Wepa saves Arjowiggins’ Greenfield plant


At the end of last March the Court of Nanterre, France, ruled over the future of the three Arjowiggins’ plants Greenfield, Le Bourray and Bessé-sur-Braye, which have been in receivership since last January. The German tissue producer Wepa announced its acquisition of the deinked pulp manufacturing plant at Greenfield. The Le Bourray plant will be sold to the French napkins and table cloths producer CGMP, while the Bessé-sur-Braye plant, which is the largest of the three sites and produces a wide range of coated, non-coated and special papers, is said to have been put into liquidation. This is very bad news for the approximately 700 employees of this plant, as with the liquidation procedure well 568 people will lose their job. The number corresponds to about one quarter of the population of the town of Bessé-sur-Braye. According to CGT, at Le Bourray, instead, CGMP will maintain only 100 out of 240 employees. The company intends to continue using the tissue machine, but it plans to stop the functioning of the machine that produces recycled graphical paper.