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Major Investments in the Future of MMB&P Mills: Modernization of Board Machines in Frohnleiten, Neuss and Kolicevo

27.01.2023 - Innovations / Investments, Company / Mills

In the course of implementing technologically advanced industrial processes and production improvements, MM Board & Paper will rebuild the Board Machines in Frohnleiten, Neuss and Kolicevo. Downtime means progress: We invest in state-of-the-art technology, product development, sustainability and therefore in the future!

MM Frohnleiten, Austria – Modernization BM3
Scheduled from February to mid-March 2023

The rebuild of Board Machine 3 in Frohnleiten mill is an integral part of our current investment program and the previously announced Euro 100 million modernization: Fully automated and optimized production processes will significantly increase the efficiency of the stock preparation while reducing specific energy consumption. The latest production technologies in cartonboard manufacturing (e.g. modernization of board machine and finishing department) will raise product quality and capacities. Innovative digitalized logistics processes will significantly accelerate and optimize the material flow. The rebuild will lead to a further enhancement of our multi-mill concept allowing for the production of same recycled board grades at various mill locations.

MM Neuss, Germany – Modernization BM5
Scheduled from mid-March to beginning of May 2023

The rebuild in our Neuss mill will transform the current Board Machine into a state-of-the-art Linerboard Machine. This transformation will allow us to offer our established Liner product range with premium technical specifications (thanks to the installation of a Sizer and Curtain Coater), an enlarged substance range and new innovative products that offer sustainable solutions to our customers. In parallel, a new winder will be installed to follow increasing production volume. MM Neuss will continue to be a part of the MM multi-mill concept, offering the same WLC product range as today.

MM Kolicevo, Slovenia – Modernization BM3
Scheduled in August and September 2023

Kolicevo´s BM3 is one of a kind: The option of operating the machine in swing mode allows for increased production of virgin fibre cartonboard, recycled cartonboard, or liner, depending on current demand, thus enabling the mill to flexibly adapt to changing market requirements. Aim of the conversion is to raise product quality and expand capacities. The environment will benefit too by using the latest drying technology and a highly modern Curtain Sizer, which will reduce the CO2 footprint due to high starch solids. Additional investments are related to a new rewinder that enable a higher speed and thus improve the productivity of BM3.

Our board machines in Frohnleiten, Neuss and Kolicevo are being modernized in 2023.

Highest supply security during conversion phase 
For all mills, a seamless supply during the rebuild downtimes is guaranteed: Through proactive advance production of standard grades in high demand, we assure highest supply security during the conversion phase. In addition, our multi-mill concept secures additionally a smooth supply to
our customers.