Today the Welsh Government announced ICT UK's new investment on the Northern Gateway site in Deeside, North Wales
European tissue producer to invest in North Wales creating more than 200 jobs
More than 200 jobs will be created on the Northern Gateway site in Deeside, North Wales, as a leading European tissue manufacturer announces it will be constructing a brand new facility with Welsh Government support.
The Welsh Government has provided £5m towards the new 700,000 sq ft facility. This follows a £10m investment in the Northern Gateway in March, to unlock the development potential of the site.
Italian company ICT has signed a preliminary contract for a 50-acre site, to develop a state-of-the art integrated tissue production and conversion facility – the first of its kind in the UK in more than 15 years. Construction is expected to begin early next year and, once complete, will create 229 new jobs
The new facility, equipped with the latest technology, will deliver consumer tissue products marketed through retailer private labels and ICT’s own brand FOXY to the UK and Irish markets.
According to the company, the location and development presents the “perfect opportunity” for retailers and their customers to benefit from the highest quality tissue products with availability assured from ICT’s industry leading supply chain expertise.
Ahead of a visit to North Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “This development is good news for the Northern Gateway site, Deeside and North Wales. It will bring a brand new state-of-the-art facility to the site with more than 200 jobs, and the possibility of further expansion in the future.
“The Northern Gateway site has tremendous potential and I’m very pleased that we have been able to support ICT’s decision to locate its new facility here. It will be an important employer in the future and will be a key contributor as we build a stronger and fairer North Wales.”
Minister for North Wales Lesley Griffiths said: “This is excellent news for North Wales. ICT is a world leader in its field and it will be bringing skilled employment to the region. I look forward to seeing these exciting plans develop.”
A spokesperson for ICT said: “Working with the Welsh Government team over the last two years has been a very positive experience of cooperation. ICT has carried out a very thorough feasibility study of potential sites all over the UK during the last three years and we are more than pleased with our final choice to make Deeside our new home and to expand our business footprint to North Wales and to the UK.
“We look forward to swiftly getting to work on the site and creating our local ICTUK team.”
ICT Group is headquartered in Lucca, Italy and has been operating in the consumer tissue business since 1978. Now a leading European producer, with manufacturing sites in Italy, France, Spain and Poland, ICT markets its premium toilet paper, kitchen towels, napkins and facial tissue products through its own brand Foxy and retailer’s private labels. The business includes the sale of parent reels through its B2B division. ICT employs 1,680 people and has a turnover of more than €840m.
ICT Poland: works have begun in the cellulose storage areas
Works have begun in ICT Poland to create an additional warehouse for the storage of cellulose. The completion of the works is scheduled for the end of November 2021. The total construction area is 6,314.50 m2. The new structure will guarantee a number of advantages, including increased storage safety (dry and stable stacks), the availability of larger storage areas, as well as the possibility of stacking the cellulose on three floors, which reach a storage of approx. 9,000 tonnes.
Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti invests in Italy, in its area of origin
In cooperation with the Tuscany Regional Government and the Municipality of Coreglia Antelminelli, the company is about to embark on a huge investment plan, estimated at approximately €50 million, which involves expanding the production plant in Piano di Coreglia and carrying out several construction works, also necessary to reduce the hydraulic risk, to make the surrounding area safe.
This new project is part of the ICT group’s growth and expansion programme, and will also help to promote and support growth in the local area and all linked industries.
Pozzani Disposables obtains FSC® and PEFC™ certifications
Pozzani Disposables S.p.A. is pleased to announce that in March 2021 it obtained the Chain of Custody certification according to the FSC® and PEFC™ standards.
By achieving this important milestone, the Company consolidates the social and environmental commitment of ICT Group by choosing only cellulose that comes from sustainably managed forests for the production of its nappies.
Heading towards an Industry 4.0 logic: the experience of ICT SpA in Italy
ICT SpA in Italy has embarked on an improvement process in the converting department by adopting 4.0 solutions.
It was essential to strategically and consciously take advantage of the potential offered by digitisation based on key factors, such as people, processes and infrastructures.
