- ARNSBERG, Germany, March 10, 2016 (Press Release) -
- New paper machine for Piechowice creates more than 20 new jobs
- This paper machine with a capacity of 32,000 t/a works highly efficiently, in particular from an energy point of view, and contributes to optimising the ecological footprint of the WEPA Group by reducing CO2 emissions
- Martin Krengel, CEO of the WEPA Group: “As a family company, we will invest into a new state-of-the-art machine to underline our sustainable and future-oriented position. With the new Toscotec paper machine, we will produce part of our semi-finished tissue goods demand at the Piechowice plant and will, in return, pass on this security of supply to our customers in the consumer and professional sales market.”
WEPA group, based in the Westphalian city of Arnsberg, will be investing in the expansion and modernisation of existing plants across Europe. This year, the construction of a new tissue paper machine with a total capacity of 32,000 tons annually will start at the Piechowice plant in Poland. In doing so, the family company will optimise the existing logistics structures of all European sites, thus enhancing the competitiveness of the entire group. The number of employees at the site will rise from today’s 380 to more than 400 workers.
Following the collaboration during the construction of the two new paper machines in France and Germany and the on-time startup in 2015, the Italian manufacturer Toscotec has also been chosen to be the supplier for the new plant. After an investment of more than 35 million Euro over the last five years, another approx. 30 million Euro will be spent on the construction of the new plant in order to modernise the site.
The scope of supply for the new paper machine includes a stock preparation system for virgin pulp, an AHEAD 2.0S tissue machine, various auxiliary units, electrification and control system with the best technology currently available in the market.
The machine itself is equipped with an single layer headbox, double press configuration, a steel Yankee cylinder TT SYD-15FT, a Toscotec Milltech hood and a mist and dust removal. Full engineering, construction and construction supervision, as well as training, startup and commissioning complement the Toscotec service package.
The construction speed is designed for 2,200 m/min at a working width of 2.8 m. The new plant will, amongst others, produce high quality, super soft toilet paper and will be able to handle virgin pulp as well as recycled fibre as a raw material.
Therewith, the paper machine is state-of-the-art and meets the high quality requirements of the market. “As a family enterprise, we will invest into a new state-of-the-art machine to under-line our sustainable and future-oriented position. With the new Toscotec paper machine, we will produce part of our semi-finished tissue goods demand at the Piechowice plant and will, in return, pass on this security of supply to our customers in the consumer and professional sales market,” says Martin Krengel, CEO of the WEPA Group.
Walter Hirner, WEPA Group Chairman of Engineering, emphasises the advantages of the new paper machines with respect to energy efficiency: “The paper industry is one of the largest energy consumers and can make a significant contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions by using efficient production processes and saving electricity and natural gas for the production of semi-finished goods. This saves resources and optimises the cost structures.” Less purchases of semi-finished goods also helps the WEPA Group to optimise the logistics flows among the European locations and thus compensates increasing shipping costs.
Subject to regulatory permits, the commissioning of the new paper machine is scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2017.
About WEPA – Passion for tissue
The WEPA Group is a medium-sized family company, employing around 3,000 persons at eleven locations throughout Europe. Founded in 1948 by the name “Westfälische Papier- fabrik”, WEPA initially started out as a trading company, then developed into a processing enterprise, and has been successful in its present current core business as a paper production company since 1958.
WEPA produces popular hygiene paper products and offers solutions that focus on the demands of consumers in Europe. A total quantity of 720,000 tons of high-quality toilet paper, kitchen roll, handkerchief, cosmetic tissue, napkin, industrial rolls and towelling paper products are produced by 19 paper machines, which corresponds to about 150,000 truck loads. Ever since its foundation, the annual revenue of the WEPA Group continuously increased up to now about 1 billion EUR, which represents a market share in Germany of approximately 25 percent and a European market share of 7 percent in the area of hygiene paper products. The products are sold to the consumer industry, predominantly as private labels (trademarks) to the European food retail industry and to chemist shops. Additionally, the business unit WEPA Professional provides a complete hygiene paper and dispenser system to the “away-from-home” sector, especially for applications in the area of “lavatory and cleaning”.
The WEPA Group attaches great importance to sustainability in the production process. Virgin pulp and recycled paper are used as raw materials and the finished products can be fitted with different eco labels depending on the requested customer specifications. Modern machines for processing recycled fibres make WEPA an important specialist for ecological products. While maintaining a high quality standard, these recycled products reduce CO2 emissions and save valuable resources.