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PKV to Invest EUR 280 Million in Cartonboard Production

In a very wide range of cartonboard products, the high grammages have always been a specialty of Varel.

September 25, 2020

Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel
PKV to Invest EUR 280 Million in Cartonboard Production

Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel (PKV) is continuing to consistently implement its strategic program, which comprises a total of EUR 280 million, with future-oriented investments in its cartonboard production.

These days, engineers and fitters are putting the finishing touches to major investments in equipment for PKV board production: board machine 2 will soon be able to use a completely new online sheeter, and the sheeter of board machine 3 has been extensively modernized. Both machines from the renowned Spanish manufacturer Pasaban will thus ensure even higher quality in board production in future. Among other things, this will include further improved state-of-the-art precision cutting, higher availability and thus a larger cutting capacity, so that the company is well prepared for further investments in board machines.

“High-quality cardboard made of waste paper is sustainable, flexible and resilient – this product has a future,” says PKV shareholder Kristian Evers. “In Varel, we have always made sure that we are as broadly based as possible for our customers. These investments will help us to move forward – together with our outstanding know-how, especially in the area of high grammages.”

Cardboard is produced in Varel in basis weights between 350 and 1400 g/m2, as gray or brown board, GD or GT and laminated quality. All products are FSC-certified and recyclable in accordance with the EN 13430 standard. Customers use the versatile and high-quality products in the food industry, for industrial solutions, point-of-sale packaging or, for example, for heavy-duty shipping envelopes made of brown cardboard. In cooperation with the PKV sister company Jade-Pack, PKV cardboard and paper are also used to create special solutions for the highest technical requirements in the packaging of food and industrial goods.

Further investments in cartonboard production are in preparation, for example a modernization of the stock preparation. The Varel paper and board mill will further develop its plant in the coming years to a production capacity of one million tons of corrugated board paper and board. As has been the case since 1950, the raw material for this will be recycled waste paper. At the same time, PKV continues to improve its energy efficiency through numerous investments. All these projects are part of a seven-year strategic program with a total volume of around EUR 280 million, which PKV is currently implementing to strengthen and modernize the site.

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