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Newsgrafik #130142
 23.06.2021

Valmet liefert Recyclingfaserlinien für den Umbau der Umka Kartonfabrik in Serbien  (Firmennews)

Valmet wird Recyclingfaserlinien für den Umka Kartonfabrik-Umbau in Serbien liefern. Der Auftrag ist eine Fortsetzung von Valmets Lieferung für den Umbau der Kartonmaschine, die in der zweiten Hälfte des Jahres 2021 in Betrieb genommen werden soll. Das Hauptziel des Umbaus ist es, die Produktionskapazität des Kunden zu erhöhen und die Qualität des Endprodukts zu verbessern. Die Inbetriebnahme der Recyclingfaserlinien ist für das erste Halbjahr 2022 geplant.

Bild: Die Teams von Umka und Valmet bei der 80-Jahr-Feier von Umka. Von links: Kari Räisänen (Valmet), Milos Ljusic (Umka), Jadranka Priljeva (Umka), Staniša Lukić (Umka), Nikola Pejović (Umka) und Pekka Turtinen (Valmet)

Der Auftrag wurde in Valmets Auftragseingang des ersten Quartals 2021 aufgenommen.

"Wir freuen uns, dass ein Komplettlösungsanbieter wie Valmet uns die Recyclingfaserlinien für den Umbau unserer Kartonfabrik liefert. Umka kann auf eine 82-jährige Geschichte zurückblicken, und mit der Möglichkeit, unsere Kapazität auf über 200.000 Tonnen zu erhöhen und gleichzeitig unsere Produkte aus Recyclingpappe zu verbessern, sind wir mit dieser Anlage perfekt positioniert, um auch in Zukunft erfolgreich zu sein", sagt Milos Ljusic, Geschäftsführer von Umka.

Die Lieferung von Valmet umfasst wesentliche Änderungen an den Recyclingfaserlinien für Umkas Papiermaschine PM 1. Dazu gehören eine Old Corrugated Containers (OCC)-Linie mit Reject-Handling und ein Umbau von zwei Deinked Pulp (DIP)-Linien.

"Gemeinsam mit dem Kunden haben wir eine Lösung entwickelt, die Umka dabei helfen wird, die Kapazität der Recyclingfaserlinien zu erhöhen, den Wartungsaufwand zu reduzieren und die Qualität des Endprodukts zu verbessern. Wir freuen uns, dass wir als End-to-End-Partner für Umka Dienstleistungen, Technologie und das Branchen-Know-how zur Verfügung stellen können", sagt Hanna Jokinen, Director, Capital Business, Business Line Paper, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #130136
 21.06.2021

Valmet wird das Qualitätskontrollsystem Valmet IQ von Mercer Rosenthal mit neuester ...  (Firmennews)

...Technologie aufrüsten

Valmet und Mercer Rosenthal vertiefen ihre langjährige Partnerschaft, da Valmet das Qualitätskontrollsystem Valmet IQ des Werks Mercer Rosenthal mit dem neuen Scanner und den dazugehörigen Messungen aufrüsten wird. Valmet lieferte das bestehende Qualitätskontrollsystem im Jahr 1999, und nach mehr als 20 Jahren zuverlässigen Betriebs entschied sich Mercer Rosenthal, das in die Jahre gekommene System aufzurüsten, um dessen kontinuierliche Nachhaltigkeit und Zuverlässigkeit zu gewährleisten.

Bild: Das Qualitätskontrollsystem (QCS) von Valmet IQ hilft, die Prozessleistung zu verbessern und gleichzeitig Einsparungen bei Fasern, Chemikalien und Energie zu erzielen.

Der Auftrag wurde in Valmets Auftragseingang des ersten Quartals 2021 aufgenommen. Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben. Die Inbetriebnahme wird im September 2021 erfolgen.

"Dieses Upgrade ist ein großartiges Beispiel für eine Lifecycle-Roadmap, die in enger Zusammenarbeit mit unserem Kunden Mercer Rosenthal durchgeführt wird. Die Anlage wird von der neuesten Generation unseres bewährten Qualitätsmanagementsystems Valmet IQ profitieren, das die Prozessleistung kontinuierlich verbessert und gleichzeitig Einsparungen bei Fasern, Chemikalien und Energie erzielt", sagt Steffen Seeger, Service Engineer, Business Line Automation, Valmet.

Technische Informationen zur Lieferung
Die Lieferung besteht aus dem Qualitätskontrollsystem Valmet IQ mit einem neuen Valmet IQ Scanner der 8. Generation. Zusätzlich enthalten sind Valmet IQ Pulp Weight Measurement, Valmet IQ Microwave Moisture Measurement und Valmet IQ Web Color Measurement. Die Messungen tragen dazu bei, eine präzisere Steuerung von Maschinen- und Querrichtungseigenschaften wie Farbkontrolle oder Feuchtigkeitsgehalt zu gewährleisten.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #129768
 18.05.2021

Valmet liefert die 12. Tissueherstellungslinie an C&S in China  (Firmennews)

Valmet liefert eine Valmet IntelliTissue 1600 Tissueproduktionslinie an den chinesischen Tissueproduzenten C&S. Die neue Linie wird in der Fabrik des Unternehmens in Tangshan, China, installiert. Die Inbetriebnahme ist für das erste Quartal 2022 geplant.

Bild: Valmet liefert eine Valmet IntelliTissue 1600 Tissue-Produktionslinie an den chinesischen Tissue-Hersteller C&S.

Der Auftrag wurde in Valmets Auftragseingang des ersten Quartals 2021 aufgenommen. Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben. Ein Projekt dieser Größe und dieses Umfangs hat jedoch typischerweise einen Wert von etwa 5-10 Mio. EUR.

Die Valmet IntelliTissue-Maschinen gehören zu den kleinen und mittelgroßen Tissuemaschinen, die mit der Übernahme von PMP aus Polen im Jahr 2020 in das Angebot von Valmet integriert wurden. Dank einer langjährigen Kundenbeziehung wird dieser Auftrag die zwölfte IntelliTissue-Tissuemaschinenlieferung von Valmet an C&S sein.

"Das Ziel unserer Investition ist es, den Anteil von C&S auf dem chinesischen Tissue-Markt zu vergrößern. Wir haben uns für die IntelliTissue-Technologie entschieden und realisieren das Projekt gemeinsam mit Valmet aufgrund der hervorragenden Referenzen, die das Unternehmen weltweit vorweisen kann", sagt Tiande Lin, Director of Technology Center, C&S.

"Diese Lösung passt perfekt zu den Erwartungen des Kunden. Die IntelliTissue-Technologie von Valmet sorgt für einen niedrigen Energieverbrauch und eine hohe Tissuequalität dank modernster Technologie. Die Maschinen entsprechen den Bedürfnissen der Kunden in den sich entwickelnden Märkten, die die Möglichkeit sehen, ihr Geschäft nicht nur durch die Erhöhung der Kapazität, sondern auch durch die Senkung der Produktionskosten auszubauen", sagt Harrison Zhang, Vice General Manager von SMM (Small and medium size machinery), Changzhou, Paper business line, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #129750
 17.05.2021

Valmet erhält einen Auftrag über zwei Tissue-Linien von Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock ...  (Firmennews)

... Co. Ltd in China

Bild: Valmet wird zwei Valmet Advantage DCT Tissue-Linien, einschließlich Automatisierungssystem und drei Tissue-Aufrollern, an Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock Co., Ltd. in China liefern.

Mit der neuen Anlage will das Unternehmen die steigende Nachfrage nach hochwertigen Tissueprodukten auf dem nationalen und internationalen Markt bedienen. Die Inbetriebnahme ist für die erste Hälfte des Jahres 2022 geplant.

Der Auftrag wurde in Valmets Auftragseingang des ersten Quartals 2021 aufgenommen. Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben. Ein Projekt dieser Größe und dieses Umfangs hat jedoch typischerweise einen Wert von etwa 20-30 Mio. Euro.

"Wir streben kontinuierlich nach technologischer Entwicklung, um sicherzustellen, dass wir immer auf optimalem Produktionsniveau arbeiten. Durch die fortschrittliche Technologie von Valmet, den hochwertigen Service und die gemeinsamen Anstrengungen beider Parteien werden wir in der Lage sein, die erwarteten Ziele zu erreichen", sagt Liao Changlv, Chefingenieur bei Zhejiang Jingxing Paper.

"Wir sind sehr stolz darauf, dass man uns das Vertrauen als Lieferant für dieses wichtige Projekt schenkt. Es ist immer eine Freude, mit Kunden zusammenzuarbeiten, die Wert auf modernste Technologie legen, und wir sind überzeugt, dass dies ein hervorragendes Projekt sein wird", sagt Fan Ze, Vice President, Sales, China, Valmet.

Technische Informationen
Die beiden neuen Tissuemaschinen TM5 und TM6 werden eine Breite von 5,6 m und eine Konstruktionsgeschwindigkeit von 2.000 m/min haben. Das Rohmaterial für die Tissueproduktion wird Frischfaser sein. Die neue Produktionslinie ist optimiert, um Energie zu sparen und die Qualität des Endprodukts zu verbessern.

Der Lieferumfang von Valmet umfasst eine komplette Tissue-Produktionslinie mit zwei Valmet Advantage DCT 200 HS Tissuemaschinen. Die Maschinen werden mit OptiFlo-Stoffauflauf und Stahl-Yankee-Zylindern ausgestattet sein. Außerdem werden sie mit der Advantage-Tissuetechnologie einschließlich ViscoNip-Presse, Advantage AirCap-Systemen, WetDust-Staubsystemen, Bogenübergabesystemen und SoftReel P-Aufrollern ausgestattet sein. Die Lieferung umfasst drei Valmet Focus Rewinder.

Darüber hinaus beinhaltet die Lieferung ein umfangreiches Valmet-Automatisierungspaket mit Valmet DNA-Maschinensteuerungen, Prozesssteuerungen und Valmet IQ-Qualitätskontrollen. Komplettes Engineering, Montageüberwachung, Schulung, Inbetriebnahme und Inbetriebsetzung sind ebenfalls in der Lieferung enthalten.

Die neuen Linien werden die derzeitige Produktion des Kunden um 120.000 Tonnen Tissue erweitern.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #129655
 06.05.2021

Valmet unterzeichnet einen umfangreichen Vertrag über industrielle Internetdienstleistungen...   (Firmennews)

..mit ARAUCO für eine neue Zellstoffproduktionslinie in Chile

Bild: Valmet wird Industrial-Internet-Lösungen für die Arauco Fabrik Line 3 vor Ort und aus der Ferne von den Valmet Performance Centern in Südamerika und den Nordics liefern.

Valmet und ARAUCO haben eine Vereinbarung unterzeichnet, um gemeinsam die Arauco Mill Line 3 in Chile zur autonomsten Zellstofffabrik der Welt zu entwickeln. Valmet wird seine Industrial Internet Solutions (VII Solutions) liefern, die aus Mill Wide Optimization-Anwendungen, fortschrittlichen Prognose- und Überwachungsanwendungen sowie Expertendienstleistungen bestehen. Ziel ist es, die Gesamteffizienz und Rentabilität des gesamten Werks durch Koordination und Optimierung über Prozessinseln hinweg zu verbessern. Die Expertenunterstützung erfolgt sowohl vor Ort als auch aus der Ferne über die Valmet Performance Center in Südamerika und den nordischen Ländern.

Die Produktionslinie 3 der Arauco-Fabrik in der Region Bio Bío in Chile wird derzeit im Rahmen des MAPA-Projekts gebaut, einer Großinvestition zur Erweiterung der derzeitigen Zellstoffproduktionskapazität von ARAUCO. Wie 2018 angekündigt, liefert Valmet die Zellstofftrocknung und -ballenpressung, den Rückgewinnungskessel und den Biomassekessel für das MAPA-Projekt.

"Seit wir 2011 mit dem MAPA-Projekt begonnen haben, wollten wir, dass das Projekt einen echten Beitrag für das Gebiet darstellt und auch den heute geforderten Umweltstandards gerecht wird. Das Projekt umfasste von Anfang an ein breites Investitionsprogramm u. a. in Technologie, Energieeffizienz und Big Data, das die Prozesse deutlich effizienter machen wird. Unsere Partnerschaft mit Valmet ist ein weiterer Schritt in der nachhaltigen Entwicklung des Projekts. Wir glauben, dass es wichtig ist, einen Verbündeten von Weltrang zu haben, der die Standards und die beste Technologie garantiert, die heute auf dem Markt erhältlich sind", sagt Charles Kimber, Senior Vice President, People and Sustainability, ARAUCO.

"Dies ist eine echte Partnerschaft, bei der wir gemeinsam eine Lösung entwickelt haben, die den Bedürfnissen von ARAUCO am besten entspricht. Mit dieser Partnerschaft wird es möglich sein, die Produktion der Mühle zu maximieren und sich in Richtung einer autonomen Mühle zu bewegen. Bei diesem Projekt nutzen wir unser solides Prozess- und Automatisierungs-Know-how und kombinieren unsere starke lokale Präsenz in Südamerika mit unseren globalen Ressourcen. Unser gemeinsames Ziel mit ARAUCO in der ersten Phase ist es, die erfolgreiche Inbetriebnahme des MAPA-Projekts, die schnelle Inbetriebnahme, die Ramp-up-Kurve und die Verbesserung der Gesamteffizienz und Rentabilität der Mühle für die kommenden Jahre sicherzustellen", sagt Félix Hernaiz, General Manager, Region Anden, Valmet.

Technische Informationen zum Vertrag
Der Vertrag umfasst mehrere Valmet Mill Wide Optimization Anwendungen, die einen völlig neuen Weg zur Verbesserung der Mühlenrentabilität bieten. Die "Mill Wide Optimization"-Anwendungen nutzen die Optimierung des Prozessablaufs, um Entscheidungen auf Werksebene zu automatisieren und die Maßnahmen der einzelnen Prozessbereiche zu koordinieren, indem sie Produktions- und Qualitätspläne für jeden Mühlenbereich erstellen, um die Produktion zu steigern und die Kosten zu senken. Zusätzlich wird Valmet Anwendungen zur Optimierung, erweiterten Überwachung und Vorhersage für ausgewählte Prozessbereiche liefern, die sich auf den Zellstofftrockner und die Energie- und Rückgewinnungskessel konzentrieren. Die Optimierungen basieren auf Valmets Kappa-, Helligkeits- und Alkali-Analysatormessungen.

Valmet bietet außerdem fachkundige Unterstützung vor Ort und aus der Ferne von den Valmet Performance Centern in Südamerika und den nordischen Ländern. Ein Valmet-Experte wird täglich in der Mühle sein und Valmet-Spezialisten werden die Mühle mehrmals im Jahr besuchen, um die Leistung zu bewerten. Während der fünfjährigen Vertragslaufzeit wird ein umfassender Data Discovery Service implementiert.

"Dieser Vertrag kombiniert Mill Wide Optimization, Advanced Process Controls (APC), analytische Anwendungen und Remote Services vom Valmet Performance Center. Wir nutzen das Valmet-Kundenportal als digitalen Raum für die Zusammenarbeit, um einen einfachen Zugriff auf die fortschrittlichen Anwendungen und das Valmet-Expertenteam zu ermöglichen", sagt Jari Almi, Vice President, Industrial Internet, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #129640
 05.05.2021

Der neue Valmet Fiberline Analyzer erfüllt alle wichtigen Anforderungen an die Prozesskontrolle ...  (Firmennews)

...in der Zellstofffabrik

Valmet stellt den neuen Valmet Fiberline Analyzer vor, der es Zellstoffherstellern ermöglicht, das gesamte Zellstoffqualitätsmanagement zu verbessern, die Prozessstabilität zu erhöhen und erhebliche Einsparungen bei den Chemikalienkosten zu erzielen - von der Kocherblasanlage bis hin zur endgültigen Lagerung des Zellstoffs.

Der Valmet Fiberline Analyzer beinhaltet die wichtigsten Fortschritte in der Messtechnik, die in vier Generationen von Valmet Kappa Analyzern erzielt wurden. Er misst den Ligningehalt und die Helligkeit des Zellstoffs sowie erweiterte Messungen der Faser- und Schäbeeigenschaften unter Verwendung der neuesten hochauflösenden Bildgebungsverfahren. Messdaten von automatisch entnommenen Zellstoffproben sowie Inline-Sensorinformationen können mit Echtzeit-Produktionszielen kombiniert werden, um Sollwerte für die chemische Steuerung vom Kocher bis zur letzten Bleichstufe zu liefern.

"Dies ist die robusteste Analysatorlösung, die wir je für Zellstofffabriken entwickelt haben, und sie bietet eine sehr gute Grundlage für eine fortschrittliche Prozesssteuerung", sagt Kari Lampela, Business Manager, Geschäftsbereich Automation, Valmet.

Anwendungsspezifische Messungen und Steuerungen
Eingebaute Steuerungen können den Reglern für die Chemikaliendosierung externe Sollwerte zur Verfügung stellen, wobei leicht verständliche Funktionsblöcke zur Durchführung von Filterungen und Berechnungen verwendet werden. Für Weichholz-Zellstoff verwendet der Basisregler eine Kappa-Faktor-Regelung, die mit einem prädiktiven Feedback modifiziert wurde, das Kappa/Helligkeit, Schäbengehalt und CSB (Chemischer Sauerstoffbedarf) berücksichtigt.

Der Valmet Fiberline Analyzer kann auch Lignin und Hexenuronsäure (HexA) separat messen, um die komplexe Chemie des Kochens und der Delignifizierung, insbesondere bei Laubholz-Zellstoffen, deutlich besser kontrollieren zu können. Diese Mess- und Regelungsmöglichkeiten, gekoppelt mit der einzigartigen Fähigkeit des Analysators, die endgültige Helligkeit genau zu messen, schließen den Kreislauf für eine echte Faserlinien-Prozessoptimierung und Qualitätskontrolle.

Benutzerfreundlichkeit und Fernwartung
Der Analysator erfordert nur minimale Wartung und verfügt über eine chemisch basierte Selbstreinigung für einen störungsfreien Betrieb. Mit dem eingebauten Touchscreen-Display sind alle Betriebsparameter des Analysators, Betriebsabläufe und Diagnosen zusammen mit der Betriebsanleitung sofort verfügbar. Die Fernkonfiguration und -bedienung sowie die Valmet Industrial Internet (VII)-Fähigkeiten bieten die Möglichkeit der Fernunterstützung durch Spezialisten und Hilfe von Valmet auf der ganzen Welt.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #129549
 28.04.2021

Die von Valmet gelieferte erste virtuelle Papierfabrik der Welt schult das Personal von Mondi ...  (Firmennews)

...vor der Inbetriebnahme

Valmet hat die weltweit erste vollständig virtuelle Papierfabrik für die neue Produktionslinie im Mondi-Werk in Ružomberok, Slowakei, geliefert. Vor der Inbetriebnahme der von Valmet gelieferten Old Corrugated Container (OCC)-Linie, der Stoffaufbereitung und der Wellpappenmaschine wird der virtuelle Konstruktionszwilling der neuen Anlage genutzt, um Bediener und anderes Personal zu schulen.

Foto: Die von Valmet gelieferte virtuelle Fabrik ist ein digitaler Konstruktionszwilling der Maschinen des Kunden und der umliegenden Anlagen. Sie kann für die Schulung von Bedienern und Wartungspersonal sowohl vor der ersten Inbetriebnahme als auch vor größeren Stillständen eingesetzt werden.

Valmet lieferte 2018 die Anlagen Old Corrugated Container (OCC) und OptiConcept M zur Herstellung von Wellpappe an das Mondi-Werk in Ružomberok.

Virtuelles Lernerlebnis
Mithilfe von Virtual Reality und Controllern betreten die Anwender eine 360°-Lernumgebung, bewegen sich frei in einer virtuellen 3D-Umgebung und interagieren mit simulierten Maschinen, um mehr über den Prozess und die Ausrüstung zu erfahren. Bei den enthaltenen Trainingsmodulen handelt es sich um lebensechte Trainingsszenarien, die speziell für die Wartungsmaßnahmen in Umform- und Pressenpartien erstellt wurden.

Dadurch lernen die Anwender auf die bestmögliche Art und Weise - durch persönliche Erfahrung - was die Lernerhaltung, die Arbeitsleistung und die Sicherheit am Arbeitsplatz deutlich verbessert.

