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Fashion retailer enhances sustainability credentials with reusable e-commerce box

Ted Baker set out to improve the sustainability of its e-commerce packaging, while retaining its trademark ‘wow’ factor for customers. For an innovative solution, Ted turned to leading packaging strategist, DS Smith.

Responding to a changing market

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With an increasing awareness on issues relating to improved environmental performance, Ted Baker wanted to take the lead in redesigning their packaging to better respond to their customers’ needs.

As part of this revamp, packaging production was on shored – moving it from the Far East back to the UK - a decision which contributed to the reduction of company’s carbon footprint, while allowing the brand the flexibility to update the packaging design to reflect seasonal campaigns, and the reactivity to deal with increased peaks in trade.

In need of packaging robust enough to withstand multiple journeys through a complex supply chain, the new e-commerce packaging focused on the reuse and recycle principles of the circular economy. Working with DS Smith, the company developed a completely recyclable box with the aim of reusing 20% of its boxes annually – a target that has already been exceeded with an average reuse rate of 27%. To accompany the new box, an innovative reusable and resealable sleeve was designed, using the brand’s bold and exciting designs.

Rob Carle, UK Head of Sales, e-commerce at DS Smith, said “The sleeve protects the parcel during transit and means that customers can return items in the same box by simply reversing the sleeve and securing it back around the box. It arrives back in the Distribution Centre with no labels on it, and so can be used again for other customer orders, doing potentially upwards of three journeys through the courier network.”

Georgina Jarvis, Print Production Manager at Ted Baker, said “Finding a solution to the environmental considerations of packaging returns has been an ongoing challenge. By working with DS Smith, we were able to make the concept a reality.”

Testing the concept

Protecting the product and the condition of the box is a vital role of the sleeve. For this reason, the packaging design and its eight size variations were tested in DS Smith’s state-of-the-art DISCS laboratory to simulate the rigours of the e-commerce supply chain journey. A significant amount of time was spent testing the packaging for efficiency on Ted Baker’s packing line to ensure that pack time was not affected.

The unboxing experience

Focusing on sustainability, it was important for Ted Baker to have a partner able to respond quickly to any design and print requests. Alongside improving the sustainability of the packaging, the inside of the box and the new sleeve provide a blank canvas for colourful and impactful lithographic designs to enhance the customer unboxing experience. The decorative print on the interior of the box is hidden from view on arrival to the customer and gives an added ‘wow factor’ during the unboxing experience.

Georgina explains, “Developing a collaborative relationship with DS Smith and finding the perfect solution to our e-commerce packaging has been a fulfilling experience.”

Rob adds, “Ted Baker are really pushing the boundaries of packaging design with new print techniques, and it’s exciting for DS Smith to be supporting them on this constantly evolving brief each season.”

Ted Baker and DS Smith are continuing to develop new seasonal print designs to entice and engage customers, while striving to increase the continued use of the boxes and maintain momentum on improving sustainability metrics for the company.

For more information on DS Smith and its digital print capabilities, please visit: https://www.dssmith.com/packaging

For more information on Ted Baker and its global sustainability strategy, please visit: http://www.tedbakerplc.com/teds-responsibilities/sustainability-and-the-environment

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Provider of premium grooming products adapts its packaging to reflect sustainable values and customer expectations

The Modern Man has been sending luxury male grooming products to customers around the world since 2009 and as an e-commerce business, robust and impactful packaging has always been crucial. The company began collaborating with DS Smith in 2014 and, as a result, developed an eye-catching e-commerce pack, which guaranteed its high-end products arrived in perfect condition, no matter the destination.

The original e-commerce pack had a real “wow” factor when opened as the inner liner of the box was printed with a striking design. While The Modern Man was delighted with the packaging, over time, it became more concerned about whether the packaging aligned with its green credentials.

Matt Crowson, founder of The Modern Man, explains: “We were increasingly distributing a number of vegan and sustainable grooming products and it seemed incongruous for us to be using additional resources to print on the inside of the box. While telling our brand story has always been crucial, our approach to this narrative changed. Recyclable packaging, made with recycled materials, and resulting in minimal waste became a top priority. We got in touch with DS Smith and together began work on a new design.

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“Once again, it was essential that the packaging solution secured and protected the products – many of our items are bottles and if they break in transit, our brand and sales will naturally suffer. Over the last few years, our customers’ average order value has grown and we have moved towards even higher-end products, so it’s crucial that the packaging looks good and reflects the quality of the products we sell. Finally, from an operational point of view, we wanted the boxes to be quick and easy to assemble for our teams in the warehouse.”

