Polish plastic straws manufacturer increases quality and efficiency

A manufacturer of plastic straws
Dziekanów Leśny, Poland
Replacement of extrusion machine
Investment Size
PLN 246,450
Financial results
Payback period years; cost savings PLN 43,121 per year
Energy savings
86 MWh per year (42%)
CO2 savings
82 tonnes per year
Increased production capacity, diversified product range
Poland, NFOS

Investment in a new extrusion machine pays off from energy savings and production increase

The company is a leading producer of straws for beverages and desserts since 1990. With a current production capacity of three billion straws per year and experience of working with demanding international customers like Pepsi and Coca-Cola, the company has high ambitions for development.

The company decided to modernise its production facilities to reduce energy consumption and increase product quality.

Previously, the company was using two 15-year-old extruders, while the new units consume less energy and provide additional services, such as individual wrapping of each straw.

The company addressed PolSEFF2 for affordable financing for this investment.

The PolSEFF2 team performed an analysis of the proposed technology, its potential energy savings, financial-technical parameters and profitability.

The investment of PLN 246,450 allowed the company to increase the production capacity by 44 per cent, while decreasing the overall energy consumption by 42 per cent. This leads to high specific energy consumption reduction. The investment will be repaid from energy savings in only six years. In addition, the company diversified its products and enhanced its market standing. Last, but not least, the company decreased its CO2 emissions by 82 tonnes per year making a small, but valuable, contribution to the mitigation of the negative effect of human activity on the climate.

The EBRD, through PolSEFF2, supports the sustainable financing and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects by the private sector. Together, the private, residential and public sectors can make a change in energy consumption patterns and contribute to environmental protection.