Metsa Tissue to Install Two New Paper Machines at Krapkowice Mill in Poland

April 22, 2011 - Metsa Tissue said that it will launch a three-year, EUR 55 million investment program that will focus on modernizing the company’s Krapkowice mill in southern Poland.

In a written statement, Metsa Tissue said its development plan published in May 2010 aims to strengthen the company’s market position in Continental Europe, increase its production capacity and enhance its brand, product and service offering. The plan will also enhance productivity by consolidating Polish tissue base paper production at one mill and by further standardising technology.

“The program includes two new paper machines, related assets and infrastructure, as well as a smaller rebuild of paper machine 6 in Krapkowice. Two old machines — paper machine 11 in Konstancin-Jeziorna close to Warsaw and paper machine 5 in Krapkowice — will be closed," said Lars Warvne, senior vice president, Technology and Operations.

"The investment program in Krapkowice will enable a net tissue base paper capacity increase of approximately 35,000 tonnes in Poland,” Warvne said. "Additionally, a new Away-from-Home converting line will be installed and a new rental converting and warehousing building will be constructed. The move from the old warehouses to one efficient unit will further improve the efficiency of goods handling and delivery service."

Paper machines and related infrastructure will be supplied by Voith Paper, Metsa Tissue said.

Metsa Tissue is a leading manufacturer of tissue paper products for households and industrial consumers in Europe. The company also produces baking and cooking paper products. Its main brands are Lambi, Serla, Mola, Tento, Katrin, Fasana and SAGA. Metsa Tissue has production units based in Finland, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden.

SOURCE: Metsa Tissue