Pro-Gest to start up new corrugated box plant in Italy

Demand for corrugated packaging is rising
02 Dec 2021 − 

A new corrugated board and packaging plant in Italy will start up in January. Pro-Gest's new site will have a capacity of 250 million m² of corrugated board annually.

Responding to growing demand for paper packaging and increasing quality requirements, Italian packaging group Pro-Gest plans to soon commission a new corrugated board and packaging plant in Italy. Production at the new Ondulati Maranello plant will start up in January 2022, the company announced at a pre-opening event.

Pro-Gest informs that the new plant stands on a 100,000 m² site and is rated to produce 250 million m² of corrugated board annually on one corrugator. In addition, seven packaging lines will come online with a maximum capacity to convert around 200 million m² of corrugated board. Also to come up on the site is a 3.5 MW photovoltaic plant which will make the site self-sufficient for energy. The new plant will initially start with a workforce of 100, potentially increasing to 150 in the coming years as the company plans further growth. Pro-Gest envisages generating sales revenue of €60m annually from the new plant.

Ondulati Maranello is only around 10 km away from Pro-Gest's Mantua paper mill which can produce up to 405,000 tpy of corrugated case material. The site of the new plant was deliberately chosen to enable synergy effects, Pro-Gest said. The company confirmed that a large part of the containerboard to be converted will be delivered from Mantua.

The new plant partially replaces a corrugated box plant that Pro-Gest sold only recently and which is located in Maranello, around 90 km away from the new location. The company is now relocating the machines to the new site but the new site also houses new machines. Pro-Gest will also retain the name Ondulati Maranello for the new plant.

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