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Chapelton announces distribution of Smurfit Kappa’s Graphic Board products from Wrexen

Press release from the issuing company

Kent-based speciality paper and cartonboard supplier, Chapelton, has announced that it is now distributing Smurfit Kappa’s Graphic Board products range, produced at its Wrexen Mill in Central Germany. 

The product range includes an uncoated Greyboard, white lined, Kraftboard and black lined along with a Pasted Bookbinding Board. With an extensive versatility, the products are suitable for a wide variety of print applications, including; book covers, lever arch files, stationery, games and puzzles, luxury packaging and displays. The range is being aimed at the book coverings sector, box makers and also jigsaw producers.

The range contains products that all have significant characteristics and properties, including a three-ply construction with inline lamination and a paper centre. Not only does the range benefit from excellent flatness, they also retain a high stiffness and even surface levels. The range products are light, flat and smooth, and have precise dimensions and thickness, as well as a quick glue absorption.

Benefitting from small order and partial load ordering, the products can also be cut-to-size, and can also have tailor-made packaging and deliveries available if required. Call-off stocks from the mill are also available, along with humidity adjustments as and when needed. 

The products will all be available for distribution through Chapelton in a wide range of weights and sizes, ranging from 505g/cm to 2,460g/cm. 

The Graphic Board ranges are all produced at Smurfit Kappa’s Wrexen mill using Fourdrinier production methods, with recycled paper being used as their raw material content. The Fourdrinier production method provides the products with an equal smoothness on both sides and superior stiffness, together with a good capability for scoring and embossing finishes. 

The Wrexen board mill was the subject of a significant €3m investment by Smurfit Kappa in 2015, and has a production output of 80,000 tonnes paperboard and some 230,000 tonnes of corrugated paper and per annum. The Wrexen mill is accredited to both FSC® and PEFC chain of custody certification, as well as OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and ISO 15593 standards. 

Chapelton has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Smurfit Kappa, who are one of Europe’s leading corrugated packaging producers, and have been responsible for distributing a number of Smurfit Kappa’s products throughout their distribution partnership, which extends back over many years.

Commenting on the distribution arrangement for the Graphic Board products, Chapelton Managing Director, Neil Skelton, stated, “We (Chapelton) are really pleased with the tie up with Smurfit Kappa Wrexen, it gives us access to new materials and new markets. The flexibility of the mill will be a really helpful tool in progressing sales in the UK and Ireland. We look forward to a sharp increase in business in the UK” 

Renowned for high quality products, innovative materials and outstanding customer service, Chapelton are a leading independent paper and board supplier, servicing the UK and Irish print and packaging sectors and dealing with many of the major global paper and board manufacturers. 

With a 31-year trading history and operating from a facility in Aylesford, Kent, Chapelton is a privately-owned company. Chapelton employs a team of experienced personnel to deal with its international manufacturing clients, and handle the array of cartonboard, paper and speciality products that it stocks.


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