DS Smith’s expert design team worked closely with The Modern Man to create a more sustainable e-commerce pack, made from recycled materials. It took the printing out of the inside and incorporated a recyclable, corrugated pad which secures the product without any need for void fill or packing materials. There is hardly any empty space so the company is not paying to ship air and the product is protected and safe. The box is self-locking, easy to assemble and tamper proof. The addition of an easy opening strip also ensures there is a seamless opening process for customers when receiving their package.

Rob Carle, UK head of e-commerce sales, DS Smith comments: “Many of The Modern Man’s products are being shipped across the world. Therefore, Matt and the team needed to have 100 per cent confidence that its packaging could withstand the rigours of the supply chain. We were able to provide this peace of mind as the design was tested on our unique DISCS™ equipment.”

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Named after the types of testing (Drop, Impact, Shock, Crush, Shake), DISCS™ is an industry leading process, which assesses whether packaging can survive the average e-commerce supply chain. Each piece of equipment replicates a part of the product journey and therefore provides real world testing.

Matt Crowson adds: “The final piece of the puzzle for us is that DS Smith also takes away our waste cardboard and recycles it. This closed loop model means that old packaging is being turned into strong, high quality, recycled papers by DS Smith rather than going to landfill. We feel that this greener approach is vital for our brand integrity – it matters to us and it matters to our customers.”

Speaking about his experience of working with DS Smith, Matt concludes: “Over the last five years, we have enjoyed a truly collaborative relationship with DS Smith, which has grown over time to include our two newer brands Calissa.com and salonwholesale.com. DS Smith are easy to work with and flexible. It has been such an encouragement that a large, international packaging company has been willing to work with us, a relatively small e-commerce start-up. We have a genuine, personal connection with the DS Smith team and share a deep passion for working sustainably and stewarding the earth’s resources effectively.”

For more information on DS Smith, please visit https://www.dssmith.com/packaging

For more information on The Modern Man, please visit https://www.themodernman.co.uk/

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DS Smith UK partners with Laithwaites to bring indulgent, on-trend wine and beer advent calendars to consumers this festive season.

To maximise sales around the Christmas period and continue to innovate its offer, Laithwaites – the UK’s number one destination for buying wine online – approached DS Smith UK’s packaging division to design advent calendars for its wine and new craft beer ranges.

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The design, which won the Corrugated: Online Retail and Consumer Goods accolade at the 2017 UK Packaging Awards, needed to be robust enough to meet the demands of the e-commerce supply chain yet stand out in the competitive advent calendar marketplace. Laithwaites required a model that was easy to assemble and pack on site, presented the drinks in a way that reflected a more traditional advent calendar, and incorporated simple-to-follow instructions for the consumer. The print also had to be the highest quality to bring the pack to life and capture a real festive feel.

DS Smith embraced this challenging brief and worked closely with Laithwaites to create an innovative design that was attractive to look at, but could also protect the glass bottles in transit and support the 9kg and 13kg weight of the packs. DS Smith were able to achieve this by using its industry-leading technology DISCS™ – which replicates each part of the product journey for testing (Drop, Impact, Shock, Crush, Shake) to ensure the packaging was up to the rigours of the real-world supply chain.

Rob Carle, Head of E-commerce sales at DS Smith UK, said: “Laithwaites is always pushing the boundaries of what is possible with online shopping and is keen to give its customers a sense of theatre in the home – something our packaging can deliver. Our DISCS™ technology provided invaluable insights, which enabled us to create a pack proven to best protect the fragile cargo and deliver a beautifully-designed premium product to consumers. We’re absolutely delighted that the design was recognised at the UK Packaging Awards.”

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Andy Hawker from Laithwaites commented: “The final design is just what we hoped for and the award win is just the cherry on top! We knew DS Smith were the right people to design a pack that would both protect the bottles and appeal to our customers. We expect this year’s sales to exceed 2016 and that wine and beer lovers across the country will be having a very merry advent season thanks to these innovative new products!”

The Laithwaites Advent gift pack won the Corrugated: Online Retail and Consumer Goods Award at the UK Packaging Awards, which took place on 22 November 2017.

