SPAIN – DS Smith has enhanced its digital printing services by installing a Nozomi 14000 AQ single-pass water-based digital inkjet printer at its facility in Torrelavit, Spain.

Supplied by Electronics for Imaging (EFI), the printer is designed for high-resolution printing with water-based ink, marking a significant upgrade in DS Smith’s printing capabilities.

The 1.4-meter-wide Nozomi 14000 AQ printer prints directly onto corrugated cardboard, using specific ink quantities tailored for each production.

This installation offers DS Smith customers reduced lead times and waste compared to traditional analog production methods like lithographic lamination.

Additionally, the printer’s increased flexibility allows for the creation of multiple design versions and variations in a single production run without compromising on the quality of the final sustainable packaging products.

DS Smith is among the first companies to introduce EFI’s pre-print inkjet printers for paper rolls. This digital technology was previously installed in its packaging facilities in the UK and Germany.

“At DS Smith, we are driving greater sustainability and efficiency in packaging by implementing the most advanced high-speed digital printing technologies in our plants,” said Albert Forcadell, operations director (South Europe) at DS Smith.

“This new technology not only ensures low energy consumption and maximum production efficiency but also allows us to deliver high print quality with state-of-the-art printheads and maximum accuracy.”

Forcadell anticipates that the upgrade will help meet demand and access new market segments. DS Smith also operates Nozomi 14000 AQ inkjet printers in its packaging and display production facilities in Portugal and the UK.

The fiber-based packaging specialist highlighted that “digital printing technology is designed for agility, automation, and flexibility, allowing DS Smith to respond efficiently to the fast-changing demands of customers across various sectors.”

DS Smith wins P&G Supplier Excellence Awards for Baby and Home Care packaging

Meanwhile, DS Smith has received two Procter & Gamble (P&G) Supplier Excellence Awards for its packaging solutions in the Baby Care and Fabric and Home Care categories, becoming the first company to win multiple awards in the same year.

The biannual award recognizes suppliers that, in P&G’s view, “have gone above and beyond in delivering sustained value to our business and the consumers P&G serves.”

Nominations are based on key value metrics and comprehensive quantitative and qualitative evaluations by P&G employees.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for excellence in not just one, but two business categories for sustainable fiber-based packaging solutions for both Feminine & Baby Care as well as Fabric & Home Care, and by two different procurement organizations within P&G,” said Francesco van Westrenen, Global Customer Business Unit Director, Packaging Division, DS Smith.

“This is an unprecedented achievement and highlights the outstanding performance and commitment that our company has demonstrated across various aspects of our partnership. DS Smith is the only supplier to win simultaneously in two categories.”

“Receiving this P&G Excellence Award is a significant milestone and a reflection of our team’s relentless efforts and dedication to excellence, sustainability, and innovation. It is a moment worth celebrating and acknowledging the collective achievements that have contributed to this success. We look forward to continued collaborations with P&G.”

DS Smith emphasizes its commitment to its company-wide purpose of redefining packaging for a changing world and its Now and Next sustainability strategy.

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