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13
January
2015

Smurfit Kappa opens second UK Experience Centre

 Smurfit Kappa opens second UK Experience Centre leading to more accessible innovative solutions and services for customers

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Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s leading packaging companies, has announced the opening of a new Experience Centre in Mold, North Wales, the United Kingdom, bringing to seven the number of regional centres across Europe.

The centre gives customers hands-on, real-time insights into how to meet their business needs, and does so through the relentless implementation of packaging and service innovations. It follows the opening in 2012 of the first UK Experience Centre in Yate, South-West England.

Working with the Smurfit Kappa team, visitors to the Mold Experience Centre will be able to immerse themselves in the latest insights and experience first-hand the latest in packaging and service innovation. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and tools, such as a Virtual Store, a Retail Insight Centre, a Shelf Viewer and a full screen cinema room.

The Mold centre is the latest in a series of centres that have opened across Europe as part of Smurfit Kappa’s ’Open the future’ global brand strategy. Aimed at delivering customer growth through insight and innovation, the strategy is also being used to aid brands battling to win the First Moment of Truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another.

According to analysis revealed in the Smurfit Kappa report ‘Marketing on the shelf – exactly how in control are you?’, up to 40% of a product viewed on-shelf can be made up of secondary packaging, a valuable marketing channel which too often falls outside the radar of brand teams.

Arco Berkenbosch, VP Marketing, Research and Development at Smurfit Kappa, said: “These centres are an innovative and refreshing environment where we want to invite our customers to inspire them and show them first-hand how we can help them to be even more successful in their respective markets.”

“By opening the centre in Mold we are able to offer a localised service that supports businesses based around the region. Visiting the Experience Centre will create a situation where we can clearly define our customers’ needs in the world where our customers are operating,” added Phil Husband, Smurfit Kappa UK Packaging Development Manager.

Smurfit Kappa’s two UK Experience Centres join a network being rolled out in Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Ireland and Spain. The hub, one of the largest packaging Experience Centres in the world, is due to open in spring 2015 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Arco Berkenbosch added: “These centres enable us to share our global expertise at a local level directly to the customer. They can then evaluate, tailor and test the packaging in the centre, before any financial investment has been made.”

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9
September
2014

Smurfit Kappa Machine Systems STAND E42 – 2014 PPMA

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21
January
2014

Smurfit Kappa named Company of the Year 2013

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The ‘Company of the Year Award’ recognises the company which best demonstrates outstanding business leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy, strong financial returns and employee development.


For over 30 years, the Business & Finance Awards have been recognising excellence in Irish business and is the longest running and most coveted business awards program in Ireland. Past recipients of this prestigious award include Google, Ryanair and Microsoft.


The award reflects the views of business leaders and entrepreneurs throughout Ireland’s leading companies. The CEO’s of Ireland’s top 500 companies are approached for their nominations for the Company of the Year Award and a jury of their peers selects the winner.


Smurfit Kappa faced strong competition for the award from the other shortlisted companies which included Paddy Power, Glanbia, Aer Lingus, Eircom, Sky, Greencore and Intel to name a few.


The Business Person of the Year was John Moloney, the retiring CEO of Glanbia, who has recently joined the SKG plc Board as a non executive director.
Gary McGann, Chief Executive Officer comments “Being nominated by industry peers is very gratifying and we are delighted to be recognised as Company of the Year. We also congratulate our new Board colleague, John Moloney, on his prestigious award.”

 

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21
January
2014

Smurfit Kappa Receives RISI’s 2014 European CEO of the Year Award

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Dublin, London, 15 January, 2014: Smurfit Kappa Group plc (“SKG” or the “Group”) is pleased to announce that Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer, has been named as RISI’s 2014 European CEO of the Year. RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, will present the award at their European Pulp & Paper Conference which will take place in Prague, 10-12 March 2014.


RISI’s European CEO of the Year is nominated by a group of investment analysts and portfolio managers covering the European and global pulp and paper industry. This follows Smurfit Kappa’s 2013 Institutional Investor Magazine Award for Best CEO in the Sector.


Amongst the reasons cited by RISI for the award were “Last year Smurfit Kappa Group delivered as a business on a number of bases including improved profitability, the successful integration of acquisitions and the delivery of significant value for shareholders.”


Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, with around 41,000 employees in approximately 350 production sites across 32 countries and with sales revenue of €7.3 billion in 2012.


