A year ago, Progroup AG began site preparation for a new corrugated sheetfeeder plant in Rhineland-Palatinate in southwest Germany. The foundation stone was laid the other week. Investments in PW15 amount to more than 90 million euros
“Rhineland-Palatinate is a symbolic place for our company: Progroup’s roots are situated barely 55 kilometres away. It was some 30 years ago that my father symbolically broke new ground with our first plant in Offenbach an der Queich – and we are now able to continue our story in our home region,” says Maximilian Heindl, Chief Development Officer and deputy CEO of Progroup.
G&G Preißer, a large packaging manufacturer, is located next door. There will be far fewer truck journeys, allowing the future enterprise to significantly save on transport costs and reduce its carbon footprint.
The plant will cover around 28,000 sqm. The planned production speed is 400 m/min with a working width of 3.35 metres. From 2023, up to 500 million sqm of corrugated board sheets are expected to be produced here annually.
The corrugator is designed to produce single-wall and double-wall Next Board® corrugated board sheets with B, C, E and F flutes, as well as smaller grammages in all combinations. The production of Next Board® requires about 26% less energy and raw materials than the production of traditional corrugated board.
The new plant will operate modern production lines, fully automatic transport systems, high-bay warehouses and process control systems. As a result, PW15 will feature one of the highest levels of automation in the industry, with just 60 employees.
“With PW15, Progroup will not only boost the Palatinate region as a business location, but also expand its position in the northern France and southern Germany markets,” says Jürgen Heindl, Chief Executive Officer of Progroup.
“We are consistently pursuing our growth strategy so that we can offer our customers the high reliability of supply and impressive product quality they are used to, and at the same time attract new groups of customers.”
The company plans to double in size by 2025 compared to 2015. The plan is to create more than 500 new jobs over this period. The level of investment is around 1.5 billion euros.
By 2024, Progroup plans to commission four large plants in Poland, Germany, France and Italy and accelerate growth in the respective markets.