Associated British Port’s Port of Silloth has handled the first delivery of wood pulp for its new customer, Futamura Group, a Japanese manufacturer of cellulose and polymeric films for the packaging industry who have a major production site in Cumbria
The 2,500 tonne wood pulp delivery was imported from South America for onward transportation to the company’s production site in Wigton, Cumbria, which employs around 270 people. The wood pulp will be used to make Cellophane and NatureFlex, which are used primarily as packaging films for foodstuffs such as sweets, tea, coffee and snack products.
Tom Ismay, Procurement Manager at Furtamura, said: “It has been a very smooth transition working with ABP and we are glad that our local infrastructure means we can easily bring goods in via such a convenient port. One bulk ship has taken approximately 200 lorry loads off the road. Sustainability is important to Futamura and we are working hard to make changes where we can.”
Carl Bevan, ABP Divisional Port Manager, North West, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Futamura Group as a new customer at our Port of Silloth and look forward to working together."
Futurama took over the Wigton site from Innovia Films in July 2016, in a £60M deal.