DS Smith to increase packaging capacity at Ghimbav site in Romania

British paper and packaging group DS Smith is investing €13m in its Ghimbav packaging site in Romania.

This investment is part of the British company's growth strategy in eastern Europe and will increase capacity of corrugated packaging by over 20 per cent, writes DS Smith. The investment includes the installation of new packaging machinery, a 7-colour HD Flexo printing machine and precision die-cutting equipment.

The work at Ghimbav is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

The investment will support the goal to meet Net Zero emissions by 2050. The upgrades at Ghimbav will reduce the site’s gas consumption by 12 per cent and cut its carbon emissions by 210 tpy through the introduction of a steam optimisation feature to the corrugated board machine.

Furthermore, the installation of a new LED Lighting system, part of the group-wide rollout, will contribute to the group's goal to reduce carbon emissions by 46 per cent by 2030.

DS Smith has also introduced advanced waste management technologies that reduce electrical consumption by around 10 per cent on site.

DS Smith’s operations in Romania comprise of the paper mill in Zărnești, two packaging production units in Ghimbav and Timișoara, three service centres in Pitești, Timișoara and Otopeni, a recycling head office in Bucharest and two recycling depots in Otopeni and Cluj Napoca. The company employs over 650 people in Romania.

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