"Es war wirklich augenöffnend, die virtuelle Fabrik vor der eigentlichen Inbetriebnahme nutzen zu können. Die Leute, die an der Kartonagenlinie arbeiten werden, fühlen sich so besser vorbereitet und sicherer für die Anlauf- und Betriebsphase. Ich war persönlich am Umbau und der Inbetriebnahme unserer Papiermaschine (PM18) im Jahr 2003 beteiligt. Damals waren wir von der Valmet DNA-Maschinensteuerung positiv überrascht. Und jetzt können wir an einer virtuellen PM 'arbeiten'. Die Bediener wissen genau, wie z.B. die PM-Bespannung zu installieren ist. Ich glaube fest daran, dass die Inbetriebnahme und das Wissen der Bediener jetzt besser sind als ohne die virtuelle Anlage", sagt Ľubomír Líška von Mondi SCP Ružomberok.

"Diese Schulungsplattform ist die erste ihrer Art, da sie die gesamte Anlage in einer virtuellen Realität enthält. Valmet möchte sicherstellen, dass die Kunden das Beste aus ihren Anlagen, Systemen und Prozessen herausholen. Wir suchen ständig nach Möglichkeiten, den Wissenstransfer effizienter zu gestalten, denn der Erfolg eines Karton- und Papierherstellers hängt nicht nur von der Qualität der eingesetzten Technologie ab, sondern auch von der Kompetenz seiner Mitarbeiter", sagt Katriina Geijer, Senior Manager, Customer Training bei Valmet.

Die virtuelle Fabrik ist ein Trainingssimulator und ein Teil von Valmets industriellem Internet- und Lerndienstleistungsangebot, das das Lernen in der Realität noch erweitert.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #129431
 16.04.2021

Valmet liefert neue Eindampfanlage für das Zellstoffwerk Södra Cell Mönsterås in Schweden  (Firmennews)

Valmet wird eine neue Eindampfanlage 3 für das Södra Cell Mönsterås Zellstoffwerk in Schweden liefern. Die neue Linie wird die älteste Verdampfungslinie 1 im Werk ersetzen. Die Inbetriebnahme der neuen Eindampfanlage ist für das erste Quartal 2023 geplant.

Bild: Valmet wird eine neue Verdampferlinie an das Werk Södra Cell Mönsterås liefern (Foto Södra Cell)

Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben. Ein Projekt dieser Größe und dieses Umfangs hat jedoch typischerweise einen Wert von etwa 30 Mio. Euro. Der Auftrag ist in Valmets Auftragseingang des zweiten Quartals 2021 enthalten.

"Unsere bestehende Eindampfanlage 1 ist über 40 Jahre alt und muss aufgrund der hohen wiederkehrenden Wartungskosten durch eine neue, moderne Eindampfanlage ersetzt werden, die dem neuesten Stand der Technik entspricht, energieeffizienter ist und die Leistung unseres Werks erhöht. In einem harten Wettbewerb hat Valmet die beste Gesamtlösung für uns präsentiert und wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit", sagt Jonas Olander, Projektleiter bei Södra Cell Mönsterås.

"Wir haben eine lange Zusammenarbeit mit Södra Cell und der Eindampfanlage des Werks Mönsterås. Wir haben diese neue Linie maßgeschneidert, um die Anforderungen des Kunden an Zuverlässigkeit und Effizienz zu erfüllen. Die neue Linie wird die Verdampfungskapazität erhöhen und die Dampfwirtschaftlichkeit und Energieeffizienz der Mühle weiter verbessern, indem sie einen hohen Trockensubstanzgehalt für den Rückgewinnungskessel produziert. Die Wassereffizienz der Mühle wird durch die Bereitstellung von sauberem Kondensat zur Wiederverwendung in der Mühle verbessert", sagt Fredrik Kall, Director, Evaporation, Ash & Bio Technology, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Technische Informationen zur Lieferung
Die neue Verdampfungslinie 3 wird eine Kapazität von 530 Tonnen verdampftem Wasser pro Stunde haben. Die 7-stufige Linie wird mit der Valmet Tubel-Technologie ausgestattet sein, die für höchste Energieeffizienz, Verfügbarkeit und einfache Reinigung sorgt. Die Verdampfungslinie wird saubere Kondensate zur Wiederverwendung in den Mühlenprozessen produzieren. Die Linie beinhaltet eine Vorbereitung für die Ligninextraktion mit LignoBoost-Technologie. Die Lieferung von Valmet umfasst auch die Inspektion der bestehenden Verdampferlinie 2.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #129413
 15.04.2021

Valmet liefert Dosierleimpresse und Leimküche an Emami Paper Mills in Indien  (Firmennews)

Valmet wird eine Dosierleimpresse mit Leimungsstärkeaufbereitung und Leimungsküche an Emami Paper Mills für die Papierherstellungslinie (PM3) in der Fabrik Balasore in Odisha, Indien, liefern.

Der Auftrag ist in Valmets Auftragseingang des ersten Quartals 2021 enthalten. Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben. Die Auslieferung ist für das vierte Quartal 2021 geplant.

"Wir haben uns für Valmet aufgrund ihrer überlegenen Technologie entschieden und freuen uns auf eine enge Zusammenarbeit, um dieses Projekt zu einem Erfolg zu machen", sagt Mr. M.B.S Nair, President, Emami Paper Mills.

"Wir fühlen uns geehrt, einen Beitrag zu Emamis strategischem Weg für einen flexibleren Produktmix aus Schreib- und Druckpapier sowie Zeitungspapier und Wellpappe zu leisten. Unser Design der Hauptausrüstung und das einzigartige Angebot des kompletten Umfangs zusammen mit der Formatküche werden helfen, das Ziel effektiv zu erreichen. Dieser Umbau wird die führende Referenz im Land für Sortenumstellungen sein", sagt Varun Jain, Direktor, Region Indien, Valmet.

Technische Details zu Valmets Lieferung
Die Lieferung von Valmet umfasst die Konstruktion, den Bau, die Lieferung, die Inbetriebnahme und die Inbetriebnahme der neuen Dosierschlichtepresse mit automatischer Stärkeaufbereitung und Schlichtezufuhrsystemen. Diese sorgen für eine stabile und streifenfreie Schlichteauflage, die über die Schichtdicke gesteuert wird, für einen sauberen und hocheffizienten Betrieb sowie für eine benutzerfreundliche Bedienung.

Die Lieferung umfasst auch eine Luftwendeeinheit mit Luftsystem, ein Streifeneinfädelsystem einschließlich Streifenschneider, einen Vakuumförderer F, einen Seilspanner und Seilantriebe mit erweiterten Engineeringleistungen und Schulungsleistungen, um die reibungslose Inbetriebnahme und den Betrieb zu gewährleisten.

Nach dem Umbau wird die PM3 hauptsächlich Schreib- und Druckpapier (bei Bedarf auch Zeitungsdruckpapier) mit einer Siebbreite von 3.560 mm und einem Basisgewichtsbereich von 45-90 g/m2 produzieren. Die Tageskapazität wird 233-275 Tonnen bei einer maximalen Geschwindigkeit von 900-1.100 m/min betragen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #129372
 14.04.2021

Der neue Online-Ascheanalysator von Valmet bietet erhebliche Betriebseinsparungen und ...  (Firmennews)

...eine verbesserte Verfügbarkeit von Rückgewinnungskesseln

Valmet hat eine innovative Lösung entwickelt, um erzwungene Kesselabschaltungen, die durch Überhitzerkorrosion oder Kesselverstopfung verursacht werden, zu reduzieren und eine Anleitung für die Aschebehandlung und den Rußblasbedarf zu geben. Der neue Valmet Recovery Ash Analyzer misst die Aschezusammensetzung am Elektrofilter (ESP) und bestimmt die Ascheschmelztemperaturen, die die Korrosivität und Klebrigkeit der Asche beschreiben.

Eine neue Valmet Industrial Internet (VII)-Anwendung, Valmet Ash Balance Advisor, ist eine zusätzliche Option, um die Vorteile des Valmet Recovery Ash Analyzers zu maximieren und die Aschebehandlung zu optimieren, um signifikante Kosteneinsparungen bei der Natriumzusammensetzung zu erzielen. Betreibern wird eine Online-Ansicht der Aschebilanz und des Kesselbetriebs mit Echtzeit-Indikatoren für Verschmutzungs- und Korrosionsrisiken zur Verfügung gestellt, was dazu beiträgt, eine kosteneffiziente Aschebehandlungsmenge oder Schüttungsmenge zu erreichen.

Optimierter Betrieb
Bisher war die Aschebehandlung typischerweise ein Batch-Betrieb, der auf unregelmäßigen Labortests basierte, ohne Standardkriterien, wann mit der Behandlung oder dem Ablassen der Asche begonnen werden sollte.

"Das Problem bei Labormessungen ist, dass die Proben so selten genommen werden und die Ergebnisse oft unvollständig sind und nicht für eine optimale Steuerung verwendet werden können. Mit dem Online-Analysator ist jetzt eine Kontrolle der tatsächlichen Aschechemie möglich und die Kesselreinigung kann zusammen mit den Betriebskosten kontinuierlich optimiert werden", sagt Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Recovery Analyzers and Advanced Process Controls, Automation, Valmet.

Technische Informationen zum Valmet Recovery Ash Analyzer
Der Valmet Recovery Ash Analyzer misst das komplette chemische Gleichgewicht einschließlich des pH-Werts der Elektrofilterasche, der Karbonat- (CO3), Sulfat- (SO4), Chlorid- (Cl), Kalium- (K) und Natrium- (Na) Konzentrationen sowie der Berechnung der Ascheschmelztemperaturen T0, T15 und T70. Die ESP-Ascheprobe wird mit einem robusten Edelstahl-Probenehmer aus dem Aschetropfentrieb nach dem Ascheförderer entnommen, in Wasser aufgelöst und zum Analysator transportiert, wo die chemischen Analysen und die Berechnung der Ascheschmelztemperaturen durchgeführt werden. Umfassende Diagnosemöglichkeiten und eine sichere Valmet Industrial Internet (VII)-Funktionalität gewährleisten zuverlässige und verlässliche Ergebnisse mit intuitivem Zugriff auf den Messbetrieb und die Remote-Services von Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

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 12.04.2021

Valmet führt Maintenance Operations Agreement ein  (Firmennews)

Im Rahmen des Konzepts "Valmet's way to serve" für die beste Kundenerfahrung an allen Berührungspunkten des Lebenszyklus führt Valmet das Maintenance Operations Agreement ein. Valmet bietet die Servicevereinbarung für die Entwicklung und das Outsourcing der Instandhaltung von Fabriken und Anlagen für Kunden aus den Bereichen Energie, Zellstoff, Papier, Karton und Tissue an.

"Wir wollen die maximale Zuverlässigkeit und optimierte Leistung der Produktionsprozesse unserer Kunden sicherstellen. Gemeinsam mit den Kunden haben wir ein Dreamteam für den Instandhaltungsbetrieb mit modernen Instandhaltungsprozessen und einer Denkweise aufgebaut, die sich für einen sicheren und nachhaltigeren Instandhaltungsbetrieb einsetzt, um die Ziele des Kunden vor Ort zu erreichen", sagt Timo Harjunpää, Director, Maintenance Operations and Development, Services bei Valmet.

Ziele durch Zusammenarbeit erreicht
Valmet entwickelt die Art und Weise, wie die Instandhaltung gemanagt wird, die Instandhaltungsabläufe und neue Instandhaltungslösungen kontinuierlich weiter, um die Anforderungen der Kunden zu erfüllen. Ein zuverlässiger Wartungsbetrieb sorgt dafür, dass die Anlage über den gesamten Lebenszyklus hinweg optimal läuft, so dass sich die Kunden aus den Bereichen Energie, Zellstoff, Papier, Karton oder Tissue auf ihr Kerngeschäft konzentrieren können.

"In Brownfield-Fällen können wir den Kunden helfen, die Wartungskosten um etwa 10 bis 20 Prozent zu senken und die Effizienz um 5 bis 10 Prozent zu steigern. Bei einer Neuinvestition helfen wir, eine erstklassige Anlaufkurve zu sichern und den Return on Investment zu beschleunigen. Wir werden bereits vor dem Start ein Instandhaltungsmanagementmodell und eine Organisation etablieren", sagt Harjunpää.

Kontinuierlicher Erfolg durch Valmets Serviceverträge
Valmets Servicevereinbarungen helfen den Kunden, während des gesamten Lebenszyklus der Anlagen und Prozesse ein optimales Ergebnis zu erzielen. Die Vereinbarung ist auf die Kundenbedürfnisse zugeschnitten, egal ob es um den einfachen Zugang zu Valmet-Experten, hochwertige Produkte und Dienstleistungen, Kosteneffizienz, Wartung oder die kontinuierliche Entwicklung der Leistung zur Erreichung der gemeinsam vereinbarten Ziele geht.

Die typischen Servicevereinbarungen von Valmet reichen von Rahmenvereinbarungen auf Unternehmensebene bis hin zu Partnerschaftsvereinbarungen auf Werksebene. Das Dienstleistungsangebot von Valmet, einschließlich industrieller Internetlösungen, bildet die Bausteine für maßgeschneiderte Vereinbarungen.
(Valmet Corporation)

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 01.04.2021

Valmet liefert das erste KI-basierte Bildverarbeitungssystem an die Weltrekordmaschine....  (Firmennews)

... für Kartonagen von Progroup in Deutschland

Valmet wird das weltweit erste auf künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) basierende Valmet IQ Bahninspektionssystem (Foto) an die Papiermaschine PM2 von Progroup in Eisenhüttendstadt liefern. Die PM2 ist seit ihrer Inbetriebnahme durch Valmet im Jahr 2010 ein Geschwindigkeitsweltrekordler. Mit dem neuen Bildverarbeitungssystem soll die Geschwindigkeit der Kartonmaschine noch weiter gesteigert werden.

Der Auftrag wurde in den Auftragseingang von Valmet für das vierte Quartal 2020 aufgenommen.

"Wir haben uns für das Bildverarbeitungssystem von Valmet entschieden, da es die fortschrittlichste technische Ausstattung auf dem Markt bietet. Mit dem Einsatz von künstlicher Intelligenz setzen wir den strikten Digitalisierungskurs von Progroup konsequent fort. Die konsequente Suche und Nutzung von Innovationen ist Teil unserer DNA", sagt Karl Achleitner, Senior Vice President, Operations Paper, Progroup.

Das Herzstück der Lösung ist das Valmet Industrial Internet (VII), das die Möglichkeit bietet, Daten von verschiedenen Plattformen in der Fabrik zu kombinieren und die Analyse der Bahninspektion auf ein völlig neues Niveau zu heben. Im Lieferumfang enthalten ist ein Paket zur Steuerung des Rollenschneiders, um die neuen Möglichkeiten der Bahninspektion voll auszuschöpfen.

"Dies ist der umfangreichste Bildverarbeitungsauftrag, den wir bisher erhalten haben, wobei die Bahninspektion und -überwachung vollständig in das Valmet DNA Automation System integriert ist. Zum ersten Mal ermöglicht das Valmet Industrial Internet die Echtzeit-Kombination von WIS-Daten mit anderen Prozess- und Qualitätssysteminformationen, um die Problemlösungseffizienz radikal zu verbessern. Mit der fortschrittlichen Datenverarbeitung wird die Vorhersage von Defekten und Anomalien erheblich verbessert, und Änderungen oder Unterbrechungen der Produktion können effektiver reduziert werden", sagt Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Systems, Automation, Valmet.

Der letzte 24-Stunden-Weltrekord der PM2 von Progroup wurde 2019 mit 1.751 m/min aufgestellt. Während des Rekordlaufs produzierte die 10,85 Meter breite PM2 Wellpappenrohpapier mit einem Flächengewicht von 80 g/m² bei einem Gesamtwirkungsgrad von 94 Prozent, was der siebte PM2-Weltrekord insgesamt war.

"Die erzielten Weltrekorde sind ein unwiderlegbarer Beweis für die hervorragende Technologie, die Progroup und Valmet in die PM2 eingebaut haben, und für das exzellente Know-how, mit dem unsere Mitarbeiter die Maschine warten und bedienen. Herausragend ist, dass die PM2 auch über 10 Jahre nach ihrer Inbetriebnahme immer noch neue Rekorde aufstellt - dank des perfekten Zusammenspiels von Mensch und Technik", so Karl Achleitner.

Weitere Details zu Valmets Lieferung
Das Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) nutzt 8K-Kameras, die neue KI-gestützte Informationen liefern, um die Entstehung von Bahndefekten zu reduzieren. Das umfangreiche Valmet IQ Bahnüberwachungssystem (WMS) mit 53 Kameras ermöglicht eine schnelle und einfache Ursachenanalyse von Bahnrissen. Die vollständige Integration in das Valmet DNA Automation System in Verbindung mit den Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) Anwendungen ermöglicht die volle Nutzung der verfügbaren Daten, um den Anwender schnell zu spezifischen Qualitäts- oder Runnability-Problemen zu führen und präventive Änderungen im Maschinenbetrieb zu ermöglichen, um die Maschineneffizienz und Produktqualität zu optimieren.
(Valmet Corporation)

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 31.03.2021

Valmet liefert Valmet IQ Moisturizer an DS Smith Contoire-Hamel in Frankreich  (Firmennews)

Valmet wird das Valmet IQ Moisturizer System (Foto) an DS Smith Contoire-Hamel im Norden Frankreichs liefern. Das neue System wird in der Papierfabrik von DS Smith Contoire-Hamel an der Papiermaschine PM1 installiert. Ziel der Investition ist es, das Feuchtigkeitsprofil des Kartons zu verbessern, um eine bessere Leistung der Wellpappe zu erreichen.

Der Auftrag wurde in den Auftragseingang von Valmet für das vierte Quartal 2020 aufgenommen. Die Lieferung ist bis Mitte April 2021 geplant.

"Wir freuen uns sehr, mit DS Smith zusammenzuarbeiten, um die Leistung der Fabrik mit dieser neuen Lieferung weiter zu verbessern. Unsere Erfahrung und die Ergebnisse der vorherigen Installation von Valmet IQ in der Anlage waren ein wichtiger Entscheidungsfaktor für den Kunden. Es ist großartig zu sehen, dass wir DS Smith mit diesem feuchtigkeitsbasierten Qualitätskontrollsystem helfen können, ihre Leistung weiter zu steigern", sagt Juha Lehtioksa, Produktmanager, Geschäftsbereich Automation, Valmet.

Technische Details zur Lieferung
Valmet IQ Moisturizer (IQ Moisturizer) ist die branchenweit fortschrittlichste Familie von Befeuchtungssystemen. Der Valmet IQ Moisturizer kombiniert versetzte Düsenreihen, patentierte Düsentechnologie und einen extrem präzisen elektromechanischen Aktuator, was sich im Prozess des Kunden als optimale Leistung, Zuverlässigkeit und Transparenz widerspiegelt. Die Anordnung der Düsenreihen und das Düsendesign garantieren eine vollständige Abdeckung der Bahn mit Präzision, um auch kleinere Feuchteprobleme zu korrigieren.

Zusammen mit dem hochpräzisen elektromechanischen Stellantrieb und der Valmet cd-Regelung kann die Verbesserung vorhergesagt und die Regelgeschwindigkeit und -genauigkeit optimiert werden. Das Design der Ventil- und Düsenströmungskanäle in Kombination mit der kontinuierlichen Positionsrückmeldung des Stellantriebs erhöht die Zuverlässigkeit des Systems und die Transparenz für die Bediener.

Die an DS Smith Contoire-Hamel zu liefernde Lösung umfasst 44 Stellantriebe, 44 Düsenbalken, 44 Stellantriebsschränke, eine Luftversorgungseinheit und eine Wasserversorgungseinheit.
(Valmet Corporation)

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 29.03.2021

Valmet erhält den dritten Tissue-Linienauftrag von Aktül Kagit Üretim Pazarlama in der Türkei  (Firmennews)

Valmet wird die dritte Tissue-Produktionslinie inklusive Stoffaufbereitung, Automatisierungssystem und einem Focus-Aufwickler an Aktül Kagit Üretim Pazarlama A.S., Türkei, liefern. Die neue Advantage DCT 200 Tissue-Linie wird in der Fabrik des Unternehmens in Pamukova, Provinz Sakarya in der Türkei, installiert. Die Inbetriebnahme ist für das zweite Quartal 2022 geplant.

Foto: Valmet wird eine dritte Advantage DCT Tissuelinie im Werk von Aktül Kagit in Pamukova, Türkei, installieren.

