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SCA injects £15 million into UK tissue mill

Published 31st August, 2011 by Neil Nixon

SCA injects £15 million into UK tissue mill

Tork manufacturer SCA has invested £15 million in new state-of-the-art equipment at its Tyne Valley production site. The move will inject vital funding into the local economy and create new employment.

The £15 million has been used to fund two separate projects. The first is a new production line that enables SCA to produce Tork zigzag-fold towels in the UK for the first time. This will significantly cut down on transport emissions when delivering Tork zigzag-fold towels to UK customers - a move that will result in major carbon footprint reductions throughout the supply chain. The second project concerns a new de-inking plant which will increase the capacity of recycled tissue fibre in the UK by ‘de-inking’ fibres in recovered paper.

Tony Richards, factory and site manager at Prudhoe, said: “We are delighted that Prudhoe Mill has been awarded such a significant level of new investment. This project is the latest in a long line of key investments designed to improve performance and efficiency to ensure that we remain on a path towards achieving a long-term, sustainable future for the mill. This will in turn help to provide new employment and keep existing jobs safe while providing support for the local economy.”

Kevin Starr, SCA sales director UK and Ireland, said: “Our new de- inking plant will increase the amount of recycled fibre being produced in this country. Meanwhile, our new manufacturing facility in the UK will help to reduce the carbon footprint involved with supplying Tork zigzag towels to customers. This underpins our recently-launched ‘A sustainable choice is in your hands’ campaign which emphasises how a supplier’s own sustainability code can have a knock-on effect on all other companies in the supply chain. We are dedicated to sustainability and are also continuing to build the Tork brand. This £15 million investment shows SCA’s commitment to the UK market while underlining our own strategy for growth.”

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