Novedades - Progroup AG

Novedades - Progroup AG

Novedades - Progroup AG

Newsgrafik #125131
 12.02.2020

Outstanding environmental protection: Paper factory in Sandersdorf-Brehna receives ...  (Company news)

... EU’s EMAS certificate

Picture: from left to right: Reinhard Schröter (deputy managing director of Halle-Dessau CIC), Maximilian Heindl (Chief Development Officer and member of Progroup’s Executive Board), Peter Resvanis (Head of Growth and Development Projects Paper, Progroup)

Progroup AG’s new PM3 paper factory in Sandersdorf-Brehna is being awarded the European Union’s “Eco-Management and Audit Scheme” (EMAS) certificate. This means it is already setting the benchmark for the future when it comes to sustainability before it starts operating in August 2020.

EMAS is a scheme that has been developed by the European Union for companies that want to improve their environmental performance. By participating in the scheme, Progroup is once again pledging to reduce its energy consumption, save valuable resources such as water and minimise residues (waste materials). As part of a public statement, each year Progroup will provide information about relevant environmental protection measures and also subject itself to a review by independent, government-accredited auditors. A recertification audit will be conducted by an expert auditor every three years.

The certificate is awarded by the Halle-Dessau Chamber of Industry and Commerce. “By deciding to embrace EMAS, Progroup has voluntarily pledged to significantly improve on the statutory requirements for environmental protection in its business operations,” stresses Reinhard Schröter, deputy managing director of Halle-Dessau CIC. “It is particularly commendable that this is happening even during the planning and construction phase of the new paper factory – for example when it comes to the logistics of the construction site,” Schröter continues.

“Sustainability is a core element of the philosophy that we have pursued for 27 years. It is therefore obvious for us to act in a way that is environmentally friendly and conserves resources right from day one,” stresses Maximilian Heindl, Chief Development Officer and member of Progroup’s Executive Board. In the construction phase, for example, most of the soil that is excavated will be temporarily stored and reused once the construction work has been completed. It will be used, for example, to construct an earth wall that will minimise noise emissions. Thanks to a dedicated concrete mixing plant, up to 2,000 m³ of concrete can be produced on site every day. This is equivalent to a saving of around 200 truckloads. Progroup also cooperates primarily with regional companies. This enables journey distances and therefore CO2 emissions to be minimised.

Investments of more than 100 million euros in resource-conserving technology mean that the new paper factory will also satisfy the highest environmental protection standards when operating normally. For example, the integrated circulating water treatment plant will make it possible to reduce the amount of fresh water that needs to be used by around 80 per cent compared to similar factories. It operates like a biological kidney and cleans the water. It can then be used again. This means that around 3,750,000 cubic metres of fresh water are saved each year. This is equivalent to the amount of water used annually by more than 80,000 people in Germany.

As well as using highly efficient production plants, Progroup also focuses on reducing the volume of raw materials used. The new paper machine will produce around 750,000 tonnes of containerboard a year from 100 per cent recovered paper. The subsequent end product of corrugated board can also be fully recycled.

The new factory therefore exemplifies the Green Hightech strategy that Progroup is pursuing. Progroup’s PM2 paper factory in Eisenhüttenstadt has also been EMAS-certified for more than ten years. Progroup therefore operates a sustainable environmental management system across its sites.
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #121134
 13.09.2018

At Progroup all the signs indicate rapid growth: The company is expanding ...  (Company news)

... with another corrugated sheet board plant in Eisfeld (Thuringia)

Prowell, a company belonging to Progroup AG based in Landau, is expanding with another corrugated sheet board plant in Germany. In order to be able to successfully cater for the continuing growth in the market and customer demands for reliable deliveries and quality products, what is now the eleventh corrugated sheet board plant is being constructed in Eisfeld/Thuringia. Thanks to this new, state-of-the-art production site with an annual capacity of 140,000 tonnes of corrugated sheet board, Progroup’s total capacity will increase to 1.5 million tonnes. The total level of investment for the project is around 50 million euros. Operating in four shifts, the plant will create a total of 52 new jobs and three apprenticeships.

