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UK-based Northwood has completed the purchase of 100% of the issued share capital of KPP Converters (KPP). KPP – a supplier of AfH tissue products – will continue to operate as an independent company out of its site in Ilkeston as a subsidiary of Northwood Hygiene Products (NHP). Former KPP owners Cliff Arnold and David Vaughan will continue in the business to ensure a smooth transition as it is integrated into the wider Northwood AfH businesses.

Paul Fecher, Northwood chairman, said: “This acquisition brings additional resource to our market offering and continues the focus of the Northwood businesses within the UK hygienic tissue sector.

“The acquisition of KPP Converters allows us to complement our existing converting facilities in Telford, Penygroes, Bromsgrove, Lancaster and Birmingham as well as further consolidating our position as a major independent supply source to the sector.

“We look forward to working closely with Cliff and David and the whole KPP team as they join the Northwood family of companies”.

The company said that all contacts and communication details remain unchanged.

If successful, the company said paper packaging will be rolled out across the UK and on all packets of toilet paper, saving an estimated 935 tonnes of plastic each year.

The move could then be extended to cover kitchen towels. Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “Wherever we can find plastic packaging that can be removed or replaced with recyclable alternatives, we are determined to do just that.

“From taking shrink-wrap off vegetables