Report: DS Smith to upgrade U.K.-based Kemsley recycled paper mill


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European paper and packaging company DS Smith reportedly is investing about $60 million in a new fiber preparation line at its Kemsley recycled paper mill in southeast England, an investment the company says will deliver returns through “improved efficiency and reduced costs,” according to Packaging Europe.

The new fiber preparation line, known as F-line, will benefit the company’s PM3 paper machine, which produces white top test liner, plasterboard liner and other corrugated case materials, and the report also notes a drum pulping and screening system to “more efficiently” separate contaminants from fiber also will be installed as part of this initiative.

London-based DS Smith is promoting the investment as part of its “Now & Next” sustainability strategy and says the technological enhancement is expected to “significantly” improve the quality of recycled fiber used in production and, by extension, its finished products, as well as reduce water usage, energy consumption and CO2 emissions by more than 6,000 tons annually.

The Kemsley mill is the largest recycled paper mill in the United Kingdom and the second-largest in Europe. It has an annual production capacity of 840,000 tons.



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