Monday, 7 September 2009

A paper mill actually opens in the UK!

I've just returned from holiday to some good news!

Now many people will have heard me say about how paper manufacturing is virtually dead in the UK (which, sadly, in many ways it is) but here is a brand spanking new paper mill which has just started production here in the UK.

Now I don't want anyone to get too excited because it won't actually affect most of us in our sector of what is generally called the "fine papers" market as this new mill only produces recycled newsprint - just tonnes and tonnes of it - (just one grade and pretty much all the same weight and certainly no sheets! ...but it does at least give us in the paper industry some good news.

For those paper geeks out there, the technical information is as follows:
It is the world's largest recycled newsprint machine. The mill is called Palm Paper, a subsidiary of Germany-based Papierfabrik Palm. The paper machine was started at its King's Lynn site in Norfolk on 21 August, 3 weeks ahead of schedule (that's the Germans for you!)
The machine, which has a net width of 10.63m, is set to produce 400,000 tonnes of newsprint – all from 100% selected recycled fibre.
Posted by Justin Hobson 07.09.2009

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