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Smurfit Kappa "Skuffbox" set to revolutionise protective packaging

13 July 2009

New eco-friendly protective packaging liner to offer cost and efficiency benefits for manufacturers and retailers.

Europes' leading paper-based packaging manufacturer, Smurfit Kappa has developed a UK first with SKuffguard. This soft non-abrasive liner for corrugated board will protect products from being scuffed, scratched or damaged whilst in the supply chain.

The use of the SKuffguard liner means that extra inner protective packaging - such as polystyrene or bubblewrap - will no longer be required. This will result in a host of efficiency, cost and environmental benefits for both manufacturers and retailers including:

Removal of extra protective packaging costs
Less labour intensive packing saving time and money in the packing plant
Less labour intensive unpacking saving time and money for retailers
Less refuse being produced at the end of the supply chain
A single waste stream for recycling

In addition, due to the absence of the inner protective packaging, SKuffguard will enable packs to be designed to fit snugly around a product – reducing the size and amount of packaging required. Such reductions in overall pack sizes could lead to better palletisation, allowing products to the shipped and stored more cost effectively.

SKuffguard is suitable for packing products made from glass, plastic, rubber or painted products which are highly sensitive to scuffing & scratching. It is currently on trial with a major automotive manufacturer for car doors and bumpers.

The Skuffguard lining can be applied to any corrugated grade including single, double and triple wall heavy duty board. It is suitable for all pack sizes, from small fragile packs up to XXL big box sizes. The product is also 100% recyclable.

Richard Fishwick, Sales Director at Smurfit Kappa said; “Smurfit Kappa is the first corrugated manufacturer to offer this innovative product in the UK. SKuffguards' protective lining will save old-style and environmentally unfriendly polystyrenes and bubblewraps from being used. It will offer a step change in reducing packaging costs, improve packing and unpacking efficiency, simplify waste streams and cut down the carbon footprints for both manufacturers and retailers. We really expect the launch of SKuffguard to radically change the way in which products are protectively packaged.”

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