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Valmet will deliver a new evaporation line 3 for Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden. The new line will replace the oldest evaporation line 1 at the mill. The new evaporation plant is scheduled to start-up in the first quarter of 2023.

The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 30 million. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2021.

“Our existing evaporation line 1 is over 40 years old and due to high recurring maintenance costs it now needs to be replaced with a new modern evaporation plant representing the state-of-the-art technology, which is more energy efficient and increases our mill’s performance. In hard competition Valmet presented the best overall solution for us and we are looking forward to this cooperation,” says Jonas Olander, Project Leader at Södra Cell Mönsterås.

“We have a long cooperation with Södra Cell and the Mönsterås mill’s evaporation plant. We tailored this new line to meet the customer needs for reliability and efficiency. The new line will increase the evaporation capacity and further improve the mill’s steam economy and energy efficiency by producing high dry solids for the recovery boiler. The water efficiency of the mill is improved by providing clean condensate for reuse at the mill,” says Fredrik Kall, Director, Evaporation, Ash & Bio Technology, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Valmet will deliver a new evaporation line to Södra Cell Mönsterås mill (Photo Södra Cell)Valmet will deliver a new evaporation line to Södra Cell Mönsterås mill (Photo Södra Cell)

Technical information about the delivery

The new evaporation line 3 will have a capacity of 530 tonnes evaporated water per hour. The 7-effect line will feature Valmet Tubel technology for highest energy efficiency, availability and easy washing. The evaporation line will produce clean condensates for reuse in the mill processes. The line includes preparedness for lignin extraction with LignoBoost technology. Valmet’s delivery also includes inspection of the existing evaporation line 2.

About the customer Södra Cell and the Mönsterås mill

Södra is Sweden's largest forest owners’ association and an international forest industry group where operations are based on the processing of members forest raw material. Södra Cell is one of Södra’s four business areas. With its pulp mills at Värö, Mörrum and Mönsterås, Södra Cell is one of the leading producers of market pulp in the world. Södra Cell is also a major producer and supplier of biofuels, green electricity, district heating and raw material for liquid biofuels. Mönsterås has a production capacity of 750,000 tonnes per year of softwood and hardwood pulp.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. 

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.   

Valmet's net sales in 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.  

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Valmet will deliver a metering size press with sizing starch preparation and sizer supply system to Emami Paper Mills for its paper making line (PM3), which is located at its Balasore mill in Odisha, India.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2021. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter 2021.

valmet logo“We chose Valmet for their superior technology and look forward to working closely with them to make this project a success,” says Mr. M.B.S Nair, President, Emami Paper Mills.

“We are honored to contribute to Emami’s strategic path for a more flexible product mix of writing and printing, and newsprint and containerboard. Our design of the main equipment and unique offering of complete scope together with size kitchen will help in achieving the objective effectively. This rebuild will be the leading reference in the country for grade conversions,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.  

Technical details about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes the design, construct, supply, commissioning and start-up of the new metering size press with automated sizing starch preparation and sizer supply systems. These will ensure stable and streak-free sizing layer controlled by film thickness, clean and high efficiency operation, and also user-friendly operation.

The delivery also covers an air turn unit with an air system, a tail threading system including tail cutters, a vacuum conveyor F, a rope stretcher and rope drives with extended engineering services and training services to ensure the smooth start-up and operation.

After the rebuild, PM3 will produce mainly writing and printing paper (newsprint if needed) with the wire width 3,560 mm and the basic weight range of 45–90 g/m2. The daily capacity will be 233–275 tonnes with the maximum speed of 900–1,100 m/min.

Information about Emami Paper Mills Limited

Emami Paper is a part of Emami Group and it specializes in the manufacture of newsprint, writing and printing paper and multilayer coated board. Emami Paper is the largest newsprint manufacturer in India, and one of the most environment friendly paper mills in Eastern India.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our more than 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward – every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland, and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Valmet will deliver the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) based Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) to Progroup’s paper machine PM2 in Eisenhüttendstadt, Germany. The PM2 has been a world speed record-setter since its start-up by Valmet in 2010. The new machine vision system targets to increase the containerboard machine speed even further.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2020.

valmet logo“We selected Valmet’s machine vision system as it provides the most advanced technical setup on the market. With the use of artificial intelligence, we are consistently continuing Progroup's strict digitization course. Consistently searching and using innovations is part of our DNA,” says Karl Achleitner, Senior Vice President, Operations Paper, Progroup.

