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SAICA Ready to Construct Recycled Containerboard Mill in the UK

Jan. 14, 2010 - Spanish paper and packaging group SAICA confirmed that it will begin construction of a £290 million (US$473 million) recycled containerboard mill at Partington Wharfside in Trafford, United Kingdom.

When operational, the new mill is expected to produce about 400,000 tpy of lightweight containerboard from 100 percent recyled paper.

"This huge investment in the current economic climate is the best message SAICA can send to its UK customers," said Eduardo Aragues, president of the SAICA Group. "SAICA is committed to supply its UK customers with the best products, on an environmentally friendly basis."

The mill will house PM 11, a 7.5 metre-wide paper machine with an operating speed of up to 1500 meters per minute.

SAICA worked with the British Embassy in Spain, UK Trade and Investment, the North West Development Agency and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council to bring the project to fruition.

UK Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said, "Both the scale and the nature of this investment make it a great win for both the North West and the UK, the number one destination for inward investment in Europe."

Site work started in 2009 and the actual construction is slated to begin early in 2010, with start up expected in February 2012.

SOURCE: Industry news reports




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