From 13 September, we started the conversion and renovation of various components at our plant in Eerbeek (NL). An investment for the future of our plant, in which we will save at least 5% in natural gas consumption immediately after completion of this project. In this carefully prepared project, we will take our surroundings into account and will try to keep inconvenience to a minimum. Through this link you can find updates on this conversion (in Dutch).
Our production site in Eerbeek (NL), Folding Boxboard Eerbeek B.V. has recently been awarded the HALAL certificate. The Halal certificate guarantees the Halal-worthiness of our cardboard according to Islamic law, so the qualities of Folding Boxboard Eerbeek are also permitted in the processing of packaging for HALAL food.
July 11, 2022
As a first step the folding boxboard mill in Eerbeek (NL) will replace the current press by a new shoe press. The infrared installation used to dry the cartonboard will be upgraded at the same time. This will result in higher production efficiency and lower gas consumption. “This is the first step in a multi-year investment process to modernise the mill and make it more sustainable”, says Otto van Beers, managing director of Folding Boxboard Eerbeek. To accommodate the press replacement, from 13 September 2022, production at Folding Boxboard Eerbeek will be stopped for a month.
The Eerbeek mill produces cartonboard for the food, personal care and pharma sector. This means it has to meet the highest quality requirements, which is why pure wood pulp is used as raw material. The press section is an essential part of the entire production process. It ensures as much water as possible is squeezed out of the cartonboard prior to the drying process.
New, state-of-the-art shoe press
The current press equipment section has reached the end of its technical life and will be completely replaced by a state-of-the-art shoe press. The investment will deliver better performance and increased efficiency for the pressing process. At the same time, the infrared burners used to dry the cartonboard will be upgraded. This yields approximately 5% savings on the use of natural gas.
Technically and logistically challenging operation
The stop of production will last between 25 to 30 days but of course, customers have already been informed well in advance. Intensive coordination and early deliveries will ensure that our packaging customers have sufficient stocks, even while production is temporarily stopped. The Eerbeek employees will temporarily stop their normal day-to-day activities and focus on replacement and maintenance work instead. In addition, to get the press replacement done, another 250 to 300 employees of international, regional and local companies will be working at the FOLBB folding boxboard mill in Eerbeek.
The FOLBB Group has a dominant position in the European market for GC2 folding carton and is located in the heart of Europe, right in the middle of its customers with production sites in Eerbeek (NL) and Baiersbronn (GER). In July 2021, the FOLBB Group has been acquired by funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. “Our current owner actively supports investments in the modernisation and sustainability of our board mill in Eerbeek over the coming years”, says FOLBB Group CEO Daniel Wiktorin. “The modernisations and improvements we are announcing today involve an investment of several millions. The multi-year investment program comprises a series of major investments to be made over the next years.”
We attach great importance to the high quality of our products. This includes the FSC® and PEFC certification. Recently we have updated our certificates for these.
FOLBB has developed a new innovative barrier quality, to keep pace with recent Northern European legislation and market trends.
In the course of 2021, FOLBB replaced the current grease barrier qualities – which are free from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) – with a completely fluorine-free grease barrier. The performance and the grease resistance of the new product will be identical or even better than our current products.
New barrier performance evaluation method
The effectiveness of the new grease barrier is tested according to DIN 53116. With this method, we simulate a worst case scenario: A large amount of palm kernel fat solution is applied onto the barrier board, and the duration of the grease resistance (until grease stains appear on the top side) is measured. This allows to evaluate the grease resistance for the shelf-life of a product in only several hours. The new fluorine-free grease barriers fall under category III. Thus, the new quality will have the description III instead of the KIT Value in their respective names. The current “KIT-method” is not applicable for measuring the barrier performance of a fluorine free barrier.
If you are interested in samples, please contact our Sales representative.
The Mayr-Melnhof Group (“MM”) announces the closing of the divestment of its virgin fiber-based cartonboard mills located in Eerbeek, Netherlands, and Baiersbronn, Germany, to a subsidiary of funds managed by OaktreeCapital Management, L.P.
The mills Eerbeek and Baiersbronn together have an annual capacity of about 245kt of virgin fiber- based cartonboard(FBB) produced on two board machines and employ approximately 400 people. Sales reached EUR 195 million in 2020.