16 December 2013
Recognised for its commitment to sustainabilty, Smurfit Kappa was awarded top prize for Bio Strategy of the Year and Mill Manager of the Year at the PPI Awards ceremony which took place on 11 December in Dubai.
The two awards reinforce the Group’s global position as a leading player in the paper-based packaging sector, and once again show the company’s continuous strive for excellence.
Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer comments, “ These awards demonstrate the commitment of Smurfit Kappa to deliver sustainable paper based packaging solutions to our customers while showing our respect for the communities in which we operate and for the wider environment.”
Launched in 2009, the PPI Awards are the only awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp, paper and packaging sector.
Mill Manager of the Year – Jo Cox, Roermond Papier, the Netherlands
Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier is the largest recycled container board mill within the Group and one of the largest in Europe. Under the management of Jo Cox, it has developed into a mill with strong values, excellent performance, and dedicated employees with a passion for creating high quality and sustainable products. Proof of success can be seen in the mill’s continuous output growth , strong operating performance and recognition by customers as a sustainable packaging paper supplier.
Bio Strategy of the Year – Roermond, the Netherlands
Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier was recognised for developing an effective sustainability strategy, creating valuable solutions for almost all of its reject streams. The mill creates value through a unique process converting its combustible rejects into approximately 15,000 tonnes of high calorific (bio) fuel pellets (Rofire®), leading to significant savings in annual CO2 fossil emissions. Currently 99,5% of the mill’s raw materials are converted into valuable and useful products and applications.