Early March, DS Smith welcomed Chris Barton CMG, HM Trade Commissioner for Europe in the UK Government and H.E. Andrew James Noble LVO, UK Ambassador to Romania at the production unit in Zarnesti. The paper mill was one key stop in the one-week tour that Chris Barton CMG made in Romania, with the aim to foster British – Romanian trade and cooperation.
As part of the official visit, the two officials attended a guided tour of Zarnesti Paper Mill and had the chance to learn more on the paper-making tradition of the city, the investment plan and sustainability targets as well as the significant contribution to the long-term development of the region.
Marius Juncanariu, General Manager, DS Smith Zarnesti: “Since 2018, DS Smith has continuously strengthened its footprint in Romania, investing in our sustainable paper and packaging operations which serve customers across the country and beyond. It was an honour to host this special visit and present the work we are doing at Zarnesti mill to further develop the longstanding tradition the region has for paper making”.
Chris Barton CMG, HM Trade Commissioner for Europe in the UK Government: “I was hugely impressed by DS Smith’s circular business model in Romania and of their commitment to sustainability within their operations. The paper mill in Zarnesti is a true landmark in the country and I look forward to hearing of the future development of DS Smith, not just in this region but right the way across Europe. They play a vital part in supplying vital sustainable packing solutions needed to keep supply chains moving.”
H.E. Andrew James Noble LVO, UK Ambassador to Romania: “It is always a pleasure to see British companies investing and reaching new heights in Romania. The Paper Mill in Zarnesti is not only a leading manufacturer, but also a major employer and a key contributor to the local and regional economy. I am very happy to have been able to witness their success as a recycling factory and one that is creating new jobs for its community.”
Recently, DS Smith also launched the Zarnesti Mill virtual tour, which allows anyone to enjoy a 360° virtual tour of the mill and follow the papermaking process all the way from the quality hub to dispatch, whilst hearing from the people making it all possible.
Using only recycled papers, DS Smith Zarnesti is the largest paper manufacturer in Romania, accounting for almost half of the domestic demand for papers for packaging.
DS Smith’s operations in Romania comprises of a recycling head office in Bucharest, two recycling depots in Otopeni and Cluj Napoca, a paper mill in Zarnesti, two packaging production units in Ghimbav and Timișoara and three service centers in Pitești, Timișoara and Otopeni, employing in total over 650 people