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Operations in the areas unimpacted by the fire that broke out on May 7 at Valmet’s Rautpohja factory in Jyväskylä, Finland, will start returning back to normal from the beginning of this week (week 21). It is believed that returning the operations back to normal in these areas will take approximately 1-2 weeks. Valmet is also evaluating the potential need to transfer certain operations to alternative locations mostly in Finland.

The fire did not impact the operations in Engineering, Foundry, Service Center and Pilot machine and the operations have continued in these parts without disruptions.

valmet logo rgbThe official investigations by authorities are continuing in a limited factory area. The investigations are expected to be finalized within the coming weeks. The closure of fire-impacted workshop areas for the duration of the investigations is temporarily impacting the work of approximately 120 employees, which is around 5 percent of the total number of employees at the Rautpohja site. The employee impact of the fire has been mitigated with work re-arrangements, paid absence and holidays.

The impact assessment of the fire to the business continuity and customer deliveries is proceeding, and the final outcome will be known once the official investigations have been concluded and the full scale of the incident is clear. 

“We are proceeding with our ramp up of operations and continuing to mitigate the business impact and co-operate with authorities in the root-cause investigations. We have been able to already deliver first products to our customers from the Rautpohja factory after the incident and our supplier network is operating normally again,” says Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper business line, Valmet.

Valmet’s Rautpohja factory in Jyväskylä produces paper and board machines, pulp drying machine wet ends and special components. Valmet employs approximately 1,850 people at the Rautpohja site.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries.

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company’s net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures.

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.    

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To broaden its offering for tissue machines, Valmet launches a new polyurethane roll cover, Valmet Press Roll Cover PL. The roll cover’s wear-resistant material and adaptive structure are developed to cope with the harsh operating conditions in tissue production, thus leading to longer lifetime of roll cover and energy savings.

Tissue machines represent the most challenging environment for press rolls due to high machine speeds and extreme Yankee cylinder temperatures – placing high demands on the roll covers as well.

“The new Valmet Press Roll Cover PL is a long-lasting polyurethane roll cover especially designed for tissue pressing applications. It complements the existing applications on the market with unique properties that further improve the tissue production line’s efficiency, capacity, and product quality”, says Ulla Kanerva, Global Technology Manager, Roll Covers and Maintenance, Valmet.

Compared to other cover products, Valmet Press Roll Cover PL is available with wider hardness range together with improved mechanical properties, from 5P&J to 50P&J.

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Significant cost-saving potential

The adaptive roll cover structure of Valmet Press Roll Cover PL helps to achieve more uniform nip profiles and bulk savings.

“To limit the energy needed for drying the tissue sheet, we usually concentrate on improving the post-press dryness. It reduces the energy demand on the Yankee dryer, which in turn removes bottlenecks in the dryer’s performance and operating costs”, Ulla Kanerva explains.

Valmet Press Roll Cover PL offers the possibility for high open grooved areas and large void volumes, assuring maximal nip dewatering and consistent tissue quality. By selecting optimal roll covers and surface topography with a matching press felt, tissue makers can further improve dewatering.

“To summarize, choosing Valmet Press Roll Cover PL leads to energy savings, better runnability and improved time efficiency in tissue production. On the other hand, the wear-resistant polyurethane material also extends the roll cover change intervals, leading to further cost savings”, Kanerva continues.

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Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. 

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day. 

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company’s net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures.  

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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Natron-Hayat Pulp and Paper Mill in Maglaj, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has ordered a press technology upgrade from Valmet. The delivery includes two refurbished Twin Roll Presses and additional equipment and services to secure the trouble-free operation of the presses.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2022. The delivery will be completed in September 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

valmet logo rgbOne of Valmet’s TwinRoll Presses will be installed in the pulp mill to increase the efficiency of the washing plant stage. The other will replace three old existing presses. It will improve the dewatering capacity of the press section’s high consistency refining stage before the sack paper machine. This type of upgrade service improves process reliability and performance and is a good example of Valmet’s sustainable solutions and circularity.

“We are currently planning to increase our production capacity, and the press technology update supplied by Valmet will have a significant positive effect on the operational conditions of the Maglaj mill”, says Mirko Stanic, Executive Technical Director, Natron-Hayat Maglaj.

