Aug. 24, 2021 - Thimm announced that it has invested EUR 1.6 million in its Alzey corrugated cardboard plant located in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The investment includes a comprehensive expansion of the corrugator and the installation of a new conveyor system.
According to Thimm, the modernization project allows the Alzey plant to produce corrugated F-flute, which, in Europe, is typically used for specialty packaging, point-of-purchase displays, jewelry and cosmetic packages, and shoe boxes.
This modernization means that Thimm is now able to produce F-flute in Germany for the first time, Thimm noted.
Additional investments in process automation at Alzey are planned for the fourth quarter of 2021, Thimm said.
A large part of the Alzey investment package, namely the conversion work on the corrugator, began in May — the previous unit has been replaced by the more modern "Modul Facer®" corrugating roll module from BHS Corrugated. This has enabled the maximum production speed of corrugated cardboard to be increased to 350 metres per minute.
The investment also secures the supply of E, F, B, C and T-flute to the other Thimm plants nearby, along with their combinations as double wall corrugated cardboard. For example, the one-sided F-flute produced in Alzey can then be laminated for the production of displays at the Wörrstadt plant 17 km away or printed directly using the offset process.
Various other peripheral and renovation measures were also carried out along with some machine upgrades. The project took place during ongoing operation. In autumn, the performance part of the corrugator will be further expanded by converting the dry end and steam system.
A further part of the investment package in Alzey was implemented in the second quarter with the installation of new conveyor belts and chain conveyors from the company Dücker Conveyor Systems, which will now form the new buffer section for corrugated cardboard pre-cut pieces on the corrugator. The significant increase in corrugator capacity means that no separate interim storage will be required in the future.
The Thimm Group is a leading solutions provider for the packaging and distribution of goods. Its portfolio includes corrugated cardboard transportation and sales packaging, high-quality promotional displays, packaging systems combining a range of materials, and print products for further industrial processing. To learn more, visit: www.thimm.com.
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