Smurfit Kappa has invested USD23.5 million to upgrade its Nuevo Laredo sheet plant in Mexico to become a fully integrated corrugated plant. The investment includes a state-of-the-art corrugator and extension of the building. The new machine, which began operating last week, will have the two-pronged benefits of reducing CO2 emissions by up to 40% and doubling production capacity. The Nuevo Laredo plant is located in the Tamaulipas region in Northeastern Mexico where Smurfit Kappa has strong partnerships in the industrial, electrical appliances and electronics sectors. The region represents 3.3% of the country’s GDP and is home to over 200 companies which manufacture products for the US. The increased capacity will streamline Smurfit Kappa’s operations in San Antonio, Texas where a fast-growing appetite for sustainable packaging is demanding larger production volumes.
Marc Shore, president of WestRock’s Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) business, decided to leave WestRock, effective August 17, 2020. Patrick Kivits has assumed the role of president, MPS since Shore’s departure.
Three years ago, WestRock acquired Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS), adding specialty packaging solutions in premium folding cartons, inserts, labels and rigid packaging to our diversified portfolio. Shore, who was the CEO of MPS, joined WestRock at that time and brought great expertise in specialty packaging to WestRock, an intense focus on customers and their needs, and a passion for agility, innovation and efficiency. WestRock appreciates his leadership during the past three years.
Kivits joined WestRock in 2019 from H.B. Fuller and has served as the executive vice president for MPS since that time, where he was responsible for the company’s MPS North America operations. In this role, Kivits worked to ensure an ongoing commitment to customers while driving continuous growth, innovation and exceptional results. He also served as steward of WestRock’s China Operations, guiding a cohesive company presence while supporting the company’s MPS China Operations.
Kivits holds an MS Mechanical Process Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and an MBA from Henley Business School in the United Kingdom. He is based in Atlanta, Ga.