“We are very proud of the possibility to start working closer with Natron-Hayat. I believe this delivery will help us establish a long-lasting partnership with the customer to maximize the reliability and optimize the performance of the Maglaj Pulp and Paper Mill. In addition, it increases Valmet installed base and references in the fast-growing and strategically important packaging paper market”, says Balazs Hornyak, Mill Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will include two refurbished Twin Roll Presses with an electrical roll drive upgrade and additional equipment, such as a medium consistency pump and electric drives. It will also include supervision, erection, and start-up.

About the customer Natron-Hayat d.o.o.

Natron-Hayat d.o.o. Maglaj is located in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The mill’s main products are kraft paper, shopping bags, corrugated board and other packaging products. Natron-Hayat d.o.o. is a member of the international Hayat Holding Group.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. 

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day. 

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company’s net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures.  

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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A fire broke out at Valmet’s Rautpohja factory in Jyväskylä, Finland, today around 10:40 a.m. EEST. Due to the fire, evacuation of employees was carried out. The fire caused minor injuries to one employee, who received treatment in hospital, but has already been released.

valmet logo rgbThe fire that started at a workshop during a roll test has been now extinguished. The origin of the fire is under investigation.

The impacts of the fire to the factory site, business continuity and customer deliveries will be assessed once the site is safe to enter and full scale of the incident is known.

“We are relieved that our employees were mostly unharmed by this unfortunate fire. We will give psychological support to impacted employees, co-operate with authorities with root-cause investigation and assess the financial impacts and business continuity as soon as it is possible,” says Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper business line, Valmet.

Valmet’s Rautpohja factory in Jyväskylä produces paper and board machines, pulp drying machine wet ends and special components. Valmet employs approximately 1,850 people at the Rautpohja site.

For further information, please contact: 
Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper business line, Valmet, tel. +358 40 558 6555

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries.

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company’s net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures.

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.    

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Valmet introduces a renewed Valmet DNA Online Condition Monitoring solution, which provides automated anomaly detection technology and connection to both wired and wireless vibration sensors. The solution enables the use of optimal measurements and analysis for each machine, based on their criticality and field conditions.

Condition monitoring is part of the Valmet DNA Automation System, providing machine condition information in the same user interface as the process automation. The single system significantly improves collaboration between operations and maintenance teams.

The new Valmet DNA User Interface is available in a local network or remotely through a secure internet connection. Users can flexibly manage the process and maintenance information from the same system, based on their user rights.

Automated anomaly detection and diagnostics allow users to focus on planning the correct maintenance actions

The renewed system features an automated anomaly detection, which reports the changes in key vibration parameters and provides an early indication of possible machinery fault. Anomaly detection is based on measurement history and therefore preset alarm limits are not needed. The automated diagnostic application identifies fault types and severity based on the measured vibration data. This allows users to focus on planning the correct maintenance actions to improve efficiency and uptime.

The new Valmet DNA Condition Monitoring provides automated anomaly detection technology for wired and wireless measurements. It improves maintenance efficiency by providing early warnings for possible machinery faults. The new Valmet DNA Condition Monitoring provides automated anomaly detection technology for wired and wireless measurements. It improves maintenance efficiency by providing early warnings for possible machinery faults.

The right vibration monitoring solution for each machine

Valmet provides a wide range of vibration sensors for various machinery. In addition to traditional wired vibration sensors, Valmet now introduces wireless vibration sensors and measurement modules. These can be divided into three categories: wireless piezoelectric accelerometers, wireless Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) accelerometers, and wireless measurement modules for external sensors.

Wireless piezoelectric vibration sensor WVS-100 offers the same high-quality measurement as traditional wired piezoelectric sensors, capable of measuring even the earliest indications of a developing fault. Wireless MEMS WVS-200 provides a cost-efficient monitoring solution with more limited measurement characteristics. It is a valid option for less-critical machinery or as an alternative for route-based condition monitoring.

Wireless measurement modules WMM-100, WTM-100, and FM4 are designed for connecting external vibration and trigger sensors via cable and transmitting the measurement wirelessly forward. The modules are useful in cases where there is a need to use existing or specific sensor types, but cabling is expensive or impractical.

The renewed Valmet DNA Online Condition Monitoring will be introduced at Teknologia 2022 fair in Helsinki, May 3-5 2022, hall 6, stand 6f50.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries.  

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day. 

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company’s net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures.  

