Paper and packaging

Processing companies in this demanding sector are often faced with economic and environmental challenges and opportunities such as:

  • Innovating new or modified products to meet market demands.
  • Minimising operating costs such as energy and recycling to recover valuable metals
  • Pressure to minimise internal engineering costs.
  • Improved equipment reliability.


RB Group is well versed both technically and commercially in this sector and is often chosen as a natural engineering consultancy partner.


We have been involved on a wide range of multi-million pound design and construction projects for leading paper manufacturers throughout the UK. We have engineers resident at a number of client sites throughout the UK working seamlessly within client teams for a wide range of project sizes.



RB Group provides support through part or all of the entire project lifecycle, thereby avoiding major pitfalls which can result in a project overrunning, being delayed, or under-performing. Examples include:

  • Preparing cases for capital justifications and sanctioning.
  • Obtaining approval from regulatory authorities such as the HSE, EA.
  • CDM.
  • Procurement.
  • Site services, infrastructure and supervision of sub-contractors ensuring adhesion to programme.



Several RB Group engineers come directly from a manufacturing environment and have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • All unit operations of the paper machine, bulk materials storage and handling, waste treatment, plus site infrastructure and services.
  • Addition of mineral fillers, typically calcium carbonate, china clay or titanium oxide, ready for the next stage of processing.
  • Chemical processing such as: bleaches, brighteners, sequestering agents, chelating agents, preservatives, sizing, wet strength additives, dry strength additives, coating binders, optical brighteners, dyes etc.
  • Paper surface coatings and inks of all types
  • Paper mills

Our cross-sector experience from chemical and steel has been an invaluable asset in serving paper clients – for example, rolling mill technology from a steel plant applies closely to pressing, drying, calendar and packing sections of a paper mill.