About DS Smith

DS Smith operates in over 36 countries and employs around 26,000 people. Using the combined expertise of our four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper and Plastics – we work with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmith.com.

DS Smith is the UK’s leading supplier of corrugated packaging. Our comprehensive product range includes retail ready packaging, transit cases, consumer units, packs printed for gift and POS applications, and heavy duty packaging for industry. DS Smith’s national network of manufacturing plants service thousands of customers, from multinationals to local businesses.

Using PackRight®, our unique way of working, our highly-skilled people work closely with customers to specify packaging that achieves real results. Typically our customers achieve sales growth, or reductions in cost, waste and carbon at every stage of the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit

www.dssmithpackaging.co.uk

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2017 10 20 073051DS Smith Plc (the Group) is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to acquire EcoPack and EcoPaper, (collectively “the Business”) for an enterprise value of circa €208 million.

The Business is a leading integrated packaging and paper group in Romania; family owned for many years. It will significantly enhance our capacity to serve customers in this high growth region as well as supporting our wider substantial Eastern European presence. The Business includes both high quality packaging assets as well as a new paper machine, built in 2017, that specialises in high quality, light-weight paper, which is particularly well-suited to supporting our performance packaging solutions.

The Business has grown strongly over many years and is primarily focused on serving the local FMCG market. It is very complementary to our customer and asset base providing an excellent opportunity for further growth as well as significant cost synergies.

The acquisition consideration and repayment of debt, together totalling €208 million, will be satisfied from existing cash and debt facilities, and from €35 million of DS Smith shares to be issued to the vendor. The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing immediately, is consistent with the Group’s medium term financial targets and equates to a post synergy multiple of c. 5 – 6x EBITDA. Completion is expected within our third fiscal quarter, following Romanian Competition Authority approval and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

http://www.dssmith.com

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DS Smith’s UK e-commerce division has partnered with The Works Stores Ltd to create a corrugated storage solution for its new warehouse facility.

A staple on the UK high street, The Works specialises in books, toys, gifts, stationery and arts & crafts, all at discounted prices. Reaching customers of all ages both in store and online, the company has steadily grown and now sells over one million products every week, and serves over 22.5 million customers annually.

2017 10 16 084454As a result of this expansion, The Works moved to a new storage and distribution facility in February 2017 to accommodate its extensive product base. With 18,000 SKUs to sort and store, the leading entertainment retailer required a flexible storage solution that would provide the best possible operational efficiency.

Working in partnership with The Works, DS Smith’s specialist e-commerce team designed a corrugated pick bin that allowed flexibility, strength, ease of assembly and durability. The made-to-measure pick bin also enables The Works to use every space within the warehouse, to guarantee high product visibility so the picking team can work efficiently, and to minimise any damage during the storing process.

Peter Jowitt, Interim Head of Distribution at The Works, commented: “One of the biggest challenges we’ve faced is finding the most efficient and reliable solution for our storage warehouse, particularly as our range of products is so varied and growing all the time. For our new facility, we needed a product which had in-built flexibility and could adapt according to the size of both the products and storage space available.”

Sara Blount, Sales Manager, e-commerce at DS Smith UK, said: “Having collaborated with The Works stores for a number of years, we have a strong understanding of the business, its e-commerce pack and pick operation layout and most importantly for this project, its operational limitations. Using this insight, we were able to evaluate the space available and take on board the needs of the packaging operatives and the business as a whole to find a flexible, best-fit solution for a business with unpresented UK growth, and we’ve designed, produced and delivered that.”

About DS Smith

DS Smith operates in over 36 countries and employs around 26,000 people. Using the combined expertise of our four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper and Plastics – we work with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmith.com.

DS Smith is the UK’s leading supplier of corrugated packaging. Our comprehensive product range includes retail ready packaging, transit cases, consumer units, packs printed for gift and POS applications, and heavy duty packaging for industry. DS Smith’s national network of manufacturing plants service thousands of customers, from multinationals to local businesses.

Using PackRight®, our unique way of working, our highly-skilled people work closely with customers to specify packaging that achieves real results. Typically our customers achieve sales growth, or reductions in cost, waste and carbon at every stage of the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmithpackaging.co.uk.

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DS Smith develops prototypes for students as part of “Designing Our Tomorrow” classroom initiative.

In partnership with the University of Cambridge, DS Smith has developed a number of prototypes from designs by secondary school students. The goal was to design a type of packaging which would contain everything a young child with asthma would need, whether they’re at home, at school or elsewhere; and one which would help reduce anxiety of children with asthma by using child-friendly design themes.

