In a single day, DS Smith’s new state-of-the art box manufacturing plant in Lebanon, Indiana is able to produce more than 17 million square feet of lightweight recyclable packaging – enough to overlay the entire Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The opening of the corrugated plant heralds the company’s latest technology, making it one of North America’s most advanced packaging facilities, according to the company. It can produce about 30,000 boxes an hour (8 boxes per second) and 2 billion square feet of recyclable packaging a year.
Miles Roberts, Group CEO of DS Smith, said, “With our innovative packaging design and focus on sustainable materials, we can support our customers’ needs in a changing world, no matter how sophisticated their requirements. We look forward to serving many of the global brands we work with in Europe, as well as a range of new customers, with their U.S.-based packaging.”
The 550,000-sq-ft facility was designed to model three cutting-edge DS Smith locations in Europe that are highly automated, customer-centric plants which can accept and process high-volume orders with short lead times – many with same-day turnaround.
“Our new box plant stands apart from the rest in the industry and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and machinery that relies on fully automated operations,” said Mark Ushpol, Managing Director of Packaging for DS Smith in North America. “Our talent and teams are free to focus on working directly with customers designing custom packaging that reduces system waste, drives sustainability and provides immediate value to the supply chain.”