EUR 285 million (US$381.4 million) are to be invested by Stora Enso at its Ostroleka mill in Poland to add new corrugated packaging capacity. The company says in a release announcing the project, that the new capacity will strengthen the business in Eastern and Central Europe for Stora.
It is expected that the project will be complete by 2013 first quarter.
As observed by them, due to the new container board machine, their product offering will not only be strengthened, but the overall cost position of Stora Enso will also be improved through proficient inside supply of container board that is lightweight made from recycled fiber. With the start-up taking place, Stora Enso has plans at the mill to shut down PM2 container board machine.
Modern lightweight corrugated packaging demand is increasing swiftly among customers. This investment is in agreement with the objective of Stora Enso in offering new packaging solutions to demanding customers, as said by Mats Nordlander, Stora¡¯s Packaging Business Area executive VP.
The dominant raw material is recycled fiber for corrugated packaging and keeps winning share from virgin fibers. The transport packaging Markets in Eastern and Central Europe have grown and will keep growing by more than 5 percent per year. This investment will enhance their growth and raise the self-sufficiency of Stora Enso in containerboards to 60 percent from 35 percent. It will also unmistakably advance the cost competitiveness of the Industrial Packaging segment of Stora Enso. Nordlander also says that this new state-of-the-art containerboard machine and the new efficient power plant just completed ¨C integrated recovered paper (RCP) collection network of Stora Enso in Poland, will make Ostroleka the benchmark in both product offering and cost in Europe.
The annual capacity of Ostroleka mill is currently 270,000 metric tons of kraft paper and containerboard. 455,000 metric tons will be the annual capacity of the new containerboard machine, and the annual capacity is 85,000 metric tons of containerboard for paper machine 2.
A subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company, Graphic Packaging International, Inc., has announced recently that a plan has been approved by it to expand use of biomass energy with an expected cost of up to $80 million in its Macon, Ga., paperboard mill. To be started immediately, the project will include a 40 megawatt turbine generator and a high-efficiency biomass boiler.
The objectives of this project of biomass are to advance the sustainability strategy of the Company, decrease costs of energy and to develop the Macon mill¡¯s profitability before probable increases in costs of electricity. Approximately per day 1,600 tons of paperboard is currently produced by the mill.
By mid-year 2013, the Company intends to finish the project and start operations. From a steam generation and electrical power standpoint, the new biomass system is anticipated to make the Macon mill self-sufficient thus reducing and stabilizing energy costs and alternatives based on fossil-fuel dependency. The mill is expecting to develop into a net producer of electricity.
Expected biomass system has many benefits.
Expected biomass system will give energy from biomass which is a renewable carbon neutral energy source.
It will approximately produce 40 megawatts per hour of power from a source of renewable energy, sufficient electrical power to approximately sustain 27,400 homes per year.
It will lessen the emissions of fossil-fuel based greenhouse gas of Macon mill by more or less 200,000 tons per year through the biomass substitution whose emissions are equivalent of around 35,000 passenger cars.
The system will produce power from roughly 400,000 tons logging residuals per year (branches and tops of trees). In the Macon area, currently, residuals of a likely 3.3 million tons per year are available.
Pamarco, a leading company in the printing industry, has installed a third laser at its new location in La Palma, California. This is aimed at serving its the west coast market better. This will help the western division to have increased laser capacity and improved engraving capabilities. The plant was opened in October 2007.
The plant joins Pamarco¡¯s other anilox roll facilities and a total of fifteen lasers in North America. Other facilities are located in the following areas: Atlanta, Georgia; Batavia, Illinois; Vaughan, Ontario and Roselle, New Jersey.
Pamarco Global Graphics, global leader in the printing industry and manufacturer of anilox rolls, has announced that it has added another multi-beam laser at its anilox manufacturing facility in Warrington, UK. This is in line with the growing demand for its high line screen and volume anilox rolls in the European market.
According to the company, the investment is part of a continuing strategy to move all of its lasers to solid state technology. This addition will result in Pamarco having three multi-beam lasers for use across the globe.
Project Name:Installation of multi-beam laser
Key Players:Pamarco Global and its European customers.