Circular economy leader sets production record at Spanish recycled corrugated board factory

BRUSSELS –News Direct– International Paper Company

BRUSSELS and MADRID, January 31, 2022 /3BL Media/ – International Paper (IP), one of the world’s leading producers of packaging solutions and absorbent pulp based on renewable fibers, has reached a major production milestone in its Madrid factory in Fuenlabrada, Spain. In the last quarter of 2021, the state-of-the-art plant reached a total production volume of one million tons of sustainably produced high performance lightweight recycled board since the completion of the conversion investment in August 2018.

Using the latest technology, the Madrid plant is home to one of Europe’s most cost effective recycled corrugated board machines and primarily serves the IP network of 23 corrugated board packaging plants across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with its premier Prime® product line. .

“We are proud of this milestone and the progress we continue to make. The Madrid plant plays a vital role as we strive to meet our Vision 2030 commitments and bring the circular economy to life while manufacturing products that people depend on every day,” said Eric Chartrain, Vice President and General Manager of International Paper’s corrugated packaging business. in EMEA. “As we strive to further grow our business in EMEA, we are also continuing our capacity expansion and product development efforts at the plant to provide our customers with even more innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. .”

Seeking to promote circularity in all areas of the value chain, IP’s efforts to minimize waste and maximize material recovery span design and product development at the plant and factory level from boxes, raw material sourcing, circular manufacturing processes as well as the development of circular solutions with customers and suppliers. . In Spain, the company has been awarded several times for its continued commitment to sustainability and its continuous efforts to bring the circular economy to life. More recently, in 2021, International Paper was recognized with the “Community of Madrid Sustainability Awards” and the “El Suplemento Sustainability Awards”.

A leader in sustainability, the Madrid plant was the first in Spain to implement a closed loop recycled water system 100% connected to the municipal system. In addition, the mill is 100% energy self-sufficient. Last but not least, the company’s recycling business, CARPA, is one of the largest collectors of old corrugated cardboard containers and other waste paper in the Madrid region, collecting some 12,000 tonnes per month. These waste papers are then transformed into new cardboard at the Madrid factory, for the network of IP packaging factories to convert them back into cardboard. And the cycle continues.


About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE:IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based pulp and packaging products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe and North Africa. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable global trade, as well as paste for diapers, facial tissues and other personal hygiene products that promote health and well-being. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee and employ approximately 38,000 colleagues. Net sales for 2020 were $21 billion*. In Russia, the Company has a 50/50 joint venture, Ilim Group, the country’s largest integrated pulp and paper manufacturer and its largest foreign-domestic alliance in the forest products sector. For more information about International Paper, our products and our global citizenship efforts, please visit

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), International Paper focuses on the production and marketing of fiber-based packaging and specialty pulps, employing around 4,200 people. As a leading supplier of high-quality corrugated packaging for a multitude of applications, we serve customers throughout the region from our network of two recycled corrugated cardboard factories and 23 box factories in France, in Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. The specialty dough is made in Gdansk, Poland. Other products offered by International Paper in the region include a variety of Kraft liners and other pulp products.

* Including our former pulp and paper mill in Kwidzyn, Poland, which was sold on August 6, 2021, and our former global papers business, which became a stand-alone publicly traded company on October 1, 2021.


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