UNITED KINGDOM (News release) -- Mondi is investing Euro 280 million in Corrugated Packaging operations across four countries. This includes around Euro 185 million across its central and eastern European Corrugated Solutions plant network and Euro 95 million at Mondi Świecie's containerboard mill in Poland. These investments together represent an important part of Mondi's announced Euro 1 billion in expansionary capital investment projects this year to accelerate growth in sustainable packaging.
Some highlights of the investment programme:
- The upgrade of Mondi Świecie's containerboard mill, comprising an extensive rebuild of paper machines PM2 and PM5, a new anaerobic treatment plant including an integrated cooling system, and upgrades to the pulp mill, the recycled fibre line and the energy recovery system. These improvements will allow the mill to meet growing customer demand for heavy-duty applications, enhance product quality, and bolster its environmental performance by decreasing water consumption and wastewater emissions and increasing energy efficiency.
- The plant at Mondi Warsaw more than doubling in size and capacity, and receiving new machinery and automation, including a corrugator of an industry-leading 3.35 meters in width.
- Expanded corrugated solutions production for the eCommerce market, with modernisation and improvements across eight sites located in Poland (Simet, Świecie, Warsaw, Dorohusk, Szczecin, Bystrzyca), Germany (Eschenbach), and the Czech Republic (Bupak), as well as a comprehensive upgrade of Mondi Simet to erect a warehouse for finished goods storage and to automate internal material flows.
- Investments in operations in Turkey focused on the newly-acquired Mondi Olmuksan plants, with Gebze specialising in eCommerce packaging production, and Bursa reinforcing its heavy-duty output with the addition of sheet production. Most of all, the Izmir site will be transformed by a comprehensive modernisation and expansion programme, enabling a leap in output and efficiency, plus further refinement in quality assurance for customers. Mondi Tire Kutsan Karaman will also get a new high-quality printing casemaker.
The expansion and upgrade of Mondi's Kuopio semi-chemical fluting mill also remains on track. The Euro 125 million capital investment project announced last year will increase the facility's capacity by around 55,000 tonnes per annum to meet growing customer demand, enhance product quality and cost-competitiveness, and strengthen the mill's environmental performance. The project includes an upgrade of the wood yard, fibre line, evaporation plant and paper machine, with start-up planned for the 4Q 2023.