Der Auftrag ist in Valmets Auftragseingang des ersten Quartals 2021 enthalten. Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben.

Valmet hat bereits zwei Advantage DCT 200TS Tissue-Linien, die 2011 und 2016 in Betrieb genommen wurden, an die gleiche Fabrik geliefert.

"Seit der Inbetriebnahme unserer ersten Tissuemaschine haben wir hart daran gearbeitet, unsere Produktion und unseren Betrieb mit modernster Technologie kontinuierlich zu verbessern. Die Advantage DCT 200 Technologie von Valmet, einschließlich der flexiblen Advantage ViscoNip Presstechnologie, hat stark zu unserem Erfolg beigetragen. Es ist ein natürlicher Schritt für uns, unseren Weg gemeinsam mit Valmet und ihrem Team auch in diesem dritten Projekt fortzusetzen", sagt Sener Astan, General Manager, Aktül Kagit Üretim Pazarlama A.S.

"Wir freuen uns, unsere lange und fruchtbare Zusammenarbeit mit Aktül Kagit fortzusetzen und sie auf ihrem erfolgreichen Weg weiter zu unterstützen. Es ist immer ein Vergnügen, mit Unternehmen zusammenzuarbeiten, die nach der besten Technologie, intelligentem Mühlendesign und großartiger Teamarbeit streben", sagt Björn Magnus, Sales Director, Business Unit Tissue Mills, Valmet.

Technische Informationen zur Lieferung
Der Lieferumfang von Valmet wird eine komplette Tissue-Produktionslinie einschließlich Stoffaufbereitungssystem und eine Advantage DCT 200TS Tissuemaschine umfassen. Die Tissuemaschine wird mit einem OptiFlo II TIS Stoffauflauf, einer Advantage ViscoNip Presse in Kombination mit Advantage ReDry und einem Yankee-Zylinder aus Gusslegierung ausgestattet sein. Sie wird auch mit der Advantage Tissue-Technologie ausgestattet sein, einschließlich einer AirCap-Haube, einem WetDust-Staubmanagementsystem und einem SoftReel-Aufroller. Darüber hinaus wird ein Focus Reelite 25 ENS Aufwickler installiert. Die Stoffaufbereitung besteht aus OptiSlush Auflösern, OptiFiner Konusrefinern und OptiScreen Maschinensieben.

Projektabwicklungsleistungen wie komplettes Engineering, Montageüberwachung, Schulung, Inbetriebnahme und Inbetriebsetzung sind ebenfalls in der Lieferung enthalten. Darüber hinaus umfasst die Lieferung das Valmet DNA Automation System und das Valmet IQ Quality Control System mit Online-Weichheits- und Kreppmessung.

Mit einer Breite von 5,6 m und einer Konstruktionsgeschwindigkeit von 2.200 m/min wird die neue Linie die derzeitige Produktion von Aktül Kagit um 70.000 Tonnen pro Jahr an hochwertigen Gesichts-, Taschentuch-, Toiletten- und Handtuchqualitäten erweitern. Das Rohmaterial für die neue Linie wird Frischfaser sein. Die Produktionslinie wird optimiert, um Energie zu sparen und die Qualität des Endprodukts zu verbessern.
(Valmet Corporation)

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 26.03.2021

Valmet verbessert die Produktion von Containerkarton mit Valmet IQ Quality Control System ...  (Firmennews)

...und IQ Moisturizer an die Zellstoff- und Papierfabrik Arkhangelsk in Russland

Valmet wird das Valmet IQ Qualitätskontrollsystem und den Valmet IQ Moisturizer an die Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill, Jsc, in Novodvinsk, Russland, liefern. Das neue System wird an Bord der Maschine BM1 installiert, um die Gesamtqualität des Kartons und das Feuchtequerprofil zu verbessern und damit die Produktivität und Rentabilität im Betrieb zu erhöhen.

Der Auftrag wurde in Valmets Auftragseingang des vierten Quartals 2020 aufgenommen. Die Auslieferung wird im zweiten Quartal 2021 erfolgen.

Der Kunde arbeitet bereits seit vielen Jahren erfolgreich mit Valmet zusammen und ist mit dem Produkt- und Lösungsportfolio von Valmet vertraut. Der Kunde war mit dem professionellen Team und dem effizienten technischen Support von Valmet sehr zufrieden.

"Dank der hervorragenden Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kunden konnten wir Daten aus der Produktionslinie nutzen und die Ausgangssituation mit Valmet IQ Moisturizer simulieren und gemeinsam feststellen, welche Art von Lösung dem Kunden am besten helfen würde, sein Endergebnis zu verbessern", sagt Dmitri Troshin, Sales Director, Russia, Automation, Valmet.

Technische Informationen zur Lieferung
Die Lieferung von Valmet für die Zellstoff- und Papierfabrik Arkhangelsk besteht aus dem Qualitätskontrollsystem Valmet IQ mit Scanner und den dazugehörigen Mess- und Regelgeräten. Durch die genaueren Daten und die neue Steuerungstechnologie kann die Maschine viel besser als bisher gesteuert werden, was zu einer verbesserten Maschinenleistung und Endproduktqualität führt.

Das Valmet IQ Moisturizer System kombiniert versetzte Düsenreihen, patentierte Düsentechnologie und einen extrem präzisen elektromechanischen Aktuator, was sich im Kundenprozess als optimale Leistung, Zuverlässigkeit und Transparenz widerspiegelt. Die Anordnung der Düsenreihen und das Düsendesign garantieren eine vollständige Abdeckung der Bahn mit hoher Präzision, um auch kleinere Feuchteprobleme zu korrigieren. Zusammen mit dem hochpräzisen elektromechanischen Stellantrieb und der Valmet IQ CD (cross-directional) Steuerung kann die Verbesserung vorhergesagt und die Regelgeschwindigkeit sowie die Genauigkeit optimiert werden. Das Design der Ventil- und Düsenströmungskanäle in Kombination mit der kontinuierlichen Positionsrückmeldung des Stellantriebs erhöht die Zuverlässigkeit des Systems bei gleichzeitiger Transparenz für die Bediener.
(Valmet Corporation)

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 19.03.2021

Veränderung in Valmets Führungsteam  (Firmennews)

Herr Petri Paukkunen (B.Sc., Eng.) wurde mit Wirkung zum 1. April 2021 zum Area President, Asia Pacific Area bei Valmet ernannt. Petri Paukkunen ist derzeit als Vice President der Business Unit (BU) Board and Paper Mills in Valmets Geschäftsfeld Papier tätig. Er wird Mitglied von Valmets Executive Team und berichtet an Präsident und CEO Pasi Laine.

Petri Paukkunen ist ein Fachmann für Vertrieb und allgemeines Management, der seine Karriere bei Valmet 1991 begann. Er verfügt über einen umfangreichen Hintergrund in der Entwicklung von Prozesstechnologien für die Karton- und Papierproduktion, im Produktmanagement sowie im Vertriebs- und Kundenbeziehungsmanagement. In den vergangenen Jahren hat Petri Paukkunen erfolgreich Valmets größte Geschäftseinheit für Prozesstechnologie, die BU Karton und Papierfabriken, aufgebaut und mehr als 1.200 Fachleute weltweit geleitet.

Wie Valmet bereits angekündigt hat, wird der derzeitige Area President Asien-Pazifik, Jukka Tiitinen, zum 1. April 2021 als Area President Nordamerika in die USA zurückkehren und als Mitglied des Valmet Executive Teams weiterhin an den Präsidenten und CEO Pasi Laine berichten.

"Ich heiße Petri Paukkunen herzlich in unserem Executive Team willkommen, um Valmets Wachstum und Kundenbeziehungen im asiatisch-pazifischen Raum weiter zu stärken. Ich freue mich, dass wir intern einen Nachfolger für diese anspruchsvolle Position finden konnten. Petri ist ein langjähriger Valmeteer, der schon seit Jahrzehnten im Unternehmen tätig ist. In den letzten Jahren hat er Valmets größte Geschäftseinheit für Prozesstechnologie erfolgreich geleitet und ausgebaut. Mit seiner langjährigen Erfahrung in anspruchsvollen, globalen Positionen bei Valmet verfügt Petri über einen ausgezeichneten Hintergrund, um unsere Asien-Pazifik-Region zu leiten und weiter auszubauen", sagt Pasi Laine, Präsident und CEO von Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #129002
 11.03.2021

Valmet stellt sein Klimaprogramm vor - Vorwärts in eine klimaneutrale Zukunft  (Firmennews)

Valmet stellte sein Klimaprogramm - Forward to a carbon neutral future - im Rahmen des Capital Markets Day des Unternehmens vor. Das Programm setzt Valmets umfassende Arbeit für Nachhaltigkeit fort.

Das Klimaprogramm von Valmet umfasst ehrgeizige CO₂-Emissionsreduktionsziele und konkrete Maßnahmen für die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette, einschließlich Valmets eigener Betriebe, der Lieferkette und der Nutzung von Valmets Technologien durch seine Kunden. Das Programm ist auf den 1,5-Grad-Pfad des Pariser Klimaabkommens und die Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung der Vereinten Nationen abgestimmt, und Valmet ist dabei, seine Klimaziele zur Validierung an die Science Based Targets Initiative zu senden.

Valmets eigener Betrieb macht etwa 1 Prozent des Kohlenstoff-Fußabdrucks der Wertschöpfungskette des Unternehmens aus, und etwa 4 Prozent entstehen durch Valmets Lieferkette. Valmet hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, bis 2030 80 Prozent der CO₂-Emissionen im eigenen Betrieb und 20 Prozent in der Lieferkette zu reduzieren. Valmet strebt an, die Klimaziele des eigenen Betriebs ohne Emissionsausgleich zu erreichen.

Da der größte Teil des CO₂-Fußabdrucks in der Wertschöpfungskette von Valmet aus der Nutzungsphase der Valmet-Technologien stammt, unterstreicht das Programm die aktuelle und zukünftige Fähigkeit von Valmet, seinen Kunden eine zu 100 Prozent CO₂-neutrale Produktion zu ermöglichen. Valmet hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, bis zum Jahr 2030 eine kohlenstoffneutrale Produktion für alle Kunden in der Zellstoff- und Papierindustrie zu ermöglichen. Dazu muss das Unternehmen sowohl neue Technologien entwickeln, die eine fossilfreie Zellstoff- und Papierproduktion ermöglichen, als auch die Energieeffizienz seines derzeitigen Technologieangebots bis zum Jahr 2030 um 20 Prozent weiter verbessern. Schon heute sind die Zellstofffabriken der Kunden, die Valmets Technologien einsetzen, oft zu über 100 Prozent bioenergieautark. Darüber hinaus ermöglicht Valmets aktuelles Angebot an Bioenergiekesseln eine zu 100 Prozent fossilfreie Wärme- und Stromerzeugung.

"Der Klimawandel und die globale Erwärmung sind bedeutende Herausforderungen, die die Unternehmen zu einer raschen Umstellung und Reduzierung ihrer Kohlendioxidemissionen zwingen. Wir glauben, dass Technologie eine Schlüsselrolle bei der Abschwächung des Klimawandels und der globalen Erwärmung sowie beim Übergang zu einer kohlenstoffneutralen Wirtschaft spielt. Unser Klimaprogramm deckt die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette ab. Mit konkreten Maßnahmen werden wir unseren eigenen Kohlenstoff-Fußabdruck deutlich reduzieren und unsere Lieferanten dabei unterstützen, dasselbe zu tun. Valmet ist auch fest entschlossen, der bevorzugte Partner für unsere Kunden auf ihrem Weg zur Klimaneutralität zu sein", sagt Pasi Laine, Präsident und CEO von Valmet.

Valmet wurde für seine Maßnahmen und Strategien zur Eindämmung des Klimawandels anerkannt, indem das Unternehmen seit 2016 die Führungsposition im Ranking des CDP-Klimaprogramms innehat. Außerdem ist Valmet seit 2014 in den Dow Jones Sustainability Indizes vertreten.
(Valmet Corporation)

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 10.03.2021

Valmet liefert wichtige Zellstofftechnologie an Nine Dragons in China  (Firmennews)

Valmet hat mehrere Zellstofftechnologie-Aufträge von Nine Dragons für seine Zellstoffwerke in China erhalten. Die Lieferungen umfassen Faserlinien und Kernkomponenten für Rückgewinnungskessel und Kalköfen. Die Lieferungen erfolgen in Phasen und die Inbetriebnahmen sind für 2022 und 2023 geplant.

Foto: Die Lieferung von Valmet umfasst die neueste Valmet Continuous Cooking Technologie und Schlüsseltechnologie für zwei Hochleistungs-Rückgewinnungskessel

Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben. Ein Projekt dieser Größe und dieses Umfangs hat jedoch üblicherweise einen Wert von ca. 100 Mio. EUR. Der Auftrag wurde in Valmets Auftragseingang des vierten Quartals 2020 aufgenommen.

"Wir bei Nine Dragons entwickeln unser Produktionsportfolio und bauen Zellstofffabriken, um unsere neuen und bestehenden Papiermaschinen mit hochwertigem Rohmaterial zu versorgen. Wir haben uns für Valmet aufgrund der guten bisherigen Erfahrungen und der Fähigkeit, unsere Anforderungen zu erfüllen, entschieden", sagt MC Liu, CEO, Nine Dragons Paper Ltd.

"Valmet hat eine lange und gute Beziehung zu Nine Dragons mit der Lieferung von verschiedenen Papiermaschinen. Wir freuen uns über die Zusammenarbeit bei der Lieferung von Zellstofftechnologie, die den Kundenbedarf an Hochkappa-Kochern für die Produktion von Verpackungssorten sowie an zuverlässiger und effizienter Rückgewinnungstechnologie erfüllt", sagt Bertel Karlstedt, President, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

Technische Details zur Lieferung
Die Lieferung von Valmet umfasst sechs Faserlinien, zwei Rückgewinnungskessel und zwei Kalköfen.

Die Faserlinien werden Nine Dragons die Flexibilität geben, verschiedene Zellstoffsorten zu produzieren. Die neuen Faserlinien bieten Möglichkeiten zur Optimierung der Zellstoffeigenschaften bei geringerem Energie- und Holzverbrauch. Dadurch erreicht Nine Dragons eine hervorragende Ressourceneffizienz. Die Lieferungen umfassen die Technologien Valmet Continuous Cooking G3, Valmet Screening, Valmet Refiner und Valmet Washing.

Die beiden Hochleistungs-Rückgewinnungskessel haben eine Kapazität von jeweils 2.300 Tonnen Trockensubstanz (tDS) pro Tag. Die Kessel sind für hohe Energie- und Stromerzeugungseffizienz, geringe Emissionen und hohe Verfügbarkeit ausgelegt. Die Kessel beinhalten auch die Verbrennung von nicht kondensierbarem Gas (NCG). Darüber hinaus umfasst die Lieferung fortschrittliche Automatisierungsfunktionen wie den Valmet Recovery Boiler Optimizer und den Valmet Recovery Analyzer.

Die beiden Kalköfen haben eine Kapazität von je 420 Tonnen Branntkalk pro Tag. Die Kalkofensysteme sind mit Valmet-Kalkschlamm-Scheibenfiltern, Valmet-Schnelltrocknern, Valmet-Drehkühlern und Valmet-Brennern ausgestattet. Die Kalköfen sind für eine lange Lebensdauer ausgelegt und haben den höchsten Wirkungsgrad auf dem Markt, um den Brennstoffverbrauch zu minimieren. Die Lieferung umfasst auch Baustellenservice und Valmet-Kalkofenkameras.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128912
 04.03.2021

Valmet liefert Anlagen zur Herstellung von gestrichenem Karton und Feinpapier sowie eine ...  (Firmennews)

... Anlage zur Herstellung von chemisch-thermomechanischem Zellstoff (BCTMP) an Fujian Liansheng in China

Valmet wird eine Faltschachtelkartonproduktionslinie (BM 1), eine Feinpapierproduktionslinie (PM 3) und eine Produktionslinie für gebleichten chemothermischen Holzstoff (BCTMP) an Liansheng Pulp & Paper (Zhangzhou) in Zhangzhou, Provinz Fujian, China, liefern. Die Linien werden an ein neues Werk in Zhangzhou geliefert, das letztendlich eine Gesamtkapazität von 3,9 Millionen Tonnen Zellstoff und Papier pro Jahr haben wird. Die Inbetriebnahmen von BM 1, PM 3 und BCTMP-Linie sind für das dritte Quartal 2022 geplant.

Die Aufträge für BM 1 und PM 3 sind in Valmets Auftragseingang des ersten Quartals 2021 enthalten. Die Bestellung der BCTMP-Linie ist in Valmets Auftragseingang des vierten Quartals 2020 enthalten.

Der Auftragswert der Aufträge wird nicht bekannt gegeben. Die Aufträge, die dem Lieferumfang der BM 1 und PM 3 entsprechen, summieren sich auf ca. 190-220 Mio. Euro, und der Auftragswert für einen Auftrag, der dem Lieferumfang der BCTMP-Linie entspricht, liegt typischerweise bei ca. 10-20 Mio. Euro.

"Valmet wurde als Lieferant für die BM 1, die PM 3 und die BCTMP-Linie aufgrund der geringeren Umweltbelastung, der niedrigen Betriebskosten, der guten Referenzmühlen und der guten langfristigen Zusammenarbeit ausgewählt. Wir schätzten die Tatsache, dass Valmet über eine starke Referenzbasis sowohl für gestrichene Karton- als auch für Papierherstellungslinien verfügt, ein Beispiel ist die erfolgreich in Betrieb genommene PM 10 von Fujian Liansheng. Für die BCTMP ist dies unsere erste BCTMP-Anlage und sie wird eine sehr große Kapazität haben. Vor dieser Investition haben wir viele Untersuchungen zur Konzeptauswahl und technischen Bewertung durchgeführt", sagt Rongjun Xue, Vice General Manager, Liansheng Paper.

"Bei den Linien BM 1 und PM 3 waren die energieeffiziente Technologie von Valmet und gute Referenzen, wie z.B. die Markt-Benchmark-Maschine Ningbo PM 4, definitiv Schlüsselaspekte bei der Entscheidung von Liansheng. Wir haben viele Gespräche mit dem Kunden geführt, u.a. über Rohstofftypen, Eigenschaften des Endprodukts, zukünftige Überlegungen zur Zellstoff- und Papierbilanz sowie zur Chemikalien- und Energiebilanz. Unsere BCTMP-Lösung entspricht in jeder Hinsicht den Anforderungen des Kunden und das hochmoderne Konzept mit niedrigen Betriebskosten hilft ihm, seine Wettbewerbsposition auf dem zukünftigen Markt zu sichern", sagt Xiangdong Zhu, Area President, China, Valmet.

Technische Informationen zu Valmets Lieferung für BM 1 und PM 3
Valmet liefert sowohl für die BM 1 als auch für die PM 3 eine große Anzahl von Valmet Conical Refiner Conflo Refinern, um bessere Refinerergebnisse für Frischfasern zu erzielen. Die Lieferung für BM 1 umfasst eine Hochgeschwindigkeitslinie zur Herstellung von beschichtetem Karton von der Ausschussabholung bis zur Aufrollung und Wicklung. Auf den dreilagigen Basiskarton werden vier Streichschichten mit OptiCoat Jet Streichstationen aufgetragen, gefolgt von einer Reihe von OptiDry Coat Lufttrocknungseinheiten, OptiDry Chill Bahnkühlung und einem OptiCalender Soft Kalander, um sehr hochwertige Oberflächeneigenschaften zu erzielen. Valmets Lieferung für die PM 3 wird eine Hochgeschwindigkeits-Feinpapierlinie von der Ausschuss-Sammlung bis zur Aufrollung und den Rollenschneidern umfassen.

Beide Maschinen werden über ein umfangreiches Prozessbelüftungssystem für die Kartonmaschine mit der Hochfeuchthaube OptiAir Hood und dem Wärmerückgewinnungssystem OptiAir Recovery verfügen. Die Gemeinsamkeiten setzen sich nach dem Aufwickeln fort: Transferschienen, der Mutterrollenwagen OptiCart Stream und zwei Doppeltragwalzenroller OptiWin Drum sorgen für ein sicheres und leistungsfähiges Mutterrollenhandling und -wickeln.

