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Smurfit Kappa to spend £98M at Townsend Hook

A three-year, £98 million investment plan will provide Smurfit Kappa’s Townsend Hook papermaking facility in the UK wtih a custom designed, 5m, lightweight recycled container board machine due to be operational by the end of 2014. The outlay is one of the largest investments by an established UK paper manufacturer.

The new machine will produce lightweight corrugated papers for use in Smurfit Kappa integrated plants, to meet its UK and Ireland market requirements for high efficiency and sustainable, recycled papermaking. The equipment, sourced from Cartiera di Cadidavid, will replace two existing container board machines, increasing Townsend Hook’s annual capacity of FSC certified, recycled paper by more than 8%, from 240,000 to 260,000 tonnes.

Together with its SSK mill in Birmingham, Smurfit Kappa says it will now offer the widest portfolio of corrugated paper available in the UK. It also believes the new paper mill, accredited with FSC certification and Carbon Trust Standard, will offer “the most sustainable approach to packaging in the UK”.

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