The consolidated sales of the Group increased by EUR 61.7 million or 5.8% to EUR 1,122.1 million (Q1 2022: EUR 1,060.4 million). This growth is mainly due to the acquisition of the MM Packaging division. At EUR 61.6 million, the operating result was EUR 49.5 million below the comparative figure for the previous year (Q1 2022: EUR 111.1 million). This decline is mainly due to downtimes in the MM Board & Paper division due to market and remodeling and restructuring expenses of EUR 15.5 million in the packaging division. The Group's operating margin was therefore 5.5% (Q1 2022: 10.5%).
Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), a leading consumer packaging company, announced today it will permanently decommission the K3 coated recycled paperboard (CRB) machine in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The K3 machine is one of three CRB machines at the Kalamazoo facility and is the company’s longest-running machine. K3 ceased operation on July 1 and today’s announcement reflects the decision to permanently shut down the 125,000-tons per annum machine.
Removing higher-cost, less efficient production capacity is part of Graphic Packaging’s CRB optimization plan first announced in 2019 alongside the transformational investment in a new, state-of-the-art K2 CRB machine. Permanently decommissioning the older machine is the company’s next step of network optimization. With K2 reaching expected quality, cost improvement and volume commitments ahead of schedule, the permanent decommissioning of K3 supports more efficient resource use and margin enhancement goals for the CRB network, while continuing to service increased customer demand for high quality coated recycled paperboard.
The machine decommission is not expected to have any impact on the company’s 2023 projected Adjusted EBITDA of $1.9 billion, the midpoint of the previously provided guidance range.