Mondi's PM No. 18 in Ruzomberok, Slovakia, achieves new world speed record, produces 1,620 meters of paper/minute

JOHANNESBURG , August 24, 2011 (press release) – The world’s fastest running paper machine with a single shoe press, PM18, achieved a new speed record on August 9th 2011, producing 1620 metres of paper/minute.

Since the start-up of PM18 eight years ago, the operations team at Mondi SCP in Ru┼żomberok, Slovakia have reached two world records for speed. Mondi SCP set the first world record for PM18 in 2009 and surpassed it by 20 meters/minute on August 9th, 2011 with a new speed record of 1620m/min.

PM18 is the largest paper machine at Mondi SCP mill, producing over 10 million A4 sheets every hour. The mill’s managing director, Roman Senecky, commented on his team’s success and hard work stating, “Today’s record is tomorrow’s production target. Our team deserves a big thank you for their latest achievement. From wood processing to pulp production, cutting and proper logistics of the paper – the end success is being able to satisfy our customers.”

The mill’s smallest and oldest machine, PM16, has also maintained its top performing position as a Metso benchmark leader on lowest percentage in break time, shut-down time and broke among uncoated fine paper machines. PM16’s ranking in 2010 marks the paper machine’s fourth consecutive standing as Metso Benchmark top performer in these categories.

In response to the successes of PM 16, Mondi SCP paper division director Franz Aigner comments, “It is not all about technology. This is proven by the fact that same machines reach various outputs. What makes a major difference is having skilled people on board.”

About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi, a leading international paper and packaging company. In 4 paper mills in Europe, Russia and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces office and professional printing papers with the environment in mind. It complies with the strictest international certification standards and regularly earns recognition for this policy such as the #1 position in WWF’s 2010 Paper Company Environmental Index and the 2010 PPI Award for Mondi SCP Mill’s Environmental Strategy of the Year.

Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

About Mondi

Mondi is an international paper and packaging Group, with production operations across 31 countries and revenues of €6.2 billion in 2010. The Group’s key operations are located in Central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2010, Mondi employed 29,000 people.

Mondi is fully integrated across the paper and packaging process, from the growing of wood and the manufacture of pulp and paper (including recycled paper), to the conversion of packaging papers into corrugated packaging, industrial bags and coatings.

The Group is principally involved in the manufacture of packaging paper, converted packaging products and uncoated fine paper (UFP).

Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group has been recognised for its sustainability through its inclusion in the FTSE4Good UK, Europe and Global indices in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and the JSE’s Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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