Smurfit Kappa Continues to Invest in Facture Paper Mill

An upgrade of the mill, which is in South West France, was successfully completed in March, following a three-week shutdown and included the implementation of a new pulp washing line, and a complete overhaul of the black liquor recovery boiler. 
SKG, Ireland, next plans a series of improvements to No. 5 paper machine commencing in 2019, which, on completion, will increase its production capacity of white top kraftliner from 174,000 metric tons to 220,000 metric tons per annum, and further enhance the quality of this premium product.   

Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based packaging is the packaging of choice for many brands which are seeking a more sustainable alternative to plastic and it is used widely in both the eCommerce and retail sectors.
Premium white top kraft paper, which is made from virgin fibers, is also a very suitable material for the high-specification digital print used to make brands come alive on the shelf. 

The Smurfit Kappa Facture Paper Mill has been producing kraft paper since 1928. 

Speaking about the upgrade project, Laurent Sellier, COO of Smurfit Kappa Paper & Board Europe, said that "the Facture site is going through a major upgrade program which will significantly increase both the output and quality of the kraftliner we produce. This mill has an ideal location for meeting the demands of customers in Southern Europe, so we are committed to implementing ongoing innovations and improvements."

The Facture Paper Mill is part of Smurfit Kappa’s global network of paper mills that are all connected through a single, optimized supply chain system.

The upgrade of the Facture Paper Mill will reinforce the industry-leading position Smurfit Kappa holds for the production of kraftliner containerboard in Europe.