Major fire hits Smurfit Kappa packaging line in UK


A major fire has destroyed a major packing plant owned by Smurfit Kappa in central England, catching a large batch of bales of paper and cardboard in a warehouse.

The est Midlands Fire Brigade said firefighters from across the West Midlands region around Birmingham had made progress containing the blaze throughout the night. There are no reports of casualties, it said.

Ireland’s Smurfit Kappa is Europe’s largest manufacturer of paper packaging. The Birmingham mill is one of two paper mills in the UK and produces 500 to 700 tonnes per day of packaging paper, which is later converted into cartons.

Firefighters said they had more than 30 firefighting equipment deployed at the height of the blaze, including two aerial work platforms, several fire engines, a heavy-duty water pumping unit and a drone.

It said it declared the fire a major event after 8,000 tons of compressed cardboard caught fire. Pictures posted by the fire brigade on the Internet showed large areas of burning cardboard bales.

The fire service said they expect to be present in some capacity for at least the next 48 hours.

Packaging companies have had to cope with a surge in demand for their products over the past two years, and Smurfit said earlier this year that its range of products has effectively sold out in almost all of the 36 countries in which it operates. Major fire hits Smurfit Kappa packaging line in UK

Fry Electronics Team

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