May 16, 2020

Smurfit Kappa opens new recycling plant

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The European packaging company, Smurfit Kappa, has opened its latest paper recycling plant in Malaga, Spain.

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.”

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

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57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

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