On 22 September, the first pilot machine for manufacturing products from the ground-breaking bio-composite DuraPulp was inaugurated. With DuraPulp, Södra is able to offer a viable alternative to fossil-fuel based products. DuraPulp is a biodegradable and renewable material that is malleable and mouldable. It can be used for a wide range of applications and sophisticated designs. The material is stable, water resistant and highly durable. DuraPulp has been developed by Södra and will now be produced on a pilot machine so that customers can trial the material for themselves for the first time. On the threshold of the futureThe inauguration represents a first step towards industrial-scale production of DuraPulp and bespoke products. Both the material and its products are very different to those made from traditional cellulose recipes and require a high level of technical expertise in the manufacturing process and technical support for customers, which Södra will provide. The foundations for a facility that can be used for technical presentations are currently being laid. It will also be made available to new customers to help their product development process.
Smurfit Kappa has received the highest seal of approval for its performance packaging technology from a leading European research institution.
The pioneering technology, which Smurfit Kappa invented in 2001, has been endorsed by the Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) research and service institute in Germany setting a new industry standard.
PTS assists companies with the development and use of fibre-based materials. The PTS validation means that Smurfit Kappa’s test prototcols is now published as an official Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN) norm leading to a more scalable and credible approach for corrugated packaging users.
Performance packaging technology analyses the effectiveness of packages and comes up with the optimum specifications to ensure fit for purpose packaging solutions.
The technology has had a transformative effect on the industry, changed how paper is developed and how board and packaging are designed.
Millions of rigorous tests are run from the company’s ISTA-certified laboratory annually using insights from the aeronautical industry to produce optimised, risk-free packaging solutions. Ongoing technological advances are regularly added to Smurfit Kappa’s performance packaging to ensure that customers have the most effective, state-of-the-art and reliable way to optimise their packaging portfolio.
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