PM-11 is SAICA's first recycled paper mill in the UK and the first ‘new' containerboard paper mill to be built in the UK for decades. It will produce 450,000tpa of 100% recycled containerboard each year from UK recovered papers.
The facility is the final part of SAICA's £0.5 billion investment plan to become an integrated player in the UK's packaging sector, providing a closed-loop solution for the manufacture of environmentally friendly, performance papers and corrugated packaging. PM-11 has led to the creation of 94 direct jobs plus opportunities for contractors and other roles.
PM-11 successfully produced paper for the first time on Sunday 15th January 2012 - two weeks ahead of the project start date and setting a new world start up speed record at 1.105 m/min 95 gr/m2.
Since that time, the company has been taking the facility through the commissioning phase, testing all parts of the paper machine and ancillary equipment; and steadily increasing production.
PM-11 is now operating at full capacity, producing 1,500 metres per minute of performance papers in the 75-135gsm range - enough to cover the 196 mile distance between Partington and London every three hours.
The new paper mill will help to divert the export of some 450,000 tonnes a year of used paper by recycling it within the UK - reducing carbon emissions by 84,011 tonnes per year - the equivalent of taking 28,000 cars off the road each year.
Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said:
"This cutting edge facility shows how state of the art technology and innovation can help drive growth. It's a real boost for the economy and will create new jobs for Partington and the local area.
"We are becoming an increasingly green economy and starting to reduce the impact of industry on the environment. So it's promising to see the new facility will prevent thousands of tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere."
Speaking ahead of PM-11's inauguration, SAICA President Ramón Alejandro said:
"We are thrilled that our world-leading facility is now running at full capacity and are proud to officially open PM-11 that has already set new records.
"Our customers deserve the best and we have been determined to deliver a facility that produces high quality performance papers.
"This is a significant investment for SAICA and demonstrates our commitment to both our UK customers and boosting the wider economy.
"We are delighted that the UK's Minister of State for Business & Enterprise has recognised this important milestone and the level of investment it has taken to reach this stage."