Die Lieferungen umfassen eine breite Palette von Automatisierungslösungen mit dem Valmet DNA-Automatisierungssystem für die Maschinensteuerung sowie Runnability- und Zustandsüberwachung, Bahnüberwachungs- und Bahninspektionssysteme und die Qualitätsmanagementlösung Valmet IQ. Die Lieferung für die PM 1 wird außerdem durch die Valmet RM3 Retentionsmessung und den Valmet WEM Nasspartieanalysator ergänzt. Zu den Lieferungen gehören auch umfassende Valmet-Papiermaschinenbespannungen, Ersatzteile und Verbrauchsmaterialpakete.

Die 8.850 mm breite (Sieb-)Kartonmaschine (BM 1) wird Faltschachtelkartonsorten mit einem Flächengewichtsbereich von 210-350 g/m² und einer Konstruktionsgeschwindigkeit von 1.400 m/min produzieren. Die Tageskapazität wird über 4.100 Tonnen betragen. Die 11.150 mm breite (Sieb-)Papiermaschine (PM 3) wird hochwertige holzfreie ungestrichene Papiere (WFU) mit einem Flächengewichtsbereich von 50-100 g/m² und einer Konstruktionsgeschwindigkeit von 1.800 m/min produzieren. Die Tageskapazität wird über 1.800 Tonnen betragen.

Technische Informationen zu Valmets Lieferung für BCTMP
Die BCTMP-Linie von Valmet ist in die Faltschachtelkarton-Produktionslinie integriert. Die Lieferung von Valmet umfasst die Hauptausrüstung für die BCTMP-Linie einschließlich der weltweit führenden RGP CD-82-Refiner und der TwinRoll-Waschpressentechnologie. Der Lieferumfang umfasst Engineering, Beschaffung und Baustellenüberwachung (EPS). Schulungen, Baustellenservice und entsprechende Ersatzteile sind ebenfalls Teil des Lieferumfangs.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128784
 22.02.2021

Valmet liefert alle wichtigen Prozessinseln und die Automatisierung für das Bioproduktwerk Kemi...  (Firmennews)

... von Metsä Fibre in Finnland

Bild: Valmet wird den gesamten Produktionsprozess vom Holzhandling bis zur Ballenpressung sowie das Automatisierungssystem für Metsä Fibres Kemi Bioproduktefabrik in Finnland liefern.

Valmet und Metsä Fibre, ein Unternehmen der Metsä Group, haben einen Vertrag über die Lieferung der Schlüsseltechnologie abgeschlossen, der alle wichtigen Prozessinseln und Automatisierungssysteme für die Bioproduktfabrik Kemi von Metsä Fibre in Finnland umfasst. Das neue Bioproduktwerk wird eine jährliche Zellstoffproduktionskapazität von 1,5 Millionen Tonnen haben und darüber hinaus verschiedene andere Bioprodukte herstellen. Die Inbetriebnahme der neuen, komplett fossilfreien Fabrik ist für das dritte Quartal 2023 geplant.

Der Auftrag ist in Valmets Auftragseingang des ersten Quartals 2021 enthalten. Der Wert des Auftrags, der die von Valmet gelieferte Kernausrüstung umfasst, liegt bei etwa 350-400 Mio. EUR.

"Wir wollen, dass die besten Fachleute auf ihrem Gebiet mit uns zusammenarbeiten, um eine moderne Bioproduktfabrik in Kemi zu bauen. Wir erwarten von unseren Partnern, dass sie sich in Bezug auf Sicherheit, Zeitplan und Qualität an die Ziele des Projekts halten. Valmet arbeitet nach diesen Grundsätzen und ist in der Lage, unsere Bioproduktfabrik mit der besten verfügbaren Technologie (BAT) zu beliefern. Die Schwefelsäureanlage stellt beispielsweise eine noch fortschrittlichere Technologie dar. Die sehr hohe Umwelteffizienz der Mühle wird durch die Kombination des Fachwissens unserer Mitarbeiter und der Technologie der Mühle erreicht", sagt Jari-Pekka Johansson, Projektleiter der Bioproduktfabrik bei Metsä Fibre.

"Die Bioproduktfabrik Kemi ist eine bahnbrechende Investition, für die die Metsä Group die ökologisch effizientesten und nachhaltigsten Lösungen gewählt hat. Valmet liefert alle wichtigen technologischen Prozesse für die Mühle und bietet alle Vorteile unseres innovativen Komplettangebots, bestehend aus Prozesstechnologie, Automatisierung und Dienstleistungen. Die Lösungen stehen für eine führende Nachhaltigkeitsleistung mit minimierten Emissionen und mit der effizienten Nutzung von Nebenströmen. So wird zum Beispiel die Schwefelsäure, die in den Prozessen der Mühle verwendet wird, aus den Geruchsgasen der Mühle hergestellt", sagt Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President Pulp and Energy bei Valmet.

"Das fortschrittliche werksweite Automatisierungssystem der Mühle wird mit unserer neuesten Technologie geliefert. Die innovative, webbasierte Valmet DNA-Benutzeroberfläche wird das Herzstück für die intelligente Steuerung des Betriebs und der Wartung der Fabrik bilden. Sie ermöglicht eine effiziente Zusammenarbeit, da die Werksteams unabhängig von ihrem Standort jederzeit sicher auf relevante Informationen zugreifen können. Zum Lieferumfang gehören auch integrierte industrielle Internetanwendungen, die zur Optimierung der Produktionseffizienz der Mühle beitragen", sagt Sami Riekkola, Automation Business Line President bei Valmet.

Komplette Fabriklieferung
Valmet liefert den kompletten Produktionsprozess vom Holzhandling bis zur Ballenpressung, der sowohl für die Produktion von Weich- als auch von Hartholz-Zellstoff ausgelegt ist, sowie das Automatisierungssystem für die gesamte Fabrik, einschließlich der Funktionen aus Valmets Industrial Internet (VII) Angebot. Darüber hinaus liefert Valmet als Teil des Projekts einen Umbau der bestehenden Faserlinie.

Die Projektlieferung von Valmet umfasst das Engineering und die Lieferung der Hauptprozessausrüstung sowie das Management von Bau und Inbetriebnahme, teilweise mit einem Open-Book-Liefermodell. Der Anteil des finnischen Ursprungs am Projekt wird auf über 60 % geschätzt.

"Die Lieferung wird einen bedeutenden Einfluss auf die Beschäftigung bei Valmet und seinen Unterauftragnehmern haben, insbesondere in Finnland. Es wird erwartet, dass die Projektlieferung von Valmet einen Beschäftigungseffekt von etwa 800 Mannjahren haben wird, davon etwa 500 Mannjahre in Finnland. Sicherheit, enge Zusammenarbeit und offene Kommunikation sind die wichtigsten Erfolgsfaktoren, um sicherzustellen, dass wir die gemeinsamen Qualitäts-, Termin- und Kostenziele erreichen", sagt Risto Hokajärvi, Projektleiter, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Technische Details der Lieferung von Valmet
Die Fabrik wird mit führender Prozesstechnologie und den modernsten Automatisierungssystemen ausgestattet. Valmets Lieferung umfasst die Holzaufbereitung, die Koch- und Faserlinie, die Zellstofftrocknung und -ballenpressung, die Eindampfung, den Rückgewinnungskessel, die Rekaustifizierung, den Kalkofen, den Biomassetrockner, den Vergaser, die Aschekristallisation, die werksweite Lösung für die Behandlung nicht kondensierbarer Gase (NCG) und die Elektrofilter (ESP) für den Rückgewinnungskessel und den Kalkofen. Valmet wird auch die Schwefelsäureanlage mit einem erweiterten Lieferumfang einschließlich Bau liefern. Darüber hinaus wird Valmet den Umbau der bestehenden Faserlinie einschließlich neuer Hackschnitzelbeschickungs- und Waschsysteme liefern.

Die Holzaufbereitung umfasst eine Rundholzbeschickung mit Enteisung, Entrindung, Zerspanung, Rundholzwäsche, Sand- und Steinentfernungsanlage, Hackschnitzellager sowie Rinden- und Wasseraufbereitung. Der neue Holzraum produziert Hackschnitzel sowohl für die neue als auch für die modernisierte Faserlinie. Das System ist auf geringe Holzverluste, eine hervorragende und gleichmäßige Hackschnitzelqualität sowie eine hohe Verfügbarkeit und einfache Wartung ausgelegt.

Die Faserlinie umfasst die neueste Generation von Valmets Continuous-Cooking-Technologie G3 und TwinRoll-Waschpressen, um eine hervorragende Energieeffizienz, eine hohe Qualität des Endprodukts und eine hohe Umweltverträglichkeit mit niedrigen Abwassermengen und CSB-Werten (chemischer Sauerstoffbedarf) zu erreichen.

Die Zellstofftrocknungs- und Ballenpressenlinie verfügt über viele fortschrittliche Funktionen, um einen sicheren und einfachen Betrieb zu gewährleisten und in Kombination mit speziellen Automatisierungs- und Steuerungssystemen einen effizienten Betrieb zu ermöglichen, der nur minimale menschliche Eingriffe erfordert.

Die Rückgewinnungsanlage, einschließlich Weißlaugenanlage, Eindampfung, Rückgewinnungskessel und Aschekristallisation, ist zusammen mit der werksweiten NCG-Behandlung und ESPs auf hohe Energieeffizienz und minimale Emissionen ausgelegt. Der Rückgewinnungskessel verfügt über moderne Hochleistungsfunktionen und die Energieeffizienz der Mühle wird durch die Energieintegration zwischen Verdampfungs- und Kochprozessen weiter verbessert. Die Elektrofilter sind für den Betrieb der Bioproduktmühle optimiert, um eine hohe Verfügbarkeit und sehr geringe Staubemissionen bei schweren Prozessbedingungen zu erreichen. Der Kalkofen ist frei von fossilen Brennstoffen und verwendet Produktgas, das aus getrockneter und vergaster Rinde hergestellt wird, als Brennstoff.

Die werksweite Automatisierung umfasst das Valmet DNA-Steuerungssystem, das Plant Information Management System, Advanced Process Controls (APC), Analysatoren und Online-Messungen sowie spezielle Systeme für den Zellstofftrockner. Zu den Funktionen des Valmet Industrial Internet gehören Simulatoren und Optimierer für ausgewählte Prozessinseln sowie die Anbindung an das Valmet Performance Center.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128647
 10.02.2021

Valmet liefert Dampfprofiler und Condition-Monitoring-Lösung sowie Dienstleistungen an ...  (Firmennews)

... Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Co. in China

Valmet wird Valmet IQ Steam Profiler (Foto) und Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring Systeme mit Zustandsüberwachungsanalyse und Diagnoseservice an Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Co., Ltd. in China liefern. Die Systeme werden an den Papiermaschinen PM12 und PM16 von Jingxing Paper installiert, um ein effektives Feuchteprofilmanagement und eine vorausschauende Zustandsüberwachung zu ermöglichen sowie die Produktivität und die Qualität des Endprodukts zu verbessern.

Der Auftrag wurde in Valmets Auftragseingang des vierten Quartals 2020 aufgenommen. Die Auslieferung wird im ersten Quartal 2021 erfolgen.

"Valmet ist einer unserer strategischen Partner und wir haben eine gute Zusammenarbeit mit ihnen gehabt. Wir glauben, dass die Automatisierungslösungen und die innovative Technologie von Valmet uns helfen werden, die Produktionssicherheit zu erhöhen und die Produktqualität zu verbessern", sagt Xiaodong Qian, General Manager, Abteilung Industriepapier, Jingxing Paper.

"Wir freuen uns, dass sich Jingxing Paper für unsere Lösungen entschieden hat, um die Produktivität und Leistung ihrer Anlage zu verbessern. Das Valmet DNA-Maschinenüberwachungssystem und unsere neue Benutzeroberfläche werden adäquate Maschineninformationen liefern und einen Schwingungsanalyse- und Diagnoseservice über die Valmet Industrial Internet-Fernverbindung ermöglichen", sagt Liang Zhou, Sales Manager, China, Automation, Valmet.

Informationen über Valmets Lieferung
Der Valmet IQ Steam Profiler ist ein Mehrzonen-Dampfkammersystem, das durch seinen elektromechanischen Stellantrieb mit Positionsrückmeldung eine einzigartige Profilierungsgenauigkeit bietet. Er verfügt über eine fortschrittliche Dampfinjektionstechnologie, die die Effizienz der Dampfabsorption und den Temperaturanstieg maximiert, um eine höhere Trockenheit nach der Presse zu erreichen.

Valmet-Zustandsüberwachungslösungen liefern Echtzeit-Informationen über den Maschinenzustand für eine effektive Planung und Terminierung von Wartungsarbeiten.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128599
 09.02.2021

Finanzbericht von Valmet vom 1. Januar bis 31. Dezember 2020: Der Nettoumsatz betrug ...  (Firmennews)

...EUR 3.740 Mio. und das vergleichbare EBITA stieg auf EUR 365 Mio. im Jahr 2020

Oktober-Dezember 2020: Auftragseingang gesunken und vergleichbares EBITA gestiegen
-Auftragseingang sank um 7 Prozent auf 940 Mio. EUR (1.009 Mio. EUR).
-Der Auftragseingang stieg in der Business Line Papier, blieb in der Business Line Automation auf Vorjahresniveau und sank in den Business Lines Services sowie Zellstoff und Energie.
-Der Auftragseingang stieg in China und Asien-Pazifik, während er in Südamerika, EMEA (Europa, Naher Osten und Afrika) und Nordamerika zurückging.
-Der Nettoumsatz stieg um 6 Prozent auf 1.167 Millionen Euro (1.103 Millionen Euro).
-Der Umsatz stieg im Geschäftsbereich Papier, blieb in den Geschäftsbereichen Services und Automation auf Vorjahresniveau und ging im Geschäftsbereich Zellstoff und Energie zurück.
-Vergleichbares Ergebnis vor Zinsen, Steuern und Amortisation (Comparable EBITA) lag bei 146 Mio. Euro (118 Mio. Euro), die entsprechende vergleichbare EBITA-Marge bei 12,5 Prozent (10,7 %).
-----Das vergleichbare EBITA erhöhte sich aufgrund höherer Umsatzerlöse und niedrigerer Vertriebs- und Verwaltungskosten (SG&A).
-Gewinn je Aktie betrug 0,67 Euro (0,54 Euro).
-Einflüsse auf die Vergleichbarkeit beliefen sich auf 0 Mio. EUR (1 Mio. EUR).
-Der Cashflow aus laufender Geschäftstätigkeit betrug 114 Mio. EUR (182 Mio. EUR).

Januar-Dezember 2020: Vergleichbares EBITA gestiegen
-Auftragseingang sank um 8 Prozent auf 3.653 Mio. EUR (3.986 Mio. EUR).
-Der Auftragseingang blieb in der Business Line Papier auf Vorjahresniveau und ging in den Business Lines Zellstoff und Energie, Services und Automatisierung zurück.
-Der Auftragseingang stieg in China und sank in Südamerika, Nordamerika, Asien-Pazifik und EMEA.
-Umsatz betrug 3.740 Mio. EUR (3.547 Mio. EUR).
-Umsatz stieg in den Geschäftsbereichen Papier, Zellstoff und Energie und blieb in den Geschäftsbereichen Automation und Services auf Vorjahresniveau.
-Vergleichbares Ergebnis vor Zinsen, Steuern und Amortisation (vergleichbares EBITA) lag bei 365 Mio. Euro (316 Mio. Euro), die entsprechende vergleichbare EBITA-Marge bei 9,8 Prozent (8,9%).
Das vergleichbare EBITA stieg aufgrund höherer Umsatzerlöse und geringerer SG&A-Kosten.
-Ergebnis je Aktie lag bei 1,54 EUR (1,35 EUR).
-Einflüsse auf die Vergleichbarkeit beliefen sich auf -10 Mio. EUR (-1 Mio. EUR).
-Der Cashflow aus laufender Geschäftstätigkeit betrug 532 Mio. EUR (295 Mio. EUR).

Vorschlag für die Dividende
Das Board of Directors schlägt der Hauptversammlung vor, eine Dividende von 0,90 Euro je Aktie auszuschütten. Die vorgeschlagene Dividende entspricht 58 Prozent des Nettoergebnisses.

Guidance für 2021
Valmet geht davon aus, dass der Umsatz im Jahr 2021 im Vergleich zu 2020 (3.740 Mio. Euro) und das vergleichbare EBITA im Jahr 2021 im Vergleich zu 2020 (365 Mio. Euro) auf dem Niveau des Vorjahres liegen wird.

Kurzfristiger Marktausblick
Valmet schätzt ein, dass sich die kurzfristigen Marktaussichten im Bereich Automation auf gut (vorher gut/befriedigend), die kurzfristigen Marktaussichten im Bereich Tissue auf gut (vorher befriedigend) und die kurzfristigen Marktaussichten im Bereich Energie auf schwach (vorher befriedigend) verbessert haben. Valmet bekräftigt die guten kurzfristigen Marktaussichten für Zellstoff sowie Karton und Papier und die befriedigenden/schwachen kurzfristigen Marktaussichten für Dienstleistungen.

Präsident und CEO Pasi Laine (Foto): Das vergleichbare EBITA stieg im siebten Jahr in Folge.
"Der Auftragseingang von Valmet belief sich im Jahr 2020 auf 3,65 Mrd. EUR. In der Sparte Papier blieb der Auftragseingang auf dem Vorjahresniveau von über EUR 1 Mrd., während er in den Geschäftsbereichen Zellstoff und Energie und Services zurückging. Der Auftragseingang im Bereich Automation, einschließlich der Paketverkäufe an Investitionsprojekte, blieb auf dem Niveau des Vorjahres. Während sich die COVID-19-bedingten Reisebeschränkungen und die geringere Kapazitätsauslastung in den grafischen Papierfabriken negativ auf den Auftragseingang von Services auswirkten, hatte die Pandemie keine größeren Auswirkungen auf das Kapitalgeschäft von Valmet. Besonders stark war die Marktaktivität in China, wo das Jahr 2020 ein Rekordjahr für Valmet war.

Unser Nettoumsatz belief sich 2020 auf 3,74 Mrd. EUR. Der Nettoumsatz stieg im Kapitalgeschäft und blieb im stabilen Geschäft auf dem Niveau des Vorjahres. Das vergleichbare EBITA stieg um 16 Prozent auf EUR 365 Millionen. Dies entspricht 9,8 Prozent des Nettoumsatzes und liegt damit nahe an unserem neuen Zielbereich von 10-12 Prozent. Unsere gesamte Organisation hat in diesem außergewöhnlichen Jahr gute Leistungen erbracht und neue Wege gefunden, um zu arbeiten. Es wurden viele neue digitale Tools und Lösungen für die Geschäftsabwicklung und den Service für unsere Kunden eingeführt, die auch nach der Pandemie zur Verbesserung der Prozesse bei Valmet und den Kunden eingesetzt werden können.

In den letzten Jahren ist Valmet seiner Akquisitionsstrategie gefolgt und hat gut durchdachte Akquisitionen mit einer klaren industriellen Logik getätigt. Im Jahr 2020 verstärkte Valmet sein Angebot an Karton- und Tissuetechnologie durch die Übernahme der PMP Group in Polen. Das Angebot der ehemaligen PMP an kleinen und mittelgroßen Tissuemaschinen und Umbauten von Karton- und Papiermaschinen ergänzt das Angebot von Valmet für breite und schnelle Maschinen und Umbauten. Im Juni 2020 erwarb Valmet einen 14,9-prozentigen Anteil an Neles und erhöhte seinen Anteil schrittweise auf 29,5 Prozent des Unternehmens. Der potenzielle Zusammenschluss von Valmet und Neles würde ein in Skandinavien ansässiges, weltweit führendes Unternehmen mit einem einzigartigen Angebot für die globale Prozessindustrie und mit hervorragendem Potenzial für eine langfristige Wertschöpfung für die Aktionäre schaffen.

Das Geschäft von Valmet wird von günstigen Megatrends unterstützt, wir haben einen soliden Auftragsbestand und konnten unsere Profitabilität seit der Abspaltung Ende 2013 jedes Jahr verbessern. Valmet geht aus einer guten Position in das Jahr 2021."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128552
 04.02.2021

Valmet bringt eine neue Klingenkonsistenzmessung für Zellstoff- und Papierhersteller ...  (Firmennews)

...auf den Markt

Valmet bringt eine neu gestaltete Valmet Klingenkonsistenzmessung (Valmet SP) für Zellstoff- und Papierhersteller auf den Markt. Mit neuester Technologie, neuer Benutzeroberfläche und patentiertem internen Erfassungsprinzip bietet der Messumformer weiterhin eine zuverlässige, genaue und kosteneffiziente Konsistenzmessung für alle Anwendungen.

