SMURFIT Kappa has developed a new water-resistant paper called AquaStop.
The product is part of the firm’s new TechniPaper portfolio, described as consisting of papers designed to handle ‘even the most complex’ supply chains.
The AquaStop paper is water-resistant thanks to a special coating which is added during the manufacturing process. Smurfit Kappa said that, unlike many other coatings, this does not compromise the recyclability of the product and can be recycled in the same way as standard paper-based packaging.
AquaStop is the latest innovation in Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging portfolio of products, which offer alternatives to single-use plastics. As it is designed to withstand exposure to water without being damaged, it is suitable for e-commerce packaging and packaging for products such as flowers, detergent and fruit and vegetables where temporary protection against water is needed.
It is also said to be suitable for use in humid conditions as the box remains intact while protecting the contents.
Lars Henriksson, VP of product development at the Smurfit Kappa paper division, said, “We are very excited about AquaStop and believe it is a truly revolutionary paper. We’re expecting AquaStop to interest many of our customers, particularly those who transport goods in more demanding environments, because of the peace of mind it will give them that their products will remain in perfect condition even if exposed to water.
“Our product development team, along with with our colleagues in Spain, have created something very special that has superior functionality, whilst at the same time remaining 100% recyclable.”
Saverio Mayer, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Europe, added, “We are continuously developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions that are helping to meet our ever-growing customer needs, no matter how challenging or unusual the ask is. AquaStop is a must-have product for customers with complex supply chain requirements and is another example of how, at Smurfit Kappa, we have the brightest minds and most creative spirits working towards a common goal.”