RDM Blendecques recycled board mill in France reported a fire in the sheeting and finishing departement on 22 March. One week after the incident, production at the Blendecques remains temporarily suspended.
French recycled cartonboard manufacturer RDM Blendecques was hit by a fire in the afternoon of 22 March. According to the mill's parent Reno de Medici (RDM) group, the fire involved the sheeting and finishing department and part of the warehouse. The mill's board machine reportedly did not experience any damage in the fire but was temporarily halted. The group was working on a contingency plan to manage and minimise any delays and/or difficulties, ensuring the continuity of supplies to its customers, RDM announced in a press release issued on 23 March.
One week after the incident, production at the Blendecques board mill still remains temporarily suspended, a company spokesperson confirmed upon request. "The events surrounding and the cause of the fire have yet to be established: RDM group is indeed further investigating the conditions and details of the event together with the fire fighters and the local authorities," she explained.
At the Blendecques mill in northern France, Reno de Medici runs one board machine with an installed production capacity of up to 140,000 tpy of white-lined chipboard. The mill's product portfolio includes uncoated (UD) and coated (GD) white-lined chipboard in basis weights of 260-450 g/m².