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Northwood responds to increased AfH and consumer demand with investment

UK-based Northwood Hygiene Products has boosted its AfH product offering with a multi-million-pound investment in a Gambini-supplied converting line and an additional 14,500m2 DC warehouse.

The £3.65m converting line has a capacity of around 13,000 tonnes per year and will be based at the company’s Telford site where it will run industrial rolls using 3.42-metre-wide jumbo reels from Northwood’s Chesterfield-based mill.

Some £400,000 has also been spent on additional offices, pallet racking and IT equipment.

More than £1m has also been invested in fully automated packaging and palletising equipment on the company’s roll towel and toilet tissue converting line.

Pete Foy, Operations Director, said: “In such uncertain times, and in a market which has seen unprecedented suppression of sales, Northwood is proud to have continued its aggressive investment programme.”

ICT boosts consumer tissue capacity across Europe with 50-acre plant 

European tissue manufacturer ICT UK has invested in a 50-acre tissue plant in Deeside, Wales.

Construction of the integrated tissue production and conversion facility – which the company said is the first of its kind in the UK in more than 15 years – is expected to begin early next year.

The Welsh Government has provided £5m towards the new 700,000 sq ft facility following an initial £10m investment in the Northern Gateway site in March.

It will be equipped with the latest technology and produce consumer tissue products marketed through retailer private labels and ICT’s own brand FOXY to the UK and Irish markets.

Lucca headquartered ICT Group has been operating in the consumer tissue business since 1978.

It has manufacturing sites in Italy, France, Spain and Poland.