Varel shelves plans for new PM6 project

The recent economic downturn in Germany has forced Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel to re-assess its latest investment project for PM6, with the decision to not invest due to cost rises and the current uncertain outlook for the economy.

“In 2021, we began to explore the current opportunities available to our company in Wilhelmshaven for the production of ultra-light corrugated papers and a significant increase in volume in this product segment,” explains Ralf Schu, Ulrich Lange, Rolf Bauer, Managing Directors. “Since then, we have collated analyses of the market and economy, land and permits, machine and energy concepts and much more as the basis for an investment decision. These results before us show that: there is too much uncertainty at present, especially in terms of the economic environment, for such a significant investment. A sound basis for a responsible decision intended to last decades is lacking. This applies in particular to the dramatic development of construction costs as well as the short-term prospects of a competitive supply of green energy, but also the current outlook for the economy in Germany, Europe and the world. This does not augur sufficiently well for this specific project.”

They conclude, “Our success story, on the other hand, continues. We have strong products for the future of sustainable packaging solutions, we are constantly developing our site in Varel and are working on the generational task of decarbonising the paper industry.”

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