United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Blaenau, S. Wales Burnley, Lancashire
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Paper And Paper Products
17.21 - Manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard and of containers of paper and paperboard

390 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 January 2005
Employment effect (start)
31 August 2004
Foreseen end date


Workers at a packaging factory in Blaenau Gwent are worried about their jobs after the gates were locked. A meeting of 90 workers at Papermarc Merton in Aberbeeg will be held on Thursday 9 January 2005 to discuss the future. Local MP Llew Smith said: 'It has been confirmed to me that the factory has gone into liquidation.' He said: 'We are haemorrhaging jobs in a gigantic way and the types of jobs that are coming are low income, non-union ones.' Mr Smith said he was worried after the firm's sister factory in Burnley, Lancashire, closed in August 2004 with the loss of 300 jobs.


  • 6 January 2005: BBC News


Eurofound (2005), Papermarc Merton, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60992, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60992.