The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has approved Metso’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets. The GHG targets are part of Metso’s Climate Program and are applicable to all relevant emission sources: production, procurement, inbound and outbound transportation as well as the use of Metso’s products. 
The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The initiative aims at promoting science-based target setting and driving down global greenhouse gas emissions. Metso is one of the few corporations in its field to join SBTi in the efforts to prevent global warming.

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Metso reduces emissions throughout the product life-cycle

As a scope 1 and 2 GHG target, Metso has committed to a 25% reduction in carbon emissions in production by 2030. This is achievable by investing in renewable energy and improving the energy efficiency of the production processes.

Metso demands sustainability not only of its own production, but also 30% of its suppliers in terms of spend are required to set science-based emission targets by 2024. By streamlining transportation routes and optimizing warehouse locations, Metso aims for a 20% reduction in transportation emissions by 2025 (scope 3 GHG emissions target).

Through extensive research and development work, Metso has been able to significantly reduce the energy consumption in customer processes. To continue this development, Metso aims for a 10% reduction in GHG emissions in the most energy-intensive customer processes through the use of Metso products by 2025. This is further reinforced by the demanding energy-efficiency targets in all Metso R&D projects. As supportive actions, Metso will also offset flight emissions by 100% by 2021 and continue to find new ways to decrease emissions, for example, in offices.

Metso President and CEO Pekka Vauramo said: “We are extremely happy about the ratification of our science-based CO2 emissions targets. Our Climate Program is an important step in our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is also an essential element in Metso being a responsible and trusted partner to our customers. We aim to improve our customers’ productivity in a sustainable manner, and we involve all our stakeholders in reaching this goal.”

For Metso, Scope 1 emissions are generated from fuels used in production, Scope 2 emissions are generated from the purchased energy and Scope 3 emissions are generated from transportation, procurement, travelling and product use.

For more information, please visit Metso’s website at

Metso is a world-leading industrial company offering equipment and services for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources in the mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries. With our unique knowledge and innovative solutions, we help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability. Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 3.2 billion in 2018. Metso employs over 14,000 people in more than 50 countries.

Kaisa Jungman, Director, Sustainable Business Development, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3272, email:

In every type of manufacturing, the goal is to produce a superior product as quickly as possible, while producing minimal waste and keeping energy usage to a minimum. The tissue and nonwovens industry is no exception.

Companies in this industry need to produce certain products with specific characteristics on a consistent basis. The processes behind this goal have always been data driven, and for most of the industrial age, those data have come from human observation.

Fortunately, the technological advancements of today make data collection and analysis much easier and more comprehensive, which makes it easier to improve production processes. It is these production processes that define the output of the production line, and whether the final product is successful or there are problems with it, they are the data collected along the production line that hold the answers as to why. Once these data are analyzed, successes can easily be repeated, and failures can be avoided in the future.

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Where Data Comes From

The data in a tissues and nonwovens mill come from a myriad of sensors and cameras that are constantly gathering information from each machine during operation. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) makes this possible. The IIoT is a part of Industry 4.0, which has taken computers and automation to a new level, making it easier for humans to interact with and gather and analyze data from machines.

There can be dozens, or even hundreds, of sensors on each machine in the production line. They are all connected to a network, along with other equipment and devices, and they are constantly transmitting data via the cloud in real-time. These data can be stored for future use and/or analyzed and acted on immediately, giving workers insight into what is happening at each stage along the production line.

What Data Reveals

The data that are captured on the production line are analyzed by machine learning programs that have the ability to:

  • detect anomalous readings;
  • see patterns in the data;
  • determine where improvements can be in production processes.

The value of this abundance of data and the insights analysis of the data is significant. For example, if a roll of the highest quality comes off the production line with few or no defects, the data that represent the conditions at each point along the production line reveal the ideal conditions that are required to create the ideal roll. Once these conditions are known, production processes can be adjusted to recreate these conditions in the future.

Read more: How to Measure Tissue and Nonwovens Mill Machinery Performance with Real Time Analytics

The flip side of this scenario is when a flawed roll comes off the line. The data from that run can be analyzed to determine at what point along the production line the conditions caused the flaw. Perhaps the temperature was a little too high or low on one part of the production line, or perhaps the machine speed was a little too high, compromising product quality. Once these data have been analyzed and these insights gained, adjustments can be made in production processes to avoid these flaws in the future.

Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), full automation along the production line means adjustments to the conditions anywhere along the line can be made in real-time wherever they are needed to improve processes. In short, production processes can be tweaked on an ongoing basis, in real-time, without the need to stop production to make it happen. In addition, the data gathered from the sensors along the production line will reveal problems that require immediate attention and make predictive maintenance possible.

Data Driven Production Process: Integration Is Key

One of the biggest issues for many tissue and nonwovens companies today is that, although they have sophisticated systems that collect data from the production line in real-time, these systems are often siloed from one another. In other words, each machine on the production line will have its own software. This means there is a lack of communication between these systems, making it difficult to integrate the data collected by each machine into an organized whole from which workable insights and solutions can be obtained.

It is the integration of these production line machines with each other and with all other company, supplier, and distribution systems will ensure the best possible data driven production processes can be initiated and maintained. When these systems are tied in with each other and can communicate and share data, production processes can be tailored to the specific needs of the company based on:

  • their business and operational goals as an enterprise;
  • the availability of the raw materials required for production;
  • supply, demand and warehouse stock levels.

The answer to this problem is to use a software platform that is machine- and system-independent. A platform such as this will allow for the easy integration of data from every machine on the production line, ensuring the company can fully embrace data driven production processes. A.Celli’s digital solution offer such a platform.

For more information about data and production processes in your tissue and nonwovens mill, please take a look at our eBook The Ultimate Industry 4.0 Guide for the Tissue and Nonwovens Industry.

Harrogate-based, Environment-Agency-approved recyclable materials exporter Clearpoint Recycling has bolstered its workforce with the appointment of a new head of paper, Andrew Perkins, who will be leading the firm’s expanding fibre operation.

Bringing with him over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Andrew has worked for a number of waste management, recycling and paper manufacturing companies – in both operational and commercial roles. Prior to joining the Clearpoint Recycling team, he was most recently commercial director at global paper-based packaging firm Smurfit Kappa Recycling, where he was responsible for all supply into the firm’s UK mills, as well as trading on surplus fibre to its continental operation and third-party mills in Europe and the Far East.

Commenting on the appointment, Clearpoint Recycling’s CEO and founder, William Lee, said: “With the current economic and political uncertainty, it’s a turbulent time for the recovered paper market. However, it’s amid these industry challenges that we can demonstrate our faith in the industry and remain resilient – fighting to keep our stakeholders’ materials moving smoothly.

Andrew Perkins - head of paper at Clearpoint RecyclingAndrew Perkins - head of paper at Clearpoint Recycling

“Andrew’s wealth of experience plays an important role in sustaining our strong and ethical offering to our clients.”

The firm’s managing director, Duncan Oakes, added: “We have a very successful polymer material recycling operation at Clearpoint, but over the past 12 months, paper for recycling (PfR) has proven to be an increasingly important part of the business. Having Andrew on board to help us further evolve this area ensures we’re enhancing our knowledge of the fibre market both in the UK and overseas.”

To continue developing the paper expertise within the business, a dedicated fibre buyer – Paul Clarke – was also appointed in August this year. The firm also hired an overseas-based European sales manager in 2018 – Martijn Janssen – who has been investigating expert recycling facilities within the fibre market and driving paper sales for the past 12 months.

Clearpoint has dedicated teams that focus on the key stages of recyclable commodities handling – buying, selling and compliance – ensuring the right quality, quantity and value of materials go to reprocessors by matching suppliers with appropriate and compliant end destinations.

On joining the team, Andrew Perkins concluded: “I’m delighted to be part of an operation that is refreshingly different, has confidence in the future of PfR and is willing to invest in it. The organisation has a great depth of experience in recyclable materials – which serves the market well at all points in the business cycle – and I’m looking forward to further developing its paper division.”

The news comes at a time when the materials broker has also recorded its biggest year-on-year increase in workforce numbers – employing 24 new colleagues in the last 12 months, making a 43-strong team overall.

