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Niels Flierman

Head of Paper

DS Smith

After studying Chemical Engineering in the UK, with a Masters in paper making science and technology, Niels began his career at SEA as a chemical engineer. The next few years were spent in Sweden at the company’s R&D facility.  He then went on to manage some of the largest paper mills in Europe including Aschaffenburg, Witzenhausen and Kemsley, transforming the business into operational and commercial successes. With the takeover of SEA by DS Smith, Niels rose up the ranks to become Head of Paper Division.

Divisional Head of Paper, at DS Smith, a leading provider of corrugated packaging, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. Niels has grown the business steadily and supported with the swift acquisitions across Europe and America. Launched the Research & Development division, tasked with creating innovative processes in paper manufacturing in partnerships, such as RISE, to focus on sustainable growth. Manages sales of over 4 million tonnes of paper internally and externally to businesses around the globe. Niels, based in The Netherlands, also works closely with management in regions to develop programs and training for the next generation at award winning mills. 


About DS Smith:

DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith focuses on creating innovative sustainable packaging solutions in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people. Using the combined expertise of its divisions – Packaging, Recycling and Paper – DS Smith works with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the supply chain. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.



Sustainability and innovation in packaging

Session Three (all times EST)

Friday, 6 November, 2020

  • How has the rise in remote work and e-commerce impacted the paper packaging markets globally?
  • Will e-Commerce continue to grow? If so, how are leading retailers adapting for this?
  • How are changing consumer demands and sustainability preferences changing the packaging world?
  • Have sustainability initiatives been deprioritised as a result of the pandemic?

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