Foto: Die überarbeitete Valmet Klingenkonsistenzmessung (Valmet SP) bietet zuverlässige Faserkonsistenzmessung für Zellstoff- und Papierhersteller.

"Valmet Klingenkonsistenz ist seit Jahrzehnten eine Standardkonsistenzmessung auf dem Markt. Wir wollen die gute Leistung und Zuverlässigkeit der vorherigen Generationen mit verbesserter Technologie und Benutzerfreundlichkeit fortführen. Indem wir alle guten Eigenschaften des alten Messumformers nutzten, entwickelten wir ein zuverlässigeres und einfacher zu bedienendes Gerät. Alle Entwicklungsentscheidungen wurden mit Blick auf Zuverlässigkeit, Genauigkeit und lange Lebensdauer getroffen", sagt Bengt Johansson, Produktmanager, Messprodukte, Geschäftszweig Automation, Valmet.

Kosteneffiziente Konsistenzmessung
Die Valmet Klingen-Konsistenzmessung ist eine wirtschaftliche Option mit einfacher Installation und geringem Wartungsbedarf. Mit modularem Aufbau und niedrigen Lebensdauerkosten bietet es zuverlässige Konsistenzmessungen ohne bewegliche Teile und ohne Bedarf an vorbeugender Wartung. Das neue patentierte Erfassungsprinzip mit berührungsloser Technologie sorgt für Zuverlässigkeit auch in der Zukunft.

Mit der Scherkraftmesstechnik und einem großen Portfolio an Messflügeln und Prozesskupplungen ist es möglich, Faserkonsistenzen im Bereich von 0,7 bis 16 Prozent in allen Arten von Anlagen im gesamten Zellstoffprozess zu messen.

Neue Benutzeroberfläche für verbesserte Bedienung
Inbetriebnahme, Kalibrierung und Bedienung wurden mit einer neuen Valmet Link-Benutzeroberfläche, einer flexiblen Plattform mit sicheren Fernverbindungsmöglichkeiten, verbessert. Mit grafischer Anzeige und klarer Menüstruktur sind Einrichtung und Bedienung schnell und einfach. Die intuitive Benutzeroberfläche und das größere Display ermöglichen eine einfachere Kalibrierung und geben einen besseren Überblick über die Kalibrierdaten. Die Benutzeroberfläche ist für verschiedene Kommunikationsprotokolle vorbereitet und kann für zukünftige Funktionalitäten aktualisiert werden.

Der Industriestandard in der Konsistenzmessung
Die Messtechnik von Valmet wurde erstmals 1954 patentiert, und seitdem ist die Valmet Blade Konsistenzmessung marktführend in der Branche. Im Laufe der Jahre hat sie sich in vielen Fabriken als Standard-Scherkraftmessung für die Faserkonsistenz durchgesetzt und ist die meistverkaufte Konsistenzmessung weltweit. Der Sensor der 4. Generation arbeitet immer noch nach dem gleichen Messprinzip und bietet weiterhin genaue und zuverlässige Faserkonsistenzmessung für alle Anwendungen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128503
 02.02.2021

Renewcell wählt Valmet als Hauptausrüster für die Textilrecyclinganlage Sundsvall in Schweden  (Firmennews)

Foto: Valmet liefert die Hauptausrüstung für Renewcells Recyclinganlage. Renewcell verarbeitet Baumwoll- und Viskosekleidung zu einem Zellstoff, der aus 100 % recycelten Textilien hergestellt wird. Bild: Alexander Donka

Renewcell und Valmet haben einen Vertrag unterzeichnet, wonach Valmet die Hauptausrüstung für die geplante Textilrecyclinganlage von Renewcell mit einer Kapazität von 60.000 Tonnen am Industriestandort Ortviken in Sundsvall, Schweden, liefern wird. Dies ist ein wichtiger Meilenstein bei der Errichtung der weltweit ersten kommerziellen Textilrecyclinganlage ihrer Art. Die neue Anlage von Renewcell in Ortviken soll in der ersten Hälfte des Jahres 2022 in Betrieb gehen.

Der Auftragswert beläuft sich auf rund 25 Mio. Euro. Der Auftrag ist in Valmets Auftragseingang des ersten Quartals 2021 enthalten.

"Wir haben einen strengen Auswahlprozess durchlaufen und sind überzeugt, dass Valmet der bestmögliche langfristige Partner für Renewcell bei unserer Mission ist, die globale Modeindustrie zu verändern. Mit einem vertrauenswürdigen Lieferanten wie Valmet, der die Kernausrüstung liefert, reduzieren wir das Projektrisiko und gewinnen einen engagierten Partner mit branchenführender Expertise. Wir freuen uns auf die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Valmet, um ein erstklassiges Konzept für eine Textilrecyclinganlage zusammenzustellen, das nicht nur in Ortviken, sondern weltweit eingeführt werden kann", kommentiert Patrik Lundström, CEO von Renewcell.

"Nachhaltiges Textilrecycling passt gut zu Valmets Mission, erneuerbare Ressourcen in nachhaltige Ergebnisse umzuwandeln. Ich bin sehr stolz darauf, dass Renewcell Valmet als Hauptlieferant für diese bahnbrechende Anlage ausgewählt hat. Unsere Teams haben bei der Entwicklung dieser Lösungen gut zusammengearbeitet, und ich freue mich sehr über dieses Ergebnis. Dies wird ein wichtiges Projekt und eine Schlüsselreferenz innerhalb dieses neuen Geschäftsbereichs sein, und wir freuen uns auf die weitere Zusammenarbeit mit Renewcell", sagt Bertel Karlstedt, Präsident des Geschäftsbereichs Pulp and Energy bei Valmet.

Erste Lieferung einer Textil-zu-Zellstoff-Anlage im industriellen Maßstab
Mit seinem patentierten Verfahren ist Renewcell in der Lage, zellulosehaltige Textilabfälle wie Baumwoll- und Viskosekleidung zu upcyceln und in ein Zellstoffprodukt namens Circulose® umzuwandeln, das aus 100 % recycelten Textilien hergestellt wird. Im Jahr 2018 eröffnete Renewcell eine Demonstrationsanlage in Kristinehamn, Schweden, die bis zu 4.500 Tonnen Circulose® pro Jahr produzieren kann. Die neue Anlage in Ortviken wird eine Kapazität von 60.000 Tonnen pro Jahr haben, mit der Möglichkeit, die Kapazität in Zukunft zu erhöhen.

"Durch den Ersatz von reinen Textilfasern wie Baumwolle durch Fasern, die aus Circulose® hergestellt werden, können Modemarken die Klima- und Umweltauswirkungen, die durch die Gewinnung von Rohstoffen und die Erzeugung von Modeabfällen entstehen, erheblich reduzieren. Wir sind für unsere Arbeit, Mode nachhaltiger zu machen, anerkannt worden. Erst kürzlich wurde Circulose® in die Liste der 100 besten Erfindungen 2020 des TIME Magazine aufgenommen", erzählt Patrik Lundström, CEO von Renewcell.

"Dieses Projekt ist ein hervorragendes Beispiel dafür, wie wir Valmets umfassendes Know-how in der Bio-, Zellstoff- und Papiertechnologie für das Textilrecycling nutzen können. In einem Projekt wie diesem ist Valmet nicht nur ein Technologielieferant, sondern dies ist eine gemeinsame Reise. Im vergangenen Jahr haben wir gemeinsam an der Feinabstimmung der Technologie für das Textilrecycling gearbeitet. Wir haben die Valmet-Pilotmaschinen in unseren schwedischen und finnischen F&E-Zentren genutzt, um Testläufe für die Verarbeitung von recyceltem Textilrohstoff zu Zellstoffplatten durchzuführen", erklärt Rickard Andersson, Vice President der Business Unit Fiber Processing bei Valmet.

Technische Informationen zum Auftrag
Valmet wird Prozessausrüstung für die Stoffaufbereitung, Bleiche und Trocknung liefern, die üblicherweise in hochmodernen Dissolving-Pulp-Großanlagen zum Einsatz kommt und speziell für dieses Projekt zugeschnitten ist. Die Lieferung von Valmet umfasst die Installation der Maschinenausrüstung, die Inbetriebnahme und den technischen Support. Ein wesentlicher Teil der Technologie wird in Sundsvall, Schweden, sowie in Tampere und Jyväskylä, Finnland, entwickelt und produziert. Bei der Zellstofftrocknungs- und Ballenpressenanlage handelt es sich um eine gebrauchte Anlage, die ursprünglich von Valmet an einen anderen Kunden geliefert wurde und nun in Frankreich demontiert und nach Schweden verschifft wird, mit der erforderlichen technischen Unterstützung und Installation durch Valmet am Standort Renewcell.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128423
 26.01.2021

Valmet und Anhui Shanying in China verlängern den einzigartigen Walzenservice- und ...  (Firmennews)

...Zustandsüberwachungsvertrag für weitere drei Jahre

Valmet und Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd. haben einen Vertrag über weitere drei Jahre für Valmets Walzenwartungs- und Zustandsüberwachungsdienstleistungen im Werk Anhui des Unternehmens in China unterzeichnet.

Die Dienstleistungen umfassen das Schleifen, Bergen und Rekonditionieren von Walzen, die Walzenzustandsüberwachung und Schwingungsanalyse für fünf Kartonmaschinen zusammen mit einer Untersuchung vor Ort und einer Fernanalyse und -diagnose per Valmet Industrial Internet durch Valmets Walzenexperten.

Die Walzenzustandsüberwachung mit Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring Systemen ist am Standort seit 2017 in Betrieb, als der erste Servicevertrag zur Walzenwartung und -zustandsüberwachung begann. Als Ergebnis der ursprünglichen Vereinbarung und der langfristigen Zusammenarbeit mit Valmet konnte das Walzwerk die Lebensdauer der Walzen verlängern und die ungeplanten Ausfallzeiten und das Nachschleifen von Walzen deutlich reduzieren.

"Die umfassende Schulung des Walzwerkspersonals für Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring, unterstützt von unseren Schwingungsexperten über eine sichere Datenverbindung, nutzt die Walzenzustandsüberwachungssysteme des Walzwerks voll aus. Der erweiterte Servicevertrag wird auch weiterhin sicherstellen, dass das Niveau der Anlagenwartung und des Anlagenmanagements an der Spitze der Branche liegt. Sie zeigt auch den Wert des Servicevertrags durch das Erreichen der gemeinsam festgelegten Ziele", sagt Shiming Xu, Service Director, China, Automation, Valmet.

Technische Informationen zu Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring und Valmet Industrial Internet Fernanalyse und -diagnose durch Valmet-Rollenexperten

Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring bietet Maschinen- und Walzenzustandsinformationen für Prozessbediener und Wartungspersonal über eine gemeinsame Benutzeroberfläche. Bediener werden sofort alarmiert, wenn die Gefahr eines Maschinen-/Walzenausfalls besteht, und Indikatoren für den Walzenzustand können bei laufenden Papiermaschinen leicht analysiert werden.

Über eine sichere Valmet-Industrial-Internet-Fernverbindung können Valmet-Experten ein vereinbartes Niveau an Ferndiagnoseunterstützung für Maschinenprobleme und Walzenwartungsentscheidungen bereitstellen. Der Aspekt der vorbeugenden Wartung von Valmets Walzenservice wird durch die kontinuierliche Zustandsüberwachung erheblich verbessert, um die Lebensdauer der Walzen zu verlängern, die Wartungsintervalle zu optimieren und Probleme mit Walzen oder Filzen zu erkennen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128322
 20.01.2021

Valmet liefert eine weitere OptiConcept M Behälterkartonanlage an Shanying Paper, ...  (Firmennews)

...Guangdong, in China

Valmet wird an Shanying Paper, Guangdong, im Werk Zhaoqing in China eine neue OptiConcept M Anlage (Foto) zur Herstellung von Containerkarton mit umfangreichen Automatisierungs- und Servicepaketen liefern. Die neue Kartonproduktionsanlage (PM 53) wird Testliner-Sorten produzieren und den Ausbau des Geschäfts von Shanying Paper in der Region Guangdong weiter vorantreiben. Die Inbetriebnahme der PM 53 ist für das erste Quartal 2022 geplant.

Der Auftrag ist in Valmets Auftragseingang des vierten Quartals 2020 enthalten. Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben.

Der neue Auftrag über die PM 53 folgt auf die im Oktober 2020 angekündigten Linienlieferungen von Valmets OptiConcept M an denselben Standort, die PM 52, sowie die bereits in Betrieb genommenen Shanying Huazhong PM 21 und PM 23. Darüber hinaus hat Valmet sechs weitere Kartonherstellungslinien an Shanying International geliefert.

"Die Kartonmaschinen PM 52 und PM 53 werden an einem komplett neuen Standort gebaut. Shanying Paper profitiert davon, dass es sich bei den Maschinen um Schwestermaschinen handeln wird, da das Personal gleichzeitig geschult werden kann und die Menge an z.B. Ersatzteilen und Ersatzwalzen optimiert werden kann", sagt Hannu Savonen, Sales Manager bei Valmet.

Technische Informationen zu Valmets Lieferung
Valmets Lieferung für die PM 53 ist der Lieferung der PM 52 sehr ähnlich und wird eine Hochgeschwindigkeitslinie für die Herstellung von Containerkarton von der Ausschuss-Sammlung bis zur Aufrollung und einem Wickler umfassen. OptiFlo Foudrinier-Stoffaufläufe, OptiFormer Multi-Forming-Sektion, OptiPress Center-Press-Sektion und OptiRun Single-Färbesektion sind zur Herstellung von hochwertigem Basiskarton enthalten. Es folgen ein OptiSizer Folienkalander, ein OptiCalender Hard-Kalander und ein OptiReel Linear-Aufroller kombiniert mit Übergabeschienen, ein OptiCart Stream Mutterrollenwagen und ein OptiWin Drum Zwei-Trommel-Wickler. Ein breites Spektrum an Prozessbelüftungssystemen für Kartonmaschinen ist ebenfalls enthalten.

Das umfangreiche Automatisierungspaket umfasst das Valmet DNA-Automatisierungssystem für die Prozess- und Antriebssteuerung sowie die Runnability- und Zustandsüberwachung und die Qualitätsmanagementlösung Valmet IQ. Die Lieferung umfasst auch ein umfassendes Valmet-Papiermaschinen-Bekleidungs-, Ersatzteil- und Verbrauchsmaterialpaket.

Die 9.300 mm breite (Sieb-)Kartonmaschine wird Testliner-Sorten produzieren. Die Konstruktionsgeschwindigkeit der Maschine wird 1.200 m/min betragen und die Tageskapazität liegt bei ca. 1.500 Tonnen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128305
 19.01.2021

Valmet liefert einen umfangreichen Umbau der Tissuemaschine an Metsä Tissue's Werk ...   (Firmennews)

...Mänttä in Finnland

Metsä Tissue hat Valmet als Lieferant für einen umfangreichen Umbau der Tissuemaschine PM 10, einschließlich des Steuerungssystems, im Werk Mänttä in Finnland ausgewählt. Die Investition ist Teil des Future Mill Programms mit dem Ziel, die Energie- und Produktionseffizienz der Fabrik zu verbessern und die Produktionskapazität zu erhöhen. Sie wird auch eine Verbesserung der Produktqualität ermöglichen, die den Erwartungen der Kunden entspricht.

Foto: Advantage ViscoNip Presse

Der Auftrag ist im Auftragseingang von Valmet für das erste Quartal 2021 enthalten. Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben.

Der Auftrag ist Valmets dritte Advantage ViscoNip-Presse-Installation für Metsä Tissue. Die zuverlässige Technologie wurde zuvor bei Raubach TM 1 in Deutschland und bei Pauliström in Schweden installiert. Die guten Ergebnisse und die Zusammenarbeit bei diesen Projekten haben Metsä Tissue davon überzeugt, Valmet auch für die umfangreiche Aufrüstung der Mänttä PM 10 Maschine zu wählen.

"Dies ist ein wichtiger Schritt in unserer Strategie für eine noch bessere industrielle Effizienz und Produktqualität. Die Erneuerung der Papiermaschine wird die Verbraucher mit immer weicherem und festerem Papier versorgen und gleichzeitig den Energieaufwand für die Produktion deutlich reduzieren. Dies wird die Kohlendioxid-Emissionen in Übereinstimmung mit unseren Nachhaltigkeitszielen reduzieren", sagt Kari Karttunen, VP of Production des Werks Mänttä, Metsä Tissue.

"Wir fühlen uns geehrt, dass wir die Möglichkeit erhalten, zum strategischen Weg von Metsä Tissue für eine nachhaltigere Produktion von hochwertigen Tissueprodukten beizutragen. Es ist auch ein Beweis für die Fähigkeiten unserer Advantage ViscoNip-Presse und ihre Eignung für Umbauten mit dem Ziel, Runnability, Energieeffizienz, Kapazität und Produktqualität zu verbessern", sagt Björn Magnus, Sales Director, EMEA, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

Technische Informationen zur Lieferung
Der Lieferumfang von Valmet wird eine neue Pressenpartie mit einer Advantage ViscoNip-Presse umfassen. Die Trockenpartie wird mit einem Advantage Yankee-Trockner aus Stahl und einer Advantage AirCap-Haube ausgestattet. Zum Lieferumfang gehören auch das Valmet DNA-System mit der neuen Valmet DNA Drive- und Safety-Steuerung, das Mill-Engineering, die Montageüberwachung und Hilfssysteme.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128173
 14.01.2021

SCA Obbola: Partnerschaften in Technologie, Service und Automation  (Firmennews)

Das SCA-Werk Obbola in Schweden hat eine beeindruckende Erfolgsbilanz in der Zellstoffindustrie. Upgrades in der Technologie, der Einsatz von Advanced Process Controls und die Unterstützung durch den Eindampfservice von Valmet helfen dem Werk, seine Produktionsziele für erneuerbares Verpackungsmaterial zu erreichen.

Foto: Einige der Mitarbeiter, die hinter den guten Ergebnissen der Verdampfungsanlage in Obbola stehen. Von links: Andreas Vikström, Jonas Jönsson und Mattias Jonsson.

Das SCA-Werk Obbola in Schweden stellt Karton für Verbraucher- und Transportverpackungen her. Es befindet sich derzeit inmitten eines massiven Erweiterungsprojekts. Die weltweite Nachfrage nach hochwertigen Verpackungen aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen steigt, und das aktuelle Ziel ist es, die Produktion in Obbola von 450.000 auf 725.000 Tonnen pro Jahr zu erhöhen.

Partnerschaften in Technologie, Service und Automatisierung
Valmet unterstützt das Werk mit neuer Technologie, Service und Automatisierung in mehreren Prozessbereichen. Eines der jüngsten Upgrades von Valmet war das neue Überwachungssystem für die Verdampfung. Dies erwies sich als großer Erfolg. Andreas Vikström, Leiter der Abteilung Chemikalienrückgewinnung bei SCA Obbola, ist mit den Ergebnissen zufrieden: "Das neue Überwachungssteuerungssystem hält die Trockenstoffe sehr stabil. Einige unserer Bediener sagen, dass der Trockensubstanzgehalt 'flach wie eine Linie' ist, und da sie die Erfahrung haben, Experten in dem zu sein, was sie tun, bin ich mir sicher, dass sie meinen, dass das eine gute Sache ist."

Vikström arbeitet seit mehr als 20 Jahren im Werk Obbola. Er leitete die Abteilung Faserlinie, bevor er für die chemische Rückgewinnung verantwortlich war. Daher hat er einen guten Überblick über die Entwicklung des Werks. Er skizziert den Fokus von Obbola: "Bei Obbola diskutieren wir oft darüber, was wir tun sollten, um die Mühle robust zu machen. Für uns bedeutet das, dass die Mühle für unsere Mitarbeiter sicher ist und dass die Ausrüstung so funktioniert, wie sie soll. Wenn wir das erreichen, ist es für uns einfacher, Unfälle zu vermeiden, unsere Produktionsziele zu erreichen oder zu übertreffen und unsere Kosten zu senken."

Verdampfungsservice sorgt für Zuverlässigkeit und Sicherheit
Valmets Verdampfungsservice-Team unterstützt die Verdampfungsanlage in Obbola seit mehreren Jahren.

