Fletchers 2

Fletchers 2 - Robert Fletchers, Oldham
"The Beaters. That was both the name of the department and the machines shown in the image. Bertram beaters received the now bleached fibres added more water and cut them down to the required length for paper production. It was at this point in the production that the raw materials started to really resemble paper pulp for the first time."

What surprised me was the age of some of the equipment - the builders plates on these showed they were built in the 1930's. I'm no accountant, but I've worked in manufacturing long enough to know that it can't be easy to stay competitive when your plant is over 70 years old.

Fletchers 3

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