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Report - Inverurie Paper Mill, Aberdeenshire 28.03.09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Gorecki, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Gorecki

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    Inverurie Mill was founded by the Tait family way back in the 1650's, initially providing power for the Meal Mill located in Port Elphinstone.
    In 1852, the Tait family, recognising the potential increase in demand for paper for educational and other uses, established the Inverurie Paper Mill.

    The Mill was an immediate success and went from strength to strength under the stewardship of the Tait family through the 1900s. In 1989, Thomas Tait and Sons became a subsidiary of Federal Paper Board Company Inc. of Montvale, New Jersey.

    In March 1996 Federal Paper Board became part of International Paper, the current owners of the Mill.
    In 2000, Thomas Tait retired from the UK Board of International Paper.

    Quote from the local paper on 21st October 2008:

    "An Aberdeenshire paper mill employing almost 400 workers is facing closure, it has been announced.
    'International Paper said its Inverurie plant was unprofitable and not financially viable.'
    The company has now started a three-month consultation with its 371 staff at the mill and admitted closure was an option."

    On Friday 3rd April 2009 150 workers will lose their jobs here, the remaining on 8th May 2009.

    Paper Machine 4 made its last roll of paper 2 weeks ago and is now being stripped and sold to a local metal dealers.
    The same is happening to Paper Machine 3.

    Plans are to turn the area into a retail park with Hotels & restaurants and a Tesco storage area.

    Sadly I got into this hobby too late and had missed capturing the previous two paper mills in Aberdeen...
    I was not going to let this one go the same way.


    First stop was Paper Machine Number 3 - PM3
    It produced 300 meters of paper a minute.




    Old control pannels


    Underneath PM3


    After the rolls are made, they are taken down on a crane to another area.
    Notice this roll is bumpy around the edges.
    This is classed as faulty and the words "Broke" were written on the other side.



    Cigarette break time!


    On to the boiler room...






    On to Paper Machine Number 4 - PM4 which is no longer in use.



    And the area behind it, words cant explain how huge this was!


    Giants made of paper


    Some plans


    And on to the Effluient Plant...
    You can just see the chimney in the distance, shows you how massive this whole place is!


    Looking Back


    I was here for hours, took a total of 517 photos...
    These were some of the best.
    Made sure I captured every last bit before it's gone completley.

    Inverurie Paper Mill


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