At the core of the solution is the Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) providing the ability to combine data from multiple platforms in the mill and take web inspection analytics to a totally new level. Included in the delivery is a winder control package to take the fullest advantage of the new web inspection capabilities.

“This is the most comprehensive machine vision order we have received, with web inspection and web monitoring fully integrated into the Valmet DNA Automation System. For the first time, the Valmet Industrial Internet enables the real-time combination of WIS data with other process and quality system information to radically improve problem solving efficiency. With advanced data processing, defect and anomaly prediction is vastly improved and changes or interruptions to production can be reduced more effectively,” says Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Systems, Automation, Valmet.

Progroup’s PM2’s last 24-hour world record of 1,751 m/min was set in 2019. During the record run, the 10.85-meter-wide PM2 produced corrugating medium at a basis weight of 80 g/m² with an overall efficiency of 94 percent, which was the seventh PM2 world record overall.

"The achieved world records are irrefutable proof of the outstanding technology Progroup and Valmet have built into the PM2 and the excellent expertise with which our employees maintain and operate the machine. What is outstanding is that the PM2 is still setting new records over 10 years after it was commissioned, thanks to the perfect interaction between people and technology,” says Karl Achleitner.

Further details about Valmet’s delivery

The Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) utilizes 8K cameras that provide new AI assisted information to help reduce the origins of web defects. The extensive Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 53 cameras will enable fast and easy root cause analysis of web breaks. Full integration with the Valmet DNA Automation System coupled with Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) applications enables full use of available data to quickly guide users to specific quality or runnability problems and enable pre-emptive changes in machine operations to optimize machine efficiency and product quality.

Information about the customer Progroup AG

Progroup AG, located in Landau in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is one of the leading manufacturers of containerboard and corrugated board in Europe. Since it was founded in 1991 in Offenbach/Queich, the company has been pursuing a consistent growth strategy which, in addition to technological leadership, is also based on the use of innovative and environmentally friendly production technologies. Progroup operates production sites in six countries in Central Europe. These currently include three paper factories, eleven corrugated sheet board plants, a logistics company and an RDF power station. With 1,293 employees, the company generated sales of around 887 million euros in 2019.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Valmet and Metsä Fibre, which is part of Metsä Group, have finalized the agreement for the key technology delivery covering all main process islands and automation systems for Metsä Fibre's Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland. The new bioproduct mill will have an annual pulp production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes and in addition produce various other bioproducts. The new totally fossil fuel free mill is scheduled to start-up in the third quarter 2023.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2021. The value of the order covering the core equipment supplied by Valmet, is about EUR 350-400 million.

“We want the best professionals in their field to partner with us to build a modern bioproduct mill in Kemi. We expect our partners to commit to the goals of the project in terms of safety, schedule and quality. Valmet operates in accordance with these principles and is able to supply our bioproduct mill with the best available technology (BAT). As an example, the sulfuric acid plant represents even more advanced technology. The very high environmental efficiency of the mill is achieved by combining the expertise of our staff and the technology of the mill,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Director of the bioproduct mill project at Metsä Fibre.

“The Kemi bioproduct mill is a trailblazing investment for which Metsä Group has chosen the most environmentally efficient and sustainable solutions. Valmet delivers all the key technology processes for the mill and offers the full benefits of our innovative full scope offering consisting of process technology, automation and services. The solutions represent leading sustainability performance with minimized emission and with the efficient utilization of side streams. As an example, sulfuric acid, which is used in mill processes, is produced using the mills odorous gases," says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President at Valmet.

“The mill’s advanced mill-wide automation system will be delivered with our latest technology. Valmet’s innovative web-based Valmet DNA User Interface will form the core for intelligent control of mill’s operations and maintenance. It enables efficient collaboration by letting the mill teams access relevant information securely whenever needed, regardless of their location. The delivery also includes integrated industrial internet applications to help optimize the mill’s production efficiency,” says Sami Riekkola, Automation Business Line President at Valmet.

