Altonaer Wellpappenfabrik makes further investments in state-of-the-art technology

Following investments in an additional rotary die-cutter at the end of 2020, Altonaer Wellpappenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG based in Tornesch (near Hamburg) and belonging to the Panther Group will invest further in productivity and capacity.

The central palletiser system for finished goods will be replaced in the spring of 2021. Since the WIP storage system was already fully automated in the whole plant in 2019, renewal of the palletising now allows digitalisation of the entire workflow throughout the company.

The new inline machine increases production volume for regular slotted boxes, for which there is a strong demand.

An additional new high-performance inline machine will then be installed in the second half of 2021. This will lay the foundation for further growth in the regular slotted box area as well, because the fully-automated 4-colour machine will further increase the level of productivity. Among other things, it is equipped with a die-cutting unit that can be used to cut handholds for packing cases, for example, an ejection system for non-conforming products and camera monitoring. A pre-feeder and robotic palletiser ensure the feed into and output from this high-performance machine.

This enables Altonaer Wellpappenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG to produce four-colour, accurately fitting, attractive folding boxes very productively in a single work process.

The investment offers the opportunity and ability to fulfil customers’ needs, such as the highest quality and capacity. Energy efficiency is also improved and CO2 emission per package is further reduced.

With this measure in 2020/21, Altonaer Wellpappenfabrik is again investing more than EUR 10 million in quality and productivity, to maintain its position as the leading corrugated board company in Northern Germany.