The former Stora Enso mill's paper output can cover a large part of the retail chain's needs for publication paper.
German paper mill Maxau, until recently owned by Stora Enso, will continue to supply paper to the open market under its new owner Schwarz group. The company confirmed to EUWID that the Maxau paper mill will secure reliable supply to various segments of the Schwarz group and will continue to sell paper to third parties.
The Maxau mill produces uncoated magazine paper, particularly SC paper, on two PMs with a total capacity of 500,000 tpy. The paper is mainly produced from recycled fibre and can be used for advertising flyers, newspaper supplements, catalogues, magazines and similar applications. The mill can also use primary fibre, Schwarz adds.
Experts estimate that in-house publication paper demand of the Schwarz group (which owns the Lidl and Kaufland retail chains) for flyers alone in Europe exceeds 500,000 t. The sale of the Maxau mill by Stora Enso to the Schwarz group generated a lot of market talk on the latter’s future strategy. Market players wondered about what the mill would produce in future and whether it would continue supplying SC paper to existing customers.