Smurfit Kappa has developed an innovative and sustainable water-resistant paper.
The corrugated packaging company explained that 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.
The AquaStop paper is water-resistant, thanks to a special coating that is added to it during the manufacturing process.
Unlike many other coatings, this one does not compromise the recyclability of the product and can be recycled in the same way as standard paper-based packaging, the manufacturer added.
Speaking about the new product, Saverio Mayer, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Europe, 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.”
AquaStop is the latest innovation in Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging product portfolio, which offers sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics.
Headquartered in Dublin, the company outlined that, as the water-resistant paper 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, and fruit and vegetables, wherein 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’.
Lars Henriksson, vice-president of product development at Smurfit Kappa’s paper division, added, “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.
“Our product development team, along with our colleagues in Spain, have created something very special that has superior functionality, whilst, at the same time, remaining 100% recyclable.”
According to the company, AquaStop will be showcased at Smurfit Kappa’s customer innovation event later this month.