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The programme, called Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT), was founded by researchers at the University of Cambridge, and brings real-world problems into classroom design and technology sessions in secondary schools, encouraging the next generation of UK designers and engineers.

Themes included a monkey character where the inhaler and spacer become a banana that the child can ‘feed’ the monkey with and then copy themselves. Other themes include a pack shaped like a cat where the inhalers become mice that are stored in a smaller box shaped like a wedge of cheese; and a folding pack that can hang on a door for easy access at home but can be quickly zipped up and put in a bag to take out.

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Five of the best designs were presented by the secondary school students at the British Paediatric Respiratory Society conference in Cambridge in June. Some of the designs were made into prototypes by DS Smith and will be piloted with the NHS in London through the Health London Partnership.

Ian Hosking of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, who co-leads the Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT) programme, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education said: “Students were tasked with not merely designing packaging but an experience. In other words, we wanted to make it fun and re-frame what education can be – projects like these start to form a broader evidence base of what’s possible. In addition, by working with industry, it takes the project beyond a competition to something that can make a difference to patients and help prevent avoidable asthma deaths in children.”

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Russell Turner, Head of Ideation & Solutions of DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division said: “We have loved working alongside these Cambridgeshire school children to develop innovative prototypes that have the potential to radically transform the experience of children with asthma. We hope that working with us has helped them realise that ideas become more powerful when they become a reality, and shown them how exciting design and engineering can be as a career.”

About DS Smith

DS Smith operates in over 36 countries and employs around 26,000 people. Using the combined expertise of our four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper and Plastics – we work with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmith.com.

DS Smith is the UK’s leading supplier of corrugated packaging. Our comprehensive product range includes retail ready packaging, transit cases, consumer units, packs printed for gift and POS applications, and heavy duty packaging for industry. DS Smith’s national network of manufacturing plants service thousands of customers, from multinationals to local businesses.

Using PackRight®, our unique way of working, our highly-skilled people work closely with customers to specify packaging that achieves real results. Typically, our customers achieve sales growth, or reductions in cost, waste and carbon at every stage of the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmithpackaging.co.uk.

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DS Smith, Europe’s leading packaging strategist, has revealed details of two major technological developments at one of Europe’s largest e-commerce events, #Deliver2 in Berlin.

  1. DISCS

An industry first, DISCS tests whether packages can survive the bumps and scrapes of the average e-commerce supply chain. Online orders sometimes need to survive up to 50 touch points, so packaging must be durable but also sustainable.

Named after the different types of testing (Drop Impact Shock Crush Shake), the system consists of five pieces of equipment, each replicating a part of the product journey and therefore providing real world testing.

Isabel Rocher, head of e-commerce solutions at DS Smith, commented: “Finding the balance between protecting packaging and limiting the amount of materials used is a constant source of concern for retailers. Likewise, shoppers do not want to receive broken goods or have to deal with excess packaging. Our new DISCS technology enables us to scientifically assess our customers’ requirements and get this balance right.”

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DS Smith has been pioneering and refining DISCS confidentially over the last year in the UK. The engineers used insight from customers and the logistics industry to design tests which accurately replicate the stresses and strains of the ecommerce supply chain.

There are three test levels for customers to choose from, depending on whether a package is delivered straight to customer first time, delivered and returned or delivered with three failed attempts and then returned. This final option can include up to 50 touchpoints, and replicates the most severe damage a pack can receive.

An initial three testing suites are planned, based in the UK, France and Germany.

  1. Made2fit

DS Smith is also launching new technology called Made2fit, to enable the creation of right size packaging. This innovation has been developed to specifically tackle the e-commerce challenge of void space, as shipping air is a waste of resources. Creating a right size pack lowers costs for e-tailers by reducing both operational and shipping costs: saving storage space, cutting labour costs and order administration, and significantly cutting assembly and packing times. It also significantly reduces product movement, helping to reduce damage.

There is both a manual and an automated version. The manual Made2fit solution, is designed to work for lower volume orders, creating 39 possible box size combinations from just three blank sizes of cardboard.

The automated version of Made2fit is for larger volume orders, with the capability to manufacture more than 10 million box size combinations, in a process that is omnichannel ready.

