Sappi completes Alfeld Mill PM2 paper line

Sappi has finished its €60m transformation of Alfeld Mill’s PM 2 on schedule, celebrating with a special event last week with over 200 customers and partners.
The mill now boasts a highly versatile inline papermaking machine for producing one-sided coated speciality papers. It delivers a very smooth top-side surface, greater dimension stability and lower penetration of pigments. This improves the overall quality of the grades manufactured on PM 2, enhancing their converting capabilities. It will produce 135,000 tonnes per annum at 1,200m per minute or 72km per hour.
Rosemarie Asquino, Sales & Marketing Director, Speciality Papers Sappi Fine Paper Europe, commented: “We have been able to achieve remarkable print results, top dimensional stability and excellent flatness which we know will help our customers achieve high quality results. The higher capacity guarantees customers paper availability in the future.”
Sappi Alfeld will continue to develop new products for the release liner, flexpack and label segment market utilising the new capabilities and capacity made available by the transformation of PM 2.
The build involved the use of Europe’s largest crane to drop in place a 135-ton MG cylinder 6.5 meters in diameter, as well as installation of a new head box with dilution system and pre-dryer section as a single tier arrangement.

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