AUTRIA – DS Smith, a leading provider of fiber-based packaging solutions, has announced a substantial €13 million investment in its Margarethen am Moos and Kalsdorf bei Graz plants in Austria.

This strategic move aims to bolster production capacity, enhance efficiency, and fortify long-term competitiveness.

Part of DS Smith Packaging’s broader growth strategy in East Europe, this investment underscores the company’s commitment to spearheading sustainable packaging solutions throughout the region, fostering value for its esteemed clientele and partners.

Reinier Schlatmann, DS Smith’s regional managing director for East Europe, emphasized the significance of these investments in driving innovation and sustainability within the packaging industry.

He highlighted DS Smith’s dedication to transitioning towards a circular economy and developing corrugated packaging alternatives for problematic plastics.

The investment program at the DS Smith plant in Margarethen includes the deployment of new palletizing robots and transfer carriages, alongside targeted enhancements to the production process.

Similarly, the Kalsdorf facility has seen the commissioning of a new folder gluing machine (Masterfold) and a high-performance die-cutter (Masterline), aimed at enhancing operational capabilities.

Additionally, ongoing modernization efforts, such as the expansion of warehouses and the modernization of conveyor systems, are underway at both sites.

DS Smith Packaging Austria is also preparing to invest in sustainable measures, including extensive renovation and modernization of roofs to accommodate large-scale photovoltaic systems in the future.

Dieter Glawischnig, managing director of DS Smith Packaging Austria, expressed confidence in the company’s ability to ensure reliable supply to customers over the long term.

He highlighted the importance of fostering synergies between DS Smith sites and leveraging efficient processes to meet customer needs, even amid economically volatile times.

Glawischnig affirmed DS Smith’s readiness to capitalize on the anticipated upswing in the Austrian and European economy in 2024.

Overall, DS Smith’s investment initiative signifies a significant step forward in advancing sustainability and efficiency within its Austrian operations, aligning with the company’s broader commitment to driving positive change in the packaging industry.

Last December, the company installed a steam recycling technology at its corrugated packaging facility in Columbia, South Carolina.

This technology is anticipated to slash energy consumption by 20%, aligning with the company’s sustainability commitment to its clientele in North America.

At the specialty coated box manufacturing facility, the advanced Baviera Steam Systems solution aims to efficiently recover condensate, typically wasted during the corrugation process.

The installation at the Columbia box plant also integrates Baviera Steam Systems’ Condensate Recovery Unit and Digital Steam Pumps.

These pumps are lauded for effectively managing the requisite pressure for corrugation, accommodating both lightweight and heavyweight papers.

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