Creve Coeur, Missouri, USA, and Chicago, Illinois, USA 05 February 2010 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation's Recycling division today announced the opening of its European office in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Rotterdam office is part of Smurfit-Stone Recycling International, which represents the company's recycling and waste solutions business outside North America.
"This is an important expansion of our global activities, which focus on identifying and implementing new and improved ways to support our customers' international businesses," said Mike Oswald, senior vice president and general manager of the company's Recycling division.
The Rotterdam location will source recovered paper in Europe for sale in China through the company's Shanghai office. The material also will be sold to Smurfit-Stone's customers elsewhere in Asia and in Europe, Central America, and South America.
"Having an 'on-the-ground' presence in Europe will help us to better anticipate and respond to global market conditions and support increased material recovery efforts in Europe," Oswald said. "The bottom line is that this allows us to provide the same high quality and service we are known for in North America to our new and existing customers around the world."
Smurfit-Stone is investing in automated sort systems and focusing on strategic partnerships with municipalities, waste haulers, communities, and environmental organizations to mine deeper into the waste stream.
Smurfit-Stone operates 30 materials recovery facilities and has sales and procurement offices in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company's experts provide waste management solutions to some of the world's largest corporations.
Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation is one of the industry's leading integrated containerboard and corrugated packaging producers, and one of the world's largest paper recyclers. The company is a member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Chicago Climate Exchange. Smurfit-Stone generated revenue of USD 7.04 billion in 2008; has led the industry in safety every year since 2001; and conducts its business in compliance with the environmental, health, and safety principles of the American Forest & Paper Association. For additional information, visit www.smurfit-stone.com.