Complete mill delivery

Valmet will deliver the full production process from wood handling to baling, designed to produce both softwood and hardwood pulp, as well as automation system for the whole mill including features from Valmet’s Industrial Internet (VII) offering. In addition, as part of the project, Valmet delivers a rebuild of the existing fiber line.

Valmet's project delivery includes engineering and supply of the main process equipment, as well as management of construction and start-up partly with an Open Book delivery model. Project’s degree of Finnish origin is estimated above 60%.

“The delivery will have an important employment impact on Valmet and its subcontractors especially in Finland. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery is expected to be around 800 man-years, out of which about 500 man-years in Finland. Safety, close cooperation and open communication are the key success factors to ensure we reach the shared quality, schedule and cost targets,” says Risto Hokajärvi, Project Director, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Valmet will deliver the full production process from wood handling to baling, as well as automation system for Metsä Fibre's Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland.Valmet will deliver the full production process from wood handling to baling, as well as automation system for Metsä Fibre's Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland.

Technical details of Valmet’s delivery

The mill will feature leading process technology and the most advanced automation systems. Valmet's delivery includes the wood handling, cooking and fiber line, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, recovery boiler, recausticizing, lime kiln, biomass dryer, gasifier, ash crystallization, mill-wide non-condensable gases (NCG) handling solution and electrostatic precipitators (ESP) for the recovery boiler and lime kiln. Valmet will also deliver the sulfuric acid plant with an extended scope of supply including construction. In addition, Valmet will deliver rebuild of the existing fiber line including new chip feeding and washing systems.

The wood handling includes log infeed system with de-icing, debarking, chipping, log washing, sand and stones removal system, chip storages, and bark and water handling system. The new wood room produces chips both to the new and to the modernized fiberline. The system is designed for low wood losses, superior and even chip quality as well as high availability and easy maintenance.

The fiberline includes the latest generation of Valmet’s Continuous Cooking technology G3 and TwinRoll wash presses to reach excellent energy efficiency, high end-product quality, high environmental performance with low effluent flows and COD (chemical oxygen demand) levels.

Pulp drying and baling line includes many advanced features to secure safe and easy operation and combined with dedicated automation and control systems makes the operations efficient needing minimum human intervention.  

The recovery line, including white liquor plant, evaporation, recovery boiler and ash crystallization, together with mill-wide NCG handling and ESPs, is tailored for high energy efficiency and minimized emissions. The recovery boiler includes modern high-power features and the energy efficiency of the mill is further improved with energy integration between evaporation and cooking processes. The ESPs are optimized for the bioproduct mill operations, to reach high availability and very low dust emissions in heavy process conditions. The limekiln is fossil-free, using product gas, which is produced from dried and gasified bark, as fuel.

The mill-wide automation delivery includes Valmet DNA control system, plant information management system, advanced process controls (APC), analyzers and online measurements, and dedicated systems for pulp dryer. The Valmet Industrial Internet features include simulators and optimizers for selected process islands as well as Valmet Performance Center connectivity.

Information about the customer Metsä Fibre

Metsä Fibre is a globally leading producer of bioproducts. Metsä Fibre is the world’s leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Currently employing approximately 1,300 people, the company’s sales in 2020 totaled EUR 2.2 billion. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.

Animation about Valmet’s delivery to the project

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Valmet will supply Valmet IQ Steam Profiler and Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring systems with condition monitoring analysis and diagnosis services to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Co., Ltd. in China. The systems will be installed on Jingxing Paper’s paper machines PM12 and PM16 to provide effective moisture profile management and predictive condition monitoring, and to improve production runnability and end-product quality.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2020. The delivery will take place in the first quarter of 2021.

valmet logo rgb“Valmet is one of our strategic partners, and we have had good cooperation with them. We believe that Valmet’s automation solutions and innovative technology will help us improve production reliability and better product quality,” says Xiaodong Qian, General Manager, Industrial paper department, Jingxing Paper.

