The decline of the UK paper market has not prevented waste paper processor UPM expanding its UK recovered paper procurement team.
Five new regional positions will help the company to have a better ownership of the supply chain, UPM head of communications UK & Ireland Will Stone told MRW.
He explained: Its been a long-term plan for the company to establish a regional team for key areas of the UK. We also had a number of departures in 2007.
He said that although the staff recruitment was not a direct response to reduced demand from China, it was good timing for the business, particularly with strong indications from
Environment Minster Jane Kennedy that the Government will soon announce UK infrastructure investment in its pre-budget report.
Stone said: The plan is to be able to have raw material as a strategic priority for the company and to have a better ownership of the supply chain.
We wanted to establish a more accessible service for our customers across Europe.
One of the key appointments announced is that of Mike Burgess, formerly head of paper at the Waste & Resources Action Programme.
While the companys Shotton mill processes 650,000 tonnes of recovered paper, the new team will also procure material for UPMs other mills across Europe.
New faces at UPM
Dawn Hepton North West & North Wales
Mike Hendy South West & South Wales
Julian Phipps Midland and Mid Wales
Mike Burgess (previously at WRAP) North East & Scotland
Robbie Warden South East & East England
Image: UPM staff