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Quick Facts about the old Aylesford Newsprint

Quick Facts about Aylesford Newsprint

  • Paper Machine 14 (PM14) is 120 metres long, 9.4 metres wide and operates at 1,680 metres per minute.
  • Paper Machine 13 (PM13) is 90 metres long, 5.4 metres wide and operates at 900 metres per minute.
  • The Gas powered combined heat and power plant is owned by Npower Cogen and produces 92 Mwh of electricity and 120 tonnes of steam per hour. A further steam generator (the sludge combustor) also produces a further 25tph of steam.
  • The de-inking and pulping plant has an input capacity of 500,000 tonnes of recovered paper per annum.
  • A biological water treatment plant cleans the used water prior to discharge to the river Medway.
  • A visitors centre, mill guide and organised visitors route through the mill is available.
  • Training facilities including the bespoke Excellence Centre.
  • Business turnover is about £130 million per annum.
  • Production of Newsprint is about 400,000 tonnes per annum.
  • Employment: 380 people.

On average PM 14 runs at about 63 miles per hour. The final sheet is 9.4 metres wide. The production is in four weights of newspaper – 42.5, 45, 48.8 & 52 grams per square metre.