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SKG to upgrade recycled containerboard PM 1 at Roermond mill in Netherlands

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SKG to upgrade recycled containerboard PM 1 at Roermond mill in Netherlands

September 16, 2013 - 21:59

BRUSSELS, Sept. 17, 2013 (RISI) -Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) has revealed details of its Euro 40 million ($53 million) investment in its recycled containerboard Roermond mill in the Netherlands.

The firm is set to upgrade its 225,000 tonne/yr PM 1 and fit it with a new rewinder.

The rewinder will be commissioned in July 2014, while the rebuild work on the 5-m wide PM 1 will be done in the first quarter 2016.

The revamp of the paper machine will include the installation of a new press section, a drying part and a size press. As a result of the upgrade, which will take around 36 days, PM 1 will be able to produce lightweight containerboard in a basis weight range of 80-90 g/m2.

The unit is currently making recycled fluting and testliner grades in a basis weight range of 120-150 g/m2.

The modernized unit is scheduled to come online by the end of Q1 2016.

The investment is also aimed at reducing input costs, including those for energy. Roermond's total paper capacity is expected to rise by 10% to more than 625,000 tonnes/yr.

The PM revamp project at Roermond will follow SKG's investment at its recycled containerboard Townsend Hook mill in the UK. There, the firm is set to rebuild the paper machine it obtained from the liquidator of the Cartiera Cadidavid mill in 2010 by Q4 2014. The 5-m wide unit will produce around 250,000 tonnes/yr of lightweight recycled containerboard.