US & Global Economic Impact Analysis and Forecasts

Freedonia analysts and economists are sharing their insights on how major events are impacting different parts of the US and global economies.

From Corrugated Packaging & Displays to Social Distancing Supports

Smurfit Kappa has introduced its Safe Portfolio line of desk dividers, standing workspace dividers, retail screens, and signage to communicate safe spacing. These products are designed as alternatives to plastic dividers. Although not intended for extended use, these products feature a varnish coating so that they can be cleaned with alcohol-based cleaners.  

Key advantages of using corrugated materials include their low cost, light weight, and recyclability. The material also accepts printing for additional customization, including branding, safety information, or other instructions. Corrugated products are also able to be made with a high level of post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content, boosting the environmental profile of items made from it. Studies also indicate that COVID-19 has a shorter lifespan on corrugated compared to smoother materials such as plastic and steel.

Companies around the world and across industries are looking for ways to pivot into the current challenge, seeking opportunities to repurpose what they  do to solve these new problems. Here is a company that is literally thinking outside the box.

For more information, see The Freedonia Group’s coverage of the packaging industry, including Global Corrugated Boxes (and a companion COVID-19 Economic Impact Report on the industry) and US Retail-Ready Packaging, as well as COVID-19 Impact Analysis reports on safety products such as Global Disposable Masks & Respirators, Global Disposable Medical Gloves, and Global Industrial & Institutional (I&I) Disinfectants & Sanitizers.

  Covid-19      Packaging