DS Smith invests €6 million in packaging plant

DS Smith has announced it is investing €6 million in its Eerbeek packaging plant in the Netherlands to meet the growing demand for sustainable plastic replacement and fibre-based packaging solutions.

A new four-colour converting machine will produce the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) 0201 bespoke boxes for customers as well as alternative grades. DS Smith explained that the machine is currently in start-up phase and equipped with an advanced automatic inline error detection system.

The computer-controlled technology checks the quality of the printing and gluing and ‘enhances the accuracy’ of the machinery. It also applies additional preciseness to the die-cutting lines in the packaging and folding.

Philip Bautil, MD, DS Smith Benelux, stated, “We are thrilled to take this new step in our ongoing commitment to excellence and sustainability. This investment underscores our dedication to delivering high-quality packaging solutions that meet the needs of our customers while contributing to a more sustainable future.

“With this new investment we are continuing to meet our customers supply chain challenges and respond to their requirements for growth. We are still seeing an increased demand for products that require sustainable plastic replacement and fibre-based solutions.

“It is always our intention to inspire and invite our customers to innovate and imagine ways in which we can jointly develop packaging innovations with circularity and the circular economy at the heart of our present and future focused discussions.”