Koehler receives Voith's Yankee cylinder in Kehl, Germany. The 200-ton steel cylinder forms the heart of the new paper machine that Koehler is currently building at its Kehl site. With a diameter of 7.31 meters, it is the world's largest smoothing cylinder of its kind.
"The arrival of the cylinder represents an important step towards our new paper machine," says Dr. Stefan Karrer, technical director of the Koehler Paper Group.
The cylinder has already made a long journey. Although the manufacturer Voith has its headquarters in Heidenheim, Germany, the cylinder was manufactured in Brazil and transported from there by ship via the port of Santos to Kehl. Two cranes of 500 and 700 tons from MSG Krandienst GmbH in Kehl were already waiting here.
Koehler will use the cylinder to produce paper for flexible packaging. In addition to the paper machine, Koehler is also building a new coating machine. Here the paper is given a special surface that will eventually have barrier properties for aroma, oxygen, water vapor, oils and fats. It will thus be possible to replace plastic with easily recyclable paper for various packaging applications.
The Koehler Paper Group is one of the few independent German companies in the paper industry.