Cardboard Trays | Cardboard Tray Packaging | Smurfit Kappa

Cardboard Trays

We manufacture a wide range of corrugated and solid board cardboard trays used for transporting products across the supply chain and displaying products on the shelf.

Cardboard trays are designed bespoke to your requirements and can be modified for manual, semi-automated or automated packing lines.

The cardboard tray collates your products, enabling them to be handled more efficiently, and offers excellent branding opportunities.

Trays can be designed to meet retail ready requirements, by creating ease of access to products, and high-quality print increasing product visibility on shelf at point of sale.

A number of variations of cardboard trays are available for specific requirements of a supply chain, e.g. trays that combat extreme changes in the environment such as humidity.

In addition to the cardboard tray packaging, we can also provide tray erectors that enable the efficient assembly of trays in your own location.

What are the features of Cardboard Trays ?

  • Supplied in all board grades and flute combinations
  • Manufactured bespoke to customers’ requirements
  • High-quality print for optimum presentation
  • Additional features available
  • Packaging machinery consultancy and expertise available

What are the benefits of Cardboard Trays ?

  • Products can be easily identified in supply chain and on shelf
  • Easy to handle
  • High stacking resistance – can be customised for load bearing requirement
  • High-quality print increases brand awareness and sales
  • Environmentally friendly - 100% recyclable and made from a renewable resource
  • Designed to run perfectly on automated packaging lines

A guaranteed supply from a trusted source

Our certified Chain of Custody is your guarantee of a verifiably sustainable packaging supply chain.

At Smurfit Kappa we understand the importance of sustainability in everything we do, and see it as our responsibility to ensure the products we supply to our customers meet the highest chain of custody standards.

  • 100% of paper produced and sourced for our packaging solutions is FSC®, PEFC™ or SFI™ Chain of Custody certified
  • 90% of packaging supplied to customers is FSC®, PEFC™ or SFI™ Chain of Custody certified

Look out for our stamp of proof on your invoice to give you total peace of mind around the origin of your paper-based packaging.

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How shelf ready packaging can help boost your sales?

ShelfSmart enables you reveal how your packaging will perform before it’s made. ShelfSmart is a unique proven process that can help you develop, test and prove your optimal shelf ready packaging quickly and cost effectively without taking risk. 

Our fleet of 700 designers create packaging solutions that deliver against your needs,. These are then tested with real shoppers in a virtual 3D retail environment to evaluate which performs best. 

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We supply a range of end-of-line packaging machinery

For over 50 years, we’ve developed, produced and installed automated packing lines across many countries and markets.  We combine our packaging automation experience along with world-class packaging expertise to offer you a complete packaging solution.

Our packing line solutions are designed to form, fill, close and palletise packaging and can be customised according to your needs.

We’ll work with you to ensure your packaging machinery solution is delivered with the highest attainable performance at the lowest total cost of ownership.

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Is cardboard tray packaging eco-friendly?

Yes, cardboard tray packaging is eco-friendly as it is made from renewable, recyclable, recycled and biodegradable materials.

  • Renewable: Cardboard trays are made from recycled fibres and sustainably sourced fibres.
  • Recyclable: Cardboard tray packaging can be recycled up to 25 times.
  • Recycled: Cardboard trays have the highest recycling rate of any packaging globally.
  • Biodegradable: If cardboard trays end up in nature, they biodegrade faster than a leaf.

The cardboard tray industry is a perfect example of the circular economy in action with recycled packaging often being remanufactured back into new packaging within 14 days.

How do I choose the right cardboard tray for my products?

At Smurfit Kappa, our expert design team will work with you to produce the perfect bespoke cardboard tray to suit your needs. Designed with your product in mind, our cardboard tray packaging is made to meet your filing, transit, opening and display requirements.

Whether you prefer a plain design or are looking for something with high-quality print, your versatile cardboard trays are delivered exactly as you desire.

Our comprehensive cardboard trays are available in all board grades and flute combinations and can be manufactured specifically to suit your needs.

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Looking for cardboard trays for fresh produce?

Our family of P84 system cardboard trays consists of various fruit and vegetable trays designed for cost-effective and efficient packaging and transportation. These versatile trays allow for stable stacking of mixed loads, which significantly reduces in-transit damage. Furthermore, they provide necessary ventilation for optimal produce condition and are made from corrugated cardboard, which can be printed with eye-catching colours and graphics for retail appeal.

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