A LOCKERBIE factory is using state-of-the-art technology to produce packaging for an increasingly environmentally aware world.
The D. S. Smith site at King Edward Park, where 120 people are employed, many on a shift system, produces recyclable non-plastic containers for a range of national and international brands.
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell, a native of the town, recently toured the building and production line, which includes design, quality control, sophisticated manufacturing technology and litho full-colour printing.
Originally trading as locally-owned Corrugated Products, the Dumfriesshire operation has for many years been one of a number of production centres around the UK operated by London-based D. S. Smith, a public limited company (plc).
During his visit, the local MP was hosted by factory general manager Miguel Aranda, production manager David Murdoch and engineering manager Michael Anderson.
Mr Mundell said: “I welcomed the opportunity to see the packaging being produced at the Lockerbie site and to learn more about how D. S. Smith are focusing on recyclable packaging which is sustainable, practical, provides good protection and projects the contents in a clear and attractive way.
“When I was younger I remember the business was affectionately known locally as the ‘cardboard box factory’ and I’m pleased, after all these years, many under the D. S. Smith umbrella, the business continues at the cutting edge of the industry and makes a significant contribution to the economic well-being of Mid Annandale.
“With environmental issues and net zero targets, it is reassuring to see another local employer successfully adapting to a fast-changing market place.”
Mr Mundell took the opportunity to express his thanks to the company for assisting at short notice earlier this year by donating cardboard packaging to volunteers working against the clock at the Ukrainian Chapel, near Lockerbie to sort and pack emergency humanitarian goods destined for refugees from the Russian attack on Ukraine.
He said: “I know the D. S. Smith team really stepped up to the plate at short notice, something I know was greatly appreciated by the volunteers.”