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The process of globalisation and the ups and downs of economic and political developments, changes in society in Europe, key environmental issues and not least the typical challenges of the industry will demand a great deal of flexibility but also consistency from Progroup through to 2025. With the Two Twentyfive strategy, Progroup is approaching the ten-year period ahead with ambitious projects and actions focused on success and consistently pursuing the further expansion of its leadership of the sheet-feeding market in Central Europe.

In Sandersdorf-Brehna (Saxony-Anhalt), work will be ongoing through to 2020 to construct one of the world’s most modern paper machines for manufacturing containerboard, the starting material for producing environmentally friendly corrugated board packaging. The ground-breaking ceremony took place back in August 2018. After the initial start-up phase, Progroup’s third paper factory will produce an annual capacity of 750,000 tonnes of containerboard with a working width of 9.20 metres.

DATE: 02.12.2019

SANDERSDORF-BREHNA (PM3)

Total investment approx. 465 million euros
Products Containerboard (corrugating medium and testliner within the grammage range of from 80 to 150 g/m2)
Annual production 750,000 tonnes of containerboard
Daily production up to 2,760 tonnes of containerboard
Operating speed 1,600 metres per minute
Working width 9.20 metres
Jobs 140 direct jobs & 350 indirect jobs
Training up to 10% of the number of jobs, currently planned: 1 x industrial clerk, 1 x warehouse logistics specialist, 2 x industrial mechanics, 2 x electronics engineers for automation technology, 2 x paper technologists
Start-up 2nd half of 2020
Size of plot 450,000 square meters

In Eisfeld/Thuringia the eleventh corrugated sheetboard plant in total is being constructed. This new state-of-the-art production site with an annual capacity of 190,000 tonnes of corrugated sheetboard will increase Progroup’s total capacity to 1.55 million tonnes. The total level of investment for the project is approx. 60 million euros. Operating in four shifts, the plant will create a total of 52 new jobs and three apprenticeships.

Eisfeld (PW13)

Total investment approx. 60 million euros
Products Single-wall and double-wall Next Board® corrugated boards of varieties B, BNG, C, E and combinations
Annual production 400 million m² of corrugated sheetboard
Operating speed 400 m/Min
Working width 2.80 meters
Warehouse type and capacity Fully automatic high-bay warehouse with a total of 11,000 spaces and three storage and retrieval machines
Jobs 52 direct jobs operating in four shifts and three apprenticeships
Startu-up 4th Quartal of 2019
Size of plot approx. 87,000 square meters

As part of the Two Twentyfive strategic concept, a new mega-corrugated sheetboard plant to replace the previous production plant is being constructed at the site in Ellesmere Port. Just a few kilometres away from the present site, the most efficient and powerful corrugated sheetboard plant anywhere in the industry is set to be up and running in the first quarter of 2019. An investment of around €85 million is being made to construct a high-tech plant which will set the benchmark in meeting the goal of delivering production that is more than competitive with efficient process flows. After the initial start-up and optimisation phase, the plant will produce 235,000 tonnes of corrugated board with a working width of 3.35 m each year, and thus blend seamlessly into the Progroup mill system.

Ellesmere Port (PW12)

Total investment approx. 85 million euros
Products Single-wall and double-wall Next Board® corrugated boards of varieties B, BNG, C, E and combinations
Annual production 500 million m² of corrugated sheetboard
Operating speed 400 m/Min
Working width 3,35 meters
Warehouse type and capacity Fully automatic high-bay warehouse with a total of 13,000 spaces
Jobs 45 direct jobs operating in three shifts
Start-up 1st quarter of 2019
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