Market: Packaging Paper & Board
Posted October 19, 2017
Smurfit Kappa has introduced innovative new trucks which have increased capacity and slashed CO₂ emissions by 20%. The vehicles, which have been pioneered at the Piteå paper mill in Sweden, can handle heavier loads, resulting in a 30% reduction in the number of trips annually, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
Smurfit Kappa, which has amassed a wealth of experience in supply chain optimisation through its SupplySmart service, examined how it could streamline the Piteå supply chain.
A team of logistics and sustainability specialists used this industry-leading expertise to optimise the supply chain and make it more efficient and sustainable.They invested in vehicles with extra axles to increase capacity and modified floors to adapt to different loading systems. Best-in-class Euro 5 engines have significantly reduced the emissions already and a new bio fuel (HVO100), which allows for a reduction of fossil CO₂ emissions by up to 90%, will be introduced in the coming weeks.
The ships used in the supply chain were also optimised by a Euro 3 million investment in technology that cleans the emissions of sulphur.
The Piteå paper mill produces 700,000 tonnes of kraftliner annually which is the packaging material of choice for rapidly growing sectors such as e-commerce.