Europe's largest box maker Smurfit to keep French connection
Smurfit Kappa, Europe's largest box maker, has said that it is continuing to invest in its Facture Paper Mill in the south west of France.
The aim is to meet the growing demand for kraftliner linerboard grades in Europe, a statement from Smurfit Kappa said.
Earlier this year the group shut down the plant for three weeks in an upgrade of the facility.
This included the implementation of a new pulp washing line, and a complete overhaul of a recovery boiler.
Smurfit Kappa, which has recently been the subject of an attempted takeover bid, plans further improvements at the site next year, which, on completion, will increase its production capacity of white top kraftliner from 174,000 tonnes to 220,000 tonnes per year, the group said.
"The Facture site is going through a major upgrade programme which will significantly increase both the output and quality of the kraftliner we produce," Laurent Sellier, chief operating officer of Smurfit Kappa Paper & Board Europe, said.