Spain-based paper company SAICA has officially opened a 100 percent recycled-content paperboard mill near Manchester, United Kingdom. The containerboard mill, the first for SAICA in the U.K., is capable of producing 450,000 metric tons of product each year.
U.K. Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon took part at a ceremony officially opening the mill.
The project, costing around £300 million ($464 million) is part of a £.5 billion ($.77 billion) investment by SAICA in the U.K. SAICA says the mill is the first new containerboard mill to be built in the U.K. in decades. The mill has been in operation since January 2012 with testing and production steadily increasing.
“This cutting edge facility shows how state of the art technology and innovation can help drive growth,” says Fallon (pictured on the left in the photo at right). “It’s a real boost for the economy and will create new jobs for Partington and the local area.”
SAICA President Ramon Alejandro adds, “We are thrilled that our world-leading facility is now running at full capacity and are proud to officially open PM-11 that has already set new records. Our customers deserve the best and we have been determined to deliver a facility that produces high quality performance papers.”
SAICA Paper UK is part of the SAICA Group, a manufacturer of corrugated boxes. In addition to its U.K. mill SAICA operates paper mills in Spain and France.