Smurfit Kappa has confirmed a €7m investment at its LithoPac facility in Nybro, Sweden.
The investment includes both a new building and a new inline laminator and will significantly increase capacity and opportunities at the same time as it also means environmental benefits in reduced waste, material consumption and transport costs.
The new fully automatic machine – a BOBST Masterflute Touch – is equipped with the latest technology for optimal precision and is the first of its type in Scandinavia. The new laminator will be equipped with an extra roll stand to also be able to run reel to reel and not only traditionally sheet to roll. This makes it possible to use other printing methods, lower the paper grades and at the same time increase the size of the finished printing sheet.
“We have had almost 20 years of continuous growth, which has meant that we have gradually increased both capacity and differentiated the range,” says Carl-Oscar Carlsson, General Manager, Smurfit Kappa LithoPac. “With the new laminating machine we will be able to differentiate and diverse our offer to the market. In addition, we will be able to reduce waste by 20% and it will allow us to reduce the material consumption by using lighter paper which is part of our sustainability work.”
The 78m long machine will require an extension of 2,000 sqm of the existing factory and is expected to be installed in January 2023.
“For many years, Smurfit Kappa’s ambition has been to drive the packaging industry in a more innovative and sustainable direction. The investment in the new laminator is one of many important steps along the way,” adds Per Frederiksen, CEO, Smurfit Kappa Sweden & Norway.