Smurfit Kappa is one of the world’s leading producers of paper-based packaging, operating in 32 countries – 21 in Europe, and 11 in the Americas – with around 41,000 employees.
The company focuses on producing corrugated packaging, with their operations supported by a strong network of container board mills. They also have leading positions in several other market segments including solid board and solid board packaging and graphic board.
One of Smurfit Kappa’s key policies is that corrugated plants need to be close to customers (generally no more than 250 to 300 kilometres, due to the cost of transportation). Hence, the group has numerous facilities and sites spread across the UK and operating relatively independent from each other.
Smurfit Kappa’s Gosport site is a part of the Smurfit Kappa South group. It comprises three buildings, namely the main factory/office complex, a smaller engineering warehouse and a despatch facility.
The three buildings used to be fitted with old and inefficient heating systems that had become too expensive to maintain and run. “For this reason, back in 2013, we decided to upgrade our entire heating system. We realized that this was also the perfect opportunity to install an energy management system that would give us better control over our heaters and also lower our energy-related costs” said Paul Duggan, Maintenance Engineer for Smurfit Kappa Gosport.