from offshore locations.

Strong relationships with local suppliers can help ease the effects of global pressures and minimises supply chain disruptions. Our enduring partnership with Whakatane Mill Limited – the region’s only carton board manufacturer – has allowed us to do just that, to the benefit of our customer base.


We caught up with Brett Keen, Sales Manager ANZ, Whakatane Mill Limited, at PacPrint, during his recent visit to Melbourne, to chat all things Formakote™ – the iconic carton board range – and present him with our newly created swatch book.

Formakote™ is our safe, flexible and sustainable carton board product, manufactured with unparalleled expertise by the FSC certified mill, located on the east coast of New Zealand’s north island.

“We recently reintroduced our folding box board range under the Formakote™ banner, offering four board types, Natura, White, Spectra and Sherpa,” explains Brett Keen.

“Formakote™ is produced to the highest quality, for optimal performance and the greatest product safety. It is made with a 3-layer structure that combines locally produced virgin kraft pulps and mechanical fibres. They are clay coated to meet the requirements of end users such as FMCG, beverage carrier boards and food services.” Brett added.

Formakote White, Natura and Spectra all comply with stringent food contact requirements.


The Formakote™ family covers four distinct carton board grades:

Formakote™ White – Whiteback GC1 Whether it is packaging for Quick Service Restaurants or Supermarket shelves, Formakote™ White is the ideal choice.

Formakote™ Natura – Manillaback GC2 For your everyday packaging needs, Formakote™ Natura provides great value and performance and is available as hard sized for chilled food.

Formakote™ Spectra – Kraftback GC4 When strength and stiffness are critical, Formakote™ Spectra covers all the options.

Formakote™ Sherpa – Carrierboard As the name implies, Formakote™ Sherpa is tough and durable for any carrier-board application. Sherpa has high wet strength attributes, important for wet or chilled environments.

Ball & Doggett are continuing to see a very high increase in demand for our fibre-based products as more brand owners seek substitution solutions for plastic packaging, where fibre-based alternatives are fit for purpose.

Brett echoed this trend by adding, “It’s something we’ve seen from the outset at Whakatane Mill, after we moved away from producing liquid packaging board back to carton board, we’ve experienced an immediate and significant increase in demand for our products.”

The Formakote™ Swatch Book is available now through your local Ball & Doggett representative.