Aylesford Newsprint has reported that it has established a new mill speed record, achieving 1,666 metres per minute, compared to its previous best of 1,655.
And, the company has also set a new world record for newsprint production efficiency according to internationally recognised measurements. The previous record was held by a French mill and Aylesford achieved 1,076 kilograms per centimetre per day.
The record-breaking performance was achieved on Aylesford’s PM14 papermaking machine, installed in 1995 as part of a 250 million expansion scheme.
Aylesford manufactures the “Renaissance” premium grade newsprint for European newspaper publishers. The company recycles 500,000 tonnes of used newspapers and magazines a year and makes 400,000 tonnes of newsprint.
300,000 tonnes of the newsprint is made on the PM14 machine.
The company is a joint venture between SCA Forest Products and Mondi Europe.