“We are happy that Jingxing Paper has chosen our solutions to improve their plant productivity and performance. Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring system and our new user interface will provide adequate machine information and enable vibration analysis and diagnosis service via Valmet Industrial Internet remote connection,” says Liang Zhou, Sales Manager, China, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery

The Valmet IQ Steam Profiler is a multi-zone steambox system that provides unique profiling accuracy through its electromechanical actuator with position feedback. It features advanced steam injection technology that maximizes steam absorption efficiency and temperature increase to provide increased dryness after the press. 

Valmet condition monitoring solutions produce real-time machine health information for effective planning and scheduling of maintenance operations.

Information about the customer Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Co., Ltd.

Founded in 1984, Jingxing Paper is one of the largest industrial papermaking enterprises and kraft paperboard manufacturers in China. The company is listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The company has annual capacity of 1,500,000 tons of paper, main grades are kraft paper, white craft paper, high strength corrugating medium, cardboard boxes and household paper products.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2020 were approximately EUR 3.7 billion. Our 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Valmet and Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., have signed an agreement for an additional three years of Valmet’s roll maintenance and condition monitoring services at the company's Anhui mill in China.

The services cover roll grinding, recovering and reconditioning, roll condition monitoring and vibration analysis for five board machines together with on-site investigation and Valmet Industrial Internet remote analysis and diagnosis by Valmet’s roll experts.

valmet logo rgbRoll condition monitoring with Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring systems has been operating at the site since 2017 when the first roll maintenance and condition monitoring service agreement started. As a result of the original agreement and long-term collaboration with Valmet, the mill has seen increased roll lifetimes with significant reductions in unplanned downtime and roll regrinding.

“The extensive mill personnel training for Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring supported by our vibration experts via a secure data connection makes full use of the mill’s roll condition monitoring systems. The extended service agreement will continue to ensure the level of equipment maintenance and management is at the forefront of the industry. It also demonstrates the value of the service agreement through achieving mutually set targets,” says Shiming Xu, Service Director, China, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring and Valmet Industrial Internet remote analysis and diagnosis by Valmet roll experts

Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring offers machine and roll condition information for process operators and maintenance personnel through one common user interface. Operators are immediately alerted if there is a risk of machine/roll failure and indicators of roll condition, while the paper machines are running, are easily analyzed.

A secure Valmet Industrial Internet remote connection allows Valmet experts to provide an agreed level of remote diagnostic support for machine problems and roll maintenance decisions. The preventive maintenance aspect of Valmet’s roll service is greatly enhanced with continuous condition monitoring to extend roll lifetime, optimize maintenance intervals and identify roll or felt issues.

Information about the customer Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd.

Headquartered in Shanghai, Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., is an international enterprise integrating the Industrial Internet platform, pulping, industrial and specialty paper manufacturing, and customized packaging products and services. The Anhui mill is located in Ma’anshan City, and the company has several packaging paper and newspaper production lines producing box board paper, high-strength fluting paper, card paper, newspaper and other products.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2019 were approximately EUR 3.5 billion. Our 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Valmet will supply a new OptiConcept M container board making line with extensive packages of automation and services to Shanying Paper, Guangdong at its Zhaoqing mill in China. The new board making line (PM 53) will produce test liner grades and continue the expanding of Shanying Paper’s business in Guangdong area. The start-up of PM 53 is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

valmet logo rgbThe new order of PM 53 is following Valmet’s OptiConcept M board making line deliveries of PM 52 to the same site, which was announced in October 2020, and Shanying Huazhong PM 21 and PM 23, which have already been started up. In addition to these, Valmet has supplied six other board making lines to Shanying International.

“The board machines PM 52 and PM 53 will be built at a completely new site. Shanying Paper benefits from the fact that the machines will be sister machines as personnel training can be done at the same time, and the amount of for example spare parts and spare rolls can be optimized,” says Hannu Savonen, Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet's delivery for PM 53 is quite similar to the delivery of PM 52, and it will include a high-speed container board making line from broke collection to a reel and a winder. OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes, OptiFormer Multi forming section, OptiPress Center press section and OptiRun Single dying section are included to produce high-quality base board. These are  followed by an OptiSizer Film sizer, an OptiCalender Hard calender, and OptiReel Linear reel combined with transfer rails, an OptiCart Stream parent roll cart, and an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder. A wide scope of board machine process ventilation systems is included, too.

