Recently, members of the Flintshire planning committee unanimously approved the proposal for Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) new tissue mill in Deeside, North Wales. The mill will be the Italian group’s first tissue production and converting unit in the UK, supplying products such as toilet paper and kitchen towels to household use.
According to plans released by ICT last year, the new plant will be built in three phases. In the first, the company will increase tissue production and conversion. This phase will include a pulp warehouse, a tissue paper mill, a storage for jumbo reels, a converting hall with a dispatch area, an automated 10 level finished product high bay warehouse, a water treatment plant as well as an office building and other facilities.
In the second phase, which will take place 12 months after the completion of the first, ICT will build another facility to produce tissue paper – an additional pulp warehouse, a tissue paper mill and a jumbo reel storage. The objective of phase 2 is to maximize production at the site, according to the company. The operations built in phases 1 and 2 will occupy an area of approximately 8,000 m².
The last phase will only be built if the facility needs to increase in size due to market demand for finished products. Phase 3 will deliver an additional pulp warehouse, a paper mill, a boiler room, a jumbo reels storage warehouse, a converting hall and an extension to the proposed finished products warehouse. The combined space of phases 1, 2 and 3 totals around 12,000 m².
ICT did not indicate the capacity of the new plant or the value of the investment but said the phase 1 operations would generate sales of approximately £1.5 million. Total sales for the entire plant would be £2.9 million. As soon as it goes into operation, the unit should create 463 direct jobs.
“ICT is proud of the results achieved so far and is ready to move forward with the investment with determination and strong team spirit, characteristics that have always distinguished the success of the group.”, stated the company, in a posting on LinkedIn.
The Italian group ICT operates facilities in Italy, Poland, France and Spain and produces more than 620,000 tpy of tissue paper. The company currently sells relatively small volumes of tissue products to the UK through distributors.