History of Northwood

Since 1974 Northwood has evolved from a humble paper sales start-up, to a market leader offering our customers a sustainable and fully integrated supply chain solution.

Today we operate across multiple sites in the UK, and are known for our familiar market-leading brand names including Whisper, Essentials, Leonardo Dispensing, North Shore, Optimum ProWipers, Perform and Optimum Professional.

We manufacture the paper products that make a real difference to those working across a number of sectors including education, leisure, food & catering, commercial, industrial and healthcare.

Follow our journey below to see how Northwood is growing to be the preferred supply chain partner for key organisations involved in the disposable paper and tissue industries.

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1974

The story begins…

Paul Fecher establishes Northwood Paper Sales focussing on the supply of parent reels for the tissue sector.

For 30 years the Fecher family grows the business organically, becoming the UK’s largest independent paper agent and supplier.

1976 - The Story Begins

2009

Kruger welcomed to the family

Kruger Tissue’s UK operations acquired including a recycled tissue mill and converting plant. The sites were re-christened as Connect Hygiene and Disley tissue.

2011

Acquisition of Ashley Recycling (waste reclamation)

Guaranteeing a supply of high quality recycled waste paper for Northwood’s mill facilities. The business became Northwood Recycling.

2011 - Acquisition of Ashley Recycling (waste reclamation)

2012

Acquisition of Peter Grant Papers

Bringing an additional mill and converting plant in the group and prompts the establishment of Northwood Logistics.

2012 - Acquisition of Peter Grant Papers

2013

Joint venture acquisition of Georgia Pacific Paper Mill acquired (with Wepa)

Adding a fully integrated tissue mill and converting plant to the group’s assets.

2013 - Joint venture acquisition of Georgia Pacific Paper Mill acquired (with Wepa)

 

2014

Creation of Northwood Tissue

The two former Connect Hygiene and Peter Grant Mills in Lancaster and Disley are renamed.

2014 - Creation of Northwood Tissue

2014

Creation of Northwood Hygiene Products

Connect Hygiene and Peter Grant businesses are fully integrated under the new name. The new business is third in the market by size and turnover.

2014 - Creation of Northwood Hygiene Products

2015

Acquisition of Disposables UK

Bringing a portfolio of market leading brands into the group including Optimum Professional, and Optimum Prowipers.

2015 - Acquisition of Disposables UK

 

2015

Move to new HQ in Telford

Providing more space for the group’s growing team and significantly improving operational efficiency.

2015 - Move to new HQ in Telford

2016

Acquisition of Midland Paper Products Ltd

Further extending Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd’s product offering to the away-from-home market.

2016 - Acquisition of Midland Paper Products Ltd

2016

Acquisition of Freedom Paper Products Ltd

Opening new opportunities in the cash ‘n’ carry retail markets.

2016 - Acquisition of Freedom Paper Products Ltd

2017

Two new Gambini converting lines installed in Telford

State of the art new production technology bringing huge efficiency benefits and volume capacity.

2017 - Two new Gambini converting lines installed in Telford

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