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Saica buys prominent UK paper recycler

United Kingdom – To support its emerging Partington mill venture in north-west England, the UK arm of Spanish manufacturer Saica has acquired Cutts Recycling. The family-owned firm operates two facilities – in the South Yorkshire cities of Doncaster and Sheffield – which together handle around 70 000 tonnes of recovered paper and cardboard per annum.

Cutts Recycling will become part of the Saica Natur brand – a combination of the Spanish group’s waste management activities through which it will manage more than 250 000 tonnes of recovered paper in the UK. This accounts for a significant proportion of the secondary fibre required to feed the corrugated box production mill at Partington near Manchester when it comes on stream in early 2012.

A family-owned business enjoying a Euro 2.2 billion turnover, Saica’s strategy is to have a major presence in all three segments of the paper industry with strong integration between paper manufacturing, corrugated packaging and recovery. Simon Dymoke, Managing Director of Saica Natur in the UK, says: ‘Saica has ambitious expansion plans with regard to waste management in the UK in order to drive the integrated business model that has proved to be so successful in Europe.’

In 2008, Saica acquired SCA’s 18 corrugated packaging facilities in the UK and Ireland. Last year, construction began on the £290 million (US$ 460 million) Partington mill which is due to start production in March 2012. The Cutts purchase is the group’s second investment in the UK recycling sector following the acquisition of Futur in November last year.

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