Palm Group's Palm Paper 400,000 tonnes/year newsprint mill in Kings Lynn, England, resumes production following annual maintenance shut

LOS ANGELES , May 29, 2012 () – Palm Group’s Palm Paper newsprint mill in Kings Lynn, England, took its annual five-day maintenance shut, the Lynn News reported on May 29.

The mill’s paper machine, called PM No. 7, restarted May 25 and once it is fully stabilized, its speed will be increased.

This year’s shut entailed using a crane to remove large sections of the roof, in order to replace major components of the boiler system. Blustery weather conditions caused a slight delay in this operation, which required low wind speeds.

The maintenance shut involved 370 national and international contractors from 45 companies, in addition to Palm Paper staff. The mill itself employs 150 people.

Palm Paper has a production capacity of 400,000 tonnes per year and supplies the U.K. and Ireland. The mill uses only recycled fiber, relying for more than half of it from its Palm Recycling mill, which it acquired in 2010.

The Palm Group, based in Germany, consists of Papierfabrik Palm, with four mills housing seven paper machines, and the Palm Packaging Group, with18 corrugated plans producing corrugated boxes, according to the company website. The Palm Group specializes in newsprint and paper for corrugated board.

The primary source of this article is the Lynn News, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, on May 29, 2012.

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