Smurfit Kappa launches range to help firms operate during Covid-19 restrictions

SMURFIT Kappa has launched a new range of products aimed at helping businesses, schools and offices resume operations as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions reduce.

The Safe Portfolio comprises of wall dividers, desk and work station separators, hygiene stations, point-of-sale screens and safety signage.

The SafeShield desk protector was first produced in France. Described as being a ‘simple’ and ‘lightweight’ product, it looks to protect the area around each school child – with the firm adding that it ensures physical and psychological safety, and has a varnish coating to allow for repeated cleaning with alcohol-based cleaners.

Jean-Christophe Bugeon, CEO of Smurfit Kappa France said, “It’s great that children can get back to school and businesses are starting to re-open in France. However, it is imperative that we all work together to ensure that we handle the easing of restrictions in a responsible way. We worked with professors from several schools to create exactly the right product that will protect children and young people in an unobtrusive manner.”

One of the firms currently using a Smurfit Kappa work place divider on production lines is champagne producer Bollinger. The firm’s managing director, Charles-Armand de Belenet, said, “A big thank you to Smurfit Kappa for these separators which are a simple and ingenious idea to protect our teams.”

Smurfit Kappa said that there has been a similar demand for their SafeSpace product, which is a 2.2 metre high screen used to help workers maintain safe distances in sectors in the UK and Ireland.

Eddie Fellows, CEO of Smurfit Kappa UK & Ireland said, “With plans being unveiled for resuming operations, we are working with many companies to help them make the necessary social distancing changes. The SafeBarrier in particular, which is used at retail purchase points, is an attractive option for shops that may not want to invest in perspex screens at tills. I’m proud of our design team which has been very quick to turn around these products just in time for when businesses are making the changes they need to open their doors again.”