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Valmet will supply a new sizing section with a hard nip sizer to Asia Paper Manufacturing at Sihwa Mill in the Republic of Korea. The main target for the rebuild of paper machine PM 1 is to increase strength properties of produced container and gypsum board grades. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 5-10 million.

valmet logo rgb“Valmet was able to offer technical advantages to produce high quality gypsum and testliner board grades with low raw material cost. We were able to get proof for those targets as we run pilot trials at Valmet’s Paper Technology Center in Finland. We also visited a reference mill, which has an OptiSizer Hard sizer. It is important to have a supplier who we can trust and who has a good reputation,” says Kyoung-Taek Lee, Vice Mill Manager of Asia Paper.

“We came up with a solution where the customer is able to reduce basic weight without sacrificing strength properties. Asia Paper was very interested in a non-contact starch application method for recycled board because it reduces the wear of consumables, and thus improves time efficiency of the machine. There is no competing technology at the moment,” says Kwon Tae-Yeon, Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical details of the delivery  

Valmet's delivery will include an OptiSizer Hard sizer with hard nip and spray application, a TurnFloat web turning device, surface size preparation and supply systems, Valmet DNA machine control and Valmet IQ quality control systems.

Compared to conventional sizer, OptiSizer Hard has a pair of hard covered nip rolls. Starch is sprayed on the nip rolls. In addition to increased surface strength, OptiSizer Hard improves also the internal strength values of produced board. Starch is dosed in the roll nip with higher nip pressure, which increases the density of fibers. This leads into better strength properties.

“Asia Paper is expecting a lot of product quality improvement based on Valmet’s new technology and wishes to continue good cooperation with Valmet for further development,” says Dong-Kyu Kim, Production Manager of Asia Paper.

The 5,900-mm-wide (wire) PM 1 produces testliner and gypsum board grades with a basis weight range of 80–300 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 850 m/min. The daily design capacity will be approximately 1,100 tonnes depending on the produced grade.

Information about the customer Asia Paper

Since its foundation in 1958, Asia Paper Mfg. Co., Ltd. has specialized in the production of kraft paper, gypsum linerboards and testliner. Asia Paper is highly regarded in Korea, not only as the country's first industrial enterprise, but also for the high quality of its products and modern production processes.

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Valmet has completed the co-determination negotiations in the Fabrics Business Unit’s operations in Tampere, Finland. The negotiations were started on January 21, 2020. The target is to ensure the unit’s profitability and future competitiveness.

valmet logoValmet will relocate the dryer fabric and wide filter fabric production from Finland to Portugal. As a consequence of the relocation and re-organizing of the work, the need for workforce reduction in Tampere will be 78 persons mainly during 2021. In addition, the possibility for temporary lay-offs and part-time work remains if capacity adjustments need to be done later this year. For those affected by the reductions, Valmet will provide support measures like support for studies and re-employment.

Earlier Valmet estimated that the co-determination negotiations would lead to a workforce reduction of 90 persons at the maximum and possible lay-offs and part-time work.

Fabrics Business Unit employs altogether approximately 500 persons in Tampere. Fabrics develops and manufactures press felts, shoe press belts, dryer fabrics and wide filter fabrics in Tampere. Valmet’s location in Portugal, to which the dryer fabric and wide filter fabric production is relocated, develops and manufactures filter fabrics and other industrial textiles.

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Valmet will supply a coated board making line (PM 2) with extensive packages of automation and Industrial Internet solutions for APP’s Guangxi Jingui Pulp and Paper’s (GJPP) Qinzhou mill in China. The start-up is scheduled for 2021.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type and scope is typically around EUR 150-200 million.

When started-up, PM 2 will be the world’s fastest and very modern coated board making machine with the highest capacity. It will follow the footsteps of APP’s Ningbo PM 4 machine that was started-up in 2014 and is currently the fastest folding box board (FBB) machine in the world. 

valmet logo“The most important target for GJPP was that PM 2 will be a high-capacity board machine line with state-of-the-art technology. The customer also emphasized the importance of low operating cost. Valmet’s coated board line and its very low energy and water consumption values were proven to be the lowest ones when comparing to competitors,” says Timo Saresvuo, Senior Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet's delivery for PM 2 will include a high-speed coated board making line from broke collection to reel and winders. Three OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes, OptiFormer Multi forming section and OptiPress Linear press section produce high-quality base board. Four OptiCoat Jet blade coating stations ensure the high coating quality. OptiCoat Dry air dryers are very energy efficient in addition to maintaining the high coating quality. The delivery will also include complete process ventilation system for board machine with OptiAir high humidity hood and heat recovery. Center-driven OptiReel Linear reel combined with two OptiWin Drum two-drum winders with Dual Unwind deliver substantially high capacity level without any compromises on safety.

