DS Smith and Krones join forces to launch ECO Carrier, an alternative to shrink film

19, September, 2022


D. S. Smith collaborates with the supplier of machinery and packaging systems Krones to create ECO Carrier, a fiber-based alternative to shrink film for PET multipack bottles. 

Unveiled at the Drinktec trade fair in Munich from September 12-16, ECO Carrier can be implemented with Krones' machining system for its LitePac Top range, which applies sustainable packaging solutions for PET bottles. The system uses corrugated cardboard ties to hold the PET bottles together and is particularly suitable for a range of bottles from 1L to 1,5L, in 2×2 or 3×2 multipacks.  

Marc Chiron, Director of Sales, Marketing and Packaging Innovation at DS Smith, said: “Our customers and consumers are demanding more sustainable solutions that replace problematic plastics and integrate seamlessly into their production lines. Through our work with Krones, we strengthen our ability to help our customers reduce plastic use, increase recyclability and transition to the circular economy by providing fully recyclable fiber-based alternatives with an easy-to-implement solution.”

wolfgang huber, Head of Order Center and Assembly, Packaging Technology at Krones added: “Our collaboration with DS Smith represents our shared goals in sustainability, which seek to offer products that meet the growing desire of consumers to lead a respectful lifestyle. with the climate and the environment. As a turnkey supplier to customers in every corner of the world, we have the experience, technologies and reach to make a substantial contribution to today's and tomorrow's complex sustainability challenges using state-of-the-art, proven packaging machinery. manufactured by Krones.

Engineered with DS Smith's innovative Circular Design Metrics, ECO Carrier has the potential to reduce carbon footprint by 71% compared to shrink film, is 100% recyclable, 100% renewable sourced and 100% Safe for the planet1.


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