Located in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Clearpoint Recycling has almost 10 years’ experience as a trusted, ethical and compliant broker for plastic, paper and metal materials. The firm offers a potential route for all grades of these recyclable commodities, using auditable processes that are fully compliant with legislation for waste purchasing, selling, exporting and importing

Valmet has launched a new Valmet Visible Thermal Imaging System, which provides the highest quality lime kiln process monitoring for pulp mills. Combining the camera temperature information with process controls can improve combustion optimization and reburned lime quality, and reduce emissions. The system also allows visual evaluation of flame shape, size, and temperature profile. Reduced maintenance costs and greater visibility during start-up and full load conditions can also be achieved.

The Valmet Visible Thermal Imaging System is a rugged, air-cooled, HD visible camera paired with a high-resolution thermal sensor for real-time product temperature measurements. Designed for comprehensive observation and analysis of kiln environments, the camera system provides unparalleled image quality from start-up to full load conditions.

Example output from Valmet Visible Thermal Imaging SystemExample output from Valmet Visible Thermal Imaging System

“There has been a very positive and enthusiastic use of this camera system during the initial pilot cases, most especially in observing and tuning the kiln burner flame during operation and start-up. It is exciting to see such an active customer engagement in using the camera features to monitor and improve their processes,” says Rodeo Winchell, Product Manager, Automation, Valmet.

The highest definition visible sensor results in superior image quality

Valmet Visible Thermal Imaging Systems are engineered for durability and longevity inside of hot, dusty environments, providing a low maintenance solution to many complex process challenges. Optional automatic retraction hardware protects the camera from overheating in the cooling air loss. Digital-only data transmission improves the reliability of video streams, eliminating unwanted noise or image signal degradation.

The Valmet Visible Thermal Viewer software combines the HD visible image with a high-resolution thermal sensor array. With up to eight customizable regions of interest for calculating temperature, users have full control over their data. Coupled with a user-friendly interface, it is simple to record images, view historical data trends, and configure temperature threshold alerts.

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For further information, please contact:
Rodeo Winchell, Product Manager, Valmet Visible Thermal Imaging System, Automation business line, Valmet, tel. +1 360 402 9685

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 2018 were approximately EUR 3.3 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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WWF has just published its 6th Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI 2019), a voluntary tool to increase transparency and awareness on how the pulp, paper and packaging sectors can reduce their footprint. The EPCI tracks companies performance on responsible sourcing, clean production, Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and reporting. This assessment comes ahead of the significant 2020 milestone by which many global companies pledged to have fully eliminated deforestation from their supply chains. The pulp and paper sector plays a crucial role in achieving these commitments as growing demand for paper, particularly virgin fiber, is adding pressure on our remaining natural forests, aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, wildlife and climate change. The Index spurs companies to become more transparent in disclosing sustainability data, and in that way, helps companies report progress on their commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Bonn Challenge and New York Declaration on Forests, among others.

EPCI 2019 covers a significant percentage of total global production in the following categories: newsprint (13%), graphic paper (16%), tissue (15%), packaging (9%) and pulp (10%). The Index brings together almost 300 mills of which 48% are located in Europe, 22% in North America, 22% in South and Central America, 7% in Asia and 1% in Africa.

2019 11 26 101737Overall, the assessment shows that participating companies are obtaining 76% of the maximum points for responsible fiber sourcing, 70% for clean manufacturing, and 64% for  Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and transparency in reporting. The average score of 70% is slightly less compared to the overall performance in the EPCI 2017 (73%). An important trend to note is the overall reduction of FSC certified sourced fiber and the use of recycled materials for all product categories except packaging. More transparency is also needed indicates the lowest score (63%) on environmental reporting. 

Given the fast-growing importance of the pulp and paper sector in Asia, WWF carried out an additional special assessment based on public information of two large Chinese companies (Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing and Nine Dragons Paper Holding), and one Japanese company (Daio Paper Corporation). These companies were invited but chose not to voluntarily disclose information on their performance and transparency. Together, they represent nearly 5% of global total pulp and paper production while Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing and Nine Dragons Paper Holding alone represent around 8% of total global packaging production.

“Asia is the most dynamic region with paper and paperboard representing almost half of the world’s production, says Mauro Ciriminna, Senior Advisor Sustainable Pulp, Paper, and Packaging, WWF Forest Sector Transformation. “In the past, it has been challenging to get Asian based companies on board. Therefore the inclusion of 7 Asian companies in this year’s EPCI is an important development. Asian based companies can and should play a crucial role in improving their practices in deforestation fronts, increasing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and promoting responsible paper production and consumption.”

