Smurfit Kappa invests £98m in recycled paper-making facility
Packaging and paper manufacturer Smurfit Kappa (SK) has invested £98m in its Townsend Hook paper-making facility in Kent.
The project forms part of its three-year investment plan and will see new paper-making equipment installed at the facility. This is expected to increase the plant's capacity to produce FSC certified, recycled paper by more than 8% per year - bringing the total produced to 260,000 tonnes.
A lightweight recycled container board machine will be installed to produce lightweight corrugated papers for use in integrated plants across the UK and Ireland.
The upgraded facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2014 and has already secured Carbon Trust Standard accreditation.
SK ceo Chris Allen, said: "Smurfit Kappa's two UK mills will now specialise in producing all the recycled brown corrugated case material for its UK and Irish corrugated business, whilst maintaining its presence in the market."