International Paper Supports Communities in Italy During COVID-19 Crisis
BELLUSCO, Italy – April 23, 2020 /3BL Media/ International Paper, one of the world’s leading producers of renewable, fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, is responding to the needs of communities in Italy in the face of COVID-19. The company has been donating thousands of corrugated boxes to a number of hospitals, medical units and charitable organizations such as the Civil Protection, Blue Cross, local foodbanks and others across the communities where it operates.
The Pomezia Box Plant donated a half pallet of corrugated boxes to the Monterotondo Association for Civil and Environmental Protection, a civil protection volunteer organization. The organization is using the boxes to store goods, especially food, for people in need. International Paper has also donated 10,000 corrugated boxes to the Red Cross Italy and two hospitals for the use of surgical waste.
“These boxes are much needed and used for a variety of purposes from packing, storing and shipping essential items such as food for the needy and medical materials to the safe collection and disposal of surgical waste,” explains Manuel Guerrero, Regional General Manager Italy for International Paper’s corrugated packaging business.
An essential industry, International Paper is delivering critical components of the supply chains required to continue producing and delivering food, pharmaceuticals, hygiene products, and emergency supplies to consumers around the country. The paper and packaging manufacturer continues to operate its facilities and serve its customers, the majority of whom are themselves part of the essential industries that keep the supply of goods flowing in the country. “As a long standing and committed member of the Italian community, International Paper is pleased to be able to offer support in this time of need with our products that people depend on every day,” continued Manuel Guerrero. “We thank and applaud all the many Italian people who are working in the front line to fight COVID-19.”
About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.
In Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia (EMEA), International Paper focuses on the production and marketing of office papers and fiber-based packaging. We are a leading supplier of high-quality cutsize papers, coated and uncoated paperboard and corrugated containers for a wide range of applications, and employ approximately 10,000 people. Net sales for International Paper in EMEA were approximately $3.1 billion in 2019.
In Italy, the company employs some 600 people and operates four corrugated packaging plants in Bellusco (MB), San Felice s/P (MO), Pomezia (Rome) and Catania.