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Hamburger Rieger Starting Construction of Paper Machine 2 in Spremberg, Germany

Hamburger Rieger in Spremberg, Germany Hamburger Rieger's new machine will have the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes per year of white and brown corrugated base papers (testliner) based on 100% recycled paper.

March 7, 2018 - Hamburger Rieger said it is starting the scheduled construction of its second paper machine at its Spremberg paper mill in Germany.

Hamburger Rieger has earmarked 370 million Euros for the project. The new machine, at a width of 7.80 metres, will have the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes per year of white and brown corrugated base papers (testliner) based on 100% recycled paper.

Deinking equipment will also be installed as part of the machine project.

“Since the start Paper Machine 1 we have consistently carried out all the necessary preparatory work for further expansion. Paper Machine 2 will allow us to further strengthen our 'leadership in white' positioning to more than one million tonnes of white corrugated base paper per year,” said Harald Ganster, Managing Director of Hamburger Containerboard.

Hamburger Rieger is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division within the Austrian Prinzhorn Group.

Cord Prinzhorn, CEO of the Prinzhorn Group, added, “In recent years we have invested some 420 million Euros into Hamburger Rieger, Dunapack Spremberg and SpreeRecycling at the Spremberg location and have thus directly created 500 jobs. Now, with our second paper machine, we increase our commitment to the location even further.”

With the construction of Paper Machine 2, the Prinzhorn Group supports its long-term growth strategy of doubling its size following the “Grow2030” Group vision. Since 2015, this strategy has repeatedly led to strategic investments in Germany and abroad.

In the course of Paper Machine 2's approval procedures, Hamburger Rieger was awarded the EMAS Certificate. EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) stands for the European Union's voluntary environmental management system based on the requirements of DIN EN ISO 14001:2015. It supports companies and organizations in determining and improving their environmental performance in a continuous and sustainable way.

The new plant's commissioning is scheduled for summer 2020.

Hamburger Rieger GmbH, with its three German paper mills in Spremberg, Gelsenkirchen and Trostberg is part of the Hamburger Containerboard Division with a total of seven paper mills and 1.9 million tons of produced container board per year.

SOURCE: Prinzhorn Group