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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Valmet will supply Old Corrugated Containers (OCC), stock preparation and container board lines with a large scope of automation systems, Industrial Internet solutions and services to Eren Paper’s Shotton Mill Limited in the United Kingdom. The new container board making line (PM3) will produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades, and it will use 100% recycled paper. The start-up of PM3 is scheduled for the second quarter of 2024.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 150170 million.

“Shotton’s new container board machine will make our paper mill the largest and most technologically advanced paper mill in the UK. We chose a board making line with high performance, high speed, and higher production rates”, says Hamdullah Eren, Chairman of Board, Eren Paper/Modern Karton.

valmet logo rgb“Our technical highlights together with the speed and production potential of the container board machine were definitely the decisive factors to Eren Paper. Valmet’s OptiAir impingement dryer will give substantially higher runnability, and hard nip sizer will increase the strength properties of the produced board. All these arguments were supported by the results from the references we presented to Eren Paper. Additionally, the OCC line will be the largest one delivered by Valmet”, says Mika Ollikainen, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will include a new OCC line with reject handling, stock preparation, and approach flow system, and a high-speed container board machine. The OCC line is featured with an extensive product portfolio of the latest technology for extreme cleanliness and strength. It is equipped with two bale handling systems; two vertical pulping stations; HC, LC and reverse cleaning; coarse screening, fractionation, and LF screening; LF dispersion; and SF and LF refining technology.

In addition to the OCC line, a high-speed container board machine from headbox to reeling and winding will be included. An OptiFlo Layering Gap two-layer headbox and an OptiFormer Gap forming unit with the shoe and blade technology will be followed by an OptiPress Linear press section. An OptiRun Single dryer section will be equipped with an OptiDry Twin impingement drying unit to provide superior drying efficiency, excellent runnability, and enhanced draw control.

An OptiSizer Hard hard nip sizer will provide higher strength properties. An OptiReel Linear reel and a very high-capacity OptiWin Pro two-drum pro winder equipped with Dual Unwind will be installed to meet the high-capacity targets of the machine. A large scope of board machine process ventilation systems with an OptiAir high-humidity hood, as well as starch preparation, continuous surface size preparation, and an OptiSizer supply system will be included.

The automation delivery will include Valmet DNA Automation System including process controls, machine controls, runnability and condition monitoring, Valmet IQ Quality Control System, Valmet IQ Web Inspection System, Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System, Valmet Paper Lab and Valmet Retention Measurement.

The start-up and further optimization of the new board machine will be supported with a Performance Agreement in cooperation with Shotton Mill to support the continuum of the successful start-up curve. Additionally, the production will be supported remotely from Valmet Performance Center. Industrial Internet solutions, such as advanced monitoring and predictive applications, will complete the optimization of the paper machine operation. Valmet paper machine clothing, spare parts and consumables packages will be delivered as well.

The board machine with a 10,110-mm-wide fabric will produce testliner and fluting grades with a basis weight range of 70–135 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,700 m/min and the annual capacity approximately 650,000 tonnes.

About the customer Eren Paper

Established in 1969, Eren Holding is a family run conglomerate headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. It has business interests in paper, packaging, cement, energy, retail and port operations. Modern Karton, the paper manufacturing subsidiary, is an expert in producing paper and packaging by using 100% recycled fibers. Within its paper factory in Turkey, 1.2 million tonnes of paper are produced annually, making it the largest paper manufacturer in Turkey and one of the top 10 paper companies in Europe. Eren Paper’s Shotton Mill Limited is part of Eren Holding.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries.

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company’s net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures.

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.    

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Valmet will supply a mill wide Valmet DNA Automation System with the new Valmet DNA User Interface and consistency measurements package to Lemit Papers in Morbi, India. The target of the investment is to ensure a smooth start-up, to optimize the equipment efficiency and to achieve premium board quality.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2022. The value of the order is not disclosed. The delivery is scheduled for the end of the second quarter 2022.

The order is a follow-up of the Valmet IQ Quality Control System order to Lemit’s board machine. The solution will provide reliable and accurate measurements and controls for various locations in secondary fiber treatment in pulp mill and board making line.

“We at Lemit Papers strive for top notch technology and want to invest in advanced and proven technologies. We chose Valmet based on the market-wide positive reviews and the local presence. The cooperation with Valmet on the automation system will increase operational reliability and ensure high quality of our duplex board”, says Mr. Praful Detroja, Chief Managing Director, Lemit Papers LLP.

