By commissioning the new PM 4, Papierfabrik Louisenthal has strengthened its position as the leading banknote paper producer.
The security-sensitive nature of the product restricts publication of detailed information about the plant, so the 120 visitors to this year's Paper Days were particularly pleased to hear former CEO and now consultant to Papierfabrik Louisenthal, Reinhard Tauber, give his insights into the PM 4 project. Dr. Tauber explained the choice of Bellmer as supplier: "Bellmer made a convincing case based on its experience and expertise in the manufacture of banknote paper. We didn't look for the cheapest solution but the best." Banknote paper production is a job for specialists. As Dr. Tauber explained: "With such a challenging production process, second best is not an option." The new plant consists, among other elements, of an EQUALCirclerTMProfile circular distributor, an EQUALFlowerTMcylinder mould former, an EQUALReelerTMPro pope reel and an EQUALSizerTMsize press. Operating at speeds of approximately 70 - 120 m/min, PM 4 is currently the fastest and most advanced machine operating in the field, and features class-leading technology. Bellmer remained at the customer's side beyond the startup phase, as Dr. Tauber explained: "Bellmer provided a skilled project team, worked to a sensible timetable and ensured a smooth, trouble-free startup. This was a successful project all-round."