Recognising a unique opportunity, the Klingele Group (Germany) and the VPK Packaging Group (Belgium), which had enjoyed a long relationship through the pan-European alliance Blue Box Partners, founded the independent European joint venture Blue Paper SAS. Blue Paper converted the magazine paper mill into one of the biggest plants for the production of corrugating base paper in Europe – within a very short time.
Klingele and VPK have a combined annual production capacity over 900,000 tons of paper, and one million tons of corrugated paper packaging. The in-depth experience of both partners in the production of containerboard provides Blue Paper with a quite unique positioning in the European market.
The story begins in 1936, when the Swiss group Thiel built a pulp mill producing sulphite market pulp. After several changes of owner, the mill site called “Cellulose de Strasbourg” was purchased in 1988 by the Finnish group UPM (United Paper Mills) and was renamed “ Stracel”. UPM built a paper mill to produce newsprint paper. The new machine went into production in 1990. In 1999, the pulp mill was finally closed and the assets were sold and dismantled. The newsprint paper machine was converted in year 2000 for the production of light weight coated magazine paper (LWC). In 2011, UPM announced its decision to stop magazine paper production in Strasbourg and to look for investors to convert the mill. The joint-venture BLUE PAPER SAS was born.
Blue Paper’s Strasbourg paper mill produces paper used for the production of corrugated board. Our products are made solely of 100 % recovered paper in an environmentally friendly process. The 165 Blue Paper employees can produce over 400,000 tons of corrugating base paper per year. Grades include fluting, testliner and multi-use paper in substances between 70 and 135 g/m2. Our state-of-the-art technologies guarantee our customers excellent quality.
Blue Paper’s production and distribution are the result of the extensive know-how of our partners in the field of corrugating base paper production, and we happily share this know-how with you. Thanks to our expertise and our exceptionally skilled workforce, we know that we can deliver first-class quality every time. We can meet even the most ambitious customer requirements. Our sales team attends to our customers’ needs at all times and makes sure that any possible issue will be resolved to your satisfaction without delay. The Blue Paper customer service team stays in close contact with our customers in order to ensure truly first-class quality. We believe that by optimising the synergies between our customers and us, we will optimise our products, while helping our customers to improve their processes.