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Smurfit Kappa's Vitop plant becomes first to be certified with ISCC Plus certification in Alessandria, Italy

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Smurfit Kappa's Vitop plant becomes first to be certified with ISCC Plus certification in Alessandria, Italy

March 03, 2021 - 01:04
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DUBLIN, Ireland, March 2, 2021 (Press Release) -Smurfit Kappa continues to lead in innovative sustainable packaging solutions for our customers, embodied by our ‘Better Planet Packaging’ initiative, which provides our customers with sustainable solutions today, ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

Although Bag-in-Box is already a very sustainable packaging, by enabling considerable plastic and CO2 reduction, Smurfit Kappa is continuing to focus effort on raw material innovations, especially by incorporating recycled or bio-based resins to our taps and bags, where the food safety regulations allow it. One of the main steps of this initiative has been recently achieved with the ISCC PLUS certification.

The Vitop facility in Alessandria, Italy, that produces the best-selling Vitop original taps for Bagin-Box is proud to be the first plant in the Bag-in-Box industry to be ISCC Plus certified. The certification recognises that Vitop’s industrial processes and standards comply with the chain of custody of these bio-based and recycled resins.

SCC is a globally applicable sustainability certification system and covers all sustainable feedstocks, including bio-based and recycled resins and plastic packaging. With currently over 4,600 valid certificates in more than 100 countries, ISCC is among the world’s largest certification systems. It has been developed through an open multi-stakeholder process and is governed by an association with more than 160 members, including research institutes and NGO’s.

Receiving the new certificate will give Smurfit Kappa the opportunity to launch pilot projects with its customers and incorporate resins issued from chemical recycling into their taps and bags in the near future.

Throughout every aspect of its Group operations, Smurfit Kappa prioritises the need to minimise the impact on the environment in relation to its materials, technologies and quality control employed during the manufacturing process right through to supply, distribution and recycling.

Smurfit Kappa occupies the leadership position for Bag-in-Box solutions in Europe by providing a complete packaging system with films, accessories, bags, taps and filling lines.

About Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with approximately 46,000 employees in over 350 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.5 billion in 2020. We are located in 23 countries in Europe, and 12 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-based 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. 

About Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box provides flexible packaging solutions for liquid and semi-liquid products in the agricultural, food and industrial sectors, meeting cost constraints and the new environmental regulations. With its eight factories throughout the world, Smurfit Kappa Bag-inBox is the European leader for Bag-in-Box solutions and its Vitop tap is number one worldwide for wine taps.