"Aus der Sicht von Valmet sieht es gut aus. Die Verdampfungsanlage ist zehn Jahre alt, aber unsere Inspektionen haben bestätigt, dass sie sich in einem sehr guten mechanischen Zustand befindet. Basierend auf dem, was wir gesehen haben, denke ich, dass Obbola in der Lage sein wird, die Vorteile ihrer Verdampfungsanlage für viele Jahre zu genießen", sagt Carl-Jonas Krus vom Valmet-Serviceteam bei der Bewertung der Verdampfungsanlage von Obbola.

"Wir sind mit dem Verdampfungsservice von Valmet sehr zufrieden. Wir werden gut beraten, und es gibt einen hohen Fokus auf die Sicherheit", kommentiert Vikström.

SCA Obbola - mehr als 100 Jahre Erfolg
SCA Obbola kann auf eine lange Geschichte zurückblicken, und es ist leicht, Geschichten über Erfolge und Highlights aus der Vergangenheit zu finden. Die Sulfatzellstoffproduktion begann 1913, aber heute ist Obbola ein gutes Beispiel für ein gut funktionierendes Werk. Der Kohlenstoff-Fußabdruck der Produkte hat sich in den letzten zehn Jahren um 30 Prozent verringert, Biobrennstoff hat Öl ersetzt, und es gibt einen intensiven Fokus auf Qualität und Umweltleistung.

SCA investiert derzeit stark in Obbola. Weitere Verbesserungen sind im Gange, und die Zukunft sieht rosig aus: "Wir haben immer daran gearbeitet, die Mühle besser zu machen, und ich denke, viele sind stolz auf das, was wir bisher erreicht haben. Aber es gibt auch ein Gefühl, dass die Zukunft spannend ist. Die Dinge sehen gut aus", sagt Vikström abschließend.

Die Verdampfungsanlage von Obbola
Die Verdampfungsanlage von Obbola, die 2009 in Betrieb genommen wurde, wurde für die Verdampfung von 270 Tonnen Wasser pro Stunde gebaut. Es wurde besonders darauf geachtet, eine gute Arbeitsumgebung zu schaffen, und ein Ergebnis dieser Arbeit ist, dass die Anlage sehr leise ist. Das erleichtert dem Personal die Arbeit dort sehr. Da in den zehn Jahren seit der Inbetriebnahme verbesserte technische Lösungen entdeckt wurden, wurden einige kleine Upgrades an der Anlage vorgenommen, aber die ursprünglichen Heizflächen sind unverändert.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128157
 11.01.2021

Södra Cells Werk in Värö beauftragt Valmet mit einer umfassenden Modernisierung  (Firmennews)

Valmet wird im Rahmen der Erweiterung des Werks Väröö (Foto) von Södra Cell in Schweden die Faserlinie und die Kaustifizierungsanlage modernisieren sowie die Zellstofftrocknungslinie umbauen. Die Aufträge sind Teil des Plans "Expansion Värö 2.0", der die Kapazität des Werks auf 850.000 Tonnen pro Jahr erhöhen soll. Die Erhöhung erfolgt in zwei Schritten, wobei im ersten Schritt bis 2022 eine Kapazität von 780.000 Tonnen pro Jahr angestrebt wird. Die Aufrüstung und der Umbau werden von Valmet im Laufe des Jahres 2021 durchgeführt, und die gesamte Ausrüstung wird für den zweiten Schritt dimensioniert.

Im Jahr 2016 wurde Värö komplett umgebaut, um eine der weltweit größten und modernsten Weichholz-Zellstofffabriken mit einer Kapazität von 700.000 Tonnen pro Jahr zu werden. Valmet wurde damals als Lieferant für die Modernisierung des gesamten Werks ausgewählt. Jetzt wurde das Unternehmen erneut für diese weitere Erweiterung ausgewählt.

Valmet wird zwei TwinRoll-Waschpressen und einen Grünlaugenklärer G2 (früher OptiClear) liefern, um die Kapazität in der bestehenden Grünlaugenbehandlung zu erhöhen. Darüber hinaus wird Valmet einen neuen Kaustifizierer liefern, um die Verweilzeit zu erhöhen.

TwinRoll-Presse bedeutet einfache Bedienung und geringere Umweltbelastung
"Unsere Investition in zwei neue TwinRoll-Waschpressen ist ein weiterer Schritt in unserer kontinuierlichen Arbeit, dem Markt den bestmöglichen Zellstoff anzubieten, sowohl in Bezug auf Qualität als auch auf Nachhaltigkeit", sagt Mehdi Arjmand, Fiber line Department Manager bei Värö. "Unser Zellstoff erfüllt die Spezifikationen bereits sehr gut, aber dieses Upgrade erhöht die Wascheffizienz und hebt unsere Zellstoffreinheit auf ein noch höheres Niveau. Die größten Vorteile dieser Pressen für die Faserlinie sind bei weitem ihre einfache Bedienung und der geringe Wartungsbedarf. Gleichzeitig sind wir in der Lage, die Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt zu minimieren, was für uns bei Södra Cell Värö sehr wichtig ist, indem wir den Wasserverbrauch, die Abwassermengen und den Chemikalienverbrauch reduzieren."

Bei dem Projekt handelt es sich um ein zielgerichtetes Debottlenecking, das darauf abzielt, mit möglichst geringem Aufwand die größten positiven Auswirkungen auf die Produktion und die Umwelt zu erzielen. "Mit diesen neuen Investitionen werden die verbleibenden Engpässe in der Faserlinie und der Zellstofftrocknungslinie beseitigt, und Värö kann seine Kapazität in Richtung des neuen Ziels erhöhen", erklärt Mikael Gustafsson, Senior Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit bei Valmet. "Niedrige Abwassermengen und eine hohe Umweltverträglichkeit werden mit der neuesten Generation der TwinRoll-Waschpressen in der gesamten Faserlinie gewährleistet."

"Wir freuen uns auch", fährt Gustafsson fort, "dass Södra Cell Värö nun Valmet ausgewählt hat, um einen weiteren Green Liquor Clarifier zu installieren, zusätzlich zu dem Sumithickner, den sie seit fast 10 Jahren betreiben. Das bestätigt einmal mehr, dass die hohe Zuverlässigkeit, die niedrigen Betriebskosten und die gute Prozessleistung, die diese Technologie bietet, von unseren Kunden geschätzt werden."

Rekordverdächtiger Zellstofftrockner wird noch weiter verbessert
Der Umbau des Zellstofftrockners, der im Jahr 2020 einen Produktivitätsweltrekord für nordisches Nadelholz aufstellte, wird es ihm ermöglichen, den zusätzlichen Zellstoff zu verarbeiten, der von der Faserlinie kommt. Ein kompletter Austausch der Pick-up-Saugwalze und der Filzschleife wird durchgeführt, um die Maschinenkapazität zu verbessern. Darüber hinaus wird der Schneideleger umgebaut, um den Ballentisch und die Bewegung der Hubgabeln zu beschleunigen. Unterstützende Tests für den Umbau der Trocknungslinie werden Anfang 2021 in den Pilotanlagen in Inkeroinen, Finnland, durchgeführt.

"Wir sind zuversichtlich, dass das Werk Värö mit diesem kompletten Umbau der Linie seinen Weltrekord als effizienteste Trocknungsanlage für nordisches Nadelholz weiter verbessern kann", sagt Antti Suoknuuti, Sales Director, Wood and Pulp Handling Business Unit bei Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128049
 30.12.2020

Valmets Präsident und CEO Pasi Laine erhält den Ehrentitel des vuorineuvos  (Firmennews)

Der Präsident der Republik Finnland hat Pasi Laine (Foto), Präsident und CEO von Valmet Oyj, den Ehrentitel "vuorineuvos" verliehen.

Pasi Laine, Präsident und CEO, und vuorineuvos, wurde 1963 geboren. Laine ist seit Dezember 2013 als Präsident und CEO von Valmet tätig. Davor war er in verschiedenen Managementpositionen bei der Metso Corporation tätig. Pasi Laine war von 2006 bis 2013 Mitglied des Metso Executive Teams, Executive Vice President von Metso und von 2011 bis 2013 Stellvertreter des CEO.

Pasi Laine wurde mit den folgenden Aufgaben betraut: Vorsitzender des Verwaltungsrats der Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company und Mitglied des Verwaltungsrats von SSAB.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128042
 23.12.2020

Großartige Teamarbeit hilft dem Werk Joutseno, die bisher größte TwinRoll VPE-Presse ...  (Firmennews)

...früher als geplant in Betrieb zu nehmen

Valmet hat erfolgreich eine neue TwinRoll™ VPE-1245 Entwässerungspresse an Metsä Board's Joutseno Zellstoffwerk in Finnland geliefert und in Betrieb genommen. Dies ist die bisher größte TwinRoll™ VPE-Presse (TRP) von Valmet und wird eingesetzt, um in der letzten Entwässerungsstufe vor der Stromtrocknung im BCTMP-Werk einen höheren Trockengehalt zu erzielen.

Sie wird parallel zu zwei bestehenden Doppelsiebpressen aufgestellt. Das Unternehmen entschied sich für eine Walzenpresse aufgrund der besseren Zuverlässigkeit und Verfügbarkeit, die sie bieten soll.

"Ein höherer Trockengehalt, um den Einsatz von Erdgas zu reduzieren und damit unsere Nachhaltigkeitsziele zu erreichen, ist der Hauptvorteil, den wir wollten", erklärt Toni Tahvanainen, der Werkleiter bei Joutseno. "Darüber hinaus hat uns die verbesserte Verfügbarkeit, d. h. weniger Ausfallzeiten für Siebwechsel und andere Wartungsarbeiten, dazu bewogen, diese neue Technologie zu testen."

So weit, so gut
Basierend auf einer exzellenten Projektplanung und -ausführung sowie einer erstklassigen Technologie für einen zuverlässigen und konstant hohen Trockengehalt hat die neue TRP alle ursprünglichen Ziele erreicht. Dies ist besonders beeindruckend, wenn man bedenkt, dass der Covid-19-Ausbruch gerade dann ausbrach, als das Projekt in vollem Gange war.

Die Ergebnisse sind laut Juha Luukas, dem Produktionsleiter, sehr gut. "Es ist erst ein Monat vergangen, seit wir mit der Produktion begonnen haben, und schon jetzt sieht die Leistung vielversprechend aus. Der Trockengehalt liegt im Wesentlichen im Plan und der Energieverbrauch durch Erdgas ist geringer geworden."

Corona hat die Arbeitsweise verändert
Das Engineering begann im Herbst 2019 und die ersten Projektbesprechungen fanden vor Ort in Joutseno im Südosten Finnlands statt. Anfang 2020 begann jedoch die Coronavirus-Pandemie zu eskalieren, was natürlich zusätzlichen Druck auf das Projektmanagement ausübte, da die Meetings über Teams abgehalten werden mussten, einschließlich der Automatisierungs-FAT-Tests.

Diese außergewöhnlichen Umstände zwangen die Projektgruppe, etwas anders zu arbeiten, als sie es normalerweise tun würde, sagt Mikko Nikamaa, der Projektmanager von Metsä Board. "Im Vergleich zu einem normalen Projekt war die Frequenz der Projektbesprechungen höher und die Nachverfolgung von Details strenger, sowohl während der Engineering-Phase als auch während der gesamten Projektdurchführung. Wir hatten eine wirklich ausgezeichnete Zusammenarbeit mit Valmet, was dazu führte, dass die Inbetriebnahme einige Tage früher als geplant stattfand."

Erfolgreiche Inbetriebnahme, 50% Trockenheitsziel erreicht
Natürlich machte Covid viele zusätzliche Vorsichtsmaßnahmen erforderlich, wie z. B., dass jeder Valmet-Mitarbeiter, der aus dem Ausland kam, zweimal mit Covid-19-PCR-Tests getestet werden musste und ein negatives Ergebnis vorweisen musste, bevor er zur Baustelle reisen konnte. Die Valmet-Mitarbeiter arbeiteten dann in einem Quarantäne-ähnlichen Büro, getrennt vom Metsä Board-Personal, und kommunizierten nur über Funk und entfernte DCS-Bildschirme.

Trotz dieser Herausforderungen fanden die Testläufe an drei aufeinanderfolgenden Tagen statt und das Übernahmeprotokoll wurde ohne Unterbrechungen unterzeichnet. Mit einigen kleineren Anpassungen arbeitete die TwinRoll™ VPE-Presse schon bald mit der vorgesehenen Produktionsgeschwindigkeit und entlud Zellstoff mit einem Trockengehalt von etwa 50 %.

Leistungsstarke Datenplattform soll Leistung steigern
Im Lieferumfang enthalten ist die Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) Datenplattform mit Fernzugriff, die es ermöglicht, detaillierte Produktionstrends zu visualisieren und wichtige Leistungsindikatoren sofort zu verfolgen. Der VII-Service umfasst auch die Unterstützung mit Prozess-Know-how, das den Mühlenbetreibern über einen Zeitraum von einem Jahr per Fernzugriff von Valmets Experten zur Verfügung gestellt wird.

Außerdem wurden die Bediener in Teamsitzungen für jede Schicht geschult. So konnten sie sich vor der Inbetriebnahme mit der neuen Presse vertraut machen.

Früher als der Zeitplan ist immer ein positives Zeichen
"Zusammenfassend lässt sich sagen", so Toni Tahvanainen abschließend, "dass dieses Projekt ein großer Erfolg mit großartiger Zusammenarbeit war, insbesondere wenn man die außergewöhnliche Situation berücksichtigt. Die Anlage läuft gut, und wir haben Hinweise darauf, dass die Presse unseren Erdgasverbrauch um 20 % oder etwas mehr gesenkt hat. Und als weiteres positives Zeichen dafür, wie professionell und erfolgreich das Projekt verlaufen ist, haben wir die Anlage frühzeitig in Betrieb genommen, ein paar Tage früher als geplant."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128064
 21.12.2020

Valmet liefert Bildverarbeitung für nachhaltigeren Barrierebeschichtungsprozess bei Stora Enso  (Firmennews)

Valmet wird ein Valmet IQ Bahninspektionssystem (WIS) (Foto) an Stora Ensos Beschichtungs- und Kaschieranlage in Forshaga, Schweden, liefern. Das neue System wird an einer Extrusionsbeschichtungsanlage installiert, die einen neuen Dispersionsbarrierekarton für Pappbecher und Lebensmittelverpackungen herstellt. Der Auftrag wurde in den Auftragseingang von Valmet für das dritte Quartal 2020 aufgenommen.

Das Verfahren wird ohne die traditionelle Kunststoffschicht hergestellt, ist nachhaltiger und setzt enge Grenzen für das Qualitätsmanagement. Der hochwertige Karton ist im Gebrauch flüssigkeits- und fettbeständig. Außerdem ist sie recycelbar und zerfällt im Recyclingprozess wie Papier, um eine hohe Ausbeute an rückgewonnenen Fasern zu liefern.

"Wir haben besonders auf die Liefersicherheit geachtet, dass unsere technischen Anforderungen erfüllt werden und dass Servicepersonal in unserer Nähe verfügbar ist. Auch die langjährige Erfahrung und das Wissen um die Streifendetektion haben uns dazu bewogen, Valmet als Lieferant für das neue WIS-System bei Stora Enso Forshaga zu wählen", sagt Leif Karlsson, Projektleiter bei Stora Enso.

Das Valmet IQ Bahninspektionssystem bietet eine effiziente und kontinuierliche Online-Qualitätskontrolle, um die Entstehung von Bahndefekten zu reduzieren.

"Das Valmet IQ Bahninspektionssystem ermöglicht eine zuverlässige Identifizierung von Produktionen, die nicht den höchsten Qualitätskriterien entsprechen. Mit dieser branchenführenden Bildverarbeitungstechnologie können sich die Mühlenbetreiber schnell auf spezifische Qualitätsprobleme konzentrieren und notwendige Verbesserungen der Produktqualität und Prozesseffizienz vornehmen", sagt Aki Torvinen, Business Manager, Quality Management Solutions, Automation, Valmet.

Weitere Details zu Valmets Lieferung
Die dritte Generation des Valmet IQ Bahninspektionssystems (WIS) umfasst ultrahochauflösende 8K-Doppelzeilen-TDI-Kameras (Time Delay Integration) mit fortschrittlicher Bildverarbeitung und synchronisierter stroboskopischer Hochleistungs-LED-Beleuchtung. Echtzeit- und Verlaufsdefektkarten sowie Defektdetails und Trends sind von den Bedienerstationen aus abrufbar, mit präzisen Defektklassifizierungen, die mittels MIDA (Multiple Image Defect Analysis), Multi-Geometrie-Inspektion und den neuesten Software-Algorithmen auf Basis künstlicher Intelligenz (AI) vorgenommen werden.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #128012
 17.12.2020

Valmet liefert eine neue Schnelltrocknungs- und Ballenlinie sowie einen CTMP-Umbau für das...   (Firmennews)

...SCA-Werk Ortviken in Schweden

Valmet wird eine neue Schnelltrocknungs- und Ballenlinie liefern und die bestehende integrierte thermomechanische Zellstoffproduktionslinie (TMP) im SCA-Werk Ortviken in eine chemisch-thermomechanische Zellstofflinie (CTMP) für den Markt umbauen, die eine Kapazität von 300.000 Tonnen pro Jahr haben wird. Die Lieferung und Installation der Ausrüstung wird im Laufe des Jahres 2022 erfolgen und die Inbetriebnahme der CTMP-Produktion ist für Anfang 2023 geplant.

Bild: SCA Ortviken Werk in Sundsvall, Schweden.

Der Wert des Auftrags wird nicht bekannt gegeben. Ein Projekt dieser Größe und dieses Umfangs hat jedoch üblicherweise einen Wert von 40-50 Mio. EUR. Der Auftrag ist in Valmets Auftragseingang des vierten Quartals 2020 enthalten.

"Wir freuen uns sehr, mit SCA zusammenzuarbeiten und als Partner für diesen Umbau des Werks Ortviken auf CTMP-Zellstoffproduktion ausgewählt worden zu sein. Wir sind überzeugt, dass die Valmet-Lieferung die beste Leistung und den erforderlichen Zellstoff-Produktmix liefern wird, um die hohen Erwartungen von SCA für dieses Projekt zu erfüllen", sagt Andreas Lindstedt, Corporate Account Manager, Services, Valmet.

"Sowohl SCA als auch Valmet blicken auf eine lange Industriegeschichte zurück, und unsere gemeinsame Arbeit reicht bis ins Jahr 1930 zurück, als SCAs Östrand-Werk in Sundsvall, Schweden, gebaut wurde. Unsere Unternehmen haben einen starken Fokus auf eine nachhaltigere Entwicklung sowie auf Sicherheit und Qualität. Wir sind sehr stolz darauf, der ausgewählte Partner zu sein, wenn SCA die nächsten Schritte in die Zukunft macht", sagt Rickard Andersson, Vice President, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Informationen über Valmets Lieferung
Die Schnelltrocknungslinie umfasst zwei TwinRoll-Pressen mit hoher Konsistenzleistung für die Entwässerung, Slab-Pressen für die Ballenbildung und eine Ballenlinie mit einem Wrapper-Applikator, der Papier als Umhüllung verwendet. Zusätzlich sind zwei identische, mit Fokus auf Energieeffizienz entwickelte Stromtrockner Teil der Lieferung, einschließlich Engineering, Installation, Schulung, Inbetriebnahme und Inbetriebsetzung.

Valmet und SCA haben gemeinsam ein Konzept entwickelt, um CTMP mit einer Kombination aus bestehenden und neuen Anlagen zu bestmöglichen Betriebskosten zu produzieren. Die einzigartige Späneaufbereitungsmethode, die Teil der HT-CTMP-Linie ist, die derzeit im SCA-Werk in Östrand eingesetzt wird, wird auch in der umgebauten Linie in Ortviken zum Einsatz kommen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127940
 16.12.2020

Valmet in der Rangliste der Klimaprogramme des CDP anerkannt  (Firmennews)

Valmet wurde für seine Aktionen und seine Strategie zur Eindämmung des Klimawandels ausgezeichnet, indem es das zweitbeste A- Rating erhielt und seine Führungsposition in der Rangliste der Klimaprogramme des CDP behauptete. Die Bewertung des CDP basiert auf der Offenlegung der Maßnahmen, die das Unternehmen im letzten Berichtsjahr ergriffen hat, um kohlenstoffarme Technologien und Lösungen zu entwickeln, Emissionen zu reduzieren und Klimarisiken zu mindern.

