Paper-based packaging producer Smurfit Kappa, headquartered in Dublin, has been recognized in the AmeriStar Package Awards Competition, which singles out the most innovative packaging designs of the year in the United States.
The company’s ThermoBox won in the Food, Refrigerated category. This solution is an alternative to expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging and has the required thermal properties while also being easier to recycle. Additionally, the ThermoBox requires half the space of traditional packaging and guarantees the controlled-temperature supply chain for foods and products that require isothermal packaging, such as laboratory equipment and medicines, among others.
Smurfit Kappa also was awarded in the Others category for the new corrugated insert it developed for Clover Imaging Group, a customer that uses boxes to ship toner cartridges. The solution requires no glue or tape, is easy to assemble manually and is fully recyclable, the packaging producer says.
Both products will be exhibited at the Innovation Showcase in the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ stand at Pack Expo Sept. 27-29 in Las Vegas, as well as on its website and in social media.
“Our products are the result of our employee’s focus on research and innovation, as they constantly seek new ways to create sustainable packaging solutions,” Eduardo Rubio, CEO of Smurfit Kappa North America (SKNA), headquartered in Irving, Texas, says. “These awards show us that we’re on the right path and decidedly encourage us to continue working towards creating a better planet.”
Juan G. Castaneda, CEO of Smurfit Kappa The Americas, adds, “In Smurfit Kappa, we are committed to sustainability and creating circular economies; this is our way to contribute to a Better Planet. We innovate and design packaging that responds to the latest trends and contributes to reducing waste across the world. We are very proud of our team in SKNA for obtaining these awards which are aligned with our purpose to create, protect and care.”