New Paper Machine: Gascogne chooses Andritz

Source: Gascogne Group

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The Gascogne Group has placed an order with the Andritz Group for a new paper machine, with the start-up in 2025.

The aim of this investment (€220m in total) is to replace the three oldest machines at the Mimizan site with a single machine.

"This is a logical and historic investment for our Group. Over the past eight years, we have already invested €230 million. This paper machine is therefore a logical continuation of our investment policy in production equipment. Its a great event, both for the group and the paper industry! As it also benefits from the state-of-the-art paper technology, we will soon better meet the expectations of our customers and the new aspirations of community and  consumers for sustainability ». Dominique Coutière, Chairman and CEO of the Group.

This project is creating a whole dynamic that affects all of the Group's employees, but also a number of service providers associated with the project.

The construction of a brand new building is due to start before the end of the first half of 2023. It will house the new production line and its modern packaging line, as well as a number of offices and a reception area to welcome our visitors.

With this investment, Gascogne Group is committed to sustainable and innovative development in the Landes region for the next 50 years.

The new Machine in a nutshell

The plusesfor a better support of the commercial development of the customers

  • Full use of the site's pulp production capacity (with ultimately an additional 50,000 tonnes of unbleached Machine Glazed kraft paper),
  • Increased quality standards for unbleached kraft manufactured in Mimizan
  • Improved response to packaging and speciality paper marketsdemand,

Technical features for better energy, economic and environmental efficiency:

  • 6.8 m working width,
  • 1 300 m/minute designspeed,
  • 26 feet(7,9 m) diameter for the Yankee,
  • 25 to 120 gsm to meet new market trends
  • Signifcant reduction of the water and energy consumption per ton of paper

About the Gascogne Group:

A major player in the French wood industry, Gascogne group is present at all stages of the forest resource development. Anchored in the heart of the « Landes de Gascogne » forest (in the South West of France), it is one of the main specialists in maritime pine processing, with the particularity of fully integrating the entire wood, paper and converting chain. Thus, Gascogne relies on 4 complementary activities (Wood, Paper, Sacks and Flexible) to develop on markets where its know-how positions it among the most recognised in its specialities, such as unbleached Machine Glazed kraft paper, human and animal food sacks, laminate solutions for building insulation, technical wood for the carpentry…

Source: Gascogne Group