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Germany's Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel restarts recycled containerboard PM 4 after extensive rebuild

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Germany's Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel restarts recycled containerboard PM 4 after extensive rebuild

August 01, 2011 - 02:20

VAREL, Germany, Aug. 1, 2011 (Press Release) -After the paper machine 4 was switched off on April 12th, 2011 for the most extensive rebuilding project in the history of the company, we could announce "salable paper on tambour" from the almost fully renovated machine again on July 16th, 2011.

The new machine produced marketable paper with good productivity from the first reel on.

Under the leadership of the project team, far more than 700 technicians and engineers built a multi-product machine for corrugated paper in Varel, which will set standards in terms of product diversity and energy efficiency at high productivity of up to 45 tons of paper per hour (approximately 350.000m² per hour) and a planned annual capacity of 300,000 tons.

For the next few months and over the turn of the year the product range of this multi-product machine PM 4 will consist of the famous papers of the product lines JadeWelle, JadeFlute and JadeLiner in different grades.

Simultaneous, the stock preparation for white and bright grades of paper will be completed, to offer the full range of products including JadeWhite and Jade Kraft to the market.

Trendsetting approaches were chosen in the combination of innovative process technology in the stock preparation and the paper machine, with the goal of maximum protection of resources. In the conjunction of the power-heat combination and the new installed 13 MW steam turbine, the environmental impact of CO2 emissions is reduced even more effectively.

Together with the paper machine 5 for light corrugated paper in the range of 80g/m² to 120g/m² ,installed in 2004, we now have a total capacity of 600.000 tons per year in the segment of corrugated paper based on 100% recycled paper.

With this investment we gave a consistent answer to the steady growth of the corrugated packaging industry, not only in terms of increased capacity, also the need to react to the ever faster changing needs of the corrugated board industry was just as important.

Together with the JadeBoard qualities of the two board machines with a total capacity of 250,000 tons per year, no other location in Europe offers such a wide range of raw materials for the packaging industry based on the sustainable raw material recycled paper.

Papier- und Kartonfabrk Varel is consistently prepared for future changes in the market by this investment. With total investments of more than EUR 250 million since the year 2004, this family-run company also sent a clear signal to the long-term saving of the 450 skilled jobs in north-west Germany.