Wepa snaps up Arjowiggins Greenfield,
Bessé mill liquidated

29 Mar 2019 − 

Good and bad news have been announced today in Nanterre. Two of the three Arjowiggins mills under receivership will be sold and will retain part of the staff while the biggest site will be liquidated. 700 jobs are affected.

The commercial court of Nanterre decided today on the future of the three Arjowiggins mills Greenfield, Le Bourray and Bessé-sur-Braye, which have been under receivership since January. German tissue products manufacturer Wepa announced it had been awarded to take over the Greenfield deinked pulp mill. The Le Bourray mill will be sold to the French producer of napkins and tablecloth CGMP, French CGT trade union told EUWID. By contrast, the Bessé-sur-Braye mill, which is the biggest of the three sites and produces a wide range of coated, uncoated and specialty papers, was reportedly placed in liquidation.

This is a black day for around 700 of Arjowiggins' employees. With the liquidation of the Bessé mill, 568 employees will lose their jobs - this corresponds to one quarter of the population of the commune of Bessé-sur-Braye. At the Le Bourray site, CGMP will retain only about 100 out of 240 employees, CGT informs. The company intends to continue operating the tissue machine, but plans to shut down the machine for recycled graphic papers.


Find the full article and more information on the developments and plans at the Arjowiggins mills in EUWID Pulp and Paper issue no 14/2019, which will be available to our e-paper and print subscribers as of 3 April.

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