Local authorities want to block the sale of UPM's Chapelle Darblay mill to Paprec and Samfi. They plan to support a project by Veolia and Fibre Excellence to convert the site to produce containerboard. This adds to other rebuilding projects announced in France, which will significantly change the market landscape in the country - also for recovered paper.
A conversion of UPM's idled Chapelle Darblay mill in France to recycled containerboard is becoming increasingly likely. The Rouen Métropole Normandie municipal agency officially announced that it will exercise its pre-emptive right to buy UPM's shuttered Chapelle Darblay mill in France, reports trade union Filpac CGT. The official act is to happen any day now, according to one party involved in reviving the mill. The municipal body will then resell the site.
UPM had previously already entered into a sales agreement with recycling company Paprec and investment firm Samfi, which want to produce hydrogen and operate a sorting facility for recovered paper and plastic at the site. This transaction now looks set to be blocked.
Trade unions and local authorities are supporting a project which is being prepared by recycling firm Veolia and pulp producer Fibre Excellence. The companies want to rebuild the paper machine to the production of corrugated case material.
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