Mondi's new €70 million PM7 has gone live in Štetí, Czech Republic, where it will produce white kraft paper for industrial bags and shopping bags. It has an annual paper capacity of 155,000 tonnes, and the investment has created around 60 new jobs.
"PM7 is a very exciting project, offering the combination of exceptionally good printability and high strength properties" says Clemens Willée, CEO Mondi Packaging Paper. "The machine's precision will also guarantee significantly smoother paper surfaces."
The new machine's technical capabilities are said to offer clear advantages for the converting industry and end-users. For example, the smooth surface results "create an outstanding gloss and print appearance". Low breakage rate, optimised strength, high tear resistance, impressive bulk, caliper and porosity properties are also claimed.
In addition to offering outstanding product features, Mondi says the new PM7 will have a positive environmental impact due to the integration of the pulp to paper production process without the intermediate steps of drying and transporting of the pulp. Consumption and emissions will be reduced significantly as a consequence.