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Major revamp for UK mill

17 August 2015

Tork manufacturer SCA is relaunching one of its most significant UK mills following the opening of nine new production lines at the site.  

Skelmersdale Mill has virtually doubled in size and taken on 100 extra staff following the addition of the new production lines. The most recent of these to come on stream produces Tork SmartOne toilet tissue, one of the company’s leading product lines.

The mill previously employed around 190 people. According to site manager Mark Mannering: "The development of the mill doubles our capacity and makes us SCA’s main production site for the UK professional market. We expect to see a significant increase in volume of products exported to other markets across Europe."

Besides Tork SmartOne, other leading products manufactured at the Lancashire mill include Tork Reflex Centrefeed.

SCA is the largest consumer tissue company in the UK and Ireland. The Skelmersdale mill is one of six SCA paper mills across the UK. Rolls of paper made at other SCA mills are taken to the Skelmersdale site where they are converted into finished products.

Besides key Tork lines, SCA’s well-known household tissue brand Velvet and various own-brand tissue products for leading supermarket chains are also produced at Skelmersdale.

The mill, acquired by SCA in 1999, has a number of ongoing programmes in place to minimise environmental impact. Skelmersdale is committed to responsibly recycling all waste and aims to reduce usage of electricity and gas on a year-by-year basis.