This year, 30 out of 84 invited companies took part in the Index (including the 3 companies from the special assessment) with 4 new companies voluntarily joining also: Ence and Lecta (Spain) JK Paper (India), and Nippon Paper (Japan). Together, these companies represent 18% of total production of pulp and paper manufacturers worldwide.

Through the Index, WWF wants to spur the pulp and paper industry to take a leading role in reducing the sector’s footprint by increasing recycling practices and sourcing more responsibly certified fiber from timber producers and pulp and paper suppliers.

“Recycled material plays a central role in achieving a circular economy and should become the industry´s first choice to reduce pressure on virgin fiber and worldwide forests. Globally, if companies used more post-consumer recycled and FSC-certified fiber, they would score much better,”says Ciriminna.

Recycled material is particularly important for tissue, mainly used in end-of-use products. FSC certification is a key strategy for companies to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains because it reduces environmental impacts and protects High Conservation Value forests among other requirements. According to the WWF Certification Assessment Tool , FSC is the most credible forest certification scheme.

Efforts in clean manufacturing greatly vary: several companies have strategies and targets on the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But whilst no waste should end up in landfills, only few participating companies scored well on this point. Mills can find many ways to reuse the waste from production like recycling paper which saves water and energy in the production process, as well as reducing air, water, and land pollution.

By 2050, the consumption of paper will double and maybe even further increase with the pressure to substitute plastic for paper. WWF estimates that over 250 million hectares of plantation will be needed to meet our future global demand, even with higher levels of recycled material. WWF calls on the sector to change the status quo and deliver now by improving the sustainability of its supply chain and offering consumers a responsible choice.

More information about EPCI and the detailed company results are available on

About WWF

WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries.  WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. More information:

Valmet and Metsä Board have signed an agreement for the supply of key technology for the planned renewal of the Husum pulp mill in Sweden. The supply covers a new recovery boiler and an upgrade of the existing evaporator with a new super concentrator. The contract is conditional for Metsä Board making the final investment decision after receiving the environmental permit, which is estimated for the second quarter of 2020, at the earliest.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 100-150 million. The equipment is scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2021.

“The planned investment in the recovery boiler will reduce the energy costs of the mill, improve the reliability of production and decrease the duration of the annual maintenance shutdown. Own electricity generation, entirely based on renewable biomass, will double and increase the self-sufficiency in electricity of the integrate to over 80 percent. The investment would be a substantial step to take us towards our target of 100% fossil free mills. Valmet was chosen to deliver the recovery boiler and enhancement to the evaporation plant due to the good experiences we have had with them during the years,” says Ari Kiviranta, Senior Vice President, Development, Metsä Board Oyj.

“We have good references for recovery boiler and evaporation technology as well as for our project execution capabilities with our latest similar projects. We were able to meet Metsä Board’s need of better energy efficiency and reliability with our high-power recovery boiler and super concentrator technologies as well as supporting Industrial Internet solutions,” says Jussi Mäntyniemi, Vice President, Recovery Business unit, Valmet.

Metsä Board is renewing the Husum pulp mill in Sweden.Metsä Board is renewing the Husum pulp mill in Sweden.

Information about Valmet's delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes a new high-power recovery boiler with a capacity of 4,300 tDS/d (tonnes dry solids a day) replacing two old recovery boilers. The recovery boiler has multiple high-power features, including high steam parameters and patented heat recovery from flue gas to combustion air.

The boiler is designed to fulfill tight emission regulations with multilevel air system to optimize the combustion​ to reach low NOx levels and the dust emissions are removed with Valmet’s own electrostatic precipitator (ESP) technology​. Valmet will supply all auxiliary equipment for the recovery boiler including electrification and instrumentation.

The upgrade of the existing evaporators with a TUBEL Super Concentrator will increase the final dry solids of the black liquor and by this increase the steam production in the recovery boiler. The open design of the Valmet TUBEL technology eliminates tube plugging and provides the highest mechanical reliability. ​

In addition, the delivery includes Valmet Industrial Internet platform for connectivity for Performance Center services and to enable future use of value adding applications.

Information about the customer Metsä Board and its Husum mill

Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fiber paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. In 2018, the company’s sales totaled EUR 1.9 billion, and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board is part of Metsä Group.

