Fourstones Paper Mill announces new paper machine installation at its Sapphire Paper Mill in Leslie, Scotland, with commissioning set for Q2 2024; machine will increase site's capacity to 60,000 tonnes/year, producing virgin toilet tissue and towel grades

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October 2, 2023 (press release) –

Fourstones Paper Mill is pleased to announce the installation of a new paper machine at their Sapphire Paper Mill site in Leslie, Scotland.

The paper machine, which was delivered to site in September, is equipped with a Crescent Former, a Fabricated Steel Yankee Cylinder and a High Temperature Drying Hood has a trimmed width of 2.75m and an operating speed of 1700m/min.

The civil and infrastructure works have now been completed, and the paper machine installation is set to begin October 2023, with commissioning scheduled for Q2 2024.

“The company’s largest single investment to date”

The company anticipates that the new machine will increase paper production capacity on the site to 60,000 tonnes annually. The machine will primarily produce virgin toilet tissue and towel grades for the consumer and away from home markets.

In line with their sustainability goals, Fourstones is actively working to secure a reliable and ethical source of pulp for their operations, ensuring responsible production.

Managing Director, Peter Duxbury, states, “This marks the largest single investment in the company’s history, demonstrating our firm commitment to expanding the business and establishing a strong foundation for its future growth”.

This substantial investment will inject over £7 million into the local community during the installation phase, create 22 full-time jobs and will continue to contribute to local economic growth on completion.

This announcement highlights Fourstones Paper Mills’ strong commitment to investing in the United Kingdom’s paper industry, supporting local jobs, and ensuring that UK paper converters and end users have access to high-quality British paper.

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