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Smurfit Kappa launches XXXL packaging

17 February 2010

Smurfit Kappa has launched new XXXL Packaging which it says positions it as one of the few corrugated case manufacturers in the UK capable of manufacturing a box up to 22.5m in size

The new packaging size responds to an increasing market demand for large format XXXL packaging by the UK food and retail industries. Its format will provide hygiene, supply chain, branding and environmental benefits.

XXXL packaging will enable food manufacturers to create larger pack sizes for easier and cheaper transit and storage of products. It will also provide retailers with branded bulk boxes for end of aisle and store entrance promotions which encourage impulse and bulk purchases with easy replenishment.

A large format taping option will offer better pack hygiene than stitched closing. Taping will also improve packaging supply chain performance offering a stronger join than the traditional glue.

With the introduction of international trade timber restrictions, Smurfit Kappa’s XXXL corrugated packaging will offer a sustainable, recycled and fully recyclable alternative. In addition, it will cut packaging unit costs and reduce packaging weight, leading to reduced transportation costs.

Smurfit Kappa can manufacture XXXL packaging in lighter weight or heavy duty options. Single wall board can be used to create packaging suitable for light weight products ranging from soft furnishings to light engineering. Whilst heavy duty double wall board can be used for weightier automotive, chemical, export and bulk food products.

Both light weight and heavy duty XXXL packaging can be printed with four colour post print and six colour preprint for consumer branding. 100% recycled board options are also available. Minimum order quantities start from 100 depending upon the box size.

The new packaging is being manufactured by Smurfit Kappa’s new Sodeme TW9000 machine at its XXXL Heavy Duty Plant. This machinery has doubled case sizes from a previous XXL/10m² manufactured in one piece to a new XXXL/22.5 m² two piece case. The equipment has also enhanced the company’s production capabilities, providing large format two piece stitching, gluing and taping alternatives.

Smurfit Kappa’s XXXL complements it existing packaging product range, including Large Cases (XXL & XXXL), Transit Display Units, Octabins, Bulk Boxes, Pallet Boxes, Bulk Palletainers, Hood & Wraps and Composite Packs.

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