Metsä Board Husum is an integrated board and pulp mill producing fresh fiber folding boxboard, white kraftliner as well as bleached market pulp. The production facilities are located in Husum, Sweden. In April 2019, Metsä Board announced its plans to invest in the renewal of the Husum pulp mill.

For further information, please contact:
Jussi Mäntyniemi, Vice President, Recovery, Pulp and Energy, Valmet, tel. +358 40 769 8154
Jonas Wallen, Sales Manager, Projects, EMEA, Valmet, tel. +358 50 385 1818

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 2018 were approximately EUR 3.3 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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Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry, has announced a new alliance called 4evergreen. The aim of the alliance is to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy that minimises climate and environmental impact.

The alliance will increase awareness about the benefits of fibre-based packaging materials, advocate for EU legislation supporting product design for recyclability and call for the development of optimised collection systems and appropriate recycling infrastructures.

sappi logoThe rise of environmental awareness and consumer concerns, as well as the increase of packaging focused regulation, such as the Single Use Plastics Directive, have helped companies to accelerate the development of alternative packaging materials including fibre-based packaging with a view to helping consumers make more climate-friendly choices.

4evergreen was created as a forum to engage and connect industry members from across the fibre-based packaging value chain, from paper and board producers to packaging converters, brand-owners and retailers, technology and material suppliers, waste sorters and collectors.

The 4evergreen alliance is important because it was born from an initiative of consumer product industry leaders who recognize the huge potential of fibre-based packaging in a circular economy” said Susanne Oste, VP Innovation and Sustainability at Sappi.  “Their customers want sustainable packaging and fibre-based products provide the most climate-friendly solution available.

Sappi is proud to play a part in this industry alliance.  We have been investing heavily for more than 10 years in cutting edge research into real solutions for the problems that confront our customers.  A recent success is the launch of the only fully recyclable confectionary  wrapper on the market today.”

About Sappi

Sappi is a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, in the fields of Dissolving wood pulp, Printing papers, Packaging and speciality papers, Casting and release papers, Biomaterials and Bio-energy. As a company that relies on renewable natural resources, sustainability is at our core. Sappi European mills hold chain of custody certifications under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and/or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) systems. Our papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50 001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. We have EMAS registration at 8 of our 10 mills in Europe. 

Sappi Europe SA is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,500 employees and 18 production facilities on three continents in nine countries, 37 sales offices globally, and customers in over 150 countries around the world.

Learn more about Sappi at

Monday, 25 November 2019 09:05

ÅF Pöyry changes brand name to AFRY

Since 22 February 2019, ÅF and Pöyry have been one company, jointly operating in more than 100 countries. Today, 25 November 2019, we launch our new common brand, AFRY.

2019 11 25 090513We have a long history. ÅF was founded in 1895 and Pöyry in 1958. Since our merger we have become the biggest company in our sector in the Nordic region, and a global actor with almost 17,000 employees with offices in 50 countries and projects in 100 countries, with an annual revenue of about SEK 20 billion. We are proud of our history, and look forward to our mutual journey onwards, with a strong focus on sustainable solutions. We bring the best from both ÅF and Pöyry into the new brand AFRY.

“Our focus on sustainability is strengthened and our position as a global company consolidated with the launch of AFRY. Given the exponential technological development we are facing, our services and solutions are more relevant than ever. In the last couple of years, we have experienced significant growth, and our revenue has doubled since 2015. I am happy to be a part of creating a common platform for the whole company, as well as proud of bringing our vibrant history into the future,” says Jonas Gustavsson, President and CEO at AFRY.

AFRY is a leading company within engineering, design and advisory services. We create solutions for the future together with our clients, which are mainly within the infrastructure, industry and energy sectors.

The need for sustainable solutions is greater than ever in times of increased globalisation, urbanisation, digitalisation and climate change. At AFRY we drive the transformation, and together with our clients, we are able to influence many parts of society through solutions that reduce our impact on the climate.

With a new common brand and offer, we strengthen our position in our core markets Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland, and grow internationally within, for example, the energy and process industries. Attracting the most skilled people is a core issue for the company, and we wish to remain one of the most attractive employers for engineers, researchers, designers and advisors.

The legal name of the company will remain ÅF Pöyry AB. The new brand AFRY is a combination of the letters in ÅF and Pöyry: AF+RY.

