DS Smith Injection Moulded Products provide full circle supply chain services to our customers.
We aim to reduce waste output by offering in house and mobile regrinding services. Our facilities are strategically located throughout Europe where, in addition to recycling, we offer logistical services such as filling and removing bottles from crates.
For worldwide locations, we can supply a total solution, including the required resources, to a local injection moulded partner facility. Throughout this process, we remain the point of contact and assume all responsibility of the entire project. Through our many services, we provide mould maintenance, safe storage options, and mould insurance.
Reusable Bottle crates and glass bottles go hand in hand. Due to this reason, we not only work closely together with our customers, but also directly with the glass bottle manufacturers.
Many beverage companies do not have the capacity to load a large amount of new bottles into their filling system or the system can only be supplied with filled crates.
It is for this reason that we strategically offer in all our four injection moulding European sites the logistical service of filling the crates with bottles or removing the bottles from the crates.
Following the production of the new reusable plastic crates bottles can be delivered to our manufacturing site, where they will be carefully placed inside the new beverage plastic crates by our robots.
Crates that have to be reground can be supplied to us already filled with bottles. The bottles will be directly transferred from the old into the new beverage crates.
If required, we can arrange for the recycling of the glass bottles in old beverage plastic crates.
Besides offering recycling services of products at our four manufacturing sites, we offer autonomous mobile recycling services on site. DS Smith Plastics’ mobile regrinding units eliminate the unnecessary transport of your goods and reduce associated logistical costs.
Our mobile regrinding units are soundproof and have their own power supply, forklift and weighing scales. They offer an efficient and unmatched flexibility, as they can be used in any location.
The most important advantage is the fact that the transport of the reground material is done six and a half times more efficiently than the transport of the crates itself. Following the regrinding, the reground material can be stored on site or given into storage with us until the production of the new products is ready to start.
We possess the required certificates to comply with the different worldwide waste regulations and work according to local legislation.
Besides the mobile regrinding of plastics beverage crates, we have robots that can place or fill the new crates with bottles or can collect them for recycling. Our six-axis robots can handle all bottle formats.
Our flexible installations make it even possible to be integrated directly into an existing production line.
The development of a mould is sizeable investment and making proper mould maintenance crucial to protect your assets.During the production process our moulds receive a small maintenance session three times a week. At larger intervals, we perform a thorough maintenance and the necessary repairs. On an even longer term we are also able to perform a complete overhaul of the moulds in several of our production sites.
We also take care of a safe storage of the moulds and mould insurance of both our own moulds, as those of our customers.
INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF STRATEGIC PARTNERS
The transport costs of finished crates to worldwide locations can sometimes be too high to justify producing them in our manufacturing sites. This is why we offer a total solution by arranging the required resources at a local Injection Moulder Partner facility.
When a certain project is better suited for a production off-site, we will support our local partner with our knowhow and expertise. We will develop your product, manufacture the moulds and ensure that the production of your reusable packaging is perfectly integrated into the local partner’s production capacity. If necessary, we will install our own machines on site.
We purchase the raw materials and closely follow-up throughout the production of your products. Furthermore, we perform quality testing at partner’s manufacturing site to insure that your product is produced according to our own high standards.
Throughout the entire process we remain the only point of contact and we carry the ultimate responsibility for the entire project.
This way of working allows us to be active manufacturers of plastics reusable packaging in all corners of the world, from South Africa to South America.
REGRINDING AT OUR FACILITIES
Because our reusable packaging products are designed to be recycled, DS Smith Plastics, Injection Moulding has regrinding facilities in each production site.
We can regrind and recycle your products at the end of their life cycle at four strategic locations in Belgium, Croatia, Poland and Spain.
Before being reground, the supplied products pass through a rigorous process of control and separation.
The regrinding units ensure that the product is reground in similar sized flakes. Those flakes pass through a separation installation that separates metal and any mechanical particles from the reground material.
To ensure the reground material is of the highest quality it passes through a washing line that filters out dust and any leftover particles that the separation installation might have left behind.
The reground material can then – at the request of the customer – be reused in production, where it is mixed according to a predetermined percentage with the new material to achieve an optimal product quality.
The entire recycling process is executed according to EU-guidelines and recycled products are manufactured following the strictest standards such as the ISO 14001 certificate.
This process ensures the recycled products are suited to last four up to six long-lasting life cycles.