DS Smith, an English multinational specializing in the production of sustainable packaging, presented on June 19th, during a visit by some media outlets to its Leiria factory, including the AIP magazine, Negócios&Empresas, the “packaging” created at high-performance fiber base: the Heavy Duty range, designed for the transport of heavy, bulky and bulk products, consists of solutions such as FEFCO Boxes, Octabins and Pallet Boxes, among others. 

DS Smith's Heavy Duty solutions, as explained by José Oliveira, the company's Country Sales Director, "guarantee high resistance when transporting heavy, large and bulk goods. Produced in double or triple corrugated cardboard, 100% recyclable, they are more lighter than their wooden counterparts on the market and are suitable for land, air and sea transport". 

Optimized to contain the greatest number of products in perfect condition, these solutions can include custom-made interior packaging, avoiding empty spaces, which guarantees total protection of the products, as well as minimizing logistical and environmental costs. Furthermore, they can be available flat, to optimize warehouse space, pre-assembled or ready to use and facilitate reverse logistics.

DS Smith uses its long experience in industrial processes to offer solutions that protect products during storage and transport, providing high-performance packaging for various sectors and products, including: automobiles, electronic equipment, plants, fruits and vegetables , frozen foods, equipment and mechanical parts, industrial systems, solar energy, construction, metalworking, textiles, batteries and heat pumps, logistics and transport.

During the event, three success stories from leading companies in the automotive, industrial and fruit growing sectors were presented, two of which were in collaboration with their own customers who shared their experience with Heavy Duty products, highlighting DS Smith's contribution to improving the efficiency of their supply chains: Centauro, Horse Aveiro and Luís Sabbo.

There was also the opportunity to watch the production process associated with this type of packaging, as well as to see the factory's most recent equipment in operation, in particular the Heavy Duty machine and the new state of the art corrugator which includes the production of triple cardboard ribbed. This equipment is part of a 50 million euro investment package that DS Smith applied to the technological modernization of its factories in Portugal over the last three years. 

The most important investments include the acquisition of two top-of-the-range corrugating machines for its factories in Leiria and Porto, and the optimization of the performance of the corrugator at the Lisbon packaging factory, thus increasing the production capacity of all types of card for packaging. 

Remember that cardboard, in addition to being biodegradable, is the most recycled material in the European Union, with a recycling rate of over 80%, and paper fiber can be recycled up to 25 times. Therefore, DS Smith's high-performance sustainable packaging solutions in corrugated cardboard offer significant environmental benefits, contributing to the objectives of the company's Now & Next Sustainability Strategy, especially with regard to packaging circularity. 

The company measures the environmental performance of its packaging solutions based on Circular Design Metrics, an industry-revolutionary tool that provides a unique view of how companies' packaging choices can reduce their impact on the environment. 

DS Smith has defined as one of its goals that by 2030 all of its packaging will be recycled or reused.

Six factories in Portugal had an investment of 50 million euros

DS Smith's packaging division in Portugal has six factories, located in Guilhabreu, Esmoriz, Águeda, Carregal do Sal, Leiria and Lisbon, and a logistics center in Madeira. The company also has two recycling units in Porto and Figueira da Foz and a kraft paper factory in Viana do Castelo. 

DS Smith is a leading global supplier of sustainable paper fiber-based packaging, with recycling and paper production operations. It plays a key role in the supply chain of several sectors, including e-commerce, mass consumer and industrial. 

Through its purpose of 'Redefining packaging for a changing world' and its Now and Next sustainability strategy, DS Smith is committed to leading the transition to the circular economy, whilst offering more circular solutions to its customers and society at large by replacing problematic plastics, reducing the carbon footprint in supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. 

The customized Box-to-Box in 14 days model, design capabilities and innovation strategy are at the heart of its operations. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100 index, DS Smith operates in 34 countries, employs around 30,000 people and is a strategic partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Its history goes back to the cardboard box manufacturing business, started in the 40s by the Smith family.

DS Smith is present throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, more than 30 countries; more than 400 factories; 30 thousand employees (of which 2621 in the Iberian Peninsula); £8,221m revenue in 2022/2023.