At the end of April 2013, the most advanced recycled paper mill in Europe was officially declared open by our Minister of State for Business & Energy, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, in Partington Wharfside, Trafford.
He gladly carried out the honours at the new facility, known as PM11, which was built by SAICA, a Spanish multinational, and which cost them £300 million.
A hefty sum, and one which marks the end of a £500 million initiative of SAICA to become a major player in the UK’s packaging industry.
PM11 will certainly achieve that, producing in excess of 450,000 tonnes of recycled containerboard every year, every gram made from paper that would otherwise be a waste export. In all, PM11 is reducing carbon emissions by 84,011 tonnes per year. That’s the equivalent of removing 28,000 cars from the road every year.
In addition, the Partington Mill will become the primary source of paper for SAICA PACK operations for the British Isles, leading to a further reduction in environmental costs that go hand in hand with the importation of paper from mainland Europe.
PM11 produced it’s first sheet of paper on Sunday 15th of January, 2012, and since then has been going through the long commissioning phase, where every inch of its state of the art technology is tested. Now, the facility produces 1,500 metres per minute of performance papers, enough paper to cover the 196-mile stretch from Partington to London every three hours.
Michael Fallon said, “This cutting edge facility shows how state of the art technology and innovation can help drive growth. It’s a real boost for the economy and will create new jobs for Partington and the local area”
In fact, 94 direct jobs sprung up with the birth of this facility, and many other opportunities for contractors and other roles.
At PM11‘s inauguration, SAICA president Ramón Alejandro said: “We are proud of what we have achieved here in Partington, which now boasts the world’s fastest paper making machine.
“We are delighted that the UK’s Minister of State for Business & Enterprise has recognised this important milestone and the level of investment it has taken to reach this stage.”