Worlds biggest recycled newsprint machine at Kings Lynn
December 28, 2009 by Michael
Palm Paper, a subsidiary of Germany-based Papierfabrik Palm, started production with the world’s biggest recycled machine in August 2009, which was three weeks ahead of schedule. According to MD Derek Harman they wanted to stabilise production and carry out further trials to check that such a large machine could maintain quality.
The machine will produce 400,000 tonnes of newsprint a year, for standard, flexo and heatset applications. This will all be produced using 100% selected recycled fibre. The machine is massive, having a width of over ten and a half metres. Derek Harman was hopeful that the consumption would stabilise by the end of the year, he said:
With the King’s Lynn plant, we have taken the view that in the next 40 years, demand will be good and bad. We are in this for the long term.
The opening of the new plant is good news for the UK print industry, with the closure of 17 UK mills in the last five years. Palm Paper has invested nearly half a million pounds in the new plant, which has also created 150 new jobs. This is very good news for East Anglia.
The new plant is good for the region and good for the greater printing trade. Local printing companies in Kings Lynn should also benefit as ‘the worlds biggest’ should help keep the print trade in the headlines. This will be a great help in tough times.