Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Europe, Andrew Mitchell, visited Saica’s Greater Manchester mill located in Carrington to see the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
Saica, which is the largest European player in the development and production of recycled paper for corrugated cardboard, showcased its innovative paper machine during the tour. HM Trade Commissioner for Europe also visited the power plant and learned in detail about the complete paper mill operation and strategic lay-out.
In 2006, Saica group entered the UK market and since then the group has made 620 million euro investment (about 530 million pounds) in the country. Currently, Saica is the third player in the UK and Ireland in the development and production of recycled paper for corrugated cardboard and in the production of corrugated cardboard.
“I’m delighted to visit Saica in Manchester today. This is a company whose £500m investment in the city has created invaluable jobs and contributed to the development of new skills in the local community,” said Andrew Mitchell. “It is a great example of the value of foreign direct investment to the UK economy. Britain remains the number one destination for investment in Europe and it is our aim to remain the best place on the continent to bring new business. To do so, we will work with investors such as Saica to understand how we can continuously improve and develop our offer,” he expressed.
“We are honoured to welcome Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Europe, this was an excellent opportunity to showcase the innovative work which is taking place throughout the facility and display the hard-work of our employees” said Pedro Gascon, Managing Director, SAICA Group. “This was a timely visit. As a European company, we believe that maintaining legal certainty and transparency will help us to understand UK´s future trading relationship with Europe. Legal certainty is a requirement for future investments in the UK,” he pointed out.
Saica’s Carrington plant includes state-of-the-art facilities and a skilled workforce to produce high-quality papers, which can be converted into advanced packaging in terms of strength and design.