The multiply paperboard speciality mill, which has sales of around €23m (£20m), is investing between €5m-€6m in a state-of-the-art laminating line that it believes will double its production capacity.
Ground works have already begun, with CEO Andrew Robinson hoping the line will be in production during September 2024. The bespoke lamination machine is being built by a consortium of European partners.
According to Robinson, as well as improving the mill's green credentials by using less energy and producing less waste than the machine it will ultimately replace, the investment will drive continued growth into new markets and materials.
“We expect to increase production by more than 50%,” he said.
“Simultaneously, the investment will allow us to explore new wood fibre material constructs and maximise opportunities within the packaging segment, in particular by replacing plastics with paper and board combinations.”
The 40-staff mill is a sister firm of Switzerland-based paper and board mill Kapag Karton & Papier. It supplies higher-volume converters, brand-owners and end-users across Europe and the UK, with its products additionally available via Premier and Swanline in the UK.
Oppboga Bruk’s packaging substrates include Oppboga Albus, Prominent, Robust and Truecoat and its sign and display materials include Oppboga Excellent and Resilient. The mill’s R&D team also produces bespoke makings for clients.