“With this new plant, Progroup will not only boost Stryków as a location, but at the same time it will expand its position in the market in Central & Eastern Europe,” says Jürgen Heindl, Chief Executive Officer of Progroup. “We are consistently following our growth strategy and this will allow us to continue to offer our customers the high reliability of supply and impressive quality of product that they are used to.”
Progroup is creating more than 50 new jobs in the region
The new plant will provide a job for more than 50 highly skilled employees and apprentices. Efficient filter systems will deliver a largely dust-free working environment and an innovative sound insulation system will ensure a pleasant atmosphere to work in.
PW14 will produce Next Board® corrugated board
PW14 will manufacture virtually all common grades of corrugated board. The production speed will be 400 m/min and the working width 3.35 metres. The production line is designed to produce single-wall and double-wall Next Board® corrugated boardsheets with B, C and E flutes and smaller grammages in all combinations. Next Board® corrugated boards are renowned for much lower use of energy and raw materials and reduce CO2 emissions per tonne of corrugated board by 26 per cent on average – coupled with better strength figures.
PW14 will lead the way in the industry on energy management
Progroup is striving to achieve carbon-neutral recycling and will rely on efficient combined cooling, heat and power at the PW14 plant, for example. This involves using waste heat from its own power generation, for example, either in an absorption chiller to “produce” cold, or feeding the heat into the heating circuit, as required. This saves fossil fuels and significantly reduces CO2 emissions. The new plant will thus seamlessly continue Progroup’s Green Hightech strategy. In the final expansion stage, production in Stryków will have one of the highest levels of automation in the industry. The employees will receive the operating data for the machine and work instructions live on wearables that resemble smartwatches or will receive the information via a headset. A 32-metre-high, fully automated high-bay warehouse with more than 14,000 storage spaces and four automatic storage and retrieval machines will ensure smooth distribution. It will be able to store up to two days of corrugated sheetboard production and thus enable perfect JIT deliveries by decoupling the time between the manufacture of the corrugated board and the production of packaging by the customer.
Construction of PW14 is the next milestone in Progroup’s growth strategy
Progroup’s development as a company has a very long-term basis and is planned in strategic periods of ten years at a time. The aim for the current period is to double the size of the company by 2025 compared to 2015. This involves the construction of a total of 8 corrugated sheetfeeder plants, a CHP power plant and the PM3 paper factory. “Increasing our paper capacities with the addition of PM3 means that we can continue to offer the reliability of a stable raw material supply. We can thus remain a strong and reliable partner to our paper and corrugated board customers,” says Jürgen Heindl. Over the stated investment period more than 500 new jobs will be created overall. The total level of investment for these growth projects is around 1.35 billion euros.