Mayr-Melnhof's paper machine PM 3 at the Kwidzyn mill in Poland will cease kraft paper production in January.
The company announced that it had concluded talks with employee representatives at the mill on the decision to permanently idle the machine.
As a result of this decision, production of packaging kraft paper grades Ipack Essential, Ipack Brown and Ipack Ultra will be discontinued. The final production run on the PM 3 will take place at the beginning of January 2024, MM said. The machine has a capacity to produce up to 75,000 tpy of kraft paper.
Paper machines PM 1 and PM 2 at the Kwidzyn mill will continue to produce uncoated fine papers and bleached packaging kraft paper grade Ipack Strong Pro. Both machines have a combined capacity of 410,000 tpy.
The MM Kwidzyn mill will also continue to manufacture pulp and folding boxboard (PM 4, 260,000 tpy of GC1 and GC2).
MM comments: "We are aware that this is a difficult situation both for the employees affected and for the entire workforce. We are doing everything we can to find optimal solutions and limit the extent of the impact on employees as much as possible."