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Hamburger postpones start-up in Spremberg to September

19 May 2020 − 

Hamburger's new corrugated case material machine at the Spremberg mill in Germany will start up later than planned. Impacts of covid-19 and a recent fire have led to the delay.

Hamburger Containerboard has once again postponed the commissioning of its new corrugated case material machine at the Spremberg site. PM 2 is now slated to start up in the first week of September, the company says. Hamburger had already announced in February it was pushing the start date back by four weeks to August.

The postponement is reportedly due to the impacts of the coronavirus crisis as well as a fire that broke out roughly two weeks ago in the stock preparation area. Some of the recovered paper processing machinery now needs complete replacement, the company said.

The new PM 2 will produce brown and white-top testliner and have an annual capacity of 500,000 t. With the new machine, the Spremberg mill will have the ability to produce up to 850,000 tpy of corrugated case material. The investment volume for the project is said to be €370m.

Prinzhorn Holding, the parent company of Hamburger Containerboard, had announced in 2018 that it wanted to double in size by 2030. Hamburger is also planning the installation of another corrugated case material machine in Turkey. A new mill for lightweight testliner and fluting is being built and is scheduled to start up at the end of 2022 at the earliest.

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