Smurfit Kappa, a world leader in packaging supplies, has invested in a new paper making machine as part of their commitment to sustainability and improving customer service. Smurfit replaced two existing paper making machines with one higher performance machine in order to increase recycling output by 8%. The innovation would also enable Smurfit Kappa to offer the widest ranging solutions of corrugated paper in the UK form their sites in Kent & the Midlands.
Providing a Complete Storage Solution
As part of the site redevelopment for the new machine, the stores were relocated to a refurbished building and organised to accommodate the components for the new machine.
Smurfit required a storage solutions company which have the experience and knowledge to deal with a multitude of applications. Neil Wood, sales director at Acorn says:
“With over 35 years in the business, Acorn is well equipped to provide a comprehensive solution needed for this type of project. We have provided storage equipment to Smurfit for many years and Chris Nutley, Smurfit’s project manager needed a supplier he could trust to get on with the job and leave him to manage all the other aspects of the site redevelopment that were under his control”
The project started with Acorn dismantling and buying back the racking that was in the new stores area before building refurbishment could begin. Acorn then went on to provide a 230 sqm mezzanine floor with adjustable racking above and below in order to maximise the space available for storage of a very large variety of components. It incorporated secure cage areas, stores office partitioning, and counter area as well as space for existing storage equipment Smurfit were re-using.
Due to the nature of the industry, Smurfit also required over 500 pallet positions of heavy duty pallet racking with timber decking to store bulk chemicals in the adjacent warehouse.
The entire installation was coordinated with other trades working on site and completed on time and within budget.