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25
November
2013

Smurfit Kappa reveals future packaging trends

Smurfit Kappa recently welcomed more than 180 of its high profile Pan-European and American customers to its Innovation Event. Under the theme of ‘The Future Unpacked’, visitors were treated to the latest insights and developments along with expected future trends in the paper-based packaging industry.


Exhibiting its innovations in design and sustainability, Smurfit Kappa also revealed new technologies such as online printing, augmented reality and e-commerce and how they expect these will impact the packaging industry in the future.


A highlight of this year’s event was the 3D Store Visualiser, a technological advancement that allows customers to analyse and optimise packaging performance virtually, enhancing the shopper experience. The Store Visualiser gives access to thousands of interchangeable optimisation scenarios, pictures, movies and live demos of segment brands and customer specific packaging options to face their on-shelf challenge. All of these options are projected on a giant 4.5 by 2.5 metre high resolution screen.


Three international speakers shared their vision on trends in the social environment, sustainability and printing, enhancing the understanding of Smurfit Kappa’s customers on the future of packaging so that they can reap the benefits in their individual markets.

Machine erect shelf ready packaging

Machine erect shelf ready packaging

The Innovation Event, held on a regular basis, is organised by Smurfit Kappa to honour excellence in packaging design and sustainability. The company’s customers form two juries which judge entries from designers and sustainability teams, with the event culminating in a final dinner and awards ceremony.


Many of those present at this year’s event remarked that they found it both inspirational and useful. “Getting a glimpse in to so many insights in the packaging industry was definitely worthwhile and I will be taking this knowledge back to my market”, said one. “I was very impressed with the displays of Smurfit Kappa’s new developments and am looking forward to seeing more in the future,” commented another.


Tony Smurfit, COO of Smurfit Kappa said: “These Innovation Events are all about our customers and their market. We strive to present them with future developments and show how we can help them face challenges. Our passion drives our promise: supporting customers to be winners in the marketplace, now and in the future.”

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 a sales revenue of €7.3 bn 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, 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 sack paper and bespoke machine systems.


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

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