Paper continues to be a vital part of homes and businesses across the world and is still used for a huge range of purposes despite the growth of electronic communications.
The UK paper mills workforce has declined from 100,000 in 1959 to 25,000; there are approximately 50 mills operating, producing 4.4 m tonnes of the UK’s paper and board. Paper manufacturing employs approximately 54,000 in 1,500 organisations and has a turnover of £10.1bn p.a.
The UK Paper industry is one of the most forward looking sectors in the UK in the areas of recycling, energy conservation and the environment. The UK’s paper mills operate to be highly efficient, modern and innovative, and clean, investing heavily in modern machinery and product development.