Mondi expands Simet plant to grow in Polish corrugated market

Mondi has opened its expanded heavy-duty corrugated plant in Simet, Poland. The paper and packaging giant has installed a 2.8m Fosber corrugator with three single facers, with speeds up to 400m per minute.

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The corrugator delivers up to seven-layer corrugated board at a flute range from E to ACA to the converting equipment, which was also expanded.

Mondi Simet now covers corrugated board production and converting into boxes in-house for a wide range of heavy-duty, big-box, shelf-ready packaging and e-commerce applications.

The expansion represents one of the biggest capital expenditure in the history of Mondi Corrugated Packaging.

Armand Schoonbrood, chief operating officer of Mondi Corrugated Packaging, said Mondi has a strong presence in Poland, and some plants are positioned closely to bordering countries where it has a good position to supply into these markets.

We needed a major hub to service the Greater Poland region and beyond. To address the growing needs of the Polish corrugated market, we installed the market’s most innovative corrugator, which helped quadruple Mondi Simet’s production capacity.

Schoonbrood told Packaging News Mondi is well positioned in Poland.

We have very strong footprint with six plants in the country. We also have the opportunity for export to western Europe. Staff will increase as output grows from 40 million sqm to 200 million sqm converter products annually. We try to follow our customer – there are certain customers we are close to and we can grow with – there is a global e-commerce player in Poznan region.

He said that ecommerce is growing in Poland; while the UK is the biggest ecommerce retail market in Europe, it is also levelling out.

Mondi has always held Poland as being high on its markets for growth. For over a decade we have focussed on Central and Eastern Europe which is reflected in our footprint. The Polish market is growing above European average. Poland has more potential than other European countries – that’s why we are investing here. We know what this market demands and are heavily investing to capture the phenomenal growth. We are one of the biggest corrugated players in Poland by output; in six months time we will be producing more than 100 million sqm at Simet and in two years this will be up to 200 million sqm.

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