With the new corrugated sheet board plant in Eisfeld (Thuringia), Progroup is ambitiously pursuing its Two Twentyfive strategy and continuing to expand at great pace. The announcement of this new corrugated sheet board plant demonstrates once again that Progroup is the fastest organically growing manufacturer of containerboard and corrugated sheet board in Europe. It was only at the start of August that Progroup broke the ground to herald the start of the project for another paper factory with a total investment of 375 million euros. The eleven corrugated sheet board plants that will exist in the future in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Great Britain and Italy will process 85% of the containerboard manufactured in the company’s own paper factories. This will see Progroup continue to expand its leadership of the market for corrugated sheet board in Central Europe.

The new corrugated sheet board plantm is being constructed on a plot of land covering around 87,000 square metres in Eisfeld (Thuringia). Production is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2019. The plant will be equipped with the same technical innovations that will already have been deployed from November 2018 at the new corrugated sheet board mega plant in Ellesmere Port (Great Britain). Jürgen Heindl, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Progroup AG, explains: “Our plants, which are optimised for Industry 4.0, follow theapproach of production lines which in automatic mode operate optimally largely on their own and report any deficiencies in production and the plant autonomously.”

The key innovations include the oneman dry-end concept, a highly efficient high-bay warehouse with 11,000 storage spaces and three storage and retrieval machines, the automatic handling of pallets, edge protection and strapping as well as the optimisation of waste disposal and the gluing system. The corrugator will be equipped to operate at a speed of up to 400 m/min and with a working width of 2.80 m will blend seamlessly into the Progroup mill system. Single-wall and double-wall Next Board® grades of varieties B, C, E and resulting combinations will be produced.

The use of a CHP (combined heat and power) plant for producing electricity and heat will take account of Progroup’s Green Hightech philosophy. The waste heat from electricity production is used to generate cold by employing an absorption process or is used directly for heating purposes. “As well as using the CHP plant, we will also achieve a maximum level of environmental efficiency by producing our Next Board® corrugated boards, involving less use of energy and raw materials as well as lower CO2 emissions coupled with increased performance,” explains Jürgen Heindl.

The innovations at the state-of-the-art plant will be completed with a sound insulation system which will ensure a very low level of noise pollution on the one hand and low temperature fluctuations on the other. This will provide an ideal basis for a pleasant and very modern working environment. A total of 52 highly skilled jobs and three apprenticeships will be created in theregion.
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #120670
 19.07.2018

Propapier awards contract for new state-of-the-art paper machine to Voith Paper  (Company news)

On 6 July 2018, Propapier, a company belonging to Progroup AG, awarded the contract for its new state-of-the-art PM3 paper machine to Voith Paper. The new paper machine, which will start production in Sandersdorf-Brehna near Bitterfeld (Saxony-Anhalt) in the 2nd half of 2020, will manufacture corrugating medium and testliner within the grammage range of from 80 to 150 g/m². After the start-up phase, the machine will produce an annual capacity of 750,000 tonnes of containerboard with a working width of 9.20 metres. Together with the two paper factories PM1 in Burg and PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt, this means that the total annual production capacity for containerboard will increase from 1,100,000 tonnes to approx. 1,850,000 tonnes.

Progroup consistently implements Two Twentyfive strategy
Progroup is massively increasing the pace at which it is implementing its Two Twentyfive growth strategy and on 6 July 2018 it awarded a contract worth millions of euros to construct the PM3 paper machine at the Sandersdorf-Brehna site. With a total of €375 million being invested, the greenfield project is being created on a construction plot covering an area of approx. 450,000 square metres. Roughly 140 state-of-the-art jobs will be created directly and around 350 jobs will be created indirectly in the region.

The contract for the new state-of-the-art paper machine has now been awarded to the Heidenheim-based machine builder Voith Paper. Drum pulping, stock preparation, former, press and dryer section, surface application, as well as reeling and reel finishing – from the initial fibre to the finished paper, everything will be supplied from a single source and optimally coordinated.

Voith Paper and Progroup – a perfect cooperation
Progroup has always been driven by three forces: the Power of Innovation, the Power of Cooperation and the Power of Fascination. These three forces are deeply rooted in the company’s DNA and thus form the basis for its success. With Voith Paper, Progroup has a business partner that fits perfectly into this triad. Its innovative drive, enthusiasm and team spirit form the foundation for developing a state-of-the-art paper machine which takes account of the most exacting requirements for the very latest modern paper production and will thus advance to become the industry benchmark.