The wide automation package includes Valmet DNA automation system for process and drive controls as well as runnability and condition monitoring and Valmet IQ quality management solution. The delivery will also include comprehensive Valmet Paper Machine Clothing, spare parts and consumables packages.

The 9,300-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce kraft top liner grades. The design speed of the machine will be 1,200 m/min and the daily capacity is approximately 1,500 tonnes.

Information about the customer Shanying Paper, Guangdong

Shanying Paper, Guangdong, founded in 2019, is part of Shanying International Holding, founded in 1957. The company has several packaging paper and newspaper production lines producing box board paper, high-strength fluting paper, card paper, newspaper and other products. The production lines use domestic and foreign recycled fibers.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2019 were approximately EUR 3.5 billion. Our 14,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Valmet will supply a fine paper making line with stock preparation and an extensive scope of automation to Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper in XinHui, China. The new high-capacity fine paper making line will be designed to produce top-quality woodfree uncoated paper (WFU) grades. The start-up of PM 13 is scheduled for 2022.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type and delivery scope is typically around EUR 80-100 million.

valmet logo rgbPM 13 follows the long sequence of Valmet-supplied fine paper making lines deliveries to RGE Group, Asia Symbol’s parent company. In 2012, Valmet-delivered PM 11 was started-up in XinHui, and PM 12 in 2017. Also, three other machines have been delivered to PT Riau Andalan in Indonesia.

“We chose Valmet to deliver the third paper machine to XinHui PM 13 project, because Valmet is not only a professional paper machine designer and manufacturer but also a reliable partner. We rely on Valmet’s experience and the team’s expertise to achieve a successful start-up of PM 13, as that is what we did together on the previous projects,” says Steven Hung, Managing Director of Asia Symbol (Guangdong).

“The project is representing the long-lasting and good cooperation between Asia Symbol and Valmet. The XinHui references have been operating reliably, and the performance is excellent. The know-how of Asia Symbol is supported by our expertise and the technology that suits these types of fast and wide machines. Together we have built the world leading WFU lines both in productivity and quality,” says Mika Ollikainen, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet’s delivery

Xinhui PM 13 will be quite similar to its predecessor, the very well performing PM 11 and PM 12. The delivery for PM 13 will include a high-speed fine paper making line from stock preparation to reel and winders with air systems and clothing for the whole machine line. The stock preparation delivery will include stock lines for softwood, hardwood and BCTMP (bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp), bale handling with automatic dewiring system, broke, white water and approach flow systems.

The delivery will also include an OptiFlo Gap headbox and an OptiFormer Gap with shoe and blade technology for the best paper quality, OptiPress Linear with two shoe presses for excellent profiles and dewatering capacity, and OptiRun Single and Hybrid drying sections with Valmet Hirun Web Stabilizers to ensure runnability at high speeds. The drying section will be followed by an OptiSizer Film surface sizing unit with a supply system and air turning device, an OptiCalender Hard calender for finalizing the end quality, an OptiReel Center center-driven reel and two OptiWin Drum two-drum winders. The delivery will also include runnability equipment and closed hood for the paper machine.

The wide automation package includes Valmet DNA Automation System for process and drive controls as well as runnability and condition monitoring and Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution with a full-scale quality control, moisturizing profiler, and machine vision systems consisting of web monitoring (WMS) and web inspection systems (WIS). The delivery will also include comprehensive Paper Machine Clothing, spare parts and consumables packages.

The 9,350-mm-wide (wire) fine paper machine will produce woodfree uncoated, offset and copy paper grades with the basis weight range of 50-120 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,800 m/min.

