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Progroup to build four new corrugated sheetboard facilities by 2021

Progroup has unveiled plans to develop four new corrugated sheetboard facilities between 2019 and 2021 in Central Europe.

Once operational, the four new corrugated sheetboard plants will increase the company’s total production capacity to around 4,200 million m² per annum.

Earlier this month, Progroup commenced the production at its new corrugated sheetboard plant in Drizzona, Italy.

In October 2017, the company already started construction of a mega-corrugated sheetboard plant in Ellesmere Port in the UK.

The UK sheetboard plant is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of this year, which will help to expand corrugated sheetboard production capacity to around 3,000 million m² per year.

Progroup also operates corrugated sheetboard plants in Plößberg of Germany and Trzcinica of Poland.

The company has also started preparations for the development of new paper factory for containerboard in Germany. It is expected to commence operations in 2021.

Expected to begin operations in 2021, the Prowell paper factory in Germany will feature an advanced paper machine that can produce around 750,000 tonnes of containerboard.

It already operates two paper factories PM1 in Burg and PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt.

With the new Prowell paper facility, the firm’s annual production capacity of containerboard will be increased from 1,100,000 tonnes to around 1,850,000 tonnes.

The company has reported that it sales have increased by 9.69% to around €804m in 2017, compared to €733m in 2016.

Progroup said that it managed to cross the production capacity of one million tonnes of corrugated sheetboard within one financial year for the first time.

In Europe, Progroup operates through divisions – Prowell GmbH, Propapier PM1 GmbH, Propapier PM2 GmbH, Prologistik GmbH, Proservice GmbH and Profund GmbH.

The firm’s Prowell division produces corrugated board products, including single-wall, double-wall and triple-wall types. It also produces ultra-lightweight paper grades under Next Fibre brand, as well as test liner papers and kraft liner substitutes made from waste paper.