Jürgen Heindl, CEO of Progroup, adds by way of explanation: “The economy in Germany is shaped by mechanical and plant engineering on the one hand and a broad base of strong family businesses. It is therefore no surprise that the two family businesses Voith Paper and Progroup have come together to deliver this challenging project.”
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #120085
 17.05.2018

Progroup consistently pursues Two Twentyfive growth strategy - Progroup opts for site in ...  (Company news)

...Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) for PM3

Having announced back in mid-February that active preparations for the construction of another paper factory were underway, Progroup has now decided on its location. Progroup will be constructing the new state-of-the-art paper factory in Germany in the town of Sandersdorf-Brehna near Bitterfeld (Saxony-Anhalt). As things stand today, construction work is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2019 and the current plan is for the project to be completed in the second half of 2020.

Under the Progroup umbrella, the production facilities of Propapier and Prowell form a corresponding system with the aim of balancing out the production capacities of both divisions of the business in an optimum way. Following the announcement of the construction of up to four more corrugated sheetboard plants by 2021 and the decision on the location for the third paper factory, Progroup is now embarking on the intensive implementation phase for its Two Twentyfive strategy period.

Progroup opts for site in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)
Following an intensive search for a site across Europe, the PM3 paper machine will be constructed in Sandersdorf-Brehna near Bitterfeld (Germany). In addition to the physical proximity to the sites of Progroup’s other two paper factories (PM1 in Burg and PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt), it was the excellent transport links and the high level of industrial expertise in the region in particular that swayed the decision in favour of this location.

With a level of investment totalling €375 million for constructing the paper machine, approx. 140 highly skilled direct jobs and approx. 350 indirect jobs will be created in the region, depending on the final technical configuration of the machine. As well as the construction of the paper factory, in a second stage the overall project also envisages building a dedicated RDF power plant which will then supply the new paper machine with steam and electricity in an energy-efficient way.

The production facilities will be implemented on a “greenfield” construction plot covering an area of approx. 450,000 square metres. Following the principles of the Power of Innovation, Progroup is investing in eco-conscious, state-of-the-art facilities and is once again living up to its Green Hightech philosophy.

State-of-the-art paper machine for containerboard
Production is currently scheduled to start as early as the second half of 2020. The new PM3 paper machine will produce corrugating medium and testliner within the grammage range of from 80 to 150 gr/m². After the initial start-up phase, the plant will manufacture an annual capacity of 750,000 tonnes of containerboard with a working width of 9.20 metres. Together with the two paper factories PM1 in Burg and PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt, the total annual production capacity of containerboard will then increase from 1,100,000 tonnes to around 1,850,000 tonnes.
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #119321
 19.02.2018

Progroup on course for continued growth: construction of another paper factory and up to four ...  (Company news)

...corrugated sheetboard plants planned by 2021

Progroup is on course for continued growth and can reflect on a successful anniversary year. Sales increased in 2017 by 9.69% to around 804 million euros. This success is based on the consistent implementation of its Two Twentyfive strategy. With Europe’s fastest organically growing corrugated board manufacturer having started the construction of a new mega-corrugated sheetboard plant in Ellesmere Port (United Kingdom) back in October of last year and this month having started production in its latest corrugated sheetboard plant in Drizzona (Italy), Progroup is now announcing further expansion plans. With the construction of up to four more corrugated sheetboard plants between 2019 and 2021 in Central Europe and the start of the active phase of preparation for the construction of another paper factory for containerboard in Germany, which is scheduled to start production in 2021, Progroup is embarking on the intensive phase of its Two Twentyfive expansion strategy.

Progroup on course for continued growth
In the anniversary year in which “25 years of Progroup” were celebrated, Progroup was again able to record a successful year, as is demonstrated by excellent figures: Sales increased in 2017 by 9.69% to around 804 million euros following sales of 733 million euros in 2016. For the first time, the company managed to exceed the production capacity of one million tonnes of corrugated sheetboard within one financial year. The drivers of this consistently positive trend were a good economic environment, the new corrugated sheetboard plants in Plößberg and Trzcinica, but also the performance of all plants, the good sales performance, and not least the excellent cooperation of all employees.

