IRELAND – Irish corrugated packaging company Smurfit Kappa has introduced a sustainable water-resistant paper as part of its new TechniPaper portfolio.

AquaStop is part of Smurfit Kappa’s new TechniPaper portfolio, which consists of an array of high-performance papers designed to handle even the most complex supply chains.

As it is designed to withstand exposure to water without being damaged, it is suitable for e-commerce packaging and packaging for products such as flowers, detergent, fruit, and vegetables where temporary protection against water is needed.

It is also particularly suitable for use in humid conditions as the box remains intact while protecting the contents, making it an excellent solution for the transport and storage of refrigerated products where there is exposure to condensation.

AquaStop is water-resistant and can be recycled in the same way as standard paper-based packaging.

Smurfit Kappa Paper Division product Development Vice-President Lars Henriksson said: “We are very excited about AquaStop and believe it is a truly revolutionary paper.

“We’re expecting AquaStop to interest many of our customers, particularly those who transport goods in more demanding environments, because of the peace of mind it will give them that their products will remain in perfect condition even if exposed to water.”

Henriksson added that the product development team, along with colleagues in Spain, have created something very special that has superior functionality, whilst at the same time remaining 100% recyclable.

AquaStop joins Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging portfolio, which is focused on providing sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics. It will be exhibited at the company’s customer innovation event later this month.

Smurfit Kappa Europe CEO Saverio Mayer said: “We are continuously developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions that are helping to meet our ever-growing customer needs, no matter how challenging or unusual the ask is.

AquaStop is a must-have product for customers with complex supply chain requirements and is another example of how, at Smurfit Kappa, we have the brightest minds and most creative spirits working towards a common goal.”

Earlier this month, Smurfit Kappa’s UK branch acquired UK-based cardboard box company Atlas Packaging.

Based in Barnstaple, UK, Atlas Packaging is an independent corrugated packaging provider and claims to have a ‘strong’ domestic presence.

The company serves businesses of all sizes in the UK, with its production capacity ranging from 500 units to tens of thousands.

It also offers a wide range of original products, primarily in the shelf-ready packaging, gift boxing and e-commerce sectors.

Smurfit Kappa also received a boost after it became the world’s first packaging company to become vegan certified after obtaining the Vegan Society trademark.

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