Rachel has visited an industry-first global packaging research and development and innovation centre in Redditch.
Last Friday (January 12th), Rachel was taken on a tour of DS Smith’s new ‘R8’ facility.
DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, paper products and recycling services worldwide.
The industry-first facility, which opened in October 2023, includes a 4,000m2 pilot hall, four laboratories, conditioning chambers, an ideation and design studio, prototyping areas, and collaboration spaces.
As well as being the home of DS Smith’s Innovation and R&D teams, the facility is intended to spearhead research in manufacturing, maximising on the growing demand for sustainable packaging, and the innovation needed to deliver it.
“I often tell people that Redditch is home to world-leading and successful businesses, but because they're tucked away on vast industrial estates in our town, they often go unnoticed by local residents.
“That's why, ever since I was first elected, I've shone a light on these businesses to demonstrate that Redditch certainly packs a big punch on the world stage.
“DS Smith’s new Global Packaging Research and Development and Innovation Centre is a clear example of that. This is an industry-first facility, and it’s here in Redditch. We’re a great place to do business and I’ll make sure that remains the case.”