​Smurfit Kappa leads the way with its innovations at the 2014 PPI Awards

​Smurfit Kappa leads the way with its innovations at the 2014 PPI Awards

Smurfit Kappa is recognised for its innovations in Specialty Papers and Luxury Packaging at the 2014 PPI Awards

Smurfit Kappa became the winner in two categories at the prestigious 2014 Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Awards in Boston, USA. Smurfit Kappa took home the prize for best “Advances and Innovations in Specialty Papers” and “Innovation in Luxury Packaging”.

Winning in these two categories underlines the company‟s position as a leading player in its sector. These awards are recognition of Smurfit Kappa‟s ongoing commitment to delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to its customers.

Smurfit Kappa‟s winning entry in the category "Advances and Innovations in Specialty Papers‟ is the Catcher Board MB12, a unique solution which prevents the migration of mineral oil hydrocarbons from packaging into food products. It is 100% recyclable, FSC® certified board and furthermore it is made of natural components that meet the regulatory requirements of the food industry.

Lady BiB won the award in the category 'Innovation in Luxury Packaging'. A 3 litre Bag-in-Box packaging solution for wine proving that elegance goes hand in hand with functionality (quickly erected and easy to carry) while at the same time appealing to its target group in the retail environment. It also possesses the sustainability benefits of having a low carbon footprint and easily separated for recycling streams.

These two innovations clearly demonstrate Smurfit Kappa‟s global brand initiative: “Open the future”, which highlights the company‟s focus on opening opportunities with its customers by utilising its expertise, insights, and industry leading innovation, including the developing of new customer experience centres around the world.

Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Smurfit Kappa is very proud to win in this year‟s PPI awards. These two prizes reflect our efforts in creating value for our shareholders by growing our business through building proactive customer relationships and providing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. It is from this basis we are also able to create value for our customers while enhancing the social and natural environments where we operate.”

Launched in 2009, the PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.