Valmet verfügt über ein systematisches Programm zur Reduzierung der CO2-Emissionen in seinen eigenen Betrieben mit Schwerpunkt auf Verbesserungen der Energieeffizienz, der Nutzung erneuerbarer Energien, nachhaltigeren Transporten und Prozessoptimierung. Darüber hinaus entwickelt das Unternehmen aktiv neue Wege, um die Energie-, Wasser- und Materialeffizienz und die Reduzierung der Emissionen seiner Lösungen während der Nutzungsphase beim Kunden zu verbessern und neue Innovationen auf den Markt zu bringen.

"Die Nutzungsphase unserer Technologien durch unsere Kunden hat aus Sicht der CO2-Emissionen eine hohe Bedeutung. Daher haben wir die einmalige Gelegenheit, unsere Kunden bei der Reduzierung des Energieverbrauchs und der CO2-Emissionen sowie bei der Dekarbonisierung ihrer Prozesse zu unterstützen. Ressourcen- und energieeffiziente Lösungen sind einer der wichtigsten Schwerpunktbereiche unserer Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeit. Unser umfassendes Angebot umfasst zum Beispiel Technologien für nachhaltigere Bioenergie und Zellstoff- und Papierproduktion, und unsere fortschrittlichen Dienstleistungen und Automatisierungslösungen verbessern die effektive Nutzung von Rohstoffen und Energie", sagt Laura Puustjärvi, Leiterin Nachhaltigkeit bei Valmet.

Valmets Aufgabe ist es, erneuerbare Ressourcen in nachhaltige Ergebnisse umzuwandeln. Klimathemen und damit zusammenhängende Aktionen sind in Valmets Strategie und Sustainability360˚ Agenda integriert. Die Sustainability360º-Agenda konzentriert sich auf fünf Kernbereiche: nachhaltige Lieferkette; Gesundheit, Sicherheit und Umwelt; Menschen und Leistung; nachhaltige Lösungen und Corporate Citizenship.

Im Jahr 2020 hat Valmet auch andere Nachhaltigkeitsbestätigungen erhalten. Im Februar wurde Valmet mit dem Bronze Class Sustainability Award im jährlichen Sustainability Yearbook 2020 von S&P Global SAM ausgezeichnet, und im April wurde Valmet erneut als Mitglied des Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe bestätigt. Im November wurde Valmet auch in die Dow Jones Sustainability World und Europe Indizes aufgenommen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127962
 14.12.2020

Valmet Paper Lab erweitert Angebot für Linerboard-Anwendungen  (Firmennews)

Valmet erweitert das Angebot von Valmet Paper Lab, einem automatischen Papierprüflabor, für Linerboard-Anwendungen. In den letzten Jahren wurde bereits ein großer Teil der Lieferungen von Valmet Paper Lab für Linerboard-Anwendungen verwendet. Mit einem neuen S-Test-Modul bietet Valmet Paper Lab ein komplettes Laborpaket für Linerboard-Hersteller.

Foto: Valmet Paper Lab ist ein automatisiertes Labor für Karton- und Papiertests.

"Das neue S-Test-Modul bietet noch mehr Vorteile, da es dem Bediener Zeit und Material spart und in Echtzeit wertvolle Qualitätsinformationen liefert. Bei typischen Linerboard-Messungen wie Zugfestigkeit, Flächengewicht, Short Span Compression (SCT), Berstung, Dicke, Oberflächeneigenschaften und Porosität ist Valmet Paper Lab zu einem Eckpfeiler der Laborautomatisierung geworden", sagt Bogdan Pavlovic, Business Manager, Board and Paper Analyzers, Business Line Automation, Valmet.

Schnellere und einfachere Klassifizierung mit S-Test
Verglichen mit dem zeitaufwändigen und benutzerabhängigen manuellen Standard-Laborverfahren, bekannt als Concora Medium Test (CMT), bietet der S-Test eine schnelle und einfache Methode zur Abschätzung der Festigkeitsklassifizierung von Wellpappenrohpapier. Es ist nicht notwendig, die Prüfkörper zu wellen oder zu kleben, was die Festigkeitsklassifizierung schnell und einfach macht und erhebliche Einsparungen an Zeit und Material ermöglicht. Der S-Test wurde vom Deutschen Institut für Normung genormt und vom Cepi Container Board, einem europäischen Industrieverband der Hersteller von Wellpappenverpackungen, bestätigt.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127812
 04.12.2020

Walzenwechselintervall von einem auf zwei Jahre erhöht mit Lock Seal  (Firmennews)

Papierfabrik Adolf Jass ist ein mittelständisches, inhabergeführtes und familiengeführtes Unternehmen. Seit über 50 Jahren produziert das Werk aus Altpapier umweltfreundliche Papiere für Verpackungen aus Wellpappe. Die jährliche Gesamtkapazität der beiden Papierfabrikstandorte Fulda in Hessen und Rudolstadt/Schwarza in Thüringen, Deutschland, beträgt 1.000.000 Tonnen Wellpappenrohpapiere.

Adolf Jass ist einer der führenden Papierhersteller in Deutschland und Europa in der Wellpappenrohpapierindustrie. Ökologie und Ökonomie gehen bei der Firma Adolf Jass Hand in Hand. Es bedeutet, Papier, Energie und Wasser so effektiv wie möglich zu recyceln. Das Konzept der Kreislaufwirtschaft bestimmt das unternehmerische Handeln.

Die drei Papiermaschinen in beiden Papierfabriken sind hochmodern und entsprechen dem neuesten Stand der Technik. Die Maschinen werden ständig modernisiert und weiterentwickelt. Technische Neuerungen werden gemeinsam mit den Maschinenlieferanten bearbeitet und erstmals im Werk Fulda umgesetzt.

Insofern spielt auch die Maschinenwartung eine wesentliche Rolle bei der Aufrechterhaltung der Produktivität. Bei der Firma Adolf Jass lag das Wartungsintervall der mit Axialdichtleisten ausgerüsteten Walzen ursprünglich zwischen 8 und 9 Monaten. Um auch hier die Effizienz zu steigern, wurde das angestrebte Wartungsintervall auf 18 Monate erhöht.

Da Papierhersteller immer auf der Suche nach Möglichkeiten zur Senkung der Produktionskosten sind, wird nach neuen, langlebigen Materialien gesucht, die weniger Wartung benötigen. Bei Rollen sind die Axialdichtungen das schwache Element mit kurzer Lebensdauer. Die Saugwalzen-Axialdichtungen werden in der Regel bei jeder Walzenwartung ausgetauscht.

Ziel übertroffen - das Walzenwechselintervall wurde von einem auf zwei Jahre erhöht!
Bei der Verwendung von Recyclingpapier entstehen im Vergleich zu Primärfasern mehr Verunreinigungen. Dies kann zu stärkerem Dichtungsverschleiß führen. Seit 2009 hat Valmet die Saugwalzen der PM3 und PM4 mit Valmet Lock Seal Dichtungen modernisiert. Die Lebensdauer dieser Axialdichtungen variiert je nach Betriebsbedingungen zwischen 1,5 und 3 Jahren.

Im Januar 2017, nach zwei Jahren Betrieb in der PM4-Saugwalze mit regelmäßiger Wartung, war der Zustand der Lock Seal-Dichtungen so gut, dass sie wiederverwendet werden konnten. Durch den Einsatz von Lock Seal Dichtungen konnte das Wartungsintervall auf 24 Monate verlängert werden. Der Kunde plant, das Wartungsintervall in Zukunft noch weiter zu verlängern.

Valmet-Saugwalzen-Upgrade-Lock Seal für berührungslose Saugwalzen-Axialdichtungen
Herkömmliche Axialdichtungen belasten die Innenfläche des Saugwalzenmantels ständig. Hohe Reibung zwischen der rotierenden Oberfläche und den Axialdichtungen kann thermische Spannungsrisse verursachen, die allmählich wachsen und den Mantel beschädigen können. Mangel an Schmierwasser oder zu hoher Belastungsdruck würden die Reibung zwischen den Axialdichtungen und der rotierenden Walze erhöhen. Lock Seal arbeitet hauptsächlich ohne Kontakt oder mit einem sehr leichten Kontakt mit der Innenfläche der Walze. Dank der geringen Reibung wird die Lebensdauer der Walze deutlich erhöht.

Valmet Suction Roll Upgrade Lock Seal ermöglicht die Reduzierung des Schmierwasserverbrauchs in Positionen, in denen das Schmierwasser Feuchtigkeitsschwankungen oder Rückbefeuchtung verursachen könnte. Dies hat sogar das Absperren von Schmierduschen ermöglicht. Die Transfer-Saugwalze zwischen der 3. und 4. Presse ist eine typische Position, bei der eine minimale Menge an Schmierwasser benötigt wird.

Dank der geringen Reibung benötigen Walzen mit Valmet Lock Seal-Dichtungen weniger Energie. Die Dichtung wird nicht ständig gegen die Walze belastet, wenn die Papierbahn läuft. Die Axialdichtung wird entlastet und ein dünner Wasserfilm breitet sich aus. Geringerer Mantelverschleiß ist eine Folge der geringeren Reibung.

Das Werk Adolf Jass Fulda entschied sich für die von Valmet entwickelte und patentierte Axialdichtungstechnologie Lock Seal. Heutzutage ist Lock Seal eine Standardlösung in den Hochgeschwindigkeitsmaschinen von Valmet. Jede vorhandene Walze einschließlich eines Konkurrenzprodukts kann mit Valmet Lock Seal modernisiert werden.

Verbesserte Axialdichtungsleistung:
-Längere Walzenwartungsintervalle von bis zu 24 Monaten
-Reduzierter Schalen- und Axialdichtungsverschleiß
-Verlängerte Lebensdauer der Axialdichtung
-Reduzierte Reibung und reduzierter Energieverbrauch - ausgezeichnete Kapitalrendite
-Verbessertes Feuchtigkeitsprofil und weniger Rückbefeuchtung
-Reduzierter Schmierwasserverbrauch und besseres Laufverhalten unter schwierigen Schmierbedingungen
-geringerer Lärmpegel
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127707
 26.11.2020

Änderungen in Valmets Führungsteam  (Firmennews)

Herr Jukka Tiitinen (Foto, M.Sc., Engineering) wurde mit Wirkung vom 1. April 2021 zum Area President von Valmets Nordamerika-Bereich ernannt. Jukka Tiitinen ist derzeit bei Valmet als Gebietspräsident für den asiatisch-pazifischen Raum tätig. Er wird weiterhin als Mitglied von Valmets Executive Team tätig sein und an Präsident und CEO Pasi Laine berichten.

David (Dave) King, der derzeitige Area President, Nordamerika, hat sich entschieden, nach einer langen, erfolgreichen Karriere bei Valmet zum 31. März 2021 in den Ruhestand zu treten.

"Ich möchte Dave für sein Engagement und seinen hervorragenden Beitrag zu Valmets Erfolg in den vergangenen Jahren danken. Es war eine wahre Freude, mit Dave zusammenzuarbeiten. Ich freue mich, dass Jukka Tiitinen nach Daves Rücktritt die Leitung unseres nordamerikanischen Bereichs übernimmt. Jukka ist ein hausgemachter Valmeteer mit Erfahrungen aus vielen verschiedenen Organisationen und Kulturen. Bevor er die Leitung des asiatisch-pazifischen Raums übernahm, leitete Jukka mehrere Jahre lang erfolgreich unseren Geschäftsbereich Dienstleistungen und war in Nordamerika tätig. Mit diesem Hintergrund glaube ich, dass sich Jukka in einer ausgezeichneten Position befindet, um unseren nordamerikanischen Raum zu führen und weiter auszubauen", sagt Pasi Laine, Präsident und CEO von Valmet.

Die Suche nach dem Nachfolger von Jukka Tiitinen als Gebietspräsident für den Asien-Pazifik-Raum wird so bald wie möglich beginnen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127750
 26.11.2020

Valmet will Mitbestimmungsverhandlungen für befristete Entlassungen in Finnland aufnehmen  (Firmennews)

Die globale Covid-19-Pandemie verursacht weiterhin Unsicherheit in Valmets Betriebsumgebung. Dies hat sich insbesondere auf die Arbeitsbelastung im Dienstleistungsgeschäft ausgewirkt, das kundennah abgewickelt wird.

Im Laufe des Jahres war Valmet bestrebt, die Arbeitsbelastung der Servicemitarbeiter auszugleichen, indem Mitarbeiter in andere Bereiche des Unternehmens versetzt, Neueinstellungen reduziert und Urlaubstage genutzt wurden. Außerdem wurden bereits zu Beginn dieses Jahres vorübergehende Entlassungen vorgenommen.

Aus finanziellen und produktionsbedingten Gründen, insbesondere wegen der abnehmenden Arbeitsbelastung, nahm das Unternehmen am 24. November 2020 Mitbestimmungsverhandlungen über befristete Entlassungen in Finnland auf. Bei den Mitarbeitern, über die verhandelt wird, handelt es sich um die Mitarbeiter des Geschäftsbereichs Services in Finnland und die Mitarbeiter der EMEA-Gebietsorganisation in Finnland. Die Entlassungen werden befristet sein und voraussichtlich bis zu 90 Tage dauern.

Zum gegenwärtigen Zeitpunkt wird geschätzt, dass der Bedarf an vorübergehenden Entlassungen etwa 360 Mitarbeiter betrifft. Die Zielvorgabe für die Entlassungen und die Anzahl der betroffenen Mitarbeiter wird während der Mitbestimmungsverhandlungen festgelegt werden.

Valmet beschäftigt etwa 5.200 Mitarbeiter in Finnland, davon etwa 1.680 Mitarbeiter im Geschäftsbereich Services und in der EMEA-Bereichsorganisation.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127695
 20.11.2020

Valmet plant ein neues gemeinsames, modernes Bürogebäude in Tikkurila, Vantaa, ...  (Firmennews)

... für seine Mitarbeiter, die derzeit in Järvenpää und Hakkila arbeiten.

Valmet plant ein völlig neues, gemeinsames Bürogebäude für seine Mitarbeiter in Järvenpää und Hakkila, das in Tikkurila, Vantaa, errichtet werden soll. Das gesamte Personal der beiden Standorte, mit Ausnahme des Technologiezentrums in Järvenpää, würde in das neue Gebäude umziehen. Derzeit arbeiten am Standort Järvenpää ca. 520 Personen zusammen mit 130 Mitarbeitern unserer Partnerunternehmen, in Hakkila sind ca. 70 Personen beschäftigt.

Die Mitarbeiter von Järvenpää und Hakkila würden eingeladen, sich an der Raumplanung für das neue Gebäude zu beteiligen. Das Gebäude wäre für die alleinige Nutzung durch Valmet konzipiert und würde 2023 bezugsfertig sein.

"Dieses geplante neue Bürogebäude wäre eine bedeutende Investition in unser Personal in Finnland. Effiziente und reibungslose Zusammenarbeit und Arbeitszufriedenheit erfordern moderne, funktionelle Räumlichkeiten. Vor allem für Järvenpää ist es in dieser Hinsicht an der Zeit, in eine neue Ära einzutreten. Wir hoffen, dass unser von dieser Angelegenheit betroffenes Personal aktiv an der Gestaltung der neuen Räumlichkeiten mitwirken wird, um sicherzustellen, dass sie unseren Betrieb und das Wohlbefinden unseres Personals bei der Arbeit bis weit in die Zukunft hinein bestmöglich unterstützen werden. Tikkurila ist ein sich stark entwickelnder und aktiver Bezirk, der gute Dienstleistungen anbietet und im Zentrum einer ausgezeichneten Verkehrsanbindung liegt. Als Standort würde er unseren aktuellen Bedürfnissen und zukünftigen Zielen in vielerlei Hinsicht dienen", so Vesa Simola (Foto), Präsident des EMEA-Gebiets, und Aki Niemi, Präsident des Geschäftsbereichs Dienstleistungen.

Valmets derzeitige Räumlichkeiten am Standort Järvenpää befinden sich in mehreren separaten Gebäuden, von denen einige in den 1970er Jahren errichtet wurden.

Für das Personal in Järvenpää erfordert der Wechsel des Arbeitsortes die Bearbeitung der Angelegenheit im Rahmen der gesetzlichen Arbeitsverhandlungen, die heute, am 19. November 2020, in Järvenpää aufgenommen wurden. Der geplante Umzug wird keine Auswirkungen auf den Personalbestand haben.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127676
 19.11.2020

Valmet im Dow Jones Sustainability Index unter den weltweit führenden ...   (Firmennews)

...Nachhaltigkeitsunternehmen aufgeführt

Valmet ist mit seiner Sustainability360º-Agenda, die die kontinuierliche Verbesserung noch nachhaltigerer Geschäftspraktiken betont, gut vorangekommen. Als ein Indiz für die guten Fortschritte wurde Valmet bereits zum siebten Mal in Folge in den Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) aufgenommen. Das Unternehmen wurde sowohl im Dow Jones Sustainability World Index als auch im Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index gelistet. Die Gesamtzahl der Unternehmen, die in diesem Jahr in den DJSI World für 2020-2021 aufgenommen wurden, beträgt 323.

Das umfassende Ranking bewertet die wirtschaftliche, ökologische und soziale Leistung der Unternehmen.

"Zum siebten Mal in den Dow Jones Sustainability Index aufgenommen zu werden, ist eine große Anerkennung für Valmets Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der Nachhaltigkeit, da die kontinuierliche Verbesserung das Schlüsselkriterium für die Aufnahme ist. Es zeigt, dass sich unsere Mitarbeiter systematisch und erfolgreich für nachhaltigere Praktiken in der gesamten Organisation einsetzen. Ich möchte allen Valmeteers danken, die weltweit an dieser Arbeit teilnehmen", sagt Pasi Laine (Foto), Präsident und CEO von Valmet.

Valmets Nachhaltigkeitsagenda konzentriert sich auf fünf Kernbereiche: nachhaltige Lieferkette; Gesundheit, Sicherheit und Umwelt; Menschen und Leistung; nachhaltige Lösungen und Corporate Citizenship.

Im Jahr 2020 hat Valmet auch andere Nachhaltigkeitsbestätigungen erhalten. Im Januar erreichte Valmet die beste A-Bewertung in der Rangliste der Klimaprogramme des CDP. Im Februar wurde Valmet mit dem Bronze Class Sustainability Award im jährlichen Sustainability Yearbook 2020 von S&P Global SAM ausgezeichnet, und im April wurde Valmet erneut als Mitglied des Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe bestätigt.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127475
 05.11.2020

Valmet investiert in die Filtergewebeherstellung in Indien  (Firmennews)

Valmet hat beschlossen, in die Filtergewebeherstellung in Pune, Indien, zu investieren, um seine Kunden besser bedienen zu können und die Lieferzeiten von Filtergeweben in den asiatisch-pazifischen Raum und den Nahen Osten zu verbessern.

Die Investition umfasst Fertigungsanlagen für die Filtergewebeherstellung. Die neue Anlage wird den Betrieb im zweiten Quartal 2021 aufnehmen.

"Mit dieser Investition verfügen wir über die notwendigen Mittel, um unsere kundennahen Dienstleistungen weiter zu entwickeln und unsere Position auf dem Markt zu stärken. Sie sichert auch unsere Kapazität für die kommenden Jahre, um Filtergewebe zu liefern, die den Kundenbedürfnissen nach maximaler Zuverlässigkeit und optimierter Leistung ihres Produktionsprozesses entsprechen", sagt Tero Kokko, Vizepräsident, Geschäftsbereich Gewebe, Valmet.

Valmet ist einer der weltweit führenden Anbieter von Filtergeweben und Industrietextilien. Valmets Filtrationsangebot umfasst Filtergewebe und -filze für die Bergbau- und Chemie-, Zellstoff- und Papier-, Trockenfiltrations- und Wäschereiindustrie.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127418
 29.10.2020

Valmet's Interim Review January 1 – September 30, 2020: Orders received decreased to ...  (Company news)

... EUR 700 million and Comparable EBITA increased to EUR 91 million in the third quarter

July–September 2020: Orders received decreased and comparable EBITA increased
-Orders received decreased 34 percent to EUR 700 million (EUR 1,058 million).
-----Orders received increased in the Paper business line, and decreased in the Pulp and Energy, Automation and Services business lines.
-----Orders received increased in China, and decreased in South America, North America, Asia-Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
-Net sales remained at the previous year’s level and amounted to EUR 832 million (EUR 857 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Paper business line, remained at the previous year’s level in the Automation business line, and decreased in the Pulp and Energy, and Services business lines.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 91 million (EUR 81 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 10.9 percent (9.5%).
-Comparable EBITA increased due to lower selling, general and administration (SG&A) expenses.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.38 (EUR 0.34).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -3 million (EUR 1 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 94 million (EUR 126 million).

