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Largest papermill in world opens in Norfolk

The largest newsprint machine in the world began operations on 21 August in Norfolk, three weeks ahead of schedule.

Originally due to open in mid-September, Palm Papers new paper mill has the capacity to process 400,000 tonnes of paper each year. Working at a planned production speed of 2,000 metres per minute also means it may also be the fastest paper mill in the world.

Papierfabrik Palm Group chief executive Dr Wolfgang Palm said: The team has done a fantastic job in getting the machine running with such a tight time plan and so far ahead of schedule.

The machine, called the Lynn PM7 produced the first jumbo roll at a start up speed of 1,580 metres per minute. The expectation is that the machine will produce A quality newsprint by the end of the week.

The £400 million mill is situated in Kings Lynn, Norfolk and took just over a year to build.

Minister of Trade, Investment and Business Lord Davies said: International trade and investment is vital to the long term economic health of the UK. I am delighted that Palm Paper is now up and running and that full production will start in August. The new paper mill has brought optimism to the area by providing jobs, stimulating the economy and running a large operation on a brownfield site.

From the beginning, the firm built the mill for UK printers and publishers with the objective to sell all the paper in the UK. 

An official opening for the mill will take place in June 2010.


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