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Highlander investing £250,000 in the future

At Highlander, we – like many other businesses – have found the past year a difficult one, but have been fortunate to experience an overall period of continued growth, despite very difficult market conditions.

This is in part due to the retention of key contracts and due to securing new contracts, such as MPS, Pitreavie Packaging and Martins the Printers to name but a few.

As a result of this growth, we are delighted to announce that we have confirmed an order of a Paal Konti 325 J Baler, which represents an investment of over £250,000 by Highlander and is also the first of its kind in the UK! As Scotland’s largest independent paper recycling company, we are currently near full capacity and expect to see an upturn in the market and volumes, post-COVID-19.

The new equipment will allow us to increase or cardboard and paper baling capacity from 9-tonnes to 19-tonnes per hour and not only will our capacity be increased, but the new machinery is also significantly more energy-efficient, aligning perfectly with our company’s environmental objectives, of reducing our energy consumption and overall carbon impact.

This fully electronic baler is packed with new technology including a new app feature that allows monitoring of the baler status in real-time, allows certain faults to be identified and fixed remotely reducing downtime, and an auto-switch off function that automatically shuts down the baler when not in use, saving further energy.

All going well we are expecting the delivery from Germany in early March, with an open day planned in April 2021. We are thrilled about the new machinery, as it allows us to prepare for future growth and opportunities over the next few years and is one of the largest purchases we have made, in our near 20 years of trading.

After a difficult 12 months, we see some light at the end of the COVID tunnel with encouraging news about a vaccine and we anticipate a positive 2021 and not just at Highlander, but across the UK with many companies returning to profitability and investing in the future.

All enquiries about this exciting development can be directed to Stephen Duffy, Managing Director, Tel: 01355 524215 or

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