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Sandersdorf-Brehna paper factory high-tech drums for paper production that conserves resources

Sandersdorf-Brehna/ Landau, 11. November 2019

+++ Biggest processing facility of its type in the world +++ Up to 3,000 tonnes of recovered paper processed daily +++ Ecologically beneficial: Recycled paper saves energy and water

The fitting of the state-of-the-art drum pulper and drum screen in Progroup AG’s new paper factory successfully completes an important milestone in the installation of the plant technology. The drums treat the recovered paper, which is used as the starting material for paper production, and are therefore a key component of Progroup’s Green Hightech strategy. This means less use of energy and raw materials as well as lower CO2 emissions coupled with enhanced performance.

The 48-metre drum pulper and the 23-metre drum screen each have a diameter of 4.5 metres and are designed to handle very high production volumes of up to 3,000 tonnes of recovered paper each day. With an overall installed length of 78 metres, the processing facility is the largest of its type in the world. In addition, the special design of the drums means that they are particularly good at conserving resources. Thanks to the rotation and the addition of very little water, the recovered paper is pulped gently (without shear forces) in a special process (high-consistency process). This ensures that the impurities contained in the recovered paper remain preserved in their original form and can then be eliminated at an early stage in the drum screen.

“As part of our Green Hightech strategy, we only ever use recovered paper in our paper production. Ideally this can be recycled 8 to 12 times and, according to the Federal Environment Agency, this offers significant ecological benefits,” says Maximilian Heindl, Chief Development Officer and Member of the Board of Progroup. This means that with this paper factory Progroup is once again setting groundbreaking standards when it comes to environmental protection, energy efficiency and sustainability.

The drums were delivered in the last few weeks from the port of Shanghai via the ports in Hamburg, Magdeburg and Aken to Sandersdorf-Brehna. As well as several heavy-duty cranes, around 20 employees from the commissioned partner company Voith will also be required to install the drums, which weigh 300 tonnes.

About Progroup

Progroup AG, located in Landau in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is one of the leading manufacturers of containerboard and corrugated board in Europe. Since it was founded in 1991 in Offenbach/Queich, the company has been pursuing a consistent growth strategy which, in addition to technological leadership, is also based on the use of innovative and environmentally friendly production technologies. Progroup operates production sites in six countries in Central Europe. These currently include three paper factories, eleven corrugated sheetfeeder plants, a logistics company and an RDF power station. With 1455 employees, the company generated sales of around 881 million euros in 2020.

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