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RockTenn and DS Smith sign distribution agreement

Packaging companies RockTenn and DS Smith have signed an agreement that gives RockTenn the exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute corrugated packaging designs and to distribute new packaging equipment in the US.

The new Meta technology produces a range of two-piece shelf ready packages that allow multinational package goods companies to meet the varied requirements of US retailers. It also brings new opportunities to cut down the total packaging cost and to enhance print options.

According to the UK-based DS Smith, predictive software and stacking devices also optimize and reduce packaging weight and minimize environmental impact.

DS Smith group chief executive Miles Roberts said the alliance with RockTenn brings the advantages and value of its technology to a broader audience, and allows the company to better serve its global customers.

"The extension of our licensee network to the US market, combined with our extensive European corrugated manufacturing footprint, means we now have one of the world’s broadest capabilities for the creation of innovative corrugated packaging propositions," Roberts added.

The new agreement includes the next generation of DS Smith’s Otor technology, including the right to packaging designs and to mandrel forming equipment distribution.