Iggesund’s UK mill accident-free in 2019

/ins  Iggesund Paperboard’s paperboard mill in Workington, UK, did not have a single accident that led to absence during the whole of 2019. Quite an achievement, especially considering that more than 320 people work there, in a heavy process industry.

David Inglesfield, Health and Safety Manager at Workington, asserts that the mill’s success year after year is by no means down to pure chance. It’s about a tradition of systematic and proactive work to create an accident-free workplace.

“We’ve built up a safety culture over many years and we’re constantly working hard to keep it alive and well,” says David in summing up the success factors.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility and requires commitment. Everyone also need to have the courage to challenge unsafe behaviours. A safe working environment must always be at the top of every meeting agenda to keep the issue fresh in people’s minds.”

Other key ingredients in the mill’s success are learning from incidents, analysing the causes and conducting ongoing checks, thus leading to improvements. Work planning to ensure that controls and follow-up are in place is also vital at the Workington mill, which makes Iggesund Paperboard’s Incada paperboard. 

“You have to be aware that there’s always a need to improve and that you’re never at an acceptable level,” David emphasises.

 At the Iggesund Paperboard mill in Iggesund, Sweden, which has about 800 employees, there were nine accidents leading to absence in 2019.

 “Workington is a great role model for proactive, and successful, health and safety work. For example, they have a procedure in place whereby they start investigating a workplace accident straight after it occurs. We take care to continuously learn from each other so we can prevent accidents at all our workplaces,” says Therese Rahm, Communication Manager at Iggesund Paperboard in Sweden.

 Holmen Group, of which Iggesund Paperboard is a part, conducts far-reaching health and safety work, the aim being to achieve an injury-free workplace for all co-workers. A safe working environment is always high up on the agenda, and is continuously followed up at senior management level. All units are certified to OHSAS 18001, which means that the Group conducts systematic health and safety work throughout the organisation.

 All of the Group’s mills are either preparing for or already transitioning to the new management system, ISO 45001, which partly entails higher demands on involvement from senior management.

 

Iggesund

Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

 

Further information:

Therese Rahm, Communication Manager,

Iggesund Paperboard, +46 70 595 56 10,

therese.rahm@holmen.com

www.iggesund.com

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Phone: +46 650 280 00
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Iggesund Paperboard Head Office

Iggesund Paperboard AB
SE-825 80 Iggesund
Sweden / Sverige

Phone: +46 650 280 00
Fax: +46 650 288 00

info@iggesund.com

www.iggesund.com

Press contact

Staffan Sjöberg

Phone: +46 650 282 56
Mobile: +46 70 306 48 00

staffan.sjoberg@iggesund.com

     Via social media

About Iggesund Paperboard AB

 

Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.




The Iggesund Mill


Making the world’s best paperboard is easy. You need water, carbon dioxide and sunlight to grow a seedling into a tree. Then you need sustainable forest management that can deliver first-class timber. There must be a pulp mill and a paperboard mill, and then distribution channels to get the paperboard to everyone who wants to use it. Most important of all, though, to the manufacture of Invercote are the skilled professionals who do their best – people who are proud of what they achieve and do not compromise on the quality of their work. Iggesunds Mill has traditions stretching back to 1685. Throughout that time dedicated individuals have done their utmost to use the renewable forest to benefit other people.

A world-class mill


Iggesund Mill (including Strömsbruk Mill) in Sweden is one of the most advanced, fully integrated pulp and paperboard mills in the world. Not least thanks to our long term majority owner, we have very well invested mills. There are many benefits having an integrated saw mill – we manage raw material together and we can use all the waste from their production to either make pulp or energy. In return we feed the saw mill with steam used to dry the timber. At Iggesund Mill, 100% of the pulp used to make Invercote is produced on location and pumped wet to the board machine. This means that we use no market pulp. Not drying the pulp preserves some mechanical properties of the fibres.

This advanced technology – hundreds of metres of paperboard machines – is controlled by employees with various forms of special expertise. The machines work around the clock and year round to produce tonne after tonne of dazzling white paperboard. Technical perfection and numerical control processes are all well and good but for excellent results you also need team spirit and a good working atmosphere. Invercote’s unique properties are the result of the interplay between expertise, a positive spirit and cutting-edge technology.

Actively investing in bioenergy


In 2012 the new recovery boiler was inaugurated at Iggesund Mill, an investment made possible by the long term perspective of our majority owner. With it in operation, the mill produces all the heat it needs, and can also provide district heating to the nearby community. It also produces nearly all the electricity needed for the mill, and is connected to the grid to be able to output excess electricity if needed. As the new boiler was trimmed into operation, it drastically reduced a lot of emissions between 2013 and 2014: fossil CO2 by >85%, particles by ~45% and sulphur by ~35%

With the installation and trimming of the new recovery boiler, emissions to air have reduced drastically from already low levels – graph being updated shortly. Measurements have shown that only 1% of particles in the air of Iggesund village comes from the mill. The majority of particles comes from domestic fire places and cars.

Care for our customers and their businesses


Paperboard must be there when the customer needs it. All the quality features in the world are meaningless if the deliveries don’t arrive in time. Delivery precision is a high priority. A maritime transport system guarantees overseas customers receive shipments with the lowest possible environmental impact. The service doesn’t stop there. Every tonne of Invercote comes with access to documentation and knowledge about how to make best use of the paperboard. The knowledge and market-based technical support provided by Iggesund, help customers to achieve dazzling end results and optimal production economics.

 

 

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