Blue Paper takes unplanned six-day downtime

Packaging paper production has to be stopped at Blue Paper's mill
09 Jun 2021 − 

The market for recycled corrugated case material is tight in Europe and demand is strong. In this market environment, French produer Blue Paper has to halt production for six days.

French containerboard producer Blue Paper was forced to take downtime at its mill in Strasbourg. The company reported it had stopped production on 6 June for six days due to an unexpected issue in the press section area of PM1. It added that a scheduled two-day downtime for monthly felt and wire changes, originally planned for next week, had now be brought forward in order to combine the repair works and restart operations as soon as possible.

Blue Paper is a joint venture between Belgium's VPK Group and the German Klingele Group. The company produces recycled corrugating medium and testliner in grammages between 70 and 135 g/m², with focus mainly on the lightweight grades.

In November last year, Blue Paper upgraded the dryer section of its machine during a six week downtime, thereby increasing the PM's capacity by 40,000 tpy to 440,000 tpy. Since then, production has reportedly been running smoothly and Blue Paper says it was even able to reach a day production record of 1,500 t.

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