Smurfit Kappa opens new recycling plant
The company is expanding its global networ...
The European packaging company, Smurfit Kappa, has opened its latest paper recycling plant in Malaga, Spain.
The company is expanding its global network of recycling plants, and has also targeted Malaga to strengthen its recovered paper service in the region.
The firm anticipates that its newest plant will process more than 30,000 tonnes of paper per annum, due to its location near the city – with recycling needs increasing.
Smurfit Kappa has also announced that it will be using eco-friendly hybrid vehicles to collect the paper from homes and businesses.
Following its collection, the paper is then delivered to and sorted at the plant, and will then be sent to the Smurfit Kappa Mengibar Containerboard Mill for conversion into board to be used for packaging.
“We are proud to open the doors of this innovative new plant which is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainable development,” announced Ignacio Sánchez, Recycling Country Manager of Spain.
“Paper-based packaging is 100% recyclable. All corrugated, solid board and folding carton can be put through a process to make it into another box in as little as 14 days, demonstrating a truly closed loop approach.”
“This facility will play a significant part in our ongoing strategic priority to ensure the permanent availability of enough good quality recovered paper to guarantee the demands of all our customers in the chain,” added Henri Vermeulen, Vice President of Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper.
“We are therefore very pleased to have opened another recovered paper plant.”
SAP Whitepaper: Advantages of Intelligent Assets
A core pillar in SAP’s Industry 4.0 strategy, Intelligent Assets equip organisations to reduce downtime, empower employees and increase efficiencies across industrial equipment and manufacturing units.
In a whitepaper produced in partnership between SAP and BizClik Media Group, Rachel Romanoski, Solutions Manager, Digital Assets, SAP, dispels some of the myths surrounding asset intelligent, and shares insight into how even small investment in asset intelligence can pay dividends in minimising cost leakage and realising an asset’s potential.
As with all innovations, the ceiling for Intelligent Assets is as high as an organisation can dream, afford and implement. But Romanoski says that just a little intelligence can go a long way: “Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology. They can be super advanced, such as leveraging physics-based engineering simulations to forecast potential failures, and help mitigate them. But it could be as simple as a temperature reading. You can pull a lot of simple information from most equipment, and by enhancing that data through ancillary solutions and digital capabilities, you can create that Intelligent Asset.”
One of the most immediate benefits is reducing or, in some cases, eliminating unplanned downtime. Equipment failure is one of the most common causes of disruption and can cause chaos throughout the supply chain.
“The true power of the Intelligent Asset is in changing the basic, reactive emergency work or time-based, planned maintenance and being more prescriptive and tailored to that specific asset and use case,” Romanoski says. “Ultimately, you can reduce the unplanned events that often carry a big price tag.”
"Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology... But it could be as simple as a temperature reading"
Other financial benefits include stemming cost leakage and “sweating assets” to the full potential. “Maybe you can consider the lifecycle of the asset and understand whether you can push it a little bit further,” Romanoski explains. “It might be that the best course of action for a low-cost item is to run it to failure. Having this information that we collect over time empowers those people to make those better decisions, but also has a trickle down effect to building resiliency and efficiency into the entire supply chain.”
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