WEPA Group puts new paper machine into operation in Poland

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WEPA Group puts new paper machine into operation in Poland

Start -up of the paper machine in Piechowice /Poland goes ahead as planned in Q1 2017

WEPA Group reaches a product ion capacity of 750,000 tonnes per year

Martin Krengel, CEO of the WEPA Group, says, "Our willingness to invest in state of the art technology is part of our future-oriented corporate strategy.”

Headquartered in Arnsberg, Westphalia, the WEPA Group has followed through on its plans to put a new paper machine into operation in Piechowice, Poland in the first quarter of 2017. Following a successful construction phase, the first paper was produced on 11th
February and made into toilet paper. More than 20 new jobs have been created at this location.
Martin Krengel, CEO of the WEPA Group, says, "Our willingness to invest in state of the art
technology is part of our future - oriented corporate strategy . By starting up this first tissue paper machine in Piechowice, we can further optimise our supply chain and strengthen our position in the highly promising Eastern European market.”
The new unit makes a considerable contribution to reducing CO2 emissions thanks to its high
efficiency. This saves resources and optimises cost structures. Furthermore, reducing additional purchases of intermediate goods will allow the WEPA Group to optimise logistics flows within its European locations.
With an annual production capacity of 32,000 tonnes, the unit increases the location’s overall
capacity to a total of 65,000 tonnes of raw paper per year, which is primarily processed for the
consumer industry and the away -from- home sector, with products including toilet paper, kitchen roll and paper towels, primarily for the Polish market.
The new AHEAD 2.0S tissue paper machine from Italian manufacturer Toscotec is state -
of -the-art technology, equipped with an inlay headbox, double press, TT SYD-15FT steel drying cylinder, Toscotec Milltech cover and vapour and dust extraction system.
This was done within the planned investment budget of 30 million euros.
Janusz Brylinski, Plant Manager in Piechowice,and Hans-Michael Fraikin, Project Leader,
are very pleased about the successful commissioning. Janusz Brylinski :
“Since the WEPA Group took over the location in 2005 there has been continuous investment. More than 65 million euros in the past six years. This next step of having our own tissue paper machine expands our production programme and secures jobs in the region.”
In doing so, the WEPA Group is strengthening its competitiveness in its capacity as the third
biggest European manufacturer in the sanitary paper market. With a total of 20 paper machines now in use and a production capacity of around 750,000 tonnes per year, more than 400 million consumers in Europe will be supplied with high -quality tissue products

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