Mondi 24.05.24

Mondi has invested €200 million in the paper mill in Duino, Italy - once fully operational, it will reportedly be capable of producing 420,000 tonnes of recycled containerboard for packaging solutions and will be Mondi’s widest recycled paper machine at 8.5 metres.

Planning to convert the facility’s existing paper machine into a recycled containerboard machine, the company hopes to contribute to the region’s economic development, job opportunities, and stakeholder partnerships. 

The start-up of the new machine is expected in 2025. Where possible, the mill will source materials locally in an effort to contribute to the local economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions through shorter transport distances and strengthen supply chain resilience. 

“We are excited about the progress of the Duino investment project and the opportunity this provides our growing packaging business,” says Andrew King, CEO of Mondi Group. “This containerboard machine will strengthen our backward integration and provide us with security of supply to better serve our customers.” 

“Our investment in Duino allows us to meet the increasing demand for sustainable solutions across Central Europe, the Mediterranean area, and the local Italian market. The project team is currently preparing for the upcoming construction works, with a new recycled fibre plant, wastewater treatment plant and the associated infrastructure and warehousing,” says Markus Gärtner, CEO of Mondi Corrugated Packaging. 

Mondi recently joined forces with Meurer to replace plastic shrink film with a secondary kraft paper packaging solution, which is thought to be recyclable and compliant with existing machinery. Its mechanical properties are said to include high strength, puncture resistance, and stretchability, expected to be beneficial in grouped packaging applications and align with upcoming regulatory requirements in Europe. 

The company will also be presenting its renewable packaging and paper solutions from its PERGRAPHICA, IQ GRASS+ Packaging and IQ Board brands at the touchpoint packaging (tpp) forum at drupa 2024, held from May 28th-June 7th in Düsseldorf, Germany. The papers apparently suited to luxury packaging applications and personalization such as laser engraving. 

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