The wide automation package includes Valmet DNA Automation System for process and drive controls as well as runnability and condition monitoring. The Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution features scanning measurements, related machine and cross direction controls and profilers.

The delivery will also include a comprehensive Paper Machine Clothing, spare parts and consumables packages. The start-up and the further optimization of the new board machine will be supported remotely from Valmet Performance Center utilizing the latest Industrial Internet solutions. Data-based and proactive remote support is fast and efficient way to ensure that the machine is meeting the planned start-up curve.

The 8,850-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce ivory board grades (folding boxboard, FBB) with the basis weight range of 190-300 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,450 m/min and the daily capacity approx. 3,800 tonnes.

Information about the customer Guangxi Jingui Pulp and Paper

Guangxi Jingui Pulp and Paper was formally established in 2003 and is a part of APP-China. Total annual production volume of APP’s mills reached 11 million tons. Today, APP-China is delivering quality products to meet the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper from customers all over the world. Guangxi Jingui Pulp & Paper employs more than 1,500 employees.

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Valmet will supply the final stage of its four-stage forming section rebuild to Stora Enso’s Skoghall Mill in Sweden. The target of Valmet’s four-stage development project is to further improve production capabilities of the Stora Enso Skoghall Mill forming section.

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“Innovation and continuous long-term development describe well our cooperation with Valmet. Together we came up with a solution that fulfils our targets for this upgrade project,” says Marie Morin, Mill Director from Stora Enso.

“Stora Enso Skoghall Mill is committed to long-term development of its machines. This type of cooperation is based on trust and openness and we look forward to successfully conclude the last phase of this project,” says Kirsi Peltola, Sales Manager from Valmet.

Valmet supplied the first stage in 2017 and has since then upgraded other parts of the forming section step-by-step on an annual basis. The last stage of the rebuild will be started up at the end of year 2020.

Information about the customer Stora Enso

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. The company employs some 26,000 people in more than 30 countries. Skoghall Mill in western Sweden is a modern world-class producer of cartonboard for demanding consumer packaging and printing purposes, including liquid packaging and dry foodstuffs board.

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Valmet will deliver cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. (TNPL) for their unit 2, located in Mondipatti in the Trichy District, India. The site has a 200,000 tons per year multilayer board machine, which has been in operation since 2016. The new pulp mill will have a capacity of 165,000 tons per year of bleached hardwood kraft pulp and the start-up is planned for the first 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. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 20-30 million.

Valmet has a long-term relationship with TNPL. Valmet has previously supplied two fiberlines based on hardwood and bagasse respectively to their unit 1, located in Kagithapuram in the Karur District, India.

Managing Director and the mill management team of TNPL together with Valmet’s sales management teamManaging Director and the mill management team of TNPL together with Valmet’s sales management team

“Valmet’s technology is proven to meet TNPL’s strict requirements for low water consumption and raw material efficiency, which have special importance in this region. Since the launch of our latest third generation continuous cooking system in late 2018, we have been well received by the market and this order is yet another acknowledgment of that. Furthermore, this will be Valmet’s first modern reference in India for a continuous digester system, so we are proud and grateful to be a part of the project together with TNPL,” says Eva Engelfeldt, Senior Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

“The unit 2 is a leading manufacturer of pulp and paper board in India. The new pulp mill with Valmet’s cooking and fiberline technology will further strengthen our ambition to maintain the leading position,” says S J Varadarajan, General Manager (Projects), TNPL. “The Valmet fiberline brings the latest technology to the TNPL Unit 2 with thrust on water conservation and environment protection. This fiberline will go a long way in making the operations of our unit 2 profitable,” says S V R Krishnan, Executive Director (Operations), TNPL.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

The scope of Valmet’s supply includes main equipment and process design for continuous cooking, deknotting, screening, brown stock washing, oxygen delignification, a three stage ECF bleaching and DNCG systems including pressure vessels, instruments and pumps.

Information about Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd.

Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers is situated at Kagithapuram in the Karur District of the Tamil Nadu province in India. The company produces newsprint and printing & writing papers using hardwood and bagasse as the primary raw materials.

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Valmet introduces a full range of new, data-driven Industrial Internet solutions to pulp, board, paper, tissue and energy producers. The Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) solutions combine advanced monitoring and prediction applications, Advanced Process Controls (APC), dynamic process simulators and remote services from Valmet Performance Centers into comprehensive solutions that provide tangible benefits to customers.

VII solutions are tailored for each customer industry

The new VII solutions have been created for the specific needs of pulp, board, paper, tissue and energy producers. The purpose is to efficiently utilize data and Valmet’s expertise to reduce energy consumption, improve chemical and environmental efficiency, optimize pulp and paper quality, increase process reliability, maximize production and enable efficient management of the customer’s equipment fleet.

