Whitham Mills secures seventh Scandinavian export deal

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Baling system designer and manufacturer Whitham Mills, has completed its seventh installation for Nortura, Norway's largest producer of wool.

The Norwegian multi-billion pound agricultural co-operative is owned by 18,700 farmers and is responsible for almost 80% of the country’s wool production; the majority of which is sold to the UK.

Nortura is reported to have repeatedly called on Whitham Mills’ expertise since it began trading 10 years ago. This latest £160,000 order has seen the Todmorden-headquartered/UK company install a 50RBB high-capacity wool baler, associated 900mm wide feed conveyor and a cart tipping system, at Nortura’s plant in Forus on the country’s south coast.

The system, designed and built in the UK, can produce bales of up to 500kg at a rate of 10 tons per hour and, according to Whitham Mills, is proving increasingly popular with companies handling large volumes of textiles and wool products.

Managing director at Whitham Mills, Ben Smart said: “Selling into Europe has always been a key tenet our growth strategy and the Brexit decision won’t change that. We’ve also had considerable interest in our balers from Australasia and are now actively seeking distribution partners in the area.

“Given the size of the wool industry in that part of the world, we’ll monitor the development of any new trade deal with interest.”

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