Four more corrugated sheetboard plants between 2019 and 2021
Progroup is consistently pursuing its Two Twentyfive strategy. After the company announced the construction of two corrugated sheetboard plants in Italy and the United Kingdom at the beginning of 2017, the new corrugated sheetboard plant in Drizzona (Italy) will start production this month and the most productive mega-corrugated sheetboard plant in Ellesmere Port (United Kingdom) will start operating as scheduled at the end of the third quarter of 2018. This means that by the end of 2018 the production capacity for corrugated sheetboard will be approx. 3,000 million m²/year. In order on the one hand to retain and consolidate its cost leadership and position as one of the leading manufacturers of corrugated board in Europe and on the other to ensure that the company continues to be able to maintain the expected level of market growth and meet its customers’ requirements in respect of reliability of supply and the quality of products, between 2019 and 2021 Progroup is planning to open up to four more corrugated sheetboard plants in Central Europe. This increases the total production capacity to approx. 4,200 million m²/year.

State-of-the-art paper machine for containerboard
The increasing demand for consistently high-quality containerboard, owing to the growing production capacity for corrugated sheetboard at Prowell, is to be covered predominantly by cost-efficient and highly flexible production in-house. Progroup has therefore actively begun to make preparations for the construction of another paper factory located in Germany. The current thinking is that the start of production for the new, state-of-the-art paper machine is set for 2021 and, following a start-up phase, it will provide a further production capacity of around 750,000 tonnes of containerboard. Together with the two paper factories PM1 in Burg and PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt, which are already manufacturing products in Germany, the total annual production capacity of containerboard will then increase from 1,100,000 tonnes to around 1,850,000 tonnes.
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #117682
 02.08.2017

Leading Progroup into the future: Maximilian Heindl appointed as Deputy Chairman  (Company news)

From 1 August 2017 Maximilian Heindl, son of the company founder and Chief Executive Officer Jürgen Heindl, will be taking over responsibility as Deputy Chairman in Progroup’s senior management team. Maximilian Heindl joined the company back in mid-2016 and successfully took charge of the area of production and technology at Propapier (PM1 and PM2) as well as assuming overall responsibility for Propower.

With the Two Twentyfive strategy, which began in 2016, Progroup is approaching the ten-year period that lies ahead with ambitious projects and success-driven trade and is consistently striving to expand its market leadership in the sheet-feeding market in Central Europe. The required structural reconfiguration and expansion of the Executive Board is now continuing its logical progress with the appointment of Maximilian Heindl to the role of Deputy Chairman.

“I am particularly delighted that with my son joining the Executive Board the future course for the successful development of the family company has been set at an early stage. The aim is to continue to champion our business model in the market as a private company in the future,” says Jürgen Heindl, Chief Executive Officer of Progroup.

At Progroup, as well as serving on the Executive Board, Maximilian Heindl will continue in his role as head of the area of production and technology for Propapier and assume overall responsibility for Propower. Before he joined Progroup, Maximilian Heindl was successfully employed as P&S EMEA Director of Production and as management consultant for Business Line P&S at Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG in Heidenheim.
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #116843
 21.04.2017

The Two Twentyfive strategy hits the ground running: Prowell continues to expand and increases...  (Company news)

... its production capacities in Central Europe

Prowell, a company belonging to Progroup AG pursues its Two Twentyfive strategy with determination and continues expanding at a fast pace with two further corrugated sheet board plants. Europe‘s fastest growing corrugated board manufacturer is thus expanding its production capacities by a further 250,000 tonnes in the medium term. As from 2018, it will have a production capacity totalling 1,380,000 tonnes of corrugated sheet boards per year. This further secures Progroup‘s market leadership in the Central European corrugated sheet board market. While Prowell Plößberg (Germany) and Prowell Trzcinica (Poland) take their successful partnership to a new level with a further packaging park in Drizzona (Italy), the most powerful corrugated board plant of the entire industry is being built in the UK, close to the existing site in Ellesmere Port.

