Packaging company DS Smith has concluded the installation of new steam recycling technology at its corrugated packaging facility in Columbia, South Carolina, US.

The technology is expected to lower energy consumption by 20% and contribute to the company’s commitment to sustainability to its customers in North America.

The advanced Baviera Steam Systems solution deployed at the speciality coated box manufacturing facility is claimed to effectively recover condensate that is usually wasted during the corrugation process.

The Columbia box plant’s installation also features Baviera Steam Systems’ Condensate Recovery Unit and Digital Steam Pumps.

These pumps are claimed to efficiently handle the necessary pressure required for corrugation, accommodating both lightweight and heavyweight papers.

Meanwhile, the installation of continuous heat transfer control solutions in the steam system enhances consistency, streamlines control room management, and eliminates the necessity for operator adjustments that could affect long-term performance.

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DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper Packaging managing director Steven Rose said: “Our South Carolina facility makes water-resistant, fully recyclable Greencoat boxes for fresh poultry and produce providers – agribusinesses that recognise decarbonisation as a key factor to their continued success.

“With this investment, we are decreasing the amount of natural gas consumed at the facility by 20%, substantially reducing CO₂  [carbon dioxide] emissions while also enabling faster throughput.”

Last month, DS Smith announced an investment of €90m ($98.25m) for supporting the sustainable transformation of energy supply at its Rouen paper mill in Normandy, France.

The coal-fired boiler at the paper mill will be replaced with a biomass boiler, which will help meet at least 80% of the site’s heat demand.