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D. S. Smith

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DS Smith Plc is a leading British-based international packaging and office product wholesaling business. It is headquartered in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

The company manufactures packaging - corrugated packaging, plastic packaging and recycled paper.

1940 The business was founded in Wales by David Solomon Smith manufacturing cigarette cartons for the tobacco industry.

1985 Acquired Western Board Mills [1]

1985 Acquired Abbitrin[2]

1986 The company was first listed on the London Stock Exchange

1986 Acquired St Regis[3]. The company had gained a dominant position in corrugated board and box market.

1988 Acquired Kemsley Paper Mill. With an annual production capacity of around 800,000 tonnes, it is the second biggest recovered fibre-based paper operation in Europe. Currently the plant produces K-Light testliner in white and brown, dual purpose liner/fluting, standard fluting and plasterboard liners.

1991 Acquired Kaysersberg Packaging, a leading packaging business

1993 Acquired Spicers, an office products wholesaler

1996 Acquired John Dickinson Stationery, an envelope manufacturer. A process of amalgamation with Spicers Manufacturing began.

2004 Acquired Linpac Containers, a corrugated packaging manufacturer

2005 Sold John Dickinson Stationery

2011 Sold Spicers, its office products wholesaling business, for £200 million.

2015 December. Closed Wansborough Mill


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jan. 4, 1985
  2. The Times May 10, 1985
  3. The Times Aug. 1, 1986