Rouen Paper Mill

Founded in 1928, Rouen Paper Mill in Normandy, northern France, was the first paper mill in France to produce lightweight recycled fluting, which is used to make corrugated paper. It also produces light medium, medium, and dual-use papers.

The on-site corrugator and converting machines mean that DS Smith’s Paper and Packaging teams operate out of the same location, creating efficiencies that benefit our customers.


  • MediumPAC
  • LightPAC
  • MutiPAC


PM5 single layer machine

Grammage range: 85-130 g/m2
Production: 280,000 tonnes/year
Speed max: 1,050 m/min
Trim max: 6.90 m


1928 The mill was founded, producing newsprint paper from mechanical pulp with two paper machines
1936 Start-up of two new paper machines, both producing light weight coated paper
1958 Start-up of current PM5. At the time Rouen was the biggest paper mill in Europe producing newspaper
1998 Production of light weight recycled fluting
2006 PM3 and PM4 are closed. Current PM5 specialises in low grammage grades. Production capacity was 220,000 tonnes per year
2011 Installation of a shoe-press to achieve 270,000 tonnes per year production capacity
2015 Installation of a new winder
2019 Several investments to achieve 280,000 tonnes per year production capacity

Contact mill

DS Smith Paper Rouen
Rouen Paper Mill
Rue Désiré Granet
76808 St Etienne du Rouvray
Tel: (+33) 02 35 64 52 52

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