A team of Smurfit Kappa designers used their creativity and skill to quickly produce a practical set of ‘Design for Help’ products, the company announced. The first products to have been produced in a Smurfit Kappa plant in France were corrugated workplace dividers that were used to protect people who work closely alongside each other so they can maintain a safe distance while carrying out their tasks.
The simplicity and effectiveness of the dividers has led to them being sought after for use in many other locations and workplaces including a designated emergency area within the Hospital Complex of Navarra in Spain where they are used to separate patients’ beds for hygiene and privacy, as per the press release.
Other products in Smurfit Kappa’s ‘Design for Help’ portfolio include: Corrugated beds for temporary hospitals and isolation spaces, a range of protective face masks, and temporary furniture including shelves and tables.
“We are all seeing the media reports about the various product shortages and the need for a rapid response. I’m very proud of our designers who were so quick to rise to the challenge of creating a suite of simple but effective products which are clear proof that corrugated is the ultimate single-use hygienic material,” said Arco Berkenbosch, Smurfit Kappa VP of Innovation & Development. “The designs are all freely available for all and we will continue to add other useful solutions to our ‘Design for Help’ portfolio in the coming weeks.”