De Jong Packaging Group, one of the largest corrugated manufacturers in the Benelux, is now officially part of Stora Enso. This acquisition will advance Stora Enso’s strategic direction, accelerate revenue growth and build market share in renewable packaging in Europe. The acquisition of De Jong Packaging Group will begin a new phase of renewable packaging solutions within Stora Enso. On top of Stora Enso’s existing corrugated facilities, De Jong Packaging Group has 16 sites in total in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the UK. Most of the sites are corrugated converting and packaging wholesale facilities and they include two corrugators, 16 processing machines and 46 tray erectors. Together they produce 2,5 million boxes a day. De Jong Packaging Group’s core business is corrugated converting where its product portfolio includes corrugated trays, regular slotted boxes (‘American boxes’), specialty folding boxes, corrugated sheets as well as other products like solid board boxes. Services include custom box designs, tray erecting, packaging automation, pre-printing and logistics services.
To gain insight into brand-owner and converter perspectives on over-the-counter pharmaceutical and wellness product packaging, we recently conducted a study with key stakeholders in the field. Through these conversations, we discovered some confusion exists surrounding the sustainability of packaging materials. In this article, we will share some of our findings and help clarify some of the benefits and challenges of over-the-counter packaging sustainability. We will also cover results from an LCA study we recently conducted on fiber-based pharmaceutical packaging.
For over-the-counter (OTC) product brand-owners, packaging is critical: high standards for quality and safety mean strict attention to protecting the product inside. On crowded shelves, it’s important to differentiate with packaging that attracts interest, reflects such high standards, and communicates vital information about the product. Furthermore, today’s over-the-counter brands and their retailers seek to improve the sustainability of their packaging and adapt to increasing e-commerce.
How can the physical demands of over-the-counter packaging be achieved sustainably? There are plenty of considerations when evaluating packaging sustainability – and not just limited to the packaging material itself. The true impact of these materials can be studied with verifiable methods like life cycle assessment (LCA). OTC producers and packers need to partner with the right experts who are knowledgeable in the end-use to arrive at packaging solutions that are safe, strong, and sustainable.
more at: https://www.storaenso.com/en/newsroom/news/2022/6/how-can-over-the-counter-brand-owners-package-their-products-sustainably