DS Smith




MarketCap GB

GB United Kingdom


DS Smith Plc provides packaging solutions, paper products, and recycling services worldwide. The company offers transit and transport, consumer, retail and shelf ready, online and e-retail, industrial, hazardous, multi-material, cushioning, and electrostatic discharge packaging products, as well as wrap arounds, trays, and bag-in-boxes; displays and promotional packaging products; corrugated pallets; Sheetfeeding products; packaging machine systems; and Sizzlepak, a stuffing material made of paper, folded in a zigzag shape, and cut into narrow strips, as well as provides outdoor advertising services. It also provides various recycling and waste management services, including total waste management, paper and cardboard recycling, confidential shredding, and coffee cups and plastics recycling, as well as equipment for the retail, manufacturing, print and publishing, paper mills, automotive, and public sectors. In addition, the company offers recycled corrugated case materials, specialty papers, and kraft liners, as well as related technical and supply chain services. It provides its packaging solutions for the food and drink, consumer goods, industrial, e-commerce and e-retail, and converter industries. The company was formerly known as David S. Smith (Holdings) PLC and changed its name to DS Smith Plc in 2001. DS Smith Plc was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.


The business was founded by two cousins, David Gabriel Smith and David Solomon Smith in 1940, to manufacture cartons. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in the late 1950s.In 1986 the company acquired St Regis Paper Company and in 1988 Kemsley Paper Mill, both paper manufacturing businesses. In 1991 the business bought Kaysersberg Packaging, a leading packaging business, and in 1993 it bought Spicers, an office products wholesaler. In 1996 it acquired John Dickinson, an envelope manufacturer, and in 2004 it completed the purchase of Linpac Containers, a corrugated packaging manufacturer.The company sold Spicers, its office products wholesaling business, for £200 million, in July 2011 and acquired the packaging division of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget for a net consideration of approximately €1.6 billion in July 2012. It went on to complete the acquisition of Duropack for approximately €300m in May 2015 and became a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index in December 2017.

Our mission is to provide sustainable packaging solutions to meet our customer’s needs, provide quality products and achieve operational excellence across our global operations.

We have a vision for our business: We are proud to be Smiths, pushing boundaries to deliver innovative solutions for the world's challenges.

Key Team

Mr. Iain Simm (Group Gen. Counsel & Company Sec.)

Mr. Hugo Fisher (Group Communications Director)

Mr. Greg Dawson (Corp. Affairs Director)

Mr. Alan Taylor (Interim Group HR Director)

Marc Chiron (Sales, Marketing & Innovation Director)

Rachel Stevens (Investor Relations Director)

Mr. Mark Smith (Head of Plastics)

Recognition and Awards
DS Smith has won several prestigious awards for excellence in sustainability, innovation, and customer service. We are proud to be recognised worldwide for our commitment to sustainability, economic growth, efficiency and being leading packaging innovator.

DS Smith
Leadership team

Mr. Miles William Roberts (Group Chief Exec. & Exec. Director)

Mr. Adrian R. T. Marsh (Group Fin. Director & Exec. Director)

Anjali Kotak (Investor Relations Director)

Products/ Services
Packaging Services
Number of Employees
20,000 - 50,000
London, England, United Kingdom
Net Income
100M - 500M
Above - 1B
Traded as
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Thu Feb 29 2024

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