“We are delighted to supply the Valmet automation solutions to Lemit Papers. After having executed several similar projects in India, our references and local services helped to secure this order”, says Ramesh Chandra, Solution Sales Manager, Asia Pacific, Automation Systems business line, Valmet.

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Technical details about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes Valmet DNA Automation System, Valmet DNA User Interface, twelve Valmet Blade Consistency Measurements (Valmet SP), eight Valmet Optical Consistency Measurements (Valmet OCR) and one Valmet Optical Low Consistency Measurement (Valmet LC). The distributed control system (DCS) will cover the pulp mill and board making line. All controls are in one platform that allows users an easy access to the data as well as efficient collaboration. The consistency measurements offer reliability and accuracy for the paper quality control.

Together with the Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS), providing accurate basis weight and moisture measurements for precise multivariable MD controls, the automation system will help to improve both the operation efficiency and the paper quality.

Information about Lemit Papers

Lemit Papers LLP is a part of the L group of Companies, established in 2021. Lemit Papers has advanced machinery with future-proof automation. The production capacity is 450 TPD. Lemit Papers’ product portfolio will include grey and white back duplex board with premium and standard grade HWC coating, available in 200 to 450 GSM in thickness. Lemit Paper will set a new benchmark in quality with readiness to serve the domestic as well as the international markets. For more information, please visit lemitpapers.com.

For further information, please contact:Pravin Tripathi, Senior Manager, Solution Sales, Asia Pacific, Automation Systems business line, Valmet, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries.  

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day. 

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company’s net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures.  

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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LD Celulose S.A, a joint venture between the Austrian company Lenzing and the Brazilian company Dexco, invested about USD 1.3 bn in a 500,000 tonne/year dissolving wood pulp mill in the Triângulo Mineiro region in Brazil. Valmet delivered the key process islands and integrated automation solutions for the mill. The equipment operations and the production ramp-up in the new mill have now successfully started.

Valmet delivered the project with extended scope of supply. Detailed engineering for the project was started in the beginning of 2020 and the installation works at the site in the beginning of 2021.

“Our new mill brings a positive socioeconomic impact throughout the region. The dissolving pulp is a key raw material for manufacturing Lenzing’s wood-based textile and specialty fibers. This mill is among the most productive and energy-efficient mills in the world. We have adopted the most advanced technologies in the mill, not only in the sustainable production process, but also in the solutions that seek to reduce emissions to the environment. We are very happy that despite the outside challenges we have been able to follow our schedule”, states Luís Künzel, CEO of LD Celulose.

“This project is an excellent reference of dissolving pulp technology and our green field pulp mill delivery capability. Almost everything in this project was implemented during the global Covid-19 pandemic. We have been working remotely in engineering, project management and even in factory acceptance test for the automation system. This has required a lot of trust and communications between the Valmet and LD Celulose teams and special attention to planning and scheduling. I’m pleased to see how our teams have reached this important milestone of starting the production at the site”, says Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

“The project execution was a success even in such challenging times which demonstrates our capacity and competence to deliver the right quality at the right time. The cooperation both with Valmet Brazilian and Nordic teams and our customer has made it possible. In addition to leading process technology solutions, the project features an advanced automation system supported with analyzers, Valmet Industrial Internet solutions and a mill-wide Operator Training Simulator”, says Celso Tacla, Area President, Valmet South America.

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Details of Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s complete delivery included a fiber line, a pulp drying and baling line, an evaporation plant, ash crystallization, a white liquor plant, mill-wide automation system, analyzers and training simulators for all process areas.

The fiber line features Valmet TwinRoll technology for high washing efficiency with low chemical and water consumption. The pulp drying and baling line is designed to handle the special requirements of dissolving pulp in an energy efficient way and ensures high-quality pulp and easy operation with the support of the Valmet Quality Control System.

The evaporation plant features Valmet Tubel technology for high availability and produces clean condensate quality for 100% reuse in the mill. The white liquor plant includes recausticizing and lime kiln and is designed for high reliability and less maintenance. The Valmet Ash Crystallizer has a capacity of 300 tons of ash per day and will recover mill chemicals and remove non-process elements, primarily chloride and potassium, from the mill’s liquor cycle.

The mill-wide automation system, Valmet DNA, stands out with its innovativeness being built on the latest virtualization technology, allowing a completely new way to operate the mill and integration with analyzers.

