Board Converting News, May 17, 2021

Smurfit Kappa NA Wins Three Awards For Packaging Sustainability Smurfit Kappa North America won three international awards because of its innovative solutions that are sus- tainable and eco-friendly. The company won a RISI Award, one of the most re- nowned prizes in the paper and packaging industry, in the Environmental Leadership category for its Waterborne Coatings. It also obtained two Graphic Design USA (GDU- SA) Packaging Design Awards in the Sustainable Packag- ing category, thanks to its EPS endcaps replacement and in the CBD and Cannabis category for its sustainable solu- tion. Both were developed for its customers Rheem and Imperial Seeding in the United States. The Waterborne Coatings produced in the Forney, Tex- as, operation have replaced wax on papers and provide water shed properties. They are being used for live plants and frozen or refrigerated goods and by the major beef and pork processors in the United States.These solutions have been tested and are FDA compliant for food contact and confirmed to repulp/recycle better than the materials they replaced GDUSA Packaging Design Awards recognized the re- duction of 610 tons of CO2 emissions with the solution for Rheem, developed to substitute EPS foam with a pa- per-based solution, which is 100 percent recyclable and reduces waste to landfills. Due to its resistance, the solu- tion is capable of cushioning and absorbing shocks, lead- ing to secure transportation of the products. In addition, Smurfit Kappa North America won a second GDUSA Packaging Design Award in the CBD and Cannabis category for its sustainable solution for Imperial Seedling. The solution, developed by Smurfit Kappa North Ameri- ca supports two trays, protecting the plants and maintain- ing the humidity needed to withstand the 3,760-kilometer journey between Calexico, Mexico, and New York. “This package allowed us to save additional costs, and to introduce a new line of production to enlarge our op- portunities in the market outside of our usual field that we could not supply before”, explained Colte Koen, President of Imperial Seedlings. With these solutions, Smurfit Kappa continues expand- ing its customer network and having a positive impact in the markets it serves, by offering sustainable and trust- worthy products that facilitate transportation and at the same time reduce costs, waste and contamination. “In Smurfit Kappa we consider sustainability and in- novation as two of our key business pillars,” said Juan G. Castaneda, CEO of Smurfit Kappa The Americas. “We are committed to supplying solutions that are responsible with the environment and respond to the needs of our custom- ers and their markets in an innovative way. These awards prove that we are on the right path and that together we are contributing to a Better Planet for this and the next generations”



Haire Group is the premier provider of new machinery for the corrugated industry. As the exclusive US & Canadian agent for one of the largest machinery manufacturers in the world, Haire Group is able to pair clients with the best machinery solutions for the best value to meet their spe- cific needs. As an operating partner of the US-based DFA Technical Support Center (a joint venture of Haire Group and Dong Fang), Haire Group delivers top-notch 24/7 pro- fessional, reliable service and support, maximizing quality and uptime. Additionally, Haire Group has been the indus- try’s #1 pre-owned machinery broker and plant equipment appraiser since 1976. HarperLove is the leading provider of specialty adhesives, performance additives, and wet-strength resins to corru- gated packaging manufacturers. With the largest and most experienced field service and technical support team posi- tioned throughout the U.S. and Latin America, HarperLove has a long-standing reputation for providing outstanding service and delivering demonstrable performance improve- ments. HarperLove’s renowned services include not only innovative product development and custom product for- mulation, but also machine and process assessments, ad- hesive formula adjustments, machine tuning, detailed ser- vice reporting, and more. HARPERLOVE


Kiwiplan - premier worldwide software provider of enter- prise-wide, fully automatic solutions specifically for the cor- rugating and packaging industries. Kiwiplan’s Total Solution delivers comprehensive, seamless real-time flow of infor- mation from sales order management to dynamic total plant scheduling and inventory control through shipping.


Manufacturer of Marotape®, Marotape®Plus, Marotape® FPT and MaroString™; hot melt coated tapes and strings used for reinforcement and easy-open features for pack- aging. Marotech Inc. also manufactures state-of-the-art dispensing and tape placement equipments to optimize the productivity of applying hot melt coated tapes in pack- aging.


May 17, 2021

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