1833: OAKWOOD MILL BUILT It was designed by Edward Walters who also designed the free trade hall in Manchester. Used as a cotton mill.
1914-1918: FIRST WORLD WAR Used as a margarine factory.
1923: TEXTILE PAPER TUBES First board machine installed
1939 – 1945: WORLD WAR 11 Main customer was alliance box in Warrington who used the board to make gas mask boxes.
EARLY 1970’S: SONOCO FULL CONTROL American company Sonoco (southern novelty company), took over full ownership of the mill.
MID 1970’S: HYDRAPULPER AND DRY VATS A hydrapulper was installed and stock cleaning was moved across the road to a new building where it still lives today. This was followed by dry vats, bigger presses and a simple knife cutter.
1982: LIQUIBOX Liquibox (lb Europe) moved into part of the mill. They were linked to Sonoco and remained on site until 2008.
1994: PRESTON BOARD & PACKAGING Further development was dormant until the site was purchased by Preston Board & Pkg ltd, owned by David Hardman and Charles Ingham in 1994. Production rate at this time was approximately 3.5 tonnes per hour.
SUMMER 2007: NEW EDGE MACHINE First edge guard machine installed
SUMMER 2008: ADDITIONAL DRYING CYLINDERS ADDED TO BOARD MACHINE Maximum production increased to approximately 38,000 tonnes per year
DEC 2012: NEW VATS – WET END Tonnage output increased from 38,000 to 42,000 tonnes per year
JULY 2014: NEW EDGE MACHINE Second edge guard machine was purchased due to high demand for the products. Lead time cut from 5-6 weeks, to 2-3 weeks.
NOV 2016: NEW SHEETER Re-conditioned automated sheeter from Australia purchased & installed
JULY 2017: ADDITIONAL 5 DRYING CYLINDERS ADDED TO BOARD MACHINE Maximum production is now in the region of 8 tonnes per hour and we manufacture approx. 50,000 tonnes per year
UK Manufacturer Romiley Board As seen in The Sunday Times