Isabel comments: “Our two new offerings should revolutionize the industry, giving our customers access to state-of-the-art technology that will meet all their e-commerce packaging needs. The investment is great for our customers and great for us as a company as once again we are at the forefront, investing in world class technology and pushing the industry to embrace new standards. With e-commerce predicted to continue its dramatic growth over the coming years, this will be vital in helping retailers and manufacturers stay ahead and target growth.”

DS Smith launched both DISCS and the automated version of Made2fit at #Deliver2 in Berlin. Made2fit automated will then launch to the rest of Europe from October 2017 until early 2018. Made2fit manual is officially launching in September 2017 and will be rolled out across Europe in the months to follow.

About DS Smith:

DS Smith operates in over 36 countries and employs around 26,000 people. Using the combined expertise of our four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper and Plastics – we work with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmith.com.

DS Smith is the leading supplier of recycled corrugated packaging. Our comprehensive product range includes retail ready packaging, transit cases, consumer units, packs printed for gift and POS applications, and heavy duty packaging for industry. DS Smith’s European network of manufacturing plants services thousands of customers, from multinationals to local businesses.

Using PackRight®, our unique way of working, our highly-skilled people work closely with customers to specify packaging that achieves real results. Typically, our customers achieve increased sales, reduced costs and managed risk at every stage of the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmith.com/packaging.

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DS Smith’s UK packaging division has helped produce a streamlined packaging design for the iconic British brand, Aquascutum.

Since 1851, the Aquascutum brand has been synonymous with fine British craftsmanship and technical innovation. The company invented the perennially popular trench coat and counts kings, prime ministers, celebrities and even a GB Olympic team among its customers.

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When Aquascutum noticed that their packaging solutions were too bulky for internal operations, causing supply chain inefficiencies, they engaged DS Smith to work on a new design. The packaging and supply chain specialists recognised the improvement potential, and applied their PackRight process, collaborating with Aquascutum to gather insight and develop a solution that was right for them and their supply chain.

Serena Fortuna, E-commerce Manager at Aquascutum, said: “Both from a business and consumer perspective the new packaging is fantastic. It conveys the message that we’re a luxury brand, and reflects the value and quality of our products.

“Customers have actually requested extra boxes to use as gifts because they are so pleased with them! It’s been great working with DS Smith on this project, and we hope to further our package solution with them to continue to provide our customers with the best possible service.”

DS Smith worked closely with Aquascutum from the very early stages of development, to produce a new two-piece, high quality post print pack which is suitable for use in stores or for online ordering and delivery.

The new efficient pack is smaller, solving Aquascutum’s transport and supply chain issues. It uses fewer materials, resulting in reduced costs and environmental footprint. And additionally, it features a sleek, elegant design that is consistent with customers’ expectations of the Aquascutum brand.

Tony Foster, of DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division, said: “For our customers, packaging isn’t just a means to protect content, but central to how customers perceive their brand. We were proud to deliver a product that not only upholds Aquascutum’s long heritage of quality craftsmanship, but is also built to face the realities of contemporary supply chains. Innovation is at the heart of our business and we’re always striving to deliver packaging solutions that help our customers achieve more, this includes strengthening their brand awareness.”

About DS Smith

DS Smith operates in over 36 countries and employs around 26,000 people. Using the combined expertise of our four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper and Plastics – we work with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmith.com.

DS Smith is the UK’s leading supplier of corrugated packaging. Our comprehensive product range includes retail ready packaging, transit cases, consumer units, packs printed for gift and POS applications, and heavy duty packaging for industry. DS Smith’s national network of manufacturing plants service thousands of customers, from multinationals to local businesses.

Using PackRight®, our unique way of working, our highly-skilled people work closely with customers to specify packaging that achieves real results. Typically our customers achieve sales growth, or reductions in cost, waste and carbon at every stage of the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmithpackaging.co.uk.

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DS Smith is providing enough cardboard and plastic sheets to cover three Olympic pools as part of its sponsorship of a new international fabrication festival.

A new international fabrication festival that celebrates design and making, launched by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and the Fabrication Laboratory at the University of Westminster, has received a boost thanks to support from leading packaging and plastics strategist, DS Smith.

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FAB FEST will be held on 28th June – 2nd July 2016 and will see 60 teams of students from across the world design innovative cardboard pavilions, transforming the exhibition space into a mini ‘Glastonbury-in-the-City’.

