Smurfit Kappa celebrates 50 years in Dublin Plant

Smurfit Kappa's Dublin plant first opened its doors in 1967
Smurfit Kappa's Dublin plant first opened its doors in 1967

Smurfit Kappa's manufacturing plant in Dublin, a strong local employer for generations of families, has marked the occasion of 50 years since it first began operations.

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3 November 2017 | 0

Smurfit Kappa’s Dublin Plant, which manufactures packaging for a range of companies and brands across a broad spectrum of industries, is celebrating the 50-year anniversary of opening its doors. The flagship Irish plant was designed by company founder Jefferson Smurfit, and opened in October 1967.

The site was the first purpose-built corrugated plant for Smurfit Kappa and quickly became the packaging partner for companies across many sectors including food, drink, pharmaceutical, medical and FMCG.

Over the years, the capabilities of the plant have evolved from manufacturing boxes to providing a suite of packaging solutions including the ShelfSmart shelf-ready packaging service. There have also been many physical changes to the plant including a multi-million euro investment in machinery and technology and creation of the Irish Experience Centre.

The plant has been a key employer for the area with many families having two and sometimes even three generations working there.

“We are proud that Smurfit Kappa Dublin has reached this milestone,” said John O’Loughlin, Smurfit Kappa Ireland CEO. “There is a lot of history in the plant and strong relationships have been built up with our customers over several decades.

“The team in Dublin is well-positioned to continue to grow, and the Dublin plant will continue to develop as well,” he said.

The Walkinstown plant is one of 11 Smurfit Kappa locations in Ireland and 370 worldwide.

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