Star Tissue has bought a PCMC AMICA Industria to boost the quality of its products and bring greater efficiency to its UK-based production unit.

The company commissioned the machine on 1 March and it is now in full production.

Abid Ditta, director at Lancashire-based Star Tissue, said the 36-staffed company made the investment in response to an increase in customer demand for its products.

“We bought the machine primarily to enhance the quality of our products and to increase our production capacity to meet the needs of our diverse customer base.

“It allows us to offer superior products in the market place with the latest ply bonding technology – ply lamination. It has also widened our product offering.”

The company is in the first year of a three year investment programme and has had planning permission granted to build an extension to its industrial unit.

The move will add an acre onto the existing site and enable the business to invest in further machinery to give it the capacity to convert another 15,000 tonnes of tissue annually.

The company manufactures away from home hygiene paper products, private label products for major suppliers and distributors in the personal hygiene sector, as well as the UK and Ireland catering and medical markets.