DS Smith’s packaging and plastic divisions are providing the materials to make this happen, donating 2,400 sheets of corrugated board and 300 translucent sheets of plastic. Each team will be mentored by an academic or a practising professional from the field of architecture or the built environment. DS Smith’s recycling division will also ensure that the materials are collected for recycling after the event. 

Gareth Jenkins, Managing Director at DS Smith’s UK packaging division, said: “We are extremely excited to be involved in the inaugural FAB FEST. At DS Smith, we innovate every day, in every way. This event is a brilliant way for industry and academia to come together to inspire the next generation of designers who will be driving innovation in the industry in years to come.”

The event will culminate on the Saturday with a day of live entertainment and family friendly activities hosted in the pavilions.

Dr David Scott, the Director of the Fabrication Laboratory at the University of Westminster, concludes: “We are delighted that DS Smith has partnered with us on this new venture and provided our teams with such high quality materials. We can’t wait to see what sorts of wonderful components and architectural installations our teams create through innovative fabrication processes and applying their ingenuity!”

About DS Smith

DS Smith operates in over 36 countries and employs around 26,000 people. Using the combined expertise of our four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper and Plastics – we work with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmith.com.

DS Smith is the UK’s leading supplier of corrugated packaging. Our comprehensive product range includes retail ready packaging, transit cases, consumer units, packs printed for gift and POS applications, and heavy duty packaging for industry. DS Smith’s national network of manufacturing plants service thousands of customers, from multinationals to local businesses.

Using PackRight®, our unique way of working, our highly-skilled people work closely with customers to specify packaging that achieves real results. Typically our customers achieve sales growth, or reductions in cost, waste and carbon at every stage of the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmithpackaging.co.uk.

About the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
The University of Westminster is one of the UK's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment, inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at Marylebone, in central London. The Faculty aims to explore the core subject areas that address the future shape of our cities and encourage the dynamic thinking that makes our courses the envy of others. The undergraduate programmes are based on strong links with industry professions, and our acclaimed postgraduate programmes offer a range of specialised courses underpinned by our strong research base. Learn more at www.westminster.ac.uk/abe

About Fabrication Laboratory Westminster
Located at the University of Westminster’s Marylebone Campus, the cutting-edge Fabrication Laboratory opened in April 2015 putting the University at the leading edge of digital fabrication. The Lab provides an innovative learning environment inspiring and preparing students for the challenges and versatility of digital fabrication in the 21st century. It offers specialist training short courses and support for research and PhD students. As well as traditional metal and wood workshops, the Fabrication Laboratory includes two new purpose-built spaces offering advanced digital making facilities. It is equipped with flexible computer controlled tools covering a wide range of scales, materials and processes. Its wide selection of digital equipment enables a range of design and fabrication processes including laser cutting, ABS and plaster 3D printing, CNC knife cutting, large scale CNC routing, CNC metal milling and robot fabrication. The collection of robots uniquely includes an industrial robot arm running on a five-metre rail across a window visible from Marylebone Road. Learn more at:
http://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/faculties/architecture/fabrication-laboratory-westminster

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DS Smith, an Italian market leader in containerboard production, has reduced maintenance costs and increased its paper quality and machine productivity thanks to the OnQ Profilmatic control system and OnQ ModuleJet headbox actuators from Voith.

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The company's mill in Lucca, Italy, was experiencing inconsistent paper profiles and wrinkles due to the former actuator control of the existing control system of its PM 2. Voith recommended the OnQ Profilmatic cross profile control software, which is part of its modular and flexible Voith ComCore platform to optimize the shape of the profiles.

“Our existing system was obsolete. The actuator delivery time was a problem and we were spending too much on maintenance," said Stefano Andreotti, Technical and Technology Manager at DS Smith.

"Our production engineers are now very happy with Voith's OnQ Profilmatic. The system automates a process that before was entirely manual. Wrinkles have been reduced, and we are pleased with the deviation of the profiles,” said Andreotti.

The OnQ Profilmatic has the ability to determine the portion of random noise in the measurements. Continuous, dynamic profile mapping allows exact local mapping of the actuator control zones to the measurements and leads to better paper quality.

A major part of the Voith ComCore platform is the OnView information system, which makes all the details of the papermaking process available for analysis. This is the key to continued performance improvements for the machine. With this powerful toolset Voith accompanies DS Smith to achieve further efficiencies on the PM 2.

Further information is available on the Voith website at www.voith.com/paper. Voith Paper is also on Twitter and YouTube.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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