The impact of Brexit – Should we start stockpiling loo roll??!!

The UK is living in a world of uncertainty at the moment, from trade deals to votes of no confidence, and the mention of potential rationing to our everyday commodities takes us back to Britain in wartime. But what does a no-deal Brexit mean for your everyday shopping list?

The UK imports everything from food, fuels, medicine and vehicles so a no-deal Brexit could mean not just potential delays at ports for these materials entering the country, but also a spike in the price of these items for the customers who need them. Pulp is a raw material required to manufacture paper, whether it’s newspapers and magazines or toilet paper and kitchen towel, and it’s also a material which is imported into the UK market.

Panic not!

Toilet paper is on everyone’s weekly shopping list whether it’s a deluxe brand or a budget variety, so it is of course going to be an item in high demand 365 days of the year, deal or no deal! Here at Nova Tissue UK, our warehouse is fully stocked ready for all Brexit eventualities. We pride ourselves in always trying to give our customers the very best offer (and paper for their pound!), so we’ve focused on buying our raw materials from UK suppliers to ensure minimal disruption for our customers.

As always, we will be providing the same level of service throughout this period of uncertainty and are confident that our Nova Tissue customers will continue to receive the very best offer.



Nova Tissue adds Gentille Giant to kitchen towel range

It’s an exciting start to 2019 for Nova Tissue as we add a new product range to our shelves! The Gentille Giant Kitchen Towel is a super absorbent multi-purpose roll which can be used for a range of household and janitorial needs.

We’re always trying to offer our customers the very best product for the price they pay, so after commissioning market research and paying attention to customer and end-user feedback, we are happy to be making this roll 18% taller using an exclusive higher absorbency virgin 17.5gsm white towel.

The Gentille Giant range is available in both a single roll and a 3 roll flash-pack, read the product specifications on our products page.


Be one of the first to stock our new Gentille Giant range by calling the office on 0161 682 4447 and placing your order today!

Listen to us on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire!

As experts in consumer toilet tissue and consumer kitchen towel, we were approached by Vic Minett from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire to answer a listener’s question in her Vicapedia feature: How do companies get tissues into a box so that the next one comes out after the one before?


Although we don’t manufacture tissue boxes (we’re experts in toilet tissue and kitchen towel), we have over 30 years of experience of paper conversion so we obviously knew the answer anyway! Listen to our Managing Director, Khurram Iqbal live on the radio in the video below…

The Vic Minett Show, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, 94.8FM, 103.FM, Online and on DAB.

New peachy-product for your shelves

We are pleased to announce that we have extended our range of toilet tissue and have added a new peach edition to our popular Gentille Luxury 3ply toilet tissue range.

Read more about our new product and what we are doing to constantly ensure you get the best value in our latest newsletter here.

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Making a splash with 10% extra!

At Nova Tissue we keep a close eye on the paper conversion market to ensure that we’re always giving our customers the best product at the best price. From visiting World Trade Shows to meet other professionals, tissue makers, converters and suppliers within the industry, to using the expertise of our team to develop our own products, we adapt with the marketplace and are constantly implementing improvements at our Oldham factory.

To keep up with market trends, we’ve increased the height of one of our best selling products, our Splash 4 pack Kitchen Towel, by 10%. This added extra will come at no additional cost to give our customers the very best value for money.

We’re proud that the Splash branded products are now well recognised with our customers and are consistently among our best sellers, from the price marked packs to the Jumbo Roll. The emboss pattern included on each roll looks fantastic but also serves another purpose; ensuring maximum absorbency for spillages thanks to it’s exclusive higher grammage paper.

To view our full range of products, from kitchen towel to toilet tissue, visit our Products page where you will also find our specification sheet to help you compare products.

Scrunch or fold? Our question from ‘Trending Live’

As experts in paper conversion and manufacturing, we were recently contacted by Channel 4’s ‘Trending Live’ show to answer an all important question; Should you scrunch or fold toilet paper?

Using our 30 years of experience in paper conversion, we came to conclusion that it’s better to fold toilet paper rather than scrunch it. Why? Toilet paper is a multi-ply product; it’s constructed with layers of tissue compacted together to generate a thicker and more luxury feel. Therefore, by folding the paper you are adding more layers to your selection, creating a more cushioned feel. Scrunching would lead to inconsistencies with the layers and tends to use more sheets of paper, making it the least cost effective option.

