DS Smith's acquisition of Linpac Containers has been given official sanction following the Competition Commission's October 21 announcement that it does not believe the deal will lead to a substantial lessening of competition.

A Commission enquiry has been taking place since May following DS Smith’s £170m purchase of Linpac Containers Group on March22. Smith says the recent announcement means it can now “fully realise the benefits of the acquisition”.

DS Smith Packaging now has nearly 40 production plants and service centres spread widely throughout Great Britain, with what it claims is its sector’s most extensive customer base.

Bob McLellan, DS Smith Packaging ceo, adds: “The recent developments have been motivated by a strong commitment to be at the leading edge of customers’ requirements. We have close relationships with our customers and their expectations – in terms of efficiencies and creativity – are constantly rising. I see it as our role to help them develop competitive advantage through finding innovative ways of using cost-effective corrugated packaging in their supply chains.

“During the period of the inquiry we have had time to take stock of the operations and are ready to shape the combined business in a way which will enhance our ability to service our customers.”