Italy: expansion into new markets – Prowell penetrates the Italian board market
With the production launch of Prowell Drizzona (Italy), which is scheduled for the first quarter 2018, Progroup shall be entering the largest corrugated sheet board market in Europe and consequently further enhancing its capacities and the associated market share as part of the Two Twentyfive strategy.

The newly founded Prowell S.r.l. will be operating a corrugated board machine in Drizzona next to the Italian packaging specialist Imbal Carton S.r.l. and supply it with corrugated board at no additional logistics expenditure. This pursues the extremely successful Packaging Park II model of Prowell Plößberg (Germany) and Prowell Trzcinica (Poland).

A 2.8-metre-wide corrugated board machine will be operated at the new site, and will produce 100,000 tons of corrugated sheet boards per year at a working speed of 350 m/min. We are planning to produce single and double-wall in the grades B, B NG, C, E and combinations. This will create approx. 40 new high-tech jobs at Prowell.

The Prowell plant is fully integrated in the Progroup network for high efficiency and centralised control of all relevant data and orders. This not only allows us to achieve maximum synergy and integration effects within the business model of Progroup but also within the framework of the packaging park model.

Great Britain: the most efficient and powerful corrugated sheet board mega plant in the world

A little over eight years ago, the corrugated sheet board plant of Prowell Limited, which had just been founded in Ellesmere Port near Liverpool, launched its production on a 2.50 m wide corrugated board machine from the first Prowell plant. As part of the Two Twentyfive strategy concept, a reform strategy with a generation change of the first Prowell system is now taking place to successfully meet market growth and customer requirements for delivery reliability and quality.

The most efficient and most powerful corrugated sheet board mega plant of the entire industry will be created by the third quarter 2018, within just a few kilometres of the current location. A total of € 75 million is being invested in a high-tech plant, which is set to become a highly competitive production facility with efficient process flows. Following a start-up and optimisation phase, the plant will produce 235,000 tonnes of corrugated board each year with a working width of 3.35 m, thus seamlessly integrating into the Progroup mill system.

Industry 4.0 at Progroup
At Progroup, Industry 4.0 is reflected in largely self-optimizing production lines that operate automatically with as little human intervention as possible. In this context, the three-men corrugator represents the next logical development step that already started with the introduction of the one-man dry-end concept at the Prowell plant in Plößberg. In the new plant in Ellesmere Port, it leads to a whole series of technical innovations and organisational developments. True to the Progroup slogan Power of Innovation, the new location will thus become the absolute benchmark of the entire industry.

Some of the most important innovations include a 350 m/min steady stater, the improvement of the one man dry end concept introduced in the Plößberg and Trzcinica packaging parks, a highly efficient high-rack storage system, automatic pallet handling, edge protection, strapping as well as the optimisation of waste disposal and the glue system.

The additional use of a CHP (combined heat and power) system to produce electricity and heat places particular emphasis on energy efficiency and environmental protection. Excess heat from electricity generators is re-absorbed in a special process and used for refrigeration or even reapplied directly for heating purposes – green high-tech made by Progroup.

The overall concept is rounded off by a sound absorption system that, besides ensuring very low noise pollution, also caters for low temperature fluctuations. An excellent basis for a pleasant and very modern work environment.
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #116213
 17.02.2017

A team for the future. Progroup deliberately makes structural changes as part of its ...  (Company news)

... Two Twentyfive strategic concept

With a deliberate structural reconfiguration and expansion of its Executive Board and the gradual transformation from an owner-run company to a second-generation family company, Progroup is responding to the increasing and ever more complex challenges of the market. For the restructuring of the Executive Board Progroup is relying on expertise from its “own” ranks and is fortunate enough to have again secured the services of Dr. Volker Metz and Mr Philipp Kosloh for its company. Furthermore, Progroup is particularly delighted that Mr Maximilian Heindl joining the company has heralded the gradual transformation to a second-generation family company.

