About 90,000 tpy of testliner capacities will soon be taken from the UK market. DS Smith will close its Wansbrough mill, which also produces other products such as coreboard, on 23 December.
DS Smith has notified EUWID that it is closing its Wansbrough mill in Watchet in the county of Somerset, England, on 23 December. DS Smith had announced a possible closure at the end of August. At that time the company had said the decision had been made after an assessment of the facility's long-term prospects.
The Wansbrough mill operates two paper machines. According to the plant manager, they manufacture roughly 90,000 t of testliner III, 30,000 t of coreboard, 18,000 t of recycled paper for bags, 12,000 t of recycled envelope paper, and 10,000 t of other products such as plasterboard. DS Smith operates another paper mill in the UK - the Kemsley mill in the county of Kent - where the company produces corrugated case material on three machines with a total capacity of around 800,000 tpy.