packagingmaterials.packaging-business-review.com 09 Feb, 2017
Sappi has announced plans to invest at its facilities in Europe and the US in a bid to increase capacities for packaging and specialty paper. In the next three years, the firm intends to invest $140m in equipment upgrades and production efficiencies at its mills in Alfeld and Ehingen, in Germany; Lanaken in Belgium; and Maastricht in the Netherlands. The firm will invest in projects including converting its Maastricht mill to a high-quality solid bleached board (SBB) facility as well as expanding the lightweight packaging and specialty papers capacity at its Alfeld Mill by 10,000 tons per year. By 2019, the SBB business at the Maastricht processing plant is expected to grow to 150,000 tons per year. It plans to invest approximately $165m to upgrade PM1 machine at its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine in North America in order to increase the mill’s overall capacity by almost one million tons per year. Work is scheduled to be completed by 2018.