Progroup AG expands with new corrugated sheet plant
By P&PC Staff
By P&PC Staff
September 17, 2018 – Prowell, a company belonging to Progroup AG based in Landau, is expanding with another corrugated sheet board plant in Germany.
In order to be able to cater to the continuing growth in the market and customer demands for reliable deliveries and quality products, what is now the 11th corrugated sheet board plant is being constructed in Eisfeld (Thuringia). Thanks to this new, state-of-the-art production site with an annual capacity of 140,000 tonnes of corrugated sheet board, Progroup’s total capacity will increase to 1.5 million tonnes. The total level of investment for the project is around 50 million euros. Operating in four shifts, the plant will create a total of 52 new jobs and three apprenticeships.
With the new corrugated sheet board plant in Eisfeld (Thuringia), Progroup is continuing to expand at great pace. It was only at the start of August that Progroup broke the ground to herald the start of the project for another paper factory with a total investment of 375 million euros. The eleven corrugated sheet board plants that will exist in the future in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Great Britain and Italy will process 85 per cent of the containerboard manufactured in the company’s own paper factories.
The new corrugated sheet board plant is being constructed on a plot of land covering around 87,000 square metres in Eisfeld (Thuringia). Production is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The key innovations include the one-man dry-end concept, a highly efficient high-bay warehouse with 11,000 storage spaces and three storage and retrieval machines, the automatic handling of pallets, edge protection and strapping as well as the optimization of waste disposal and the gluing system. The corrugator will be equipped to operate at a speed of up to 400 m/min and have a working width of 2.8 m. Single-wall and double-wall Next Board grades of varieties B, C, E and resulting combinations will be produced.
The use of a CHP (combined heat and power) plant for producing electricity and heat will use waste heat from electricity production to generate cold by employing an absorption process.
The innovations at the plant will be completed with a sound insulation system, which will ensure a very low level of noise pollution and low temperature fluctuations. A total of 52 highly skilled jobs and three apprenticeships will be created in the region.