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D. S. Smith

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DS Smith Plc is a leading British-based international packaging and office product wholesaling business. It is headquartered in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

The company manufactures packaging - corrugated packaging, plastic packaging and recycled paper.

1940 The business was founded by David Solomon Smith manufacturing cartons.

1986 It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange

1986 Acquired St. Regis Paper Co

1988 Acquired Kemsley Paper Mill

1991 Acquired Kaysersberg Packaging, a leading packaging business

1993 Acquired Spicers, an office products wholesaler

1996 Acquired John Dickinson Stationery, an envelope manufacturer. A process of amalgamation with Spicers Manufacturing began.

2004 Acquired Linpac Containers, a corrugated packaging manufacturer

2005 Sold John Dickinson Stationery

2011 Sold Spicers, its office products wholesaling business, for £200 million.

2015 December. Closed Wansborough Mill


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