Smurfit Kappa has introduced a range of products under its ‘Design for Help’ portfolio such as corrugated beds for temporary hospitals, isolation spaces, and workplace dividers, to help address challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The packaging giant said that the dividers were made to protect people who work closely alongside each other so they can maintain a safe distance while carrying out their jobs.
Other products in Smurfit Kappa’s ‘Design for Help’ portfolio includes a range of protective face masks as well as temporary furniture including shelves and tables.
“We are all seeing media reports about product shortages and the need for a rapid response," said Arco Berkenbosch, VP of Innovation & Development, Smurfit Kappa.
The company noted that recent studies have shown that the virus that causes COVID-19 has a shorter life span on corrugated than on other materials such as steel and plastic.
"I’m very proud of our designers who were so quick to rise to the challenge of creating a suite of simple but effective products which are clear proof that corrugated is the ultimate single-use hygienic material,” he added.
Berkenbosch said that designs are all freely available for all and the company will continue to add other useful solutions to its ‘Design for Help’ portfolio in the coming weeks.
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