Archant Agrees to Buy Year-worth of Newsprint from Palm Paper

Feb. 10, 2010 - UK media giant Archant said that it has signed a contract with Palm Paper that calls for its Archant Print division to buy all 30,000 tonnes of newsprint it uses in a year.

Archant said the deal works well logistically because the new Palm Paper King's Lynn newsprint mill, which started up in August 2009, is only 50 miles down the road from Archant's printing facilities.

Archant also noted that Palm's newsprint is produced from 100% recycled paper, some of which will come from Archant Print, the unit that prints the majority of the group's newspaper titles, which consist of four dailies and 60 weeklies.

“There are considerable benefits to the deal as it gives us a very high quality sheet and, with a consistent supply from one source, we can optimize our production processes for it,” said Archant Print MD, Nick Schiller.

“We are taking all of our newsprint from Palm this year. It means that we will use 100% recycled paper and have an arrangement for the delivery lorries to take recycled paper back to Palm with the help of waste paper merchant MW White,” Schiller added.

Archant Print's facilities are located in Norwich.

Palm Paper's King's Lynn mill has the capacity to produce 400,000 tonnes of newsprint per year on PM 7 — standard newsprint for printing processes in coldset, heatset and flexo. PM 7 is a Voith machine.

SOURCE: Archant

See related story:
Successful Start Up of PM 7 at King's Lynn Mill in UK (10/19/2009)

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