Tissue World Magazine

Northwood Paper Sales has targeted growth in the UK’s Away from Home (AfH) sector after it acquired the issued share capital of Disposables UK.

Disposables UK operates from Meltham near Huddersfield and manufactures and distributes branded and unbranded paper disposables and dispensers as well as cleaning and hygiene products for the AfH market in the UK and abroad.

Managing director of the 85-staffed company David Burkill said: “This is a very exciting and positive move for Disposables UK and is the next stage in our development.

“In Northwood we have found a buyer that suits our business, with whom we already have a strong relationship and who are a family-run business with a similar approach. It will benefit our business and our customers.”

Paul Fecher, chairman of Northwood, added: “The activities of Disposables UK and Northwood Hygiene Products are complementary to each other and enhance the coverage of the whole AfH product range available to the market from the new unified supply source.

“With the well-known range of Bay West, Optimum Professional, and Optimum ProWipers joining Leonardo, Essentials, Whisper and Perform we have system as well as commodity solutions and the right products available for the full requirements of the hygiene sector.

“We are pleased to welcome David Burkill and Paul Halliwell, the Meltham management team and all the staff of Disposables UK Ltd into our family of companies, as we continue to grow our businesses in the UK Away from Home sector.”

Northwood employs 580 staff and has converting factories in Penygroes, Telford and Meltham and tissue mills in Disley and Lancaster, as well as a joint venture integrated consumer tissue mill and converting plant in Bridgend.