DS Smith has confirmed it will expand its Cartogal production plant in A Pobra do Caramiñal (Galicia) this year, following an investment of €11.35m, which will increase both the surface area of the factory and its production and storage capacity.
The project, which is part of a global strategy, is a major milestone for DS Smith as it will allow the company to access new opportunities in the northwest of Iberia and it is anticipated to lead to increased production capacity and a better service to all the company’s customers. Following the expansion works, the DS Cartogal plant will add 6,000 sqm to the current 11,000 sqm, creating a total packaging plant of more than 17,000 sqm.
During the seven months of construction work, the foundations, construction and roofing of the new buildings will be carried out, and a series of improvements will also be made to current resources, as well as preparing the facilities to house new machinery by the end of 2023. All of this will be done through sustainable and environmentally friendly materials that will equip the new facilities with energy efficient systems.
Ignacio Montfort, Managing Director, DS Smith Iberia, says, “This expansion of our Cartogal plant is a source of pride for all of us at DS Smith, as it will allow us to significantly increase our production capacity to meet the needs of our customers, who are at the centre of our universe. This investment clearly reflects our ongoing commitment to continue to provide the best sustainable packaging solutions while supporting economic growth in the region. This project is a further demonstration of DS Smith’s strong commitment to expansion and growth in the Iberia region, where it already has 26 plants. In Galicia the company has – in addition to Cartogal – two other plants: the DS Smith Galicia factory located in Vilagarcía de Arousa and DS Smith Tecnicartón Vigo, located in the town of Porriño.”
Montfort concludes, “This project is a further demonstration of DS Smith’s strong commitment to expansion and growth in the Iberia region, where it already has twenty plants. In the case of the DS Smith Cartogal plant, as well as the DS Smith Galicia factory located in Vilagarcía de Arousa and DS Smith Tecnicartón Vigo, which located in the town of Porriño were acquired in 2015 from the Lantero group as part of the multinational’s implementation in the Spanish market.”