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Meet

Miles Roberts

"E-commerce is a very exciting and fast-growing market segment for DS Smith."

Tell us more about why DS Smith has
made the move into the US with the
acquisition of Interstate Resources.
Why was it an attractive region for you,
and is this a signal of more acquisitions
to come?
Like all our acquisitions, this was customer-led. Almost all our top European
customers operate in the US and we feel
our expertise from the European packaging market-retail-ready packaging, for
example-will be an asset to US customers.
As within Europe, we expect a mix of organic
and inorganic growth.
Are there any other world regions
that are appealing for an acquisition
move-for instance, Latin America
or Asia?
We never rule out any opportunities
where they will help our customers, but as
you would expect, any opportunity also must
make sense for our shareholders. Overall, we
feel the developed markets provide the best
opportunity to create customer and shareholder value.
How about organic growth? What
are we likely to see in terms of
expansions or perhaps greenfield sites
to grow existing operations in Europe
and beyond?
We see significant opportunity to grow
organically, and that can be by better using
existing capacity or through developing
greenfield sites. We have announced a few
recently on both sides of the Atlantic, driven

by our customers' demand for our products,
and I'd expect to see that continue.
DS Smith is a UK company,
headquartered in London, with a
massive presence in Europe. What is
your opinion on the looming Brexit?
We are a multinational company, listed in
the UK. The UK public voted on a course of
action and as always we will work to maximize the performance of the business, whatever the detail of the outcome brings. While
we are listed in the UK, we have commercial
operations all over the world so we can best
serve our customers.
Has or will the recent RCP policy
shift on imports into China
affect your business in any way,
positive or negative?
We work with all the major suppliers
and customers for RCP on a global basis.
Changing regulations and demand are simply part of operating a business of the scale
of our recycling operations.
Can you comment on any developments
or innovations you are making in the
area of e-retail and online shopping
and the effects it is having on
DS Smith business?
E-commerce is a very exciting and fastgrowing market segment. We are working
with many customers to help solve their
problems, including reducing void space,
reducing returns, and the personalization
of packaging.

Miles Roberts was appointed
group chief executive of DS Smith
in May, 2010. At DS Smith, he has
implemented a clear strategy to
become a leading provider of corrugated packaging in Europe.
Under his leadership, the company has grown organically and via
a number of acquisitions, including
SCA Packaging, Duropack, Grupo
Lantero, and Interstate Resources.
It is now present in 37 countries,
employing around 27,000 people,
and was elevated into the FTSE 100
in December, 2017.
Roberts was previously chief
executive of McBride plc from
July, 2005 until April, 2010, having originally joined as its group
finance director in January, 2002.
Prior to that, he was finance director of Costain. He is a non-executive
director of Aggreko plc.
Born in Tynemouth on the 14th of
February, 1964, Roberts attended
Stanley Technical High in South
Norwood before graduating from
Bristol with a degree in civil engineering. He began his career as an
engineer for Ove Arup. Roberts
is married with four children.
He enjoys tennis, sailing, skiing,
and golf.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - March/April 2018

Setpoint
Over the Wire
The Importance of Safety Training
Data & Decision Making
RISI European CEO of the Year: DS Smith’s Miles Roberts
Buckman’s Junai Maharaj on ‘The Art of the Possible’
Fapajal Tissue: Old, New & Customer-Centric
Progroup Turns 25
PIMA, Paper360° Co-Host Executive Panel
Creating a Lignin Culture
Benefits of Drive-Through Design
Sustainability as Business Leverage
CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Leadership in Maintenance: Where Do We Start?
As a New Reliability Engineer, Are you Confused About Your Role?
R&M Tips
Paper and Board Have Key Roles in the Future of Packaging
Global Paper and Paperboard Demand Growing Despite Declines in Graphic Paper
PPI Awards Showcase Industry Excellence
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - cover1
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Setpoint
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Over the Wire
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - The Importance of Safety Training
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Data & Decision Making
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - RISI European CEO of the Year: DS Smith’s Miles Roberts
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Buckman’s Junai Maharaj on ‘The Art of the Possible’
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 38
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 39
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Fapajal Tissue: Old, New & Customer-Centric
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 42
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 43
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Progroup Turns 25
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 47
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - PIMA, Paper360° Co-Host Executive Panel
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 49
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Creating a Lignin Culture
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 51
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 52
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 53
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Benefits of Drive-Through Design
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 55
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Sustainability as Business Leverage
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 57
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 59
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 61
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 62
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 63
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 64
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Leadership in Maintenance: Where Do We Start?
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - As a New Reliability Engineer, Are you Confused About Your Role?
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - R&M Tips
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Paper and Board Have Key Roles in the Future of Packaging
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 69
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Global Paper and Paperboard Demand Growing Despite Declines in Graphic Paper
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 71
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - PPI Awards Showcase Industry Excellence
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 74
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - TAPPI News
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - ASPI News
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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