Kemsley Mill

Kemsley Paper Mill

Kemsley Mill was originally built by Edward Lloyd in 1924 to produce newsprint. At that time, its four paper machines were the largest in the world.

The mill has an annual production capacity of around 800,000 tonnes and is the second biggest recovered fibre-based paper operation in Europe. In 2008, DS Smith invested over £100m to purchase and rebuild PM6 to make lightweight corrugated case material (CCM). Kemsley Mill produces Light Medium, the first recycled lightweight paper manufactured in the UK.


  • White Liner A
  • White Liner B
  • Light Liner
  • Medium HP 
  • Light Medium
  • Medium
  • Dual Use
  • Plasterboard liners


PM3 Fourdrinier

Grammage range: 115-240 g/m2
Production: 280,000 tonnes/year
Speed max:  900 m/min
Trim max:  5.45 m

PM4 Fourdrinier

Grammage range: 115-160 g/m2
Production: 240,000 tonnes/year
Speed max:  725 m/min
Trim max:  6.18 m

PM6 Fourdrinier

Grammage range: 85-130 g/m2
Production: 270,000 tonnes/year
Speed max:  1,000 m/min
Trim max:  6.72 m



Kemsley Mill was built by Edward Lloyd commencing production in 1924, originally to produce newsprint


Bowater’s acquired and expanded Kemsley Mill, increasing output on all machines


Kemsley had diversified into the production of corrugated case materials and fine papers. A pulp mill was added to produce semi-chemical fluting and PM3 was given a new multi-ply wet end with the ‘Manchester Former’ configuration to produce corrugated case liner


UK Paper completed a management buy-out and the site was split in two. The CCM operation was sold on to St Regis and the fine paper operation remained with UK Paper and then M-real


St Regis became part of DS Smith and, since then, its history has been one of constant investment and reshaping to turn it into the UK’s leading papermaker


DS Smith acquired the entire site and began a heavy programme of investment in new infrastructure, ensuring a long and commercially successful future for Kemsley Mill in the 21st century


Rebuild of PM3 to enable production of high quality White Liner

Contact mill

Kemsley Paper Mill
ME10 2TD
Tel: +44 01795 518900