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Shiraz Dharamshi Tejani.

Shiraz Tejani's LPC Group, which was taken over in July 2010, is the UK's largest independent manufacturer of tissue-based products. The successful firm was sold to the Italian-based Sofidel Group in a deal which will create Europe's second largest tissue producer and was worth a reported pounds 120 million. The LPC Group made profits of more than pounds 15 million in 2009 on sales of pounds 236 million. The sale has opened up new markets across Europe.

Sofidel is headquartered in Lucca, Italy, and has 17 manufacturing operations in eight countries across Europe. It employs 3200 people and makes more than 700,000 tons of tissue a year.

The Tejanis originate from Uganda where they ran a successful coffee business before being forced to flee Idi Amin's regime.

Mr Tejani, aged 63, set up the LPC group in Leicester with his brothers in 1980, originally to supply local shops with tissues and paper products.

Now it employs around 1,200 people.

The group includes LPC (UK), Kamns Paper Mill, Kilbagie Recycled Fibres, LPC Away From Home Division, and Swedish Tissues AB.

LPC (UK) and Kamns Paper Mill operate from purpose built factories in Leicester with over a million square feet. Kilbagie Recycled Fibres, acquired by LPC in 2002, is a paper recycling plant based in Scotland. LPC AFH Division, based in Redditch, produces disposable hygiene products, while Swedish Tissue has its mill in Kisa.

Meanwhile the group continues to expand, through newly acquired mills in Belgium and France, and is developing its Swedish and UK operations with investment and new machines.

LPC's pounds 40 million UK factory turns out 600 million toilet rolls and kitchen rolls a year. The company plans another UK paper mill close to its Leicester base that will create 100 jobs and increase capacity still further.

The company is making substantial inroads into the European and Scandinavian markets and is looking to expand into Spain. The factories turn out toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, disposable nappies and face tissues, as well as paper recycling.

Mr Tejani has now retired from the company and taken the honorary position of group president, while his brother Amin is executive chairman.

The Tejani family also has property and pharmaceutical interests which add to the wealth generated by their paper business.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 19, 2012
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