Information about the customer Asia Symbol

Asia Symbol, established in China in 2005, is a leading producer of pulp and paper under the RGE (Royal Golden Eagle) Group. Using renewable fiber that is sourced responsibly, Asia Symbol has an annual production of 2 million tons of pulp, 1 million tons of fine paper and 530,000 tons of paper board at its plants in Shandong (Rizhao) and Guangdong (Xinhui) provinces in China. Its main products are BHKP, NBKP, liquid packaging board, high grade ivory board and uncoated woodfree printing and office paper.

For further information, please contact: 
Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper business line, Valmet, tel. +358 40 558 6555
Fan Ze, Vice President, Capital Sales in China, Valmet, tel. +86 10 6566 6600 3108  

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. 

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.   

Valmet's net sales in 2019 were approximately EUR 3.5 billion. Our more than 13,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.  

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Valmet will supply a complete tissue line, including full automation package, to WEPA’s mill in Bridgend, the United Kingdom. The investment is a strategic step for the company to strengthen its presence in the United Kingdom.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

valmet logo rgb“Our willingness to invest in state-of-the-art technology is an important part of our future-oriented Group strategy and the United Kingdom remains an important growth market for us in Europe. We are convinced that with Valmet we have the right partner at our side to successfully implement this project,” says Martin Krengel, CEO of the WEPA Group.

“We are excited to collaborate with WEPA and to be selected as partner for their expansion in the United Kingdom. We are convinced that the new Valmet Advantage DCT line will provide the best performance and tissue quality to meet WEPA’s high expectations for this project,” says Jan Erikson, Vice President Sales, Tissue Mills business unit, Paper business line, Valmet. 

Technical information

The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.6 m, a design speed of 2,200 m/min and will increase WEPA’s existing tissue production by approximately 65,000 tons per year. The raw material to be used in the tissue production will be recycled and virgin fiber. The new production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance the quality of the final product.

Valmet’s scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and a Valmet Advantage DCT 200 HS tissue machine. The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a steel Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, an AirCap Heli hood and air system prepared for co-generation, WetDust dust system, sheet transfer system and a SoftReel L reel. The stock preparation line will consist of OptiSlush pulpers, OptiFiner conical refiners and OptiScreen machine screens.

Furthermore, the delivery will include an extensive Valmet automation package with Valmet DNA machine controls, process controls and Valmet IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, installation, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.

Information about WEPA

WEPA Group is a family business operating throughout Europe. It is one of the three largest European manufacturers and the market leader in the production of hygiene paper made of recycled fibers. The annual turnover amounts to approximately 1.3 billion euros. The headquarters of the WEPA Group is in Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2019 were approximately EUR 3.5 billion. Our more than 13,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Valmet has completed the acquisition of PMP Group in Poland following the agreement that was announced on September 11. PMP Group is a provider of technologies and services for the paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 64 million, plus a conditional and capped earn-out component.

valmet logo rgbThe acquired business becomes a part of Valmet’s Paper business line. PMP Group supplies process technologies and services for tissue, board and paper machines globally, focusing on small and medium-sized tissue machines and board and paper machine rebuilds. The net sales of the company were approximately EUR 70 million in the fiscal year 2019. The company employs about 650 people in Poland, China, USA and Italy.

PMP will be included in Valmet’s financial reporting for the first time in Valmet’s fourth quarter financial reporting 2020.

Jari Vähäpesola, Business Line President, Paper, Valmet

“The acquisition was completed as planned and we are happy to welcome 650 new colleagues to Valmet. The combination of Valmet’s current paper technology and services for wide and fast machines and rebuilds, together with PMP’s product portfolio, competence and presence in strategic markets, will create new business opportunities. From now on we will work as one team with a wider product offering, to further strengthen our capabilities to serve paper, board and tissue producers globally.”

Mirosław Pietraszek, former President PMP Group:

“I am satisfied that the closing process has been completed successfully. It is a great moment to celebrate an opening of a new chapter in our history. I am convinced that together with Valmet, we will create a professional, unique and strong team across the globe to bring our customers a more comprehensive service span and state-of-the-art solutions. As a team, we are ready for new challenges and excited to become a part of Valmet.”

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2019 were approximately EUR 3.5 billion. Our more than 13,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward – every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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