DS Smith Invests GBP6 Million in Production Machinery for “La Chevrolière” Packaging Facility in France including New Workshop for Cardboard Pallets

The investment is in response to growing customer demand for corrugated cardboard by DS Smith customers in the region. The La Chevroliere facility is located close to the city of Nantes in the West of France and the GBP6 million investment has been made to expand the size of the production space by 4,000 square metres.

New equipment includes a Bobst Mastercut 2.1 die-cut machine, and a cardboard pallet production line in the form of a 2,500m² workshop dedicated to the production of Kaypal cardboard pallets. The workshop has a capacity of 250,000 units, and a potential to produce up to 1.5 million pallets a year. 

The Kaypal pallet is beneficial to DS Smith customers in that it is fully recyclable, ultra-light weight (3.5kg), ergonomic, hygienic, economical, and reusable, with potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions during transportation. The sustainable product is also an ideal solution for the air transportation of products, floor, and point-of-sale (POS) displays, pallet boxes (bulk) or order preparation for retail logistics centres (interlayer pallets), due to its compact and ultra-light weight components.