DS Smith opens a new state-of-the-art plant for the production of boxes in Lebanon, Indiana. The plant will have a capacity of about 30 thousand boxes per hour and 2 billion square metres of recyclable packaging units every year.
«Our new plant in Indiana is the only one on the US market», says DS Smith CEO Miles Roberts. . «Thanks to our innovative packaging design and the attention to sustainable materials, we are now capable of meeting the needs of our customers in a rapidly changing world, irrespective of the demanding needs they express. We look forward to serving some of the global brands we are working with in Europe, as well as a series of new customers based in the United States».
Made with the lightest possible materials, a widespread practice by DS Smith in Europe, the Indiana-produced boxes will utilize from 30 to 40% less fibrethan what is traditionally used in the U.S. The lightweight material is a key differentiator of the products DS Smith will manufacture at the new facility. These next-generation boxes will enable brands to meet growing consumer calls for more sustainable packaging and a reduction of shipping costs across the U.S.
The 550,000-square-metre packaging facility was designed to model three cutting-edge DS Smith locations in Europe that are highly automated, customer-centric plants which can accept and process high-volume orders with short lead times – many with same-day turnaround.