DS Smith invests more in R&D for circular economy

As one of the major manufacturers of packaging and corrugated board, DS Smith is investing more than € 115 million in its new R&D and innovation program. The group is doubling R&D spending to accelerate its recycling strategy.

The five-year investment plan is in line with the DS Smith Group’s Sustainable Development Strategy, which began in 2020. This includes the construction of a new technology center in the UK, development of new materials and a pilot project measuring the resistance of e-commerce packaging to various impacts.

DS Smith intends to offer its customers 100 percent recyclable packaging from this year onwards and to replace one billion plastic elements used in supermarkets and e-commerce by 2025. To that end, DS Smith is developing, among other things, new transparent and fully reusable packaging to replace plastic films in food packaging.

The paper manufacturer is also targeting virus-resistant coating for packaging. The new R&D center under construction in the UK will also produce prototypes and serve as a testing center to develop new, innovative technologies. Named ‘Unit 17’, the unit will work with the group’s 50 innovation centers and R&D partners.

The five-year investment plan is in line with the DS Smith Group’s Sustainable Development Strategy, which began in 2020. This includes the construction of a new technology center in the UK, the development of new materials and a pilot project to measure the resistance of packaging to e-commerce to various effects. DS Smith wants its customers to be 100 percent recyclable by offering packaging by the year 2025 and replace the one billion plastic elements used in supermarkets and e-commerce. To that end, DS Smith is developing, among other things, new transparent and fully reusable packaging to replace plastic films in food packaging. The paper manufacturer is also targeting virus-resistant coating for packaging. The new R&D center under construction in the UK will also produce prototypes and serve as a testing center to develop new, innovative technologies. Named ‘Unit 17’, the unit will work with the group’s 50 innovation centers and R&D partners.

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