Virtual Paper Mill Tour - DS Smith

Welcome to Kemsley Paper Mill

Step inside the UK's largest Paper Mill

Take the Virtual Tour

Step inside the UK’s largest paper mill and enjoy a virtual tour of Kemsley Paper Mill. Follow the papermaking process from our quality hub to dispatch, learn how all the machines work, and meet the people that make it all possible.

What you can see on the tour:

  • Recycling quality hub – learn about our rigorous quality checks and standards when paper arrives at the mill
  • Stockyard - find out how we pick the perfect blend of fibres to make our high quality papers
  • Pulper – this is where we process fibres ready for our papermaking machines
  • Paper machine – discover how pulp is turned into paper
  • Paper quality testing lab – see how we put our products through its paces, so we can ensure our paper is of the highest quality
  • Warehouse – meet our Automated Guided Vehicles and watch how they work
  • Dispatch – Now our paper is ready to head off to our packaging plants all over Europe, ready to be turned back into new products

The history of Kemsley Mill

Some of our key dates

  • 1924
    Kemsley Mill was built by Edward Lloyd commencing production in 1924, originally to produce newsprint
  • 1936
    Bowater’s acquired and expanded Kemsley Mill, increasing output on all machines
  • 1970s
    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
  • 1980s
    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
  • 1986
    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
  • 2008
    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
  • 2012
    Rebuild of PM3 to enable production of high quality White Liner
  • 2018
    Gas produced is recovered, cleaned and injected into National Grid by our Anaerobic Digester, reducing Kemsley's carbon footprint