Performance Centers and Valmet Customer Portal are key elements of the VII solutions

Remote services from Valmet’s eight Performance Centers are a key part of the VII solutions. The Performance Centers make Valmet’s expertise easily available for customers through remote connections and tools.

valmet logoCustomers can collaborate with Performance Center experts, access the Industrial Internet applications, follow-up their Key Performance Indicators and see performance reports via Valmet Customer Portal.

“Our customers’ needs have been the starting point of developing these data driven Industrial Internet solutions. We have integrated our process, automation and services know-how and extensive Industrial Internet application portfolio into a value-added solution offering. Ultimately, the aim is to empower our customers to move toward autonomous plants or mills, which will result in significantly more efficient production processes and operations. We want to engage our customers in a dialogue with data to move their performance forward,” says Jari Almi, Vice President, Industrial Internet, Automation business line, Valmet.

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Valmet will supply a Defibrator™ system and a Steam Separator PV system to Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood Co., Ltd. in China. The start-up of the system is planned for spring 2020.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Qinzhou Lvyuan project is a new investment of Lvyuan Group to expand its production and diversify its product range. The project is located in Guangxi autonomous region. In recent years, Guangxi has actively developed the forestry industry, expanded the industrial chain and built industrial clusters.

"We studied the equipment configuration of this project and compared several suppliers on their equipment performance parameters and actual use conditions in detail. After that, we chose Valmet to provide us the related fiber preparation equipment, which included the new generation of defibrator system and steam recovery system. It will enable an environmental production with lowest operation cost and the best fiber quality,” says Xu Zhaohui, Chairman of Lvyuan Group.

"Valmet’s employees are real professionals in fiber technology, and they are very hardworking and dedicated. Valmet provided us professional technical support and services to ensure the success of our project," says Wang Zhenhua, Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood Project Manager.

Leif Sundberg, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet, shaking hands with Xu Zhaohui, Chairman of Lvyuan GroupLeif Sundberg, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet, shaking hands with Xu Zhaohui, Chairman of Lvyuan Group

“This is an important prestige order for Valmet, since it is the first time Lvyuan group buys from us. The delivery will give us important references in China and Asia,” says Leif Sundberg, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s scope of supply includes the newly released Defibrator Gen2 EVO 56 system and the Valmet Steam Separator PV. Valmet's defibrators are known for their reliability and provide homogenous fiber material of highest quality. The Steam Separator PV recovers process steam from the blow line that can be reused for preheating of the chips. This will reduce the fresh steam consumption significantly. This delivery will provide the highest performing and most energy efficient fiberboard front-end system on the market.

Information about the customer Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood Co., Ltd.

Qinzhou Lvyuan Wood Co., Ltd. was founded in 2001 and is one of the large-scale MDF manufacturers in China with annual production capacity of more than 750,000 cubic meters.

It has four subsidiaries, which are located in Zhejiang, Guangdong, Fujian, and Anhui province, and four production lines, including three production lines with an annual output of 200,000 cubic meters, and one imported production line with an annual output of 150,000 cubic meters.

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Valmet will supply an evaporation line to Century Pulp and Paper’s (CPP) pulp mill in Lalkuan, India. The new evaporation line will meet the future needs of the mill's ongoing pulp production capacity expansion, together with the existing evaporation line. This investment will also improve the overall steam economy of the mill.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of an order of this size and delivery scope is typically below EUR 10 million. The new evaporation line is planned to start up during latter part of 2020.

valmet logo“In an Integrated pulp and paper mill, the recovery line is a vital part in securing the mill’s operations. In view of this, we decided to go with the latest and most advanced evaporation technology. We evaluated different alternatives and decided to choose Valmet. Our new plant should be commissioned by December 2020,” says P.K. Mittal, Head of Process, Century Pulp and Paper.

“Century has always been in the forefront of implementing efficient technologies across the entire value chain and the Valmet Evaporator is another step in this direction,” says J.P. Narain, CEO, Century Pulp and Paper.

“This is Valmet’s first evaporation plant installation in India. We were able to offer clear technical advantages through our customized and detailed design done by our technical team, and the solution was appreciated by the customer. The project execution has started in a very smooth way and both the customer and Valmet’s teams work as one team for successful execution of the project. We are looking forward to creating a good reference with leading technology in India,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes a new 7-effect evaporation plant with a design capacity of 275 tons of evaporated water per hour, producing heavy liquor of 75% dry solids. The plant is designed to handle black liquor based on 60% bagasse and 40% wood. The delivery covers main evaporator effects, a surface condenser, an integrated foul condensate treatment plant, flash tanks, main supporting structures, and a vacuum system.

The new evaporation line is based on proven tube evaporator design and will feature Valmet’s patented vapor recycling technology. The new evaporator line includes a stripper to treat foul condensate and ICT (Internal Condensate Treatment) for producing more clean-quality condensate for recycling in the mill.