At our purpose built, 35,000 sq ft facility in Oldham, we convert 450 tonnes of paper per month into toilet and kitchen paper for households and ‘away from home’ markets across Europe. Our team of 50 staff make sure that each machine is running smoothly, safely and any faulty rolls are removed from the line to ensure customers receive quality products. We have various Toilet Paper products available from our delicately fragranced Aroma pack to our luxury 3 ply Gentille Quilted Tissue for customer who want a more premium product.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been watching the installation of our new RW40-40 wrapper from Stax Technologies; a machine which will speed up our packing process and allow us to pack up to 130 single layer packs per minute. Read more about this machine here!


See our expert advice on the topic from Ray Brown, our health and safety manager in this video! 

That’s a wrap! Nova Tissue invests in new high-tech wrapper machine from Serbia

We’re always looking for ways to improve our factory and invest in the newest technology so that we can keep up with our customers’ demand for low cost, quality toilet paper and kitchen towel. We’re looking forward to welcoming a brand new wrapper RW4-40 from Stax Technologies, a powerful packaging machine which has the ability to wrap a variety of toilet rolls and kitchen towels.

Stax Technologies is a renowned international company that is dedicated to developing the most innovative packaging machines for the tissue converting industry worldwide. Their machines are world-class and notorious within our sector so we’re thrilled to be bringing one to our head office in Oldham for our UK and international customers.

Once introduced to the Nova Tissue factory floor, the wrapper will be set to work packing up to 130 single layer packs per minute and up to 70 double layer packs per minute. The high speed and low maintenance cost of this machine will allow us to continue offering our customers the very best price and speed of order, something that we’re always looking to improve.

The new wrapper RW4-40 will replace two of our older machines making our factory floor more efficient and fit for the future. We are awaiting delivery of the machine from Serbia so keep an eye on our Twitter and Linkedin pages for the announcement of its arrival to Oldham!

Catch up with our latest news in our February newsletter!

We’ve been closely monitoring the market and have noticed that prices for pulpwood have been steadily increasing since September 2017. Find out why we don’t want our customers to worry about it in our latest newsletter (and sign up to receive our next one!) 


Nova Tissue reacts to pulp price increase by continuing to offer customers the same reliable service

Due to an unusually warm winter globally, it is a difficult time to harvest pulpwood and demand for pulp is high. This means that rather than prices fluctuating each month as they usually do, they have been steadily increasing since September 2017 and are predicted to continue doing so into the middle of 2018. In addition to this, there has been a distinct shortage of paper reels in the market, which means that every manufacturer is on strict allocation. With paper making up 75% of the cost of our products, this is a big issue – but not one that our customers need to be concerned about.

Graph showing the pulp price increase

These unprecedented changes are affecting the whole market equally and every paper converter will be experiencing the same issues when purchasing pulp for the manufacturing process. While many larger manufacturers have chosen to increase their prices in one surge by 7-10%, at Nova Tissue we’ve been able to adapt our prices step-by-step by 2-4% at a time to ensure that our customers always receive the best price for their order, despite the fact that paper makes up 75% of the cost of our products.

We want to reassure customers that we remain ready to provide the same level of service and we will not compromise our quality or cut corners by tweaking our product specifications (eg roll height, meterage, paper grammage etc).

We will continue to watch the market place with a close eye so if and when pulp prices decrease, we will be able to reflect this with our own prices. We ask that during this period, customers place their orders as early as possible so that we can continue to be reliable with deliveries and remind customers that full truck orders have a typical lead time of 4-5 working days.

If you would like to read more about how this issue is affecting the wider market, please refer to the following links:


How using our Private Label service can boost your product sales

At Nova Tissue we understand that not all of our customers have the same requirements. Whether it’s the size of the order, the packaging or the product itself, we make sure that we can work flexibly around the customer’s needs.

We’ve noticed that more and more customers are using our Private Label service and designing their own branded products with the help of our trusted designers. From janitorial supplies companies and wholesalers to nursing homes, the need for own brand products is on the rise. We understand that designing packaging for toilet roll or kitchen towel might not be everyone’s forte, so our designers will guide you through the process to ensure you have a product that is ready to ‘roll’ off the shelves. We’ve built up our portfolio and know from experience that private labels help to differentiate your product from your competitor’s, which in turn creates exclusivity for your brand and fetches higher profit margins.

Adding your own logo and incorporating your strapline onto the packaging might not seem ground-breaking at first, but it could mean the difference between converting customers with a new product with the potential to grow a loyal customer base. If you’re interested in creating your own brand packaging for toilet roll or kitchen towel, contact us and we’ll use our years of experience and passion for paper products to deliver a bespoke private label product tailored to your customers’ needs.