German paper and packaging supplier Schumacher Packaging has successfully started up its PM 2 in Myszków, Poland, at the end of 2023. The upgrade was supplied by technology group Voith.
Except for a few existing components, the entire production line was modernised to achieve the highest sustainability and efficiency standards, Voith informed. The rebuild enables Schumacher to double production capacity from 500 to 1,000 tpd at reduced fibre, energy and freshwater consumption and lower waste generation.
Schumacher acquired the Myszków plant, which then produced newsprint, in 2016 and converted it to containerboard production. In 2021, the company announced plans to double the machine’s capacity to 300,000 tpy of lightweight containerboard in base weights ranging from 80 to 140 gsm.
To meet the increased production capacity and further increase plant efficiency, the OCC line, which Voith already upgraded in 2018, has now been expanded with additional technologies from Voith’s BlueLine portfolio, sensor technology from BTG, and technologies for water, reject, and sludge handling from Meri, according to Voith.
The current rebuild will enable lower operating costs as well as fast and smooth grade changes. In addition, the press section was renewed and equipped with Voith's NipcoFlex technology for two shoe presses, which significantly increases dry content and capacity and reduces specific steam consumption. The scope of supply also includes a fully automatic VariFlex NG winder.
This article was updated on 19 January 2024.