United Kingdom – Finland-based paper processor UPM has officially launched its £17 million (US$ 27.2 million) material recycling facility (MRF) at Shotton in the UK – a development that will create some 160 jobs.
Finland’s ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi (left) an UPM CEO Jussi Pesonen (right)
Supported by a £1.7 million investment by the Welsh government, it has the capacity to sort 270 000 tonnes per year of co-mingled material and has been designed to achieve recovery rates of 99%. The facility is capable of sorting six types of plastic as well as metals, paper and glass. The new plant will supply the existing mill at Shotton, which employs 450 people, with sorted newspapers and magazines. An estimated 120 000 tonnes of paper per year will be recovered for papermaking at the North Wales site.
UPM’s CEO Jussi Pesonen and Finland’s Ambassador to the UK took part in the official opening ceremony, which was also attended by 180 key suppliers and partners. Mr Pesonen said: ‘The MRF clearly demonstrates how integrated manufacturing can work. We are working hard to maximise reuse and minimise waste.’
UPM’s video-production of the facility inauguration:
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