Progroup starts operations at PW14, its new, 28,000-square-meter corrugated sheetfeeder plant in Strykow, Poland. The new high-tech plant will produce up to 200,000 tonnes of corrugated sheetboard. Together with the existing PW07 plant next door, it will in fact have a production capacity of 825 million square metres per year. This means that Stryków is now one of the world's biggest sites for corrugated board production. Progroup has invested around Euro 72 million in the project at the site, which covers around 28,000 square metres, and created 50 new jobs.
Almost all standard grades of corrugated board can be produced at the PW14 plant, with a working width of 3.35 metres and a production speed of 400 metres per minute. At the heart of the corrugator machine is the Modul Facer MF-A concept which was developed by BHS Corrugated Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH. It has been used for the first time anywhere with a working width of 3.35 metres at Progroup.
The lowest possible CO2 emissions are also achieved thanks to the modern combined cooling, heat and power plant. This involves using waste heat from the plant's own power generation either in an absorption chiller to "produce" cold, or feeding the heat into the heating circuit, as required. This will save a significant quantity of fossil fuels.
The plant also features a 32-metre-high, fully automatic high-bay warehouse with more than 14,000 storage spaces and four automatic storage and retrieval machines. It will be able to store up to two days of corrugated sheetboard production and thus enable perfect just-in-time deliveries by decoupling the time between the manufacture of the corrugated board and the production of packaging by the customer.
Progroup AG, located in Landau, Germany, is one of the leading manufacturers of containerboard and corrugated board in Europe.