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LEIPA Starts-up Rebuilt White Top Testliner Machine at Schwedt Mill in Germany


April 5, 2018 - LEIPA announced the start-up of a rebuilt paper machine, PM 5 at its paper mill in Schwedt, Germany. PM 5 produced its first 'paper on reel' on March 31.

LEIPA said the start-up period will be completed soon and the machine will begin supplying customers with uncoated White Top Testliner of which PM 5 has the capacity to produce 450,000 metric tons per year.

LEIPA Group CEO Peter Probst, commented, “We look forward to growing successfully with our customers and partners. The demand for White Top Liner remains consistently high and the trend is rising. Prices are at a high level as well. These factors result in excellent conditions for the market launch of the PM 5.”

Prior to the rebuild, PM 5 operated as PM 11, which was producing 280,000 metric tons of newsprint annually.

Voith conducted the turnkey machine rebuild project, which included a new OCC stock preparation and an extension of the DIP facility at the Schwedt mill.