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Smurfit Kappa recycling appoints new commercial director

Paper and cardboard recycler Smurfit Kappa Recycling has announced the appointment of Andrew Perkins as commercial director. He will take up his new role at the beginning of December 2011.

Andrew Perkins will join Smurfit Kappa Recycling from Aylesford Newsprint, where he has been head of recycling for a business that handled 500,000 tonnes of material per year. His many years of experience in growing paper recycling businesses and increasing recovered paper supplies also includes a spell at Biffa.

Smurfit Kappa Recycling’s current commercial director Martin Blood, who has been with the company for more than 40 years, is stepping down from his current role, but will continue to work for the company on a part-time basis and assisting Andrew Perkins.

"I am delighted that Andrew will be joining us later this year as commercial director," said Simon Weston, managing director of Smurfit Kappa Recycling. "His many years of experience in the paper recycling business will add further strength to our team and I know he is looking forward to the fresh challenge."

"Martin Blood has made a huge contribution to the success of Smurfit Kappa Recycling in over 40 years of loyal service," Weston added. "I am therefore very pleased that Martin will continue in a lesser role with us in the years running to his retirement."

Part of the world’s largest fibre-based packaging group (Smurfit Kappa Group), Smurfit Kappa Recycling provides a full spectrum of bespoke paper and board recycling solutions for businesses and organisations of all sizes including recovery of cardboard, office papers and plastics and security shredding. The Group paper mills in Birmingham and Kent reprocess 500,000 tonnes of material per annum, providing a reliable market for recovered paper and card. This enables Smurfit Kappa UK to collect and recycle as much paper based packaging as it produces. Smurfit Kappa Recycling operates nationwide and has depots at the following locations: Birmingham, Snodland, Tamworth, Nottingham, Blackburn, Glasgow and Preston.

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