A recycled paper mill claimed to be the most advanced in Europe has been officially opened by Michael Fallon, the UK's minister of state for business & energy, at Partington Wharfside, Trafford.
The £300 million facility, known as PM-11, has been built by family owned Spanish paper and corrugated packaging manufacturer, SAICA and is the first recycled paper containerboard paper mill to be built in the UK for decades.
The facility is expected to produce 450,000 tonnes per year of 100% recycled containerboard from UK recovered papers.
SAICA explained that the plant is the final part of it £500 million investment plan to become an integrated player in the UK’s packaging sector, providing a closed-loop solution for the manufacture of environmentally friendly, performance papers and corrugated packaging.
The company said that PM-11 successfully produced paper for the first time on Sunday 15 January 2012 – two weeks ahead of the project start date and setting a new world start up speed record at 1.105 m/min 95 gr/m2.
Since then SAICA said that it has been taking the facility through the commissioning phase, testing all parts of the paper machine and ancillary equipment, and steadily increasing production.
London to Partington in 3 hours!
The plant is now operating at full capacity, producing 1500 metres per minute of performance papers in the 75-135gsm range, which the company noted is enough to cover the 196 mile distance between Partington and London every three hours.
SIACA said that the mill will help to some 450,000 tonnes a year of used paper from export by recycling it within the UK - reducing carbon emissions by 84,011 tonnes per year - equivalent to taking 28,000 cars off the road each.
According to the company PM-11 has led to the creation of 94 direct jobs plus opportunities for contractors and other roles.
"This cutting edge facility shows how state of the art technology and innovation can help drive growth. It’s a real boost for the economy and will create new jobs for Partington and the local area," commented Fallon.
"We are becoming an increasingly green economy and starting to reduce the impact of industry on the environment. So it’s promising to see the new facility will prevent thousands of tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere," he added.
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