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SCA Invests £15 Million at U.K. Tissue Mill

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SCA, Stockholm, Sweden, this week reported that it has invested £15 million in new state-of-the-art equipment at its Tyne Valley (Prudhoe mill) production site in the U.K. The move, SCA notes, "will inject vital funding into the local economy while securing jobs and creating new employment."

The £15 million has been used to fund two separate projects. The first is a new production line that enables SCA to produce Tork zigzag-fold towels in the U.K. for the first time. SCA points out that this will significantly cut down on transport emissions when delivering Tork zigzag-fold towels to U.K. customers, a move that will result in major carbon footprint reductions throughout the supply chain, .

The second project involves a new deinking plant that will increase the capacity of recycled tissue fiber in the U.K. Tony Richards, factory and site manager at Prudhoe, said that "this project is the latest in a long line of key investments designed to improve efficiency to ensure that we remain on a path towards achieving a long-term, sustainable future for the mill. "This will in turn help to provide new employment and keep existing jobs safe while providing support for the local economy." The company's Triple Velvet and Asda Shades brands of toilet tissue are produced at Prudhoe mill.

Kevin Starr, SCA sales director U.K. and Ireland, added that "our new deinking plant will increase the amount of recycled fiber being produced in this country. Meanwhile, our new manufacturing facility will help to reduce the carbon footprint involved with supplying Tork zigzag towels to customers. This underpins our recently-launched ‘A sustainable choice is in your hands' campaign."

Prudhoe mill has a range of accreditations including ISO 14001, ISO 9001, FSC, and BRC. In 2008 the mill won an Environmental Management Award at the North East Business Awards competition.


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