Smurfit Kappa has designed a new integrated packaging system following close collaboration with Signify, a provider of connected LED lighting systems.

The solution, BioShift UV-C Chamber Case, will be used to ship and transport UV-C lights with antibacterial properties that kill germs and viruses.

A 100% mono-material paper-based solution, the new pack removes all plastics and reduces the number of packaging materials used from five to one. The BioShift case is secured by a fit-to-size hood with special multi-use locks. The case is then placed on a corrugated pallet.

The new integrated packaging system also reportedly reduces costs. The BioShift UV-C Chamber’s lightweight design reduces assembly labour by 50% and reduces storage space by 30%, which allows for 16 additional pallets per truck. According to Smurfit Kappa, the new packaging also guarantees 100% security during transport.

Damian Grzelak, strategic buyer for packaging EMEA at Signify, said: “UV-C lights are a growing segment of business for us, particularly in the context of the global pandemic. Smurfit Kappa has been vital in helping us reduce costs and ship our product in a safe and more sustainable manner.”

Separately, Smurfit Kappa has worked with Signify to remove almost all expanded polystyrene (EPS) from its packaging in Europe, helping the company to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality.

Commenting on the collaboration, Smurfit Kappa’s VP of Innovation and Development, Arco Berkenbosch, stated: “The relationship between Smurfit Kappa and Signify has grown from strength to strength. We are delighted to help our customers find innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable packaging solutions for new and exciting products they are bringing to their markets.”

Jacek Nieweglowski, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Poland, added: “Working with Signify locally to create a more sustainable packaging, that is innovative in design and optimised from a cost perspective, has brought a great sense of pride to our team, especially by supporting the world-wide shipping of a product with benefits of protection against viruses.”