Tissue World Magazine
Alexandra Stuthridge, Technical Business Manager, BioProducts Institute (BPI)

UK independent tissue converter Accrol Group Holdings has invested €4.5m in a tissue converting machine to be installed at its recently opened facility in Leyland, Lancashire.

The machine features the latest technology and will convert a variety of tissue grades, with a capacity of 15,000tpy.

Installation and commissioning will be towards the end of 2018.

Accrol opened its 168,000sq ft manufacturing facility in Leyland in April 2017; it has two converting lines installed and operational, with space for a further four converting lines.

Chief executive Steve Crossley said: “The new converting line will add further production capacity at our Leyland facility and will convert a wide range of product types, particularly at the premium end of the market.

“This investment is in line with our growth plans for the business and will ensure that we have the capacity to service, and benefit from, increasing demand from both major multiples and the discount sector.”

Accrol manufactures toilet rolls, kitchen rolls and facial tissues as well as other tissue products.

The company has committed capital expenditure of c.£18.2 million in the last three years.

It currently has 17 converting lines in operation providing capacity of approximately 143,000 tonnes per annum.