Swedish transport services provider Scania has selected Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based packaging solutions to replace some of the materials used in its supply chain.

Smurfit Kappa worked with the Scania Parts Logistics division, which is engaged in the distribution of all Scania parts.

The parties collaborated to develop solutions for some of the fragile products in Scania’s supply chain.

“Our starting point was to see how we could optimise their supply chain in terms of time, costs and sustainability.”

Scania Parts Logistics packaging engineer Brechtel Coox said: “After a comprehensive review of the challenging brief that we presented them with, Smurfit Kappa managed to present us with an ingenious solution that exceeded all our expectations.

“Scania Parts Logistics depends on an optimised supply chain so we can guarantee our customers a first-class service.”

The company asked Smurfit Kappa to supply a packaging solution for truck windows that are transported using four different materials, including wooden pallets and expanded polystyrene (EPS).

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Smurfit Kappa utilised its SupplySmart service to review all the aspects of the supply chain.

The company then compared the findings with insights obtained from more than 60,000 supply chains to identify areas where necessary sustainable changes could be incorporated.

It has developed a solution to replace the EPS interior and wooden pallet with honeycomb, a sustainable, paper-based packaging material.

This switch to a single material solution reduces the storage space by 50%, leading to transportation savings for Scania.

Smurfit Kappa Corrugated Benelux CEO Erik Bunge said: “Our starting point was to see how we could optimise their supply chain in terms of time, costs and sustainability.

“The paper-based solution we came up with which combines corrugated and honeycomb production capabilities within is strong and enables us to deliver an innovative and reliable service to our valued partner Scania.”