Board Converting News, May 17, 2021

DS Smith Invests $140M In R&D To Create Stronger Packaging Atlanta, Georgia based DS Smith, bolstering its commit- ment to accelerate its work in the circular economy, re- cently announced a $140 million investment in research and development, including developing new materials to replace plastics and a testing program to strengthen cor- rugated cardboard and reduce G-force shock in home de- livery packaging. The manufacturing and design company’s focus on ap- plying science to fiber is a key driver of its Now and Next sustainability strategy, offering all customers 100% recy- clable packaging within two years and replacing a billion pieces of supermarket and e-commerce plastic by 2025. The additional investment over five years includes the creation of a prototyping and testing facility in the UK to fast-track next generation technology and work with re- search partners globally. “How we live our lives is changing fast due to many fac- tors and how we all take care of the environment is a top priority. We are now investing more than previous years to ensure that we are leading this change and can offer customers packaging that has less impact on the environ- ment,” said DS Smith CEO Miles Roberts. The drive to innovate sustainable packaging that is fi- ber-based and fully recyclable comes after recent compa- ny surveys that showed U.S. retailers and supply chains need to be prepared for more online shopping and high consumer demand for effective packaging. “We continue to focus on reducing our impact of our operations on the environment but importantly, we are able to contribute to wider society by providing circular packaging solutions that eliminates waste and re-uses valuable resources,” Miles said. Among the most notable, the company plans real world analysis of e-commerce home delivery supply chains, in- cluding measurement of G-force impacts on packages in transit, to reduce waste and prevent damaged parcels. For example, DS Smith will insert a live GPS tracking sensor into a parcel or pallet in transit to measure G-force - vibration, motion and impact - providing instant feedback on the materials, carrier handling, road conditions and oth- er effects on the box throughout its trip in the supply chain. Using this data, DS Smith can make recommendations on fiber usage, required strength and performance of packaging. Among other highlights of the research and develop- ment program: • Accelerated investment in new materials development, including fully recyclable, translucent packaging to re- place plastic windows in sandwich and ready meals packs, and research into alternative natural fibers and new packaging designs, such as plastic and bubble wrap replacement. CONTINUED ON PAGE 44


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May 17, 2021

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