Stora Enso has inaugurated the new €285m containerboard machine at its Ostroleka Mill in Poland.
The lightweight BM 5 containerboard machine started up in early 2013 and is in the ramp-up phase at present, which is expected to last for two months.
With a capacity to produce 455,000t of product annually, the machine runs on recovered fibre.
Stora Enso Renewable Packaging EVP Mats Nordlander said the new BM 5 will bolster the company's position in the growing markets of Central and Eastern Europe, besides supporting its packaging growth strategy.
"The demand for modern light-weight corrugated packaging is increasing rapidly. The market in Central and Eastern Europe will grow by over 5% per year," Nordlander said.
The Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer, which established its own collection system in Poland based on collection and sorting stations, collects packaging material and transports them to the collection stations.
At the stations, the material is separated from other waste material and baled, and will be transported to Stora Enso's mill at Ostroleka to manufacture new products such as cardboard boxes and board packaging.
Certified to ISO 9001, ISO 1400, ISO 22 000 and OHSAS 18001, FSC CoC and PEFC CoC, Ostroleka Mill consists of a pulp and paper mill, a corrugated board and boxes mill as well as a sack mill.
Single-wall and double-wall corrugated board of all types of flute are manufactured at the mill, which are used for the production of different kinds of American-type boxes and die-cut boxes.
The products of the sack mill consist of open-mouth pasted sacks, valve pasted sacks and paper sacks on reels.
Image: Stora Enso has established its own collection system in Poland; Photo: Courtesy of Stora Enso