DS Smith informed employees at its Wansbrough Paper Mill in Watchet, Somerset, Great Britain that the company is considering closing the mill before the end of the year.
The local UK news website “Bridgewater Mercury” carried a story about the siutation which included the following statement from a DS Smith spokesperson:
“Following a review of the long term economic outlook for the Wansbrough paper mill, today we announced to employees at the mill that we are proposing to close Wansbrough Mill and are entering a period of consultation with employee representatives. The process will take into account all possible options for the future of the site.
“This announcement in no way reflects the commitment and efforts of our employees who continue to support our business.
“We will work closely with Union and employee representatives throughout the consultation process to ensure the best possible outcome for all parties. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further until the completion of the consultation process,” the company concluded.
A spokesman for the West Somerset Council said, “The council is clearly, deeply concerned by the news of DS Smith’s decision to close its Watchet operation. The paper mill has long been a significant employer in Watchet and the council is aware of the significant effect the closure will have on the local community.”
The Wansbrough Mill, which operates two paper machines, produces linerboard grades as well as recycled envelope and bag papers. It is also the largest UK manufacturer of coreboard. The mill’s total annual capacity is about 180,00 tonnes.