DS Smith opens new R&D center to enhance collaboration

British multinational DS Smith, which specializes in corrugated packaging, has opened an R&D center called ‘R8’ in Redditch. This 4,000 m2 center includes a pilot room, laboratories, conditioning chambers and collaboration areas. The objective is to foster research in sustainable packaging and facilitate collaboration between design teams, engineers and technologists. ‘R8’ focuses on reusable fiber-based technologies, advanced barriers for food applications, alternative natural resources in paper and smart packaging for supply chain monitoring. DS Smith is committed to helping customers transition to a circular economy and reduce plastics.