Following a construction period of only seven months, Progroup AG celebrated a topping out ceremony for its new, state of the art paper factory in Saxony-Anhalt together with around 400 guests from politics, administration, the trades and industry.
The heart of the new factory is one of the most modern and high performance paper machines in the world for the manufacture of environmentally-friendly and high quality containerboards. The plant will have an annual capacity of 750,000 tons. The company is thus increasing its production of containerboard from 1.1 million tons to around 1.85 million tons annually.
As the manufacturer of containerboard and corrugated board in Europe showing the fastest organic growth, Progroup is clearly committed to Germany as a business location. Investments totalling 465 million euros make the project the currently largest investment project in Saxony-Anhalt. While employment is in some cases stagnating in other regions of Germany, around 150 direct and up to 350 indirect jobs with a high future potential are being created at this new location.
“As a family-operated company, it is part of our philosophy to think and act long term and sustainably, and thus to assume responsibility. This basic understanding is of decisive importance for investment of this magnitude. On the whole, we are investing around 500 million euros in a plant that should still be producing in keeping with the times in 50 years. As a technology leader, we are committed to preserving resources and environmental protection. As a company, we also offer secure jobs with good career perspectives. This is because we assume a great deal of responsibility for society, our employees, our children and our environment”, emphasises Jürgen Heindl, CEO and founder of Progroup.
In the context of the Green Hightech strategy that Progroup has consistently followed since its founding, the new factory sets the highest, forward-looking standards in the paper industry when it comes to environmental protection, energy efficiency and sustainability. Already, the base material for paper production consists of 100 percent recovered paper, and the subsequent end product, corrugated board, can be completely recycled.
“We are especially proud of our integrated circulation water treatment plant, which reduces the use of fresh water by 80 percent. The major investments in an innovative and technologically unique overall concept have thus definitely paid off”, emphasises Maximilian Heindl, responsible on the board as Chief Development Officer for the realisation of growth projects, among other things.