Innovation, service and pro-activity towards customers, using sustainable resources, is our primary focus. This focus is enhanced through us being an integrated producer, with our packaging plants sourcing the major part of their raw materials from our own paper mills. We are the European leader in paper-based packaging, operating in 21 countries selling products including corrugated, containerboard, bag-in-box, Machine Systems, solidboard and solidboard packaging. We have a growing base in Eastern Europe in many of these product areas. We also have a key position in other product/market segments including graphicboard, MG paper and sack paper.

We are the only large scale pan regional player in the Americas, operating in 11 countries in total in North, Central and South America.


About RISI (www.risi.com)
RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions.


Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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25
October
2013

Smurfit Kappa UK Limited to acquire CRP Print and Packaging Holdings Limited

Smurfit Kappa UK Limited (‘SKUK’) an integrated manufacturer of paper-based packaging products with operations throughout the UK , announces that it has agreed to acquire CRP Print and Packaging Holdings Limited.


CRP is a private company with operations in Corby which specialises in litho-laminated packaging, 3D point of sale, HD preprint, food contact and heavy duty. CRP currently employs approximately 220 people.


Eddie Fellows, Managing Director of CRP commented: ‚The Company has enjoyed considerable success under private ownership for the last 20 years and has grown substantially in the past five years. The time is now right for us to strategically align our business to meet the future requirements of the market and Smurfit Kappa was the obvious choice with its extensive product offering and wide geographical spread‛.


Clive Bowers, CEO of Smurfit Kappa corrugated UK commented ‚I am delighted with the acquisition of CRP Print and Packaging. They have built an excellent business across a number of product group areas which adds to our existing strengths, whilst offering new and exciting product opportunities to the market. This acquisition supports our continued drive to further develop the future of packaging with creative product and supply chain solutions.

‘Eddie and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Sangster, founder and chairman of CRP, who has been associated with the industry for fifty years, for his commitment, dedication and market leadership. Everyone wishes him a healthy and well deserved retirement.‛


SKUK is a subsidiary of Smurfit Kappa Group plc which is a world leader in paper-based packaging with operations in Europe and the Americas and is quoted on the London and Irish stock exchanges.

Innovation, service and pro-activity towards customers, using sustainable resources, is our primary focus. This focus is enhanced through us being an integrated producer, with our packaging plants sourcing the major part of their raw materials from our own paper mills.


We are the European leader in paper-based packaging, operating in 21 countries selling products including corrugated, containerboard, bag-in-box, solidboard and solidboard packaging. We have a growing base in Eastern Europe in many of these product areas. We also have a key position in other product/market segments including graphicboard, MG paper and sack paper. Smurfit Kappa Machine Systems a division of SKUK  also manufacture bespoke packaging machinery including Wraparound Case Packers, 0201 Case Packers, Tray Erectors, Case Erectors and Lid Applicators.


We are the only large scale pan regional player in the Americas, operating in 11 countries in total in North, Central and South America.

Smurfit Kappa UK is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of paper-based packaging, providing innovative solutions in all sizes, shapes, finishes and strengths.


The Smurfit Kappa network of facilities offers an integrated packaging solution to all products and market sectors, delivering innovative and cost effective packaging and machinery solutions.

 

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23
May
2013

Smurfit Kappa Machine Systems Redesigned Website Launch

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Smurfit Kappa Machine Systems (SKMS) are delighted to announce the launch of a totally redesigned website for Smurfit Kappa’s award-winning range of packaging machinery at www.machinesystems.co.uk.

SKMS have launched the first phase of their latest web presence in order to extend a wide range of innovative e-commerce features for their customers. This first phase gives clear navigation to SKMS’s product range and a new Packs page to show visitors a selection of the award winning packaging solutions that Smurfit Kappa have developed for their customers.

Phase 2 of the redesigned website will extend their already comprehensve customer service and support offer by giving customers a unique login ID for access to after sales support services including spares parts ordering, service requests and documentation downloads.

SKMS are unique within the UK corrugated market as designers and manufacturers of end of line corrugated packaging systems offering the broadest range of corrugated packing equipment backed by their own team of service specialists, all equipment is supplied with a guaranteed efficiency and assurance that machine and material will perform 24/7.

SKMS is a business unit of Smurfit Kappa UK part of the Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) which is a world player in paper based packaging with leading market positions in Europe and in Latin America.

 

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