The packaging company Smurfit Kappa has announced an investment in its Roermond Paper Mill in the Netherlands.
The investment has extended the paper mill’s ability to produce paper-based packaging. It has already resulted in a series of upgrades to its Paper Machine 1 which can now “produce 85-135gsm recycled fluting and testliner at a rate of 1200 metres per minute.”
Laurent Sellier, COO of Smurfit Kappa Paper Europe, took the opportunity to frame the investment in terms of the growing demand for sustainable packaging, saying: “Through our Better Planet Packaging initiative we're looking to extend our range of innovative, sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on the environment.”
That initiative is described by the company as comprising a resolution to use their “strength in innovation to develop new products, collaborate with new and existing partners and undertake research to address the challenges of litter caused by packaging.”
The Roermond Paper Mill embodies this initiative, with the company describing it as a “shining example of sustainability”, and detailing the recent installation of “an integrated steam re-use system, which optimises energy usage throughout the mill,” as a further achievement in sustainability.