The recent global recession has gone some way to alter the landscape of the pulp and paper industry especially in Europe, and making large investment decisions are now even more crucial than ever. Fortunately, the German Progroup management team seem to have all those attributes in droves. Headed by CEO Jurgen Heindl, the company earlier this year completed the building of a brand new containerboard mill for Propapier, the paper making part of the group. It then started up what is one of the most technologically advanced paper machines the industry has seen -- and all in the most uncertain and turbulent times they have experienced for decades. In the meantime the company grew organically and soon had a total of seven sheeting plants, all hungry for the containerboard that fed them. One of the fundamental features demanded by Propapier is that all round maximum efficiency is achieved in every quarter, but particularly in maximizing the use of raw material.
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