Tackling challenges with the Two Twentyfive strategy
Globalisation and the ups and downs of economic and political developments, social changes in Europe, the important environmental issue and not least the specific challenges typical of the sector will demand a great deal of flexibility but also plenty of consistency from Progroup through to 2025. This is why since last year Progroup has been approaching the ten-year period that lies ahead with the Two Twentyfive strategy, embracing ambitious projects and success-driven trade, and in doing so has consistently striven to further expand its market leadership in the sheet-feeding market in Central Europe.

Executive Board reconfigured
With a deliberate structural reconfiguration and expansion of its Executive Board and the gradual transformation from an owner-run company to a second-generation family company, Progroup is responding to the increasing and ever more complex challenges of the market. The carefully considered changes to the management team place the Group on an optimum footing to be able to achieve the goals it has set itself and will enable real added value to be delivered through efficient teamwork.

Progroup is relying on continuity and expertise from its “own” ranks and is fortunate enough to have again secured the services of Dr. Volker Metz and Mr Philipp Kosloh for its company. From 1 November 2016, Dr. Volker Metz and Mr Philipp Kosloh have been appointed members of the Executive Board of Progroup AG for a period of five years.

Dr. Volker Metz has taken on the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In this role, he is responsible for the areas of controlling, accounting, legal affairs, compliance & insurance, treasury and investor relations. He previously successfully ran the Group controlling department at Progroup from April 2009 to January 2016. Mr Philipp Kosloh has been a deputy member of the Executive Board since 1 November 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the areas of production and technology at Prowell plants, Prologistik GmbH, central purchasing, IT operations and growth projects at Prowell. Mr Kosloh previously held various roles for Progroup from 2001 to 2009 and was most recently a member of the extended Group management.

In addition, Progroup is particularly delighted that Mr Maximilian Heindl joining is gradually transforming the company, which was founded and has previously been run by the Chief Executive Officer Jürgen Heindl, into a second-generation family company. On 1 August 2016, Maximilian Heindl took charge of the area of production and technology at Propapier (PM1 and PM2) and also assumed overall responsibility for Propower. Maximilian Heindl was most recently employed as Director of Production for Voith Paper GmbH & Co in Heidenheim.

Leading Progroup into the future
The new Executive Board therefore boasts the very best knowledge of the industry and the company and, with the experience that has been gathered previously, it can implement new approaches and ideas for managing Progroup.

“We are absolutely delighted that, with the restructuring of the Executive Board, we are taking the vital step for us and the future of the company in embarking on the succession plan and thus laying another foundation stone for successfully implementing the Two Twentyfive strategy.” (Jürgen Heindl, Chief Executive Officer of Progroup AG)
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #112615
 20.01.2016

Process of growth and integration at Progroup AG continues: Prowell is expanding in Poland with...   (Company news)

... another corrugated sheetboard plant in the form of a packaging park 2 model

Prowell, a Progroup AG company, is expanding with another packaging park in south-western Poland. In the fourth quarter of 2016, Prowell will be launching its ninth corrugated sheetboard plant as a fully owned subsidiary of Progroup AG at the Trzcinica site. In the immediate vicinity of and with a direct link to the packaging specialist Janmar Centrum, it will be able to exploit all of the advantages of a modern packaging park in full. The new Prowell plant will be fully integrated within the Progroup network so that all of the relevant data and orders can be centrally managed in a highly efficient way. This will make it possible to achieve the maximum synergy and integration effects within Progroup’s business model on the one hand and as part of the packaging park model on the other hand.

Packaging park model – physical proximity and automated deliveries
It was back in 1998 that Prowell launched the first packaging park model. There are now a total of six packaging parks operating extremely successfully right in the heart of Europe. In a packaging park, the packaging manufacturer is supplied by Prowell with corrugated sheet boards directly via fully automatic transport systems. The whole process is fully automated using IT systems. Once an order is received, all other processes proceed fully automatically. In a strategic partnership with Janmar Centrum, another packaging park is set to be launched in Trzcinica in the fourth quarter of 2016 in order to give a further boost to both Janmar Centrum and Prowell customers in the region.

Advantages compared to traditional business model
The inherent advantage of the packaging park model compared to integrated packaging plants is the combination of specialist packaging manufacture with the highly integrated volume production of a high-performance corrugated board machine, while avoiding logistical disadvantages. A competitive advantage is created in particular by interlinking the two business models while both companies fully retain their independence.

