Smurfit Kappa’s innovative packaging recognised with 14 EFIA awards

14 April 2018

Smurfit Kappa has picked up 14 awards for its creative and innovative packaging at the European Flexographic Industry Innovation (EFIA) Awards.

Stand-out shelf-ready packaging solutions for brands including Beck’s, Huggies and M&S were among the submissions that caught the judges’ eyes.

On the night, Smurfit Kappa received four gold, four silver, three bronze and three highly commended awards, further consolidating its reputation as a leader in the packaging industry.

The EFIA gold award was the second award in recent months for Smurfit Kappa’s pre-print liner for Beck’s beer. The high concentration of ink coverage and attention-grabbing finish on the box provides an excellent example of how flexographic printing can be used to bring a brand to life on the shelf.

Smurfit Kappa also received the ‘Innovation Excellence’ award for a collaboration with Contact Originators on an ‘extended gamut process’ print capability which reduces waste and increases efficiency.

Commenting about the win, Clive Bowers, CEO of Smurfit Kappa UK, said: “We are delighted to have won 14 EFIA awards demonstrating our advanced capabilities in flexographic printing.

“The starting point for all our packaging is when we sit down with our customers to explore all their requirements. We use this information and our years of experience to create fit-for-purpose, sustainable packaging.”

The EFIA awards celebrate technical innovation and creativity in flexographic printing.

Smurfit Kappa EFIA Awards

Gold Award         Beck’s Beer    
Gold Award        Hooper’s Ginger Brew    
Gold Award        M&S Christmas Party Selection    
Gold Award        NicePak Baby Wipes    
Silver Award        Huggies Nappies    
Silver Award        Thatchers Cider    
Silver Award        Thatchers Cider    
Silver Award        Contact Originators    
Bronze Award        Haribo sweets    
Bronze Award        Müller yoghurt    
Bronze Award        Stella Artois Lager - 15 pack    
Highly Commended        Müller yoghurt    
Highly Commended        Stella Artois Lager – 12 pack    
Highly Commended        Yakers Dog Chews    

Contact for media:
Sinead Gill
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T: +353 1 2027157

About Smurfit Kappa
Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 46,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.6 billion in 2017. We are located in 22 countries in Europe, and 13 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America.

With our proactive team we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

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