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Report - Curtis Fine Paper Mill, Guardbridge 25/01/10

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Rookinella, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Rookinella

    Rookinella I should have danced all night
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    Visited with Raddog, Dweeb and Oxygen Thief.

    Out of the four paper mills we visited on our Scotland road trip, I'd say this was the most exciting. The power house had us nearly wetting our proverbial pants and the paper roll production line thingy nearly sent us over the edge. It was a super freezing cold day but taking photos with 50mm of crisp UER stylee shots kept me warm in the absence of a nice hot water bottle.

    After a fantastic day here, we then went on to Edinburgh to visit the ROTOR bunker which was also most pleasing to the eye:)

    Here's a newspaper article:


    Scotland's battered papermaking industry suffered yet another blow yesterday when the 135-year-old Curtis Fine Papers called in administrators, who made 180 redundant.

    Blair Nimmo, joint administrator and head of restructuring for KPMG in Scotland, said: "It is with regret that we have had to make substantial redundancies across Curtis Fine Papers operations and we are working with government agencies to ensure the employees' issues are dealt with as best as possible."

    The mill at Guardbridge near St Andrews dates from 1873, when whisky baron William Haig started producing paper on the site of a former distillery. It employs 260 and was turning over £35m.

    Curtis closed its historic Dalmore mill near Edinburgh in 2004 with the loss of 125 jobs. Inveresk closed its last Scottish mills at Inverkeithing in 2003 and Denny in 205, with the total loss of 300 jobs, while Smith Anderson collapsed into receivership in 2006. Still flying the flag in Fife is employee-owned Tullis Russell, which last month reported underlying profits almost trebled to £1.4m.


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