Smurfit Kappa has developed water-resistant paper. AquaStop™ is part of Smurfit Kappa's new TechniPaper® portfolio, which consists of an array of papers designed to handle complex supply chains.
The AquaStop paper is water-resistant, thanks to a special coating added to it during the manufacturing process. Unlike many other coatings, this does not compromise the product's recyclability so that it can be recycled the same as standard paper-based packaging.
AquaStop is the latest innovation in Smurfit Kappa's Better Planet Packaging portfolio of products, which offer alternatives to single-use plastics. As it is designed to withstand exposure to water without being damaged, it is suitable for eCommerce packaging and packaging for products such as flowers, detergent, and fruit and vegetables where temporary protection against water is needed.
It is also particularly suitable for use in humid conditions as the box remains intact while protecting the contents, making it an excellent solution for the transport and storage of refrigerated products where there is exposure to condensation.
Speaking about the new product, Vice President of Product Development at the Smurfit Kappa Paper Division, Lars Henriksson, said: "We are very excited about AquaStop and believe it is a truly revolutionary paper. We're expecting AquaStop to interest many of our customers, particularly those who transport goods in more demanding environments, because of the peace of mind it will give them that their products will remain in perfect condition even if exposed to water.
"Our product development team, along with with our colleagues in Spain, have created something very special that has superior functionality while at the same time remaining 100% recyclable."
CEO of Smurfit Kappa Europe, Saverio Mayer, added: "We are continuously developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions that are helping to meet our ever-growing customer needs, no matter how challenging or unusual the ask is.
"AquaStop is a must-have product for customers with complex supply chain requirements and is another example of how, at Smurfit Kappa, we have the brightest minds and most creative spirits working towards a common goal."
AquaStop will be showcased at Smurfit Kappa's customer innovation event later this month.
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