Reflex restarted upgraded PM4 at its Düren, Germany, paper mill, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
Over a time of four months the mill heavily invested in the paper machine. It was also a priority to improve energy efficiency and to reduce water consumption, by means of energy solutions. This way, money could be saved, and at the same time, the ecological footprint of the company could be significantly reduced. As scheduled, the new steam power plant will be completed in December 2015. This will also supply PM4 in the future.
Translucent paper was previously mainly required in the drawing sector, but it is now used for several applications in the graphic design sector.
Of the company’s latest milestone within the set multi-pillar product and diversification strategy, CEO Hariolf Koeder says: “In light of the current developments in the paper industry, a restart of a paper machine seems unusual. The owners of Reflex have nevertheless provided a seven-figure sum for necessary investments until 2017. We are therefore in the position to not only strengthen our return to the translucent paper market, but at the same time increase our capacity.”
With a large investment in its infrastructure, Reflex signalled the start of an economically stable future for the company.
In addition, Reflex plans to switch from the current three-shift operation to a four-shift system.