Valmet orders from sappi, westrock

Finland’s Valmet reported substantial orders recently.

Sappi Gratkorn, Austria, to get wet-end rebuild. The goal here is to improve PM 9’s efficiency, reliability and energy efficiency.

PM 9 produces coated fine paper grades in the design basis weight of 66 g/m². The mill has a total capacity of 980 000 tonnes/year. Start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2019. The value of an order of this type is typically around €10-20 million, says Valmet.

A number of modifications will be made. The press section will be rebuilt into an OptiPress Center with modern shoe press technology providing higher solids and better runnability which lead to lower energy consumption and better efficiency. The off-machine coater will be equipped with a Valmet Water Jet Turn-up Device for fast parent roll changes. All the equipment will be delivered with installation.

Sappi currently has six other major ongoing or already started-up projects with Valmet: Sappi Lanaken (start-up in 2019); Sappi Maastricht (2018); Sappi Somerset (USA) (2018); Sappi Kirkniemi (start-up 2017); Sappi Gratkorn PM 11 (2014).

Kraft linerboard line for WestRock Florence, SC. The line will have a wide automation package and the state-of-the-art machine will replace three older, narrow- width paper machines. The company anticipates the new machine will produce 644,000 tonnes/year (710,000 short t) of kraft linerboard. The investment will significantly increase the mill’s efficiency, end-product quality and service levels. When coupled with the recently completed modern woodyard, the Florence mill will become one of the lowest cost kraft linerboard mills in North America. Startup is scheduled for the first half of 2020. The value of the order was not disclosed.

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