USA – British packaging company, DS Smith has opened a new office building in Atlanta, Georgia as it looks to expand its operations in the North American market.

The facility will serve as the company’s headquarters in the market and will be home to more than 50 employees across the company’s sales, marketing, finance, legal and technical departments.

This is part of the company’s plan to increase its global footprint, providing corrugated and plastics packaging, supported by paper and recycling.

Headquartered in Euston Road, London, DS Smith is looking to duplicate its environmental and sustainability stewardship model in Europe to accelerate growth in North America.

It operates a closed-loop recycling model, where paper and corrugated is collected, recycled and then used again to make packaging materials.

Its business focuses on sustainable packaging, through the design and manufacture of recycled packaging for consumer goods.

The expansion in North America is attributed to growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions in the market as well as among global customers.

“We’ve always thrived on finding innovative ways to help customers achieve more for less – sell more, reduce costs, manage risk and complexity in their supply chain,” said Miles Roberts, global CEO of DS Smith.

“For years, we’ve helped companies across industries – from pharma and consumer packaged goods to retail and e-commerce – to redefine packaging across the world, and this expansion marks a key milestone in our journey to bring our innovative business model to the US.”

As part of the expansion into North America, the company added a number of executives to its US team in the initial half of 2019.

The move also follows the acquisition of Corrugated Container, The Display Connection and US packaging firm Interstate Resources for US$920 million.

In January this year, it expanded its Greenfield facility in Lebanon, Indiana, scheduled to open by the end of the current year.

In April this year, the packaging major agreed to sell two of its packaging businesses in north-western France and Portugal to US-based pulp and paper company International Paper for €63 million (US$71.16m).