Voith and Bellmer will rebuild the paper machine at the Kübler & Niethammer paper mil in Germany. Conversion work to start in June next year, recycled magazine paper production not affected, says K&N Paper.
Kübler & Niethammer Papierfabrik (K&N Paper) has awarded a contract to rebuild the paper machine at the Kriebstein mill in Germany to Voith and Bellmer. The machine rebuild will allow K&N Paper to add a packaging paper to its product portfolio and raise the annual production capacity by 30,000 t. Conversion work at the Kriebstein mill is scheduled for June 2013 and will probably require a 15-day production stoppage, K&N Paper explained.
K&N Paper produces 85,000 tpy of recycled LWC on one paper machine. Following the rebuild, production capacity at the Kriebstein mill will increase to 115,000 tpy, of which some 30,000 t will be light-weight coated white-top testliner.
Total capital expenditure for the project amounts to €19m. The EU is subsidising around 30% of the rebuild costs of K&N Paper’s paper machine as these measures will improve the mill’s energy efficiency, the company said.
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