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Sappi to Invest EUR 30 Million in Paper Machine Modernization Project at Gratkorn Mill

Sappi Gratkorn Mill

Jan. 22, 2018 - Sappi today announced plans to invest EUR 30 million in an upgrade project that involves paper machine 9 at the company's Gratkorn Mill in Austria.

Sappi said PM 9 will be modernized with a focus on reducing the machine's energy requirements. In addition, the upgrade will optimize the use of raw materials to reduce production costs.

“In addition to the renewal of important components on the paper machine, the significant improvement in energy efficiency is another milestone in our efforts to achieve sustainable business,” said Max Oberhumer, Mill Director of Sappi Gratkorn.

Steffen Wurdinger, VP Manufacturing, R&D and Technology of Sappi Europe added, “The approved investment consolidates Sappi Europe's position in this product segment. The reliability of the product quality as well as the machine's competitiveness will be strengthened through this project.”

The project is scheduled for the first half of 2019 and will be carried out in cooperation with Valmet.

A global leader in paper, paper pulp and dissolving wood pulp solutions, Sappi Limited is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing operations on three continents, in seven countries (seven mills in Europe, three mills in America and four mills in South Africa). To learn more, please visit:

SOURCE: Sappi Limited