Digitalization is an Essential Component for Increasing Both Sustainability and Productivity for Paper Manufacturer DS Smith

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By Michael Larner | 2Q 2022 | IN-6554


Utilizing Recycled Paper


Sustainability is becoming a priority in every industry and paper manufacturing is no exception. DS Smith’s Kemsley Mill (located in Sittingborne, Kent, England) is the first UK paper mill to produce paper by utilizing recovered fiber-based paper. Technology suppliers are integral to increasing the recycled component of the 820,000 tons of paper the mill produces annually and implementing its sustainability strategy.

Investments in Connectivity, Analytics, and AGVs


The Kemsley Mill produces seven different types of paper liner with unique requirements for strength and appearance. Complicating the use of recycled paper fibers is the presence of other materials such as plastics and metals which requires strict quality control checks to minimize contamination. The paper mill can not utilize recycled paper unless the quality control measures can be achieved.

In July 2021, DS Smith invested in Wedge, the data mining platform from software supplier Trimble. Wedge aggregates operational data from sources such as Enterprise Resource …

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