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DS Smith packs string of awards into 2016

The UK Packaging Division of DS Smith is celebrating a prosperous 2016, after a myriad of packs created for its customers won top accolades at a wide range of industry awards.

Throughout the year, the leading packaging and supply chain strategist has scooped an impressive twenty-nine honours from seven different industry award ceremonies.

DS Smith won recognition for its print capabilities from three leading organisations- the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA), the Flexographic Technical Awards and the Flexotech Awards. A total of 17 honours were awarded across the ceremonies with the winning packs being commended for the challenging print design and technique, and extremely tight colour to colour register.

Efficiency and use of space were some of the key elements cited at the Starpack awards in September, where a total of eight honours were awarded, including the innovative Bumper Pack design for Jaguar Land Rover, which picked up one of the highest accolades, ‘Best in show- Business to Business.

The newly strengthened Display Business showcased their latest work at the POPAI awards. The winning displays Johnson & Johnson 21 Day and Morrisons Back to Back Penguin unit where praised by judges for its effective use of message, colour and for delivering strong sales uplift for its customers.

Celebrations continued at the UK Packaging Awards, as the DS Smith team were delighted to collect the Online and Consumer Goods award for the Modern Man epack. The judges said that the pack was “Unique, simple and ingenious. It’s not often you see something so well considered”, and another commented simply “Awesome”.

Mick Thornton, Sales and Marketing Director of DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division, said: “We couldn’t think of a better way to showcase our capabilities and the skills of our teams across all our UK sites. Being recognised more than a dozen times this year bears testament to their dedication and the work we do for our customers.

“We are an ambitious business, always looking to improve on the results we can achieve for customers by creating impact and ensuring we design, manufacture and deliver the best possible packaging and displays. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do, and we continue to invest in the latest technology to produce great results - awards are proof that this has paid off.”

WorldStar Awards 2016

Transit Category

  • Glazing Vision Packaging Range
  • Toolspec Shipper for CNH Tractor Components

FTA Europe Diamond Awards

  • Gold:Marston’s Golden Ales 6pk
  • Bronze: Charles Wells Bombardier Glorious English Ales pack

European Flexographic Industry Association Print Awards

Best in show

  • Bronze: Golden Ales 6pk

Flexo Print on Paper - Wide Web

  • Gold: Golden Ales 6pk
  • Silver: Plein Sud Orange Juice
  • Bronze: Star Wars

Flexo Print on Paper - Super Wide Web

  • Silver: Kronenburg 1664 20x275ml
  • Bronze: Fosters Gold 20x300ml

Corrugated Post Print - Uncoated Process

  • Gold: Charles Wells Bombardier Glorious English Ales

Post Print on Folder Gluers - Uncoated

  • Bronze: Seabrook Lattice 36 pack

Starpack Awards 2016

Best in show - Business to Business

  • Jaguar Land Rover Bumper Packaging

Transit Industrial Packaging

  • Gold: Jaguar Land Rover Bumper Packaging
  • Bronze: Rumble Pack

Home Delivery Packaging

  • Bronze: Flowersdirect Vase - Shaped Stand Pack
  • Silver: Protective Vase Retention Case


  • Bronze: Flowersdirect Vase - Shaped Stand Pack
  • Bronze: Bunches Balloon Gift Pack

Point of Sale

  • Bronze: The Amazing Chocolate Workshop - Luxury Display and Retention Pack

POPAI Awards 2016

(Creo – Powered by DS Smith)


  • Silver: Johnson & Johnson Listerine 21 Day Challenge display

Confectionary Temporary Display

  • Bronze: Lindt display

Grocery, Convenience and G.M Temporary display

  • Bronze: Morrisons Back to Back Penguin display (on behalf of United Biscuits)

UK Packaging Awards

Corrugated: Online Retail and Consumer Goods

  • Modern Man Stretch & Grab ePak 

Highly Commended

  • Protective Vase Retention Case
  • The Amazing Chocolate Workshop
  • Bumper Shipper

Flexotech Awards 2016

Sacks and corrugated pre-print liner

  • Classic Ales Christmas Collection Multipack

Corrugated post-print (E and F flute) 

  • Whyte & Mackay Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sweet or Smoky Pack