Information about the customer Century Pulp and Paper

Century Pulp and Paper (CPP) is a division of Century Textile and Industries Ltd (CTIL). The company’s manufacturing unit, located in Lalkuan, Uttarakhand, manufactures a wide range of paper products including writing and printing paper, tissue paper, and paper board. The premises also house a manufacturing facility for producing raw material for viscose filament yarn, staple fibre, and paper grade pulp. Over the years, the company has augmented its capacities by commissioning a prime-grade tissue paper plant along with three sheet-cutting units across the northern and eastern part of India.

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Valmet will supply a Defibrator system to Guangxi Shangsi Hualin Forestry Industry Co., Ltd. in China. The start-up of the system is planned for the middle of 2020.

The order was 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 2-5 million.

“We set many evaluation indicators when selecting the suppliers, and Valmet’s score was the highest. It is not difficult to reach our capability demands, but it is a difficult to reach our quality requirements. Our main product is ultra-thin board, which requires extra high-quality fiber, and that is Valmet’s advantage. Valmet’s technology know-how, equipment performance, reputation and references also received high scores. We are confident that our future cooperation will be very fruitful, and this project will be very successful,” says Zheng Shengjun, President at Guangxi Shangsi Hualin Forestry Industry Co., Ltd.

From left: Jansen Shang, Senior Sales Mangager, China (Valmet), Zheng Shengjun, President (Guangxi Shangsi Hualin), Lin Guicheng, President (Guangxi Forestry Product Group) and Pontus Nilsson, Senior Process Engineer (Valmet) From left: Jansen Shang, Senior Sales Mangager, China (Valmet), Zheng Shengjun, President (Guangxi Shangsi Hualin), Lin Guicheng, President (Guangxi Forestry Product Group) and Pontus Nilsson, Senior Process Engineer (Valmet)

“We are facing a tight schedule, but with close collaboration we can make it. We expect to receive technical support and service from Valmet, not only for the project period, but also for after sales services. We are aiming for long term partnership,” says Chen Yuankun, Technical Manager at Guangxi Shangsi Hualin Forestry Industry Co., Ltd.

“This is an important prestige order for Valmet, since it is the first project with Guangxi Forest Group. The delivery will give us important references in China and Asia,” says Leif Sundberg, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s scope of supply includes the newly released second generation Defibrator system. The new system is a further refinement of the Valmet Defibrator EVO, already known for the reliable performance and high fiber quality.

With the Defibrator EVO 64, Valmet will further strengthen its position as a supplier of the highest performing fiberboard front-end system.

Information about the customer Guangxi Shangsi Hualin Forestry Industry Co., Ltd.

Guangxi Shangsi Hualin Forestry Industry Co., Ltd. was founded in 2004. Main business of the company is forestry and products including wood, timber, and panel. The company is a state-owned company and belongs to Guangxi Forestry Product Group.

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 deliver cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. (TNPL) for their unit 2, located in Mondipatti in the Trichy District, India. The site has a 200,000 tons per year multilayer board machine, which has been in operation since 2016. The new pulp mill will have a capacity of 165,000 tons per year of bleached hardwood kraft pulp and the start-up is planned for the first 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. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 20-30 million.

Managing Director and the mill management team of TNPL together with Valmet’s sales management team.Managing Director and the mill management team of TNPL together with Valmet’s sales management team.

Valmet has a long-term relationship with TNPL. Valmet has previously supplied two fiberlines based on hardwood and bagasse respectively to their unit 1, located in Kagithapuram in the Karur District, India.

“Valmet’s technology is proven to meet TNPL’s strict requirements for low water consumption and raw material efficiency, which have special importance in this region. Furthermore since the launch of our latest third generation continuous cooking system in late 2018, we have been well received by the market and this order is yet another acknowledgment of that. This will be Valmet’s first modern reference in India for a continuous digester system, so we are proud and grateful to be a part of the project together with TNPL,” says Eva Engelfeldt, Senior Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

“The unit 2 is a leading manufacturer of pulp and paper board in India. The new pulp mill with Valmet’s cooking and fiberline technology will further strengthen our ambition to maintain the leading position,” says S J Varadarajan, General Manager (Projects), TNPL. “The Valmet fiberline brings the latest technology to the TNPL Unit 2 with thrust on water conservation and environment protection. This fiberline will go a long way in making the operations of our unit 2 profitable,” says S V R Krishnan, Executive Director (Operations), TNPL.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

The scope of Valmet’s supply includes main equipment and process design for continuous cooking, deknotting, screening, brown stock washing, oxygen delignification, a three stage ECF bleaching and DNCG systems including pressure vessels, instruments and pumps.

Information about Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd.

Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers is situated at Kagithapuram in the Karur District of the Tamil Nadu province in India. The company produces newsprint and printing & writing papers using hardwood and bagasse as the primary raw materials.

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