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DS Smith accelerates business at Automechanika Birmingham

The automotive industry is racing ahead thanks to strong sales as OEMs, Tier One suppliers and more gathered in Birmingham for Automechanika recently.

DS Smith’s automotive packaging strategists were easy to find thanks to an eye-catching 2 metre tall electrically driven piston  manufactured from Foam, Heavy Duty corrugated & Correx® - highlighting that DS Smith can make just about anything from just about any material.

Chay Ankers, DS Smith Strategic Account Manager, touched on multi-material packaging, sustainability, standardisation, customisation and more on the opening day in the Seminar Theatre in his presentation, “Six ways businesses can stay one step ahead” in the dynamic automotive environment.

“At DS Smith we take our role as innovation partner very seriously and are constantly looking for new ways to support growth in the automotive industry – whether that’s building the world’s first origami inspired driveable car, making use of 3D technologies to speed up development times, or introducing testing to a supply cycle to pinpoint causes of friction, we deliver more with less every single day.

 “Providing everything from single, double, triple and multi-layered corrugated board for Aftermarket to plastic crates designed for bulk goods and internal fittings for Original Equipment, DS Smith has a packaging solution to maximise performance at every stage of the supply cycle on a global level. Our industry insight and creative design solutions provide an unbeatable double act. 

 “Our understanding of the automotive sector goes well beyond providing exceptional packaging. We also provide numerous different components that make up today’s modern car – energy absorbent, lightweight and exceptionally well designed components in Expanded Polypropylene (EPP), Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) and Extruded Polypropylene (PP).

Through our expertise and technological capabilities, we can design components to the strictest tolerances and meet the highest standards.

 “Consumer demand is shifting, and sustainability is becoming ever more important as customers demand more assurances that companies are operating in an environmentally sustainable way. Automation is offering huge potential to change the way humans interact with the road, while developments in fuel technologies are shifting expectations.

To truly take advantage of the potential requires close collaboration between all involved in the automotive industry, and to not be afraid of change and starting again.”