Theresa Grifffin visits Manchester paper mill for talks

Theresa Griffin MEP today visited one of the world’s most advanced Recycled Paper Mills in Partington, near Manchester.

Constructed by SAICA as part of a state-of-the-art facility, the project represents one of the most modern manufacturing developments seen in the UK in recent years. The £300 million complex, which includes a recovered fibre storage centre and energy plant, has a giant papermaking machine at its heart, known as PM11; it is considered to be Europe’s most advanced mill of its type. The mill officially opened in 2013.

The feedstock of used cardboard and mixed papers comes largely from retail back-of store collections and the municipal recycling stream. It then manufactures brown paper to make containerboard for strong, lightweight cardboard boxes.

The North West’s Theresa Griffin, who is Labour’s representative on the Industry committee said:

“It has been an absolute pleasure to visit the site today and to see how a paper mill actually works. This has been a great investment for SAICA to make and is crucially bringing 200 jobs to the local area. Manufacturing is a key part of our local economy, so it is good to see investment being put into the sector.

“We have had some interesting discussions on the EU’s emission trading system and the type of technologies that are being used on this site and further with the Confederation of European Paper Industries.”

Pasi Hayrynen, Plant Manager at PM11 added: “ We’re very proud of our state-of –the-art facility in Partington and the positive part it’s playing in the local area . The job creation and investment has provided a massive boost to the community and employees are now equipped with a range of skills to ensure they offer the highest standards of customer care.”