Valmet Operator Training Simulator (OTS) will be used in all process islands, from the beginning to the end of production, with a total of 14 process areas. An innovative fact of the project is that its wood handling area is the first in Brazil to use OTS technology. Another highlight is the presence of simulators for the areas of water treatment, water treatment for boilers, effluent treatment and turbines, commonly little explored in the OTS. This demontrates the commitment of LD Celulose to implement for more efficient, optimized processes focused on the safety and excellence of its operational team.

About the customer LD Celulose S.A.

LD Celulose S.A. is a joint venture between the Austrian Lenzing and the Brazilian Dexco, setting up one of the largest dissolving wood pulp mills in the world. The dissolving wood pulp produced in LD Celulose will be used in the textile industry, generating fabrics with innovation, sustainability and high technology. 

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries.  

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day. 

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company's net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures.  

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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Valmet will deliver a TwinRoll™ Evolution wash press and a screw conveyor to Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. Akita mill. The start-up is scheduled for end of May 2023.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

“Our group is making efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and environmental impact in order to achieve a business model aimed at carbon neutrality. For the replacement of our pulp washer, we are determined that Valmet TwinRoll Press is the most advantageous solution. We decided to adopt them based on a comparative study of different washer types on their actual performance in Japan. Akita Mill expects the new wash press to save steam by increasing the concentration of lean black liquor, to enhance quality by improving the cleaning process, and to lower the wastewater load,” says Mr. Nakamura, Senior Technical Manager, Plant Engineering Department, Technical & Engineering Division.

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“We are very pleased that we have been trusted to deliver a new wash press to the Nippon Paper mill in Akita. In return, our equipment will increase performance and sustainability for years to come,” says Joel Engman, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s scope of supply includes the fifth generation TwinRoll™ Evolution wash press, a screw conveyor, erection supervision and start up services. The new wash press will replace an existing wash filter. Valmet washing technology will lower wash water consumption and increase the washing efficiency compared to the system in place today.

Information about the customer Akita Mill, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.

Nippon Paper Industries group provides a wide range of products that help create a recycling-oriented society by maximizing the use of renewable wood resources and using diverse technologies and know-how to generate stable profits and achieve valuable lifestyles and cultural development.

The main business activities include the production and sale of pulp and paper, paperboard, liquid paper containers, DP and chemical products, functional films, household paper, specialty paper, wood business, and energy business. Since its founding in 1949, Nippon Paper Industries has developed into one of the world's leading paper companies with 16,000 employees and sales of over 1 trillion yen.

Akita Mill is one of the group’s leading production mills for paper, paperboard, and pulp.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. 

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved, when flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures. 

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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Valmet will supply a sizing section rebuild to Productora Nacional de Papel in Mexico. In the project, the board machine 1 (BM 1) will be upgraded to improve strength properties and add new coated white-top testliner grades (WTL) to the machine’s product portfolio. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled to take place by the end of 2023.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2022. 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 1520 million.

valmet logo rgb“We want to increase the number of board products in our product portfolio and improve the strength properties of all our products. We consider Valmet to be a very reliable and trusted partner. Our previous projects with Valmet have been successful,” says Francisco Torres Vázquez, CEO of Productora Nacional de Papel and Cartones Ponderosa, a sister company of Productora Nacional.

“Valmet has had the pleasure to work with Productora Nacional and its sister companies in many successful projects. Our good references, technical know-how on the sizing process, and the low energy consumption of our air dryers were seen as clear differentiating factors,” says Hector Rios, Director at Valmet, Mexico.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery for BM 1 will include a new OptiRun Hybrid afterdryer section to increase the machine’s drying capacity. OptiSizer Film with supply systems will be installed to improve board strength. The sizer will be followed by a TurnFloat web turning unit, an OptiDry Coat air dryer and an OptiAir heat recovery system for the air dryers. The delivery will also include spare parts and consumables.

The board machine with a 6,700-mm-wide fabric will produce testliner, corrugated medium and coated WTL grades within a basis weight range of 90–250 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 700 m/min with a daily design capacity of approximately 700 tons.

About the customer Productora Nacional de Papel

Productora Nacional de Papel is located in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and is part of the Mexican Editorial Organization (OEM). Productora Nacional de Papel has a total of 370 employees across its facilities.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. 

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved, when flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company net sales in 2021 was approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures. 

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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