Leipa's plans for new CCM capacity are being delayed

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015

German paper producer Leipa Georg Leinfelder is still working on plans to increase its corrugated case material capacity, but reports delays in the decision process.

Initially, the company had intended to complete the decision-making process by the middle of the year. According to Peter Probst, managing director of the management holding company, the deadline has now been postponed until 30 September. Because of the delay in the company's decision, the date for the planned start-up of the facility is likely to move from 2016 to 2017, Mr Probst believes.

Leipa said that it was conducting two project studies, one concerning the location, another concerning the paper machine. The latter addresses the question whether the company should rebuild an existing paper machine or invest in a new facility, Mr Probst adds.

In spring 2015, Leipa had announced plans to invest hundreds of millions in the expansion of its containerboard capacity. The company had initially scheduled to commission a new or upgraded paper machine in 2016. According to the plans, the facility would have a capacity of approximately 290,000 tpy.

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