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Premier join JPP

£233m turnover paper merchants become part of Gould Paper Sales group


PREMIER Paper Group have been acquired by Japan Pulp & Paper adding the UK-based paper merchants to their global operations.

Well known for providing paper and board for the calendar industry Premier employ 480 people in 18 locations across the UK, and had a £233million turnover in 2018.
Japan Pulp & Paper, mainly known in Britain for their publishing merchants arm Gould Paper Sales, acquired the beneficial interest in the entire share capital of RADMS Paper, the holding company who own the Premier Paper Group, on Friday, July 5.
With a £3.99billion ($5bn) turnover, JPP are a global company employing 3,900 people across sectors such as property, ICT systems, renewable energy, recycling, paper manufacturing (mainly tissue and packaging papers) and paper distribution, with operations in North America, Central America, Asia, Middle East, Australasia and Europe.
Premier MD Dave Allen said: “Premier Paper are one of the most successful paper merchants in Europe and, for some time, the board of directors have been searching for a partner that can help the company build on our current success and achieve our full development potential.
“Our strategy of diversifying into parallel market sectors, such as display and packaging, while maintaining our position in the core coated and uncoated sector, will continue.
“We believe that being part of JPP will help us achieve our business growth objectives and continue to provide a wide choice of products and a first-class level of service to customers across the UK. This in turn will ensure that Premier Paper continue to prosper, providing a secure future for the company and all employees.”
The existing Premier Paper management team remain in place and are fully engaged in this new and exciting phase of the company’s development as part of the JPP organisation.

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