AFRY is an international engineering, design and advisory company. We support our clients to progress in sustainability and digitalisation. We are 17,000 devoted experts within the fields of infrastructure, industry and energy, operating across the world to create sustainable solutions for future generations.

Making Future.

As part of a major Euro 350 million conversion project, Stora Enso is converting its paper machine 7 at the Oulu mill into a high quality virgin fiber kraftliner machine.  Production on the rebuilt machine is estimated to start late 2020. 

2019 11 25 085728AFT’s delivery follows successful similar projects at several other Stora Enso mills.

The delivered system will include a full POM approach flow system for all 3 layers complete with POMp730 degasser, POMlock drop leg header and POMix stock mixer units, as well as screens and cleaners.

Compared to traditional systems, the POM system runs smoothly with lower water and energy usage. This will enhance the environmental performance along with providing faster grade changes, less entrained air and fewer sheet defects – all leading to greater production efficiency and improved product quality. 

About AFT:

AFT is a global supplier specializing in stock preparation, screening, refining and paper machine approach flow systems.  With over 110 years of experience in manufacturing and supplying tailored solutions, we respond to the needs of our customers and help improve performance with trademarked advancements such as Finebar ultra low intensity refining, Powerwave energy efficient screening, POM wet end systems, and more.  For more information, please contact us at

Valmet will deliver key technology for upgrading the SCA Obbola mill’s pulp production in Sweden. Valmet’s delivery includes a new fossil free lime kiln and upgrade of the existing fiberline. The pulp production upgrades will happen in stages. The upgraded fiberline will start up in June 2021 and the new lime kiln is scheduled to start up during the last quarter of 2021.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 50 million.

Valmet’s delivery is part of SCA’s major investment to increase the annual production of kraftliner in Obbola mill from the current 450,000 tonnes to 725,000 tonnes per year. The total investment amounts to SEK 7.5 billion (about EUR 700 million) over a five-year period.

“With the investment in Obbola mill, we can meet the increased demand for sustainable packaging. We selected Valmet to deliver new technology for our pulp mill upgrade as we have had good experiences of Valmet technology at both our Obbola mill and other SCA mills,” tells Per Stand, Project Director from SCA.

“This order strengthens our cooperation with SCA. Delivering fossil fuel free lime kiln solution is very much aligned with the strategies of both our companies. SCA valued our technical leadership in lime kilns as well as robust and reliable solutions both for the lime kiln and fiberline,” says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President, Valmet

Valmet will deliver key pulp technology for increasing the production for SCA Obbola mill’s new kraftliner paper machine. (Photo: SCA/Bergslagsbild)Valmet will deliver key pulp technology for increasing the production for SCA Obbola mill’s new kraftliner paper machine. (Photo: SCA/Bergslagsbild)

Technical details about Valmet’s delivery

The new lime kiln system delivered by Valmet replaces two old oil fueled lime kilns and will have a daily capacity of 220 tonnes burned lime. The solution includes OptiDisc Lime Mud Filter, Flash Dryer for lime mud drying, high efficiency Rotary Cooler and a full Wood Powder Firing System for the lime kiln, including storage and grinding of wood pellets. This solution makes the lime kiln 100 percent fossil free. SCA also operates a wood powder fired lime kiln delivered by Valmet at its Munksund mill.

The fiberline upgrade includes a new hot stock refining after the digester using Conflo refiners. The brown stock washing will be improved by adding a new TwinRoll press as last washing stage before the storage towers for the paper machine. As a result of the fiber line upgrade the daily capacity will increase from today’s 850 air dry tons to 1,100 air dry tons. The capacity increase is done with improved washing with the same water consumption.

Information about the customer SCA

SCA offers paper for packaging and print, pulp, wood products, renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient transport solutions. In 2018 SCA had approximately 4,000 employees and sales amounted to approximately EUR 1.8 bn. SCA was founded in 1929 and has four pulp and paper mills in Sweden. In September 2019 SCA announced its plan to build a new paper machine for the production of kraftliner at its Obbola paper mill in Umeå.

For further information, please contact:
Claus Jensen-Holm, Director Lime Kiln Technology, Pulp and Energy, Valmet, tel. +45 6023 8810,
Mikael Gustafsson, Senior Sales Manager, Fiberline Sales, Pulp and Energy, Valmet, tel. +46706533809,

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 2018 were approximately EUR 3.3 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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