The main features introduced include:
- automatic identification of times and causes of downtimes
- quality control management in digital format
- independent maintenance management in digital format
- availability of detailed and immediate reports
- assisted selection of the format change parameters
The expected results namely relate to:
- Increased productivity
- Optimisation of internal procedures
- Improvement in the level of product quality
- Greater involvement of staff
Today, thanks in part to the Industry 4.0 approach adopted also in other company departments, the company recognises itself as being stronger in its own production and management capabilities.
PM2 energy efficiency projects
The focus of ICT on the environment continues: the company has carried out two important energy efficiency projects on the paper machine PM2 at the Piano della Rocca site.
The first project consisted in improving the efficiency of the approach system by replacing the existing fan pumps with new, accurately sized pumps. In addition, state-of-the-art motors and inverters were installed replacing the previous supply system. As expected when designing the project, the adopted solution saves a significant amount of electrical energy and, as a result, reduces CO2 emissions for the production of paper.
The second one concerned the drying stage, where the heat loss of the Yankee dryer was reduced installing specially designed insulation systems. This intervention ensures a reduction I n gas consumption and the related polluting emissions during the drying of paper; it has also resulted in improved environmental working conditions for the operators.
ICT Ibérica is ISO 50001 certified
Once again, ICT Ibérica is strengthening its commitment to sustainability, as it has now obtained the ISO 50001:2018 energy management system certification.
This management system will help us to maintain our targets of continuous improvement in the energy industry, in all of our company’s processes. As we move into this new phase, we will be aligning ourselves with the UN Sustainable Development Goal “SDG 13 - Climate Action”, which pledges to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
ICT France keeps on growing
Another important phase in the expansion of the ICT France plant in Montargis has just been concluded.
The project involved installing an additional state-of-the-art production line to increase the offer and strengthen leadership in the French market.
Once again on this occasion, the ICT Group reaffirmed its commitment towards continuous improvement by always placing great emphasis on quality.
A special thank you goes to everyone who, with great determination and despite the hardships brought about by the current health emergency, succeeded in completing the project.
Christmas competition at ICT Ibérica
As every year, ICT Ibérica has launched its traditional Children's Christmas Drawing Competition.
In this 7th edition, we have received a total of 90 drawings that are brightening up and filling the walls of our company with colour these days.
We are very grateful for the fabulous reception that this initiative has had year after year by the families and for the enthusiasm demonstrated by the children in each of the drawings presented.
Although every year they make it more difficult for us, after the popular vote and the final election of the jury, the final result has been as follows:
In the 0-4 years category we received 32 drawings, and the selected finalists were: Sergio Sánchez (2 years old), Ayanet Alcaine (4 years old), Leo Vallejo (4 years old) and Pablo Gómez (2 years old). The winner was Ayanet Alcaine.
In the 5 to 8 years category we received 39 drawings, and the selected finalists were: Héctor Velázquez (5 years old), Adrián Gómez (5 years old), Iker Escalona (7 years old). The winner was Adrián Gómez.
In the 9 to 12 years category we received 19 drawings, and the selected finalists were: Adriana Terreu (10 years old), Belen Ruiz (10 years old), Adan Velázquez (10 years old) y Varinia Lapuente (11 years old). The winner was Belén Ruiz.
Many thanks once again to our "little artists" for participating and congratulations to the three winners of this year.
Foxy for Unicef: a long-lasting partnership supporting children
Since 2013, ICT Ibérica, together with Foxy, has been collaborating with Unicef on national and international projects.
In 2020 we reiterated our commitment with a total contribution of Euro 250,000, allocating a considerable part of this donation (Euro 150,000) to funds for the purchase of health and protection supplies for the Covid-19 emergency in Spain.
Meanwhile, we remain greatly determined to pursue the “Girls at School” project in the Ivory Coast, in which we collaborate directly in the complete schooling of 3,020 girls between 9 and 16 years old, and indirectly in that of another 3,000 children enrolled in the 20 schools involved in the project.
These two collaborations strengthen our social commitment and our global contribution in all sectors.
UNICEF is active in over 190 countries and territories around the world with the aim of guaranteeing the rights of all children.
If you wish, you too can collaborate with UNICEF https://www.unicef.org/
The small changes make the difference.
Foxy, always close to you.