Ahlstrom-Munksjö plans for temporary idle paper machine

Paper machines to generate optimum results

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Rhinelander plant in the United States
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Rhinelander plant in the United States

Ahlstrom-Munksjö announced to employees that it plans to temporarily idle #8 paper machine in December 2021, along with its #20 supercalender and #21 rewinder in July 2022 at its Rhinelander, Wisconsin Plant in the United States.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to determine for affected people

#8 paper machine have a capacity of 14,000 tons per year. The number of people affected is yet to be determined based on retirements and other potential job assignments.

“In a very competitive marketplace, we must continue to provide cost-effective and innovative products, challenging our machine capabilities to generate optimum results,” said Robyn Buss, executive vice president of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Food Packaging & Technical Solutions Business Area.” 

“Our robust manufacturing platform is well-positioned for continued success. By utilizing several other machines in our regional system, we will provide our customers with the level of service required to meet their needs,” he added.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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