Global fibre-based materials company Ahlstrom has completed its investment of €7m at its Stenay plant in France.
According to the company, the investment enabled the plant to expand its product portfolio of one-side coated papers for metallised labels and flexible packaging.
Stenay paper machine 3 produces grades ranging from from 50g/m² to 160g/m².
The coated papers can be used for metallised beer labels and flexible packaging applications, such as for biscuits, sweets, coffee bags, pharmacy, pet food bag outer liners, tea envelopes, tobacco pouches and bundle wraps for yoghurt pots.
Ahlstrom Label and Processing executive vice president Daniele Borlatto, commenting on the investment, said, "By lowering the weight of a paper used for metalised labels, flexible packaging and other graphics and industrial applications, Ahlstrom responds to the need for lighter papers to reduce the weight of packaging and labels and consequently lower their environmental footprint."
Main brands produced at the plant include Gerbier HDS, Gerstar HDS, Gerstar 404, Gerstar 604, Gersan, Gervalux and Metalkote for metallised labels.
Ahlstrom's customers can obtain benefits such as improved performance during the converting process with the investment.
The Stenay plant is part of the company's Label and Processing Business Area, which operates a total of six production sites in France, Germany, Italy and Brazil.
Roll goods producer Ahlstrom reported net sales of €1bn from the continuing operations (excluding its Label and Processing business) in 2012.
Image: Fibre-based materials company Ahlstrom also produces roll goods; Photo: Ahlstrom Corporation.