Sustainable multi-pack solution a ‘game-changer’ for drinks sector

SMURFIT Kappa has teamed up with filling and packaging systems specialist KHS to roll out its TopClip multi-pack product for bundling canned drinks.

The firm said the move brings an ‘end-to-end solution’ for beverage companies.

TopClip is described as a recyclable solution that replaces the need for shrink wrap, therefore providing an option for substituting plastic with paper-based packaging. TopClip is also free from additional glue, which Smurfit Kapp said allows for a greater ease of removing or pulling apart the cans.

The product fully covers the top of can multi-packs, protecting them from contamination and providing consumer handling and branding opportunities.

Saverio Mayer, CEO, Smurfit Kappa Europe, said, “Since its launch last year, the TopClip packaging solution has generated significant interest as a sustainable option to plastic alternatives and is considered one of the best solutions in the market, from both a consumer experience and sustainable perspective. Our customers rely on us to provide innovative and high quality end-to-end packaging solutions and this partnership with a technology world leader like KHS allows us to work in perfect harmony with their high-spec machine solutions.”

Johannes T. Grobe, chief sales officer at KHS, added, “At KHS, we take on a pioneering role when it comes to sustainability and the TopClip product illustrates a further alternative when it comes to providing sustainable packaging solutions for retailers and brands. Optimising packaging systems and thus saving on materials and energy has always been one of KHS’ core areas of expertise. TopClip is a further game-changer for the beverage industry and together with Smurfit Kappa, we are delighted to provide our customers with a holistic packaging and automation solution.”