DS Smith has unveiled a Fibre and Paper Development Laboratory at its flagship Kemsley Paper Mill in Kent, UK.
The laboratory will be used for researching technologies that enhance the performance and sustainability qualities of fibre-based packaging, including coatings and barrier technology, wet-end chemistries, surface chemistries, repulpability, and recyclability.
The new laboratory also reportedly advances the company’s research in alternative fibres as sustainable raw material for paper and packaging products. Last year, the company announced its exploring the use of seaweed as an alternative fibre source to wood, as well as a barrier coating to replace petroleum-based coatings.
The Fibre and Paper Development Laboratory is the latest development in its R&D program, announced in May 2021, to accelerate our work in the Circular Economy.