Austria's Mayr-Melnhof Group has approved a €660m investment project to increase the long-term competitiveness of the Kwidzyn pulp, paper and board mill in Poland.
According to Mayr-Melnhof, the project is divided into three parts to be completed in the period from 2023 to 2026. The company will build a new recovery boiler and a new steam turbine thus significantly reducing costs and the mill's carbon footprint. In addition, a second fibre line and a new pulp dryer will be erected to improve the mill's vertical integration and reduce dependence on market pulp.
Last but not least, Mayr-Melnhof will rebuild and convert the PM 1 from copy paper to sack kraft paper production. PM 1 has a web width of 5,35 m and can produce 200,000 tpy of copy and offset paper in basis weights of 80-90 g/m². "This way we are investing in the growing market of sack kraft papers and reducing our exposure to the declining copy paper market," Mayr-Melnhof announced.
Mayr-Melnhof had acquired the Kwidzyn site from International Paper in 2021. The mill houses two fine paper machines, one kraft paper machine and one folding boxboard machine.