DS Smith to Close Wansbrough Paper Mill in Somerset, UK

DS Smith said it plans to close its Wansbrough paper mill on December 23. Photo courtesy Bridgewater Mercury.

Dec. 15, 2015 European news outlet EUWID said that it received notification from DS Smith that the company is closing its Wansbrough paper mill in Watchet in the county of Somerset, England, on December 23.

At the end of August, a spokesperson for DS Smith released the following statement to a local newspaper, the Bridgewater Mercury: "Following a review of the long term economic outlook for the Wansbrough paper mill, today we announced to employees at the mill that we are proposing to close Wansbrough Mill and are entering a period of consultation with employee representatives. The process will take into account all possible options for the future of the site.

EUWID said the Wansbrough mill operates two paper machines — PM1 and PM5. According to the plant manager, they manufacture roughly 90,000 tonnes of testliner III, 30,000 tonnes of coreboard, 18,000 tonnes of recycled paper for bags, 12,000 tonnes of recycled envelope paper, and 10,000 tonnes of other products such as plasterboard.

DS Smith purchased the Wansbrough Mill from St Regis International in 1986.

SOURCE: EUWID and Bridgewater Mercury

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