Power of innovation – state-of-the-art corrugated sheetboard plant
The new Prowell corrugated board plant is being constructed with a total investment of around 23 million euros and is being planned with a great deal of attention paid to energy efficiency, conservation of the environment and Industry 4.0. Following a start-up and optimisation phase, each year the highly modern “state-of-the-art” corrugated board machine will produce 250 million m² of corrugated board with a working width of 2.80 m and thus blend seamlessly into the Progroup mill system. With a working speed of up to 450 m/min, the machine will be able to produce single-wall and double-wall corrugated board with minimal use of manpower.

New jobs in Trzcinica
The overall concept when it comes to the flow of materials, energy efficiency and acoustics, which has already been successfully applied at the Prowell packaging park in Plößberg (Germany), will now also be employed in Trzcinica and this will provide a solid basis for around 40 high-quality jobs at Prowell and around 30 jobs at Janmar Centrum.
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #112177
 07.12.2015

Progroup AG acquires thermal power plant from EnBW in Eisenhüttenstadt  (Company news)

Progroup AG, headquartered in Landau, Germany, has entered into an agreement to acquire the combined heat and power plant located in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany, from German utility company EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG.

The combined heat and power plant supplies steam to Progroup’s nearby paper machine. The parties signed a sale and purchase agreement on December 2, 2015. The acquisition is effective as of December 31, 2015. The transaction remains amongst others subject to approval by the competent anti-trust authorities.

Progroup is a leading manufacturer of corrugated board in Europe. By acquiring the combined heat and power plant, Progroup hopes to ensure a cheaper and more efficient supply of energy to its nearby paper machine, in particular by effects of integration. The paper machine at the production site in Eisenhüttenstadt is one of the largest and most advanced of its kind in Europe with an annual production capacity of 650,000 tons.

In 2009, EnBW Energy Solutions GmbH, a subsidiary of EnBW, constructed the combined heat and power plant and, since then, has operated it on behalf of Progroup under a contracting arrangement.
(Progroup AG)

Newsgrafik #111198
 25.08.2015

Every gram counts - Progroup at FachPack in Nuremberg from 29.09. - 01.10.2015  (Company news)

Green Hightech specialist forum for a new perspective
Following a successful and informative appearance in 2013, Progroup will again be represented at FachPack this year. At the same location in Hall 7, Stand 620, the focus will be on Progroup's latest developments and products under the motto "Every gram counts – change of perspective with Next Box® – Green Hightech for the future". As in 2013, topics covered in the form of specialist presentationsGreen Hightech Expert Forum will be conservation of resources, energy saving and reduction of CO2.

In addition, visitors to the Progroup stand will be able to experience a Change of perspectivevirtual factory tour around Propapier PM2, the centre for the Green Hightech concept. With the aid of glasses made from corrugated board, a smartphone and a virtual reality app, virtual reality will in fact become reality for the viewer.

We need to act
There is a danger that we are clearly underestimating. It is "maintaining the status quo". We know that every day in the battle against changes to the climate on our planet ought to be an active day. The climate conferences held in the last few years have generated a great deal of discussion and little real action. Durban, Doha, Warsaw, Lima... what will the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015 deliver?

Time is of the essence
Irrespective of any political agreement in Paris, industries in the USA, China, India and the EU are called on more than ever before to invest in ground-breaking technologies. Only a small number of companies have acted with such a consistent approach as Progroup. "We are one of the drivers of innovation in our industry. With our Green Hightech concept, we meet the climate protection demands that are stipulated in the Roadmap 2050," says Jürgen Heindl, Chief Executive Officer of Pro­group AG.

Every gram counts
The next stage in the global battle for the precious resource of recovered paper is already playing out today. New paper machines and reconfigured paper machines for corrugated board base papers will see the production capacities continue to grow over the coming years and this will require raw materials. The Progroup approach is to use lightweight, resource-conserving papers on high-tech machines. It is evident that the comprehensive investment in the Green Hightech concept was necessary and correct and is bearing fruit today – with positive repercussions for the future and the environment.

Visit our Green Hightech specialist forum at FachPack in Nuremberg!
Hall 7, Stand 620
(Progroup AG)

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