UPM Shotton materials recovery facility takes shape

Archive 28.5.2010 0:00 EEST

(UPM, Shotton, 28 May 2010) – UPM Shotton's materials recovery has taken a step further with main steel work being put into place, marking a major milestone for the £17M investment.

Announced earlier this year, the materials recovery facility will be able to sort up to 250,000 tonnes of comingled materials sourced from across the UK once fully operational. Around 120,000 tonnes will be newspapers and magazines – providing 20% of the recovered paper used as raw material in the mill's paper production. Surplus recyclable material will be recycled by other reprocessors as required.

The materials recovery facility has been designed to allow UPM Shotton mill to sort dry recyclables such as plastic bottles, cardboard, newspapers, magazines and metals. The investment is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government with a GBP 1.7m Single Investment Fund grant and will have up to 150 people working on the construction phase of the facility.

Undertaking the construction work is Eric Wright Group. UPM has also appointed Machinex for the supply and installation sorting equipment and lines. When complete the facility will be the keystone of UPM Shotton's recycling service setting new market leading standards for quality, value and service.

Mr David Green, UPM Project Director for the facility build said: "We are extremely pleased to be able to reach this significant milestone in our project. By choosing good quality and experienced partners such as Machinex and Eric Wright Group, we believed that we have best possible platform to reach future milestones and start up in January 2011.

The Machinex design will allow the materials recovery rate will be at least 99%, setting a new high standard for materials recovery" he added.

Notes to Editors:

UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 23,000 people and it has production facilities in 15 countries. In 2009, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 7.7 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange.

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UPM Shotton
UPM Shotton is part of the UPM, a global forest products business and Europe’s biggest recycler of newspapers and magazines. It recycles 700,000 tonnes a year – equivalent to 95,000 double decker buses. UPM Shotton is the largest newsprint mill in the UK, producing newsprint for the national and the regional press, with capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes a year. Following the investment of over £120million to create the world’s biggest single line recovered fibre pulping facility, UPM Shotton now creates newsprint from 100% recovered paper sources.