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

(News from RISI) ā€“ UK independent soft tissue converter Accrol Papers is set to join the paper production side of the market.

A spokesperson for the firm confirmed local news according to which Accrol Papers intends to set up a paper mill in close proximity to its existing operations in Blackburn, Lancashire.

The private equity firm North Edge Capital revealed in July it has backed Accrol Papers in a Ā£66 million ($113 million) deal.

According to Tim Bullough, commercial director of Accrol Papers, the deal will accelerate the firm’s plans, one of which is a paper mill.
“We would endeavour to locate the paper mill as close as possible to our current converting facilities.

ā€œFurthermore, we have made a senior board appointment, and he will take up his position shortly and will head up the mill project.ā€
Moreover, RISI learned that the firm is considering a new 5.5m-wide machine.

Accrol Papers was established in 1993 by the Hussain family. Today, the firm generates annual sales of more than Ā£100 million and employs 300 people.

It can produce in excess of 80,000 tonnes of household and AfH tissue products.

Majid Hussain, chief executive of Accrol Papers, said: “The investment from North Edge follows a sustained period of growth for the business during the last five years.

ā€œThe capital will allow us to accelerate capital expenditure to increase output and ensure that we continue to deliver the highest quality products and services to our customers.”