UK’s trade commissioner for Europe visits Saica’s Manchester base

L-R: Trade commissioner Andrew Mitchell, Saica plant manager Pasi Hayrynen and MD Pedro Gascón

THE UK’s trade commissioner for Europe, Andrew Mitchell, has paid a visit to Saica’s Greater Manchester paper mill.

Saica produces recycled paper for corrugated cardboard. During a tour of the Carrington plant, Mr Mitchell witnessed the firm’s paper machine and also visited the power plant to learn about the complete paper mill operation.

“I’m delighted to visit Saica in Manchester today,” he said. “This is a company whose £500 million investment in the city has created invaluable jobs and contributed to the development of new skills in the local community. It is a great example of the value of foreign direct investment to the UK economy. Britain remains the number one destination for investment in Europe and it is our aim to remain the best place on the continent to bring new business. To do so, we will work with investors such as Saica to understand how we can continuously improve and develop our offer.”

Pedro Gascon, MD of Saica Group added, “We are honoured to welcome Her Majesty’s trade commissioner for Europe, this was an excellent opportunity to showcase the innovative work which is taking place throughout the facility and display the hard work of our employees. This was a timely visit. As a European company, we believe that maintaining legal certainty and transparency will help us to understand UK´s future trading relationship with Europe. Legal certainty is a requirement for future investments in the UK.”