Brussels, Belgium 15 August 2013 -- An ambitious rebuild of Papermaking Machine 2 (PM2) at Sappi’s Alfeld Mill will create the world’s largest papermaking machine producing one-side coated and MGBK (Machine Glazed Bleached Kraft) speciality grades. This complex and meticulously planned project, a €61 Million Investment, has created a great deal of excitement, both in the local community and in the packaging world at large.
“This is the biggest investment that has been made at this 300-year-old mill in the past 20 years,” said Rosemarie Asquino, Sappi Europe’s Sales and Marketing Director Specialities. “Not only will it expand our capacity for producing high-demand speciality packaging materials, but it will reduce our environmental footprint and increase standards compliance.”
Mrs. Asquino explains that PM2 will be converted from the production of coated wood-free graphic arts grade papers to the production of a wide range of speciality papers. “In recent years there has been about a 6% decline in demand for graphic arts papers,” she adds. “At the same time, growth in demand for speciality packaging papers is expected to be as high a 3.2%. Sappi has a creative portfolio of speciality grades for which demand is increasing, and this project was designed to enable us to continue to meet that need.”
According to Asquino, with this rebuild, Sappi will add to its unmatched portfolio the capacity to produce higher volumes of a wide range of paper and packaging products including coated and uncoated papers for flexible packaging, premium SBS board for luxury boxes, topliner for high quality corrugated packaging, label papers for wet glue applications such as can and jar labels, banderols and wrappers, and last but not least, silicone-based papers for carriers for self-adhesive products such as plotter films and stickers.
Founded in 1706, Alfeld Mill became part of Sappi in 1992. It has five papermaking machines and an integrated pulp plant that uses locally harvested wood.
The PM2 rebuild will transform the Alfeld Mill to the production of 100% speciality packaging paper production, including the uncoated grades for which is it known around the world.