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SCA commences employee consultation on closure of Georgia Pacific's Oughtibridge tissue converting mill in the UK in early 2015



STOCKHOLM , May 24, 2013 (Press Release) - 

SCA today announced that it is commencing a period of consultation with employees on the future of its site at Oughtibridge, near Sheffield. The site was formerly a paper mill until this closed in 2007. Since then it has been operating converting lines to convert rolls of paper made elsewhere into commercial toilet rolls, paper hand towels, wiper rolls and medical rolls. SCA bought the site in 2012 as part of a wider acquisition of Georgia Pacific's European tissue operations and has since carried out an in-depth review of the UK & ROI business. This review has been concluded with the proposal that the site should be closed in early 2015 and some of the converting lines relocated to another SCA facility at Skelmersdale in Lancashire, with the logistics operation moving to Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan. If adopted, the proposals could impact on 161positions at the site. The period of consultation will be for a minimum of 45 days to give all employees the opportunity to ask questions and contribute views. Tony Richards, Product Supply Director, SCA commented: "To remain a long-term sustainable employer in the UK our AfH converting operations at Oughtibridge and Skelmersdale have to be consolidated into one site and expansion of the Oughtibridge site is not economically viable, due to its age, infrastructure and manufacturing limitations. "Making proposals that could affect people's livelihoods is always a very difficult decision for any company and we would not be doing so now without being confident that we had explored all potential strategies for the future of the business. "We are consulting fully with our employees about our proposals for the closure of Oughtibridge phased over a period until early 2015. Part of the consultation process will explore potential opportunities in other SCA sites and outline outplacement support available."

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