United Kingdom
Wales; East Wales; Monmouthshire and Newport
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Paper And Paper Products
17.1 - Manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard

135 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
21 February 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 May 2006


Packaging firm DS Smith blamed soaring energy costs and a fall in sales as it announced plans to close one of its paper mills, with the loss of 135 staff. Sudbrook Mill, Monmouthshire, is losing £3 million a year and its fuel bills have more than doubled over the past three years. The mill, part of Smith's St Regis division, makes 150,000 tonnes of speciality cardboard packaging a year. Demand has fallen as customers switch to lower-cost alternatives, the firm said. The mill is expected to close by the end of May 2006, with about a third of the estimated £22 million closure costs going on redundancy payments.


  • 21 February 2006: The Guardian
  • 21 February 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), DS Smith, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62965, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62965.