Following investments in an additional rotary die-cutter at the end of 2020, Altonaer Wellpappenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG based in Tornesch, Germany, is set to 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.
An additional new high-performance Bobst 8.20 Expertline casemaker 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 four 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.
With this investment plan in 2020/21, Altonaer Wellpappenfabrik, which is part of the Panther Group, is again investing more than €10m in quality and productivity, to maintain its market position in Northern Germany.