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Aylesford looking into new newsprint machine

Aylesford Newsprint has begun work to see whether a new newsprint machine is viable on its site in Kent.

The new PM15 machine has been discussed for several years and discussions took place with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) five-years ago over potential funding assistance. However, in the end funding was given to UPM-Kymmene to convert its Shotton mill in north Wales from wood pulp to 100% recovered paper.

It would work with the existing 100% recovered fibre PM14 machine replacing the 50-year old PM13.

An Aylesford company spokesman said: The shareholder board has asked us to look further at the PM15 project.

MRW understands that although no official talks have begun with WRAP, it would be the intention of Aylesford to see if funding assistance of the type given to UPM-Kymmene might be available.

However, at present the shareholder board is waiting on a report due sometime this year to determine whether the project is currently viable. No timetable has been set on when the machine might get the go-ahead.

The report will assess whether there is enough potential in the UK market for another newsprint machine and look at the costs and implications of constructing PM15.

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