Smurfit Kappa Win Trio of Sustainability Awards

Posted on Jul 2 2014 - 7:18pm by Sustainable News


Known for their innovative designs and service capabilities, Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple have reason to celebrate after winning three awards in all the categories they entered into this year’s NDMA (North Devon Manufacturers Association) annual business awards, which was held on 22 May 2014.

The categories they entered were: Environmental Project of the Year, Team of the Year and Best Transformation Award. The culmination of awards proves what can be achieved through team working and a tenacious attitude to improve safety and production in the team, and general site turnaround.

With the environment and sustainable living high on the agenda, particularly the effect of carbon emissions, Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple have worked alongside TDK-Lambda, the major supplier of power conversion products and recognised leader in the industrial market segment, to reduce their combined mileage associated with waste transport. Globally the growth towards industrialisation and the worldwide transportation infrastructure has increased the risk of global warming and general environmental issues. To control their carbon footprint Smurfit Kappa and TDK-Lambda have worked together to come up with various projects to optimise space when delivering products to their customers, this has resulted in TDK-Lambda reducing their transportation mileage by 75% per annum from 1,344 miles to 336 miles. Similar results were achieved for Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple where by decreasing fuel consumption, they were able to reduce their CO2 emissions by 5.8 tonnes. With a collaborative mindset regarding the environment, Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple and TDK-Lambda have not only reduced CO2 emissions but also minimised residential noise and traffic on the roads.

Due to the success of Smurfit Kappa’s collaboration with TDK-Lambda, both parties are looking to seize other opportunties to reduce their environmental impact with other suppliers. Already, Smurfit Kappa have undergone major work to build supply relationships to further improve their carbon footprint, safety and general care on site. The ongoing transformation has led to 5000 accident free days where the Mayor of Barnstaple visited the site to congratulate them for their consistent approach to safety in the workplace.

Speaking about the awards, Clive Bowers, Smurfit Kappa CEO has commented “Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple have grown from strength to strength, and I am delighted that they have been presented with three awards at this year’s NDMA ceremony. Taking home three awards is a testament to our worforce who have proven what can be achieved when all employees work together as a team and support one another, whether it is improving safety in the workplace or considering the impacts on sustainability and the environment. These are things which directly reflects how each of our employees are paving the way for a brighter and safer future for us all. ”

Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple are continuing to investigate ways to increase volume capacity and review their sustained approach through improvement programs within manufacturing, to develop existing solutions to the market.

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