January–September 2020: Strong cash flow from operating activities
-Orders received decreased 9 percent to EUR 2,712 million (EUR 2,976 million).
-Orders received remained at the previous year’s level in the Paper and Services business lines, and decreased in the Pulp and Energy, and Automation business lines.
-Orders received increased in China, and decreased in South America, North America, Asia-Pacific and EMEA.
-Net sales increased 5 percent to EUR 2,573 million (EUR 2,444 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines, remained at the previous year’s level in the Automation business line, and decreased in the Services business line.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 218 million (EUR 198 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 8.5 percent (8.1%).
-Comparable EBITA increased due to higher net sales and as SG&A expenses did not increase.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.88 (EUR 0.80).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -11 million (EUR -2 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 418 million (EUR 113 million).

Guidance for 2020 unchanged
Valmet reiterates its guidance issued on October 13, 2020, in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2020 will remain at the previous year’s level in comparison with 2019 (EUR 3,547 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2020 will increase in comparison with 2019 (EUR 316 million).

Short-term market outlook
Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for pulp, and board and paper, the good/satisfactory short-term market outlook for automation, the satisfactory short-term market outlook for energy, and tissue and the satisfactory/weak short-term market outlook for services.

President and CEO Pasi Laine (photo): The strong development in Paper continued
“Valmet’s orders received amounted to EUR 700 million in the third quarter of 2020. Orders received increased in the Paper business line and in China. Orders received decreased in the Pulp and Energy, Automation and Services business lines. Our order backlog amounted to EUR 3,311 million. The short-term market outlook for pulp, and board and paper is good.

Valmet’s net sales remained at the previous year’s level, and the Comparable EBITA increased to EUR 91 million, corresponding to a margin of 10.9 percent. Our balance sheet remained strong with a gearing of 18 percent.

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact our operations in the third quarter. Travel restrictions and lower capacity utilization in graphical paper mills had a negative impact on Services order intake and net sales. Despite COVID-19, Automation services order intake remained at the previous year's level, while capital order intake in Automation decreased. COVID-19 has not caused major impacts on Valmet's capital business. Our whole organization has performed well under the new circumstances and found new ways to operate, which can be utilized to improve Valmet's processes also after the pandemic. Furthermore, certain expenses were lower due to the pandemic.

In the beginning of July, Valmet acquired 14.9 percent of Neles. During the quarter, Valmet increased its ownership gradually to 29.5 percent and proposed a statutory merger between Valmet and Neles. We see that the combination would create excellent long-term value to the shareholders of both companies. It has excellent industrial logic and would form a strong platform for further business growth especially in automation systems and valves.

During the quarter, we entered into an agreement to acquire PMP Group in Poland. PMP supplies process technologies and services for tissue, board and paper machines globally, focusing on small and medium-sized tissue machines and board and paper machine rebuilds. PMP's product portfolio and presence in strategic markets will create new business opportunities for Valmet. The company employs about 650 people and we warmly welcome the new colleagues to Valmet.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127394
 27.10.2020

Valmet to supply a fine paper making line to Asia Symbol XinHui in China  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsgrafik #127372
 22.10.2020

Valmet receives a tissue line order from WEPA in the United Kingdom  (Company news)

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

Photo: Valmet Advantage DCT line

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsgrafik #127352
 21.10.2020

Valmet to supply an OptiConcept M container board making line to Shanying Paper, ...  (Company news)

...Guangdong, in China

Valmet will supply a new OptiConcept M container board making line (photo) with extensive package of automation to Shanying Paper at its Zhaoqing mill in China. The new board making line (PM 52) will produce kraft top liner grades and expand Shanying Paper’s business to Guangdong area.

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

PM 52 is following the OptiConcept M board making line deliveries of Shanying Huazhong PM 21, which was started up in December 2019, and PM 23, which was started up in September 2020. In addition to these, Valmet has supplied five other board making lines to Shanying International. The start-up of PM 52 is scheduled for the end of 2021.

“We are happy about the earlier references of Huazhong PM 21 and PM 23. It was really nice to see how well and seamlessly everybody worked together when optimizing PM 21 and starting-up PM 23: our people and Valmet’s experts were in Zhaoqing and Valmet’s experts in Europe were supporting us via remote connection,” says Wu Ming Wu, Chairman and CEO of Shanying International.

“Our earlier references are really good, which was an excellent base for the project. Valmet has proved to be flexible and reacted fast to the customer’s requirements and changes. The extensive automation package will be an excellent support in the start-up and for the line optimization after the start-up,” says Hannu Savonen, Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet's delivery for PM 52 will include a high-speed container board making line from broke collection to reel and winders. OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes, OptiFormer Multi forming section and OptiPress Linear press section to produce high-quality base board are also included, followed by an OptiSizer Film sizer, an OptiCalender Hard calender, and OptiReel Linear reel combined with transfer rails, an OptiCart Stream parent roll cart, one OptiWin Drum two-drum winder and one OptiWin Drum two-drum base winder.

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

The 9,300-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce kraft top liner grades. The design speed of the machine will be 1,200 m/min and the daily capacity is approximately 1,920 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127319
 19.10.2020

Valmet has completed the acquisition of PMP Group, a provider of technologies and services ...  (Company news)

... for the paper industry

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

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

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

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

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

Newsgrafik #127304
 16.10.2020

Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild to Modern Karton...   (Company news)

...in Turkey

Valmet will supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild and a wide scope of automation to Modern Karton Sanayii Ve Ticaret at its Tekirdağ Mill in Turkey. In the project, paper machine PM 3 which is currently producing recycled containerboard, will be rebuilt to produce high quality coated containerboard grades. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 40-50 million.

“We chose Valmet as our strategic partner to support our growth strategy. We value Valmet’s high technical expertise and expect to have excellent cooperation in the project,” says Hamdullah Eren, Chairman of the Board of Modern Karton.

“The cooperation during the sales phase was excellent, which sets a good foundation for the project. Valmet’s coating process knowhow and the convincing references made our solution very appealing to the customer,” says Petteri Soini, Senior Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's grade conversion delivery will include modifications in the existing stock preparation line and paper machine. The scope includes broke collection system, white water system and modifications to the approach flow system. The delivery in the existing paper machine will include three new OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes, modifications to forming, press, pre-drying and sizing sections. The delivery will also include a completely new coating section with OptiCoat Layer curtain coating station, OptiCoat Jet blade coating station, a coating color preparation system, supply systems for both coating stations, an OptiCalender Soft calender and an OptiReel Linear center-driven reel.

The delivery will also include rebuilding of the existing air systems with e.g. new open hood, heat recovery system and OptiDry Coat air dying units. The delivery will be complemented with an automation package including machine control, quality management, condition monitoring systems and retention measurement. In addition to the on-site support, the start-up and the further optimization of the rebuilt machine will be supported remotely from Valmet Performance Center.

The 5,600-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine PM 3 will produce recycled white-top testliner, coated white top testliner, recycled fluting and testliner grades with a basis weight range of 105-225 g/m2 and design speed of 1,300 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127188
 30.09.2020

Valmet Total Solids Measurements selected for Klabin's Puma II project in Brazil  (Company news)

Six Valmet Total Solids Measurements (Valmet TS) will be supplied as part of the delivery by SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions of water and wastewater treatment plants for Klabin’s Puma II project in Brazil. The Puma Project II consists of the construction of two new paper machines, along with production of integrated pulp, situated at the same industrial unit (Puma I Unit) that Klabin operates in the municipality of Ortigueira in the state of Paraná, in southern Brazil. The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020.

Photo: Six Valmet Total Solids Measurements (Valmet TS) will be supplied as part of the delivery by SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions of water and wastewater treatment plants for Klabin’s Puma II project in Brazil.

The SUEZ delivery, where the Valmet measurements will be installed, includes expansion of the water production plant from 141,600 cubic meters per day to 213,600 cubic meters per day and 50 percent increase in the treatment capacity of the industrial effluent treatment plant. Valmet TS provides the capability of mass flow-based controls to achieve substantial savings in polymer dosage, energy and transportation, as well as further advancing the environmental benefits.

Four in-line Valmet TS measurements will control primary, secondary, tertiary and homogenized primary sludge consistencies in the wastewater treatment plant. The fifth unit will be installed to control sludge consistency in the water treatment plant. The sixth unit will be installed to control tertiary sludge consistency in the wastewater treatment plant in Puma I.

The Valmet TS microwave measurement, now in its fourth generation, is designed specifically as the most reliable and accurate inline solids measurement for the range of 0-50 percent in wastewater applications. Two third generation Valmet TS measurements have already been in use since September 2019 at the wastewater treatment plant of the existing Puma pulp mill that started production in 2016. Delivery of the six new Valmet TS measurements will be towards the end of the year 2020.

Technical details about Valmet TS
Valmet TS offers a reliable and accurate real time measurement used to control and optimize the solids treatment process, giving operators information on total solids 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As the most reliable and accurate analyzer for wastewater applications, Valmet TS allows savings in polymer dosing, energy and transportation. Valmet TS utilizes microwave technology to determine total organic and inorganic solids content in the range of 0-50 percent. Controlling and developing the process can be enhanced through accurate and fast measurements, which improves the overall efficiency of a wastewater plant and provides crucial data for dewatering optimization.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127068
 28.09.2020

Trust is weighed at challenging times - Valmet aids to resume production at...  (Company news)

...at Metsä Tissue’s Žilina site during COVID-19

Photo: Valmet Yankee cylinder on-site service

Metsä Tissue’s site at Žilina is a significant producer of hygiene products such as toilet tissues, household towels and handkerchiefs for Slovakian market. The mill’s two paper machines, PM1 and PM2, produce 80,000 tonnes of tissue paper per year. Valmet has been supporting the site’s production with maintenance service.

Challenge: Resume tissue machine production at optimal conditions
In the beginning of April 2020, the production on PM1 needed maintenance and keeping the tissue machine running and in an optimal condition was very importance especially during COVID-19 situation.

“Due to restrictions in international travel and limitations set by the authorities, we had planned to postpone all non-critical maintenance and investment projects. The plan was to secure production with our local resources. The need for maintenance of the PM1, Yankee cylinder polishing, made us turn to Valmet and start organizing to get their experienced technicians to our site in Žilina”, explains Vladimir Kohut, Area Sourcing Manager.

Safety comes first
For both Valmet and Metsä Tissue, the two most important priorities in the project were to secure the technicians’ safety and to support Metsä Tissue in maintaining the tissue and towel production.

Solution: Efficient ways of working to reach the targets
“Many teams within Valmet and Metsä Tissue put many hours of work into the project. The exceptional circumstances turned business as usual into a fairly complicated project requiring a massive amount of paper work, permissions and documentation,” Andrew Cross, Director, Global Tissue Services at Valmet, says.
“I admit it was a slightly stressful experience for many – and I am grateful to everyone for the immense amount of work they put into this project. The trust we are building every day at our customers’ sites paid off and helps us to succeeded in this difficult situation,” Cross continues.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127149
 25.09.2020

Valmet takes its services to the next level for the best customer experience  (Company news)

Valmet streamlines its services to customers globally by introducing ‘Valmet’s way to serve’ concept. The aim is to provide the best customer experience in all the touch points of the customer journey. Valmet’s services are based on comprehensive services offering, lifecycle collaboration and core commitments.

“Over the years we have been constantly developing our services to improve the reliability and performance of our customers’ production processes. Valmet’s unique combination of process technology, services and automation and over 200 years of industrial experience form a strong basis to help our customers to reach the wanted maintenance and operational results of their production process,” says Aki Niemi, Business Line President, Services business line, Valmet.

Right combination of services for every stage in the lifecycle
Valmet’s services offering is designed to match customer’s specific need, whether it’s reduced energy and raw material costs, reduced process variability, optimized quality and production or enhanced environmental performance.

The services offering ranges from spare and process parts, workshop and roll services, and fabrics all the way to field services, maintenance development and outsourcing as well as process upgrades. The services are complemented with Industrial Internet solutions on-site and remotely. Depending on the need, the service solution can be provided as a one-time delivery or as a longer-term partnership through service agreements.

The key driver in Valmet’s way to serve is the lifecycle collaboration between the customer and Valmet.

“When planning the investment, together with the customer we can set the foundation for optimized operational results for the production process to come. Services can help to accelerate the start-up curve when ramping up the production. By working together in maintenance and operations, we can ensure maximized reliability and optimized performance of the production process,” Niemi says.

Safety comes first in all operations
Valmet’s four core commitments to customers are: ‘Safety comes first,’ ‘Close to you,’ ‘Solutions to your needs’ and ‘People you can trust’.

“Safety is put before anything else in our daily operations. We support customers in reaching their safety targets. Our professionals work close to customers, through a network of over 100 service centers. Our experts are also available remotely with the help of Industrial Internet and remote technologies. We work closely with our customers to find exactly the right solution to their needs. We know that trust has to be earned, and we work hard to reach that goal every day”, concludes Niemi.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127048
 24.09.2020

Even better pulp and yield at Smurfit Kappa Piteå  (Company news)

Pulp with higher quality, combined with increased yield from the wood raw material, is now a reality for Smurfit Kappa at its mill in Piteå, Sweden. The cooking process technology from Valmet played an important role in the successful rebuild project.

Photo: “The enormous ImpBin was manufactured in one piece. Weighing 114 tons and measuring 45 meters tall, the pre-impregnation vessel made special demands on transport and installation. The lift into the mill and the installation in a tight space required very careful preparation”.

Smurfit Kappa Piteå is one of Europe's largest kraftliner mills with an annual production of 700,000 tonnes of both brown and white-top kraftliner. The mill has a softwood line and a hardwood line, both of which were rebuilt in 2019 with Valmet as the main supplier. During the same period, the mill also upgraded its recovery boiler.

“The aim of these investments was to improve the production process and to get even better quality in our pulp and kraftliner grades,” says Bo Johansson, Technical Manager at Smurfit Kappa Piteå.

Project involved the latest technology and major equipment changes
The new improved pulping process is still based on continuous cooking, but with some major changes. Prior to the rebuild the mill had a total of three digesters – two on the softwood line and one on the hardwood line. Now there are only two digesters, one for each line. To achieve this, some existing equipment has been moved between the lines and new equipment has been added. This has resulted in both higher pulp quality and higher yield.

“Now,” continues Bo Johansson, “the softwood line is giving us even higher quality pulp thanks to the new Continuous Cooking G2 and ImpBin impregnation technology, which are the highlights of the new softwood line delivery. With ImpBin, Valmet’s latest innovation, chip impregnation is done over a longer time, which gives the dual benefits of higher yields from the raw material and more consistent pulp quality. And on the hardwood line we have installed some equipment that previously belonged to the softwood line and added a new pressure diffuser from Valmet to improve our washing.”

Many special challenges to be considered

Greger Stubbfält, Project Manager at Smurfit Kappa Piteå, looks back on a demanding project and sees the positive collaborative climate among everyone involved, and Valmet's ability to drive the project forward, as important success factors.

“This rebuild involved many special challenges since it was done in an existing plant that continued to operate normally while most of the work was carried out,” he says. “And I think we have succeeded very well, working together with our suppliers. It’s an excellent example of skillful engineering and good collaboration. In addition, we are pleased to say the project has gone very well from a safety point of view. The rebuild was extremely complex, involving about 1,300 people from more than 100 companies, but we have not had any serious incidents.”

Best startup in 30 years of experience
After a two-week long stop in the spring of 2019, to make the necessary piping and electrical connections, the rebuilt kraftliner mill was started up. Bo Johansson, the technical manager, has long experience in the pulp industry and has worked on many start-ups. But he says he has never participated in any startup of similar complexity that has gone as easily.

“Considering the complexity, this startup where we quickly reached all our set goals for production capacity and quality so quickly, is the best I have experienced in my 30 years. It clearly went better than we expected. The commissioning team from Valmet did a fantastic job and managed to quickly get the processes functioning well. I also believe that the process simulator we used has played an important role in this positive outcome.”

Smurfit Kappa Piteå chose to invest in a process simulator, built by Valmet, where the new cooking equipment and process could be tested before it was actually time for startup and the pressure was on. The simulator was a success and today it is being used for education and problem solving.

Fredrik Jonsson, production technician at Smurfit Kappa Piteå, says that “For training, we chose combined classroom teaching with the simulator training, and now after startup we also use the simulator for problem solving and it is of great value to be able to simulate and solve problems in the simulator.”

Excellent pulp quality, and lower chemical and energy consumption
It has now been more than a year since the rebuilt Smurfit Kappa Piteå mill was restarted. What results have been achieved by the team?

“Tests show that the quality of our pulp is excellent, and we have also gotten very positive feedback from the machine operators in the paper mill who use the pulp. We have exceeded our targets regarding pulp yields from the wood raw material, and we also have been able to reduce our chemical consumption and energy costs. The outlook is very positive, and we are well prepared in terms of pulp quality to meet the market demands for the best kraftliner,” concludes Bo Johansson.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126873
 18.09.2020

Success with remote commissioning and start-up support in Ilim Bratsk Evaporation project  (Company news)

Valmet delivered a new Evaporation line to Ilim Group’s Bratsk mill located in Irkutsk Oblast in the middle of Siberia in Russia. The erection works were completed in spring 2020 and the start-up in early July 2020.

Photo: New Valmet Evaporation System at Ilim Group’s Bratsk mill (Russia)

During the spring, it was time to start the commissioning works, the global coronavirus pandemic threw a curveball to the team with borders closing and travel to the site becoming impossible.

“We had a Russian E&I advisor and a DCS expert onsite, but we needed to quickly find a way to support the customer to be able to supervise the commissioning and start-up phase. Through joint efforts together with the Ilim team, such a way was found,” tells Valmet’s Project Manager Sven Lennartsson.

Valmet set up a commissioning team located in Gothenburg, Sweden with a meeting room turned into a remote control room. As the mill is located in eastern Russia, just north of Mongolia, with a six hours’ time difference, the team worked initially from 2 a.m. to noon Swedish time, to be able to work at the same time with the customer. In June, to prepare for the start-up, the team moved to 24/7 remote support.

“During the commissioning phase we planned the steps and sent customer tasks for the coming few days, and the customers’ mill team did the work onsite. We had daily Teams meetings with the site, and the mill team reported back on what they had done. We received a lot of photos and videos from the site. Additionally, we had access to the DCS system to have access to the complete data of the mill. The last weeks before the start up we worked very intensively together. Once the hot commissioning started, we tested the equipment and finetuned it for the start-up. The remote connection to the DCS system was especially valuable in this phase,” tells Tommy Lundin, Valmet’s Commissioning Manager.

“Being onsite is important, but this has actually worked quite well – much better than we expected. The key to successful cooperation has been the very skilled and professional mill team, and the possibility to get photos and videos from the site – and naturally a working internet connection,” the team explains – completing each other’s sentences.

“We were all committed to a successful outcome. We worked closely together with the Ilim team and had common goals for secure a successful start-up. The successful start-up was achieved with dedicated professionals on both sides, good communication and mutual trust,” Sven Lennartsson concludes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127077
 17.09.2020

Valmet to supply Metsä Board’s Kemi mill with Industrial Internet solutions to enhance ...  (Company news)

... end-product quality and the mill’s productivity

Valmet and Metsä Board have signed an agreement on data-driven optimization of paperboard quality of the board machine at Metsä Board’s Kemi mill. The machine produces premium quality white top kraftliner. Valmet will supply the mill with Valmet Industrial Internet VII Data Discovery and VII for Paper Quality (photo) solutions.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed.

The agreement is the first step in a jointly built digital roadmap between Metsä Board and Valmet. The target of this first step is to ensure top-quality end-product to enable smooth runnability in the paperboard converting process. A mill-wide action plan will be created by combining historical mill process data, converting data from Metsä Board’s customer and Valmet’s expertise to discover the improvement potential of the board machine BM1 production process. This is enabled by Valmet’s VII Data Discovery solution.

“Metsä Board’s products are known for high quality consistency and converting runnability, and we are committed to continuous improvement. With virtual sensors for quality management using artificial intelligence we can reach even better performance. We chose Valmet as our partner based on technical expertise and long-term trust between our companies,” says Tomi Vähä-Ruohola, Technical Development Manager, Metsä Board.

“This project is a good example of how we can use VII Data Discovery findings to build a mill-wide action plan and create the right artificial intelligence-based VII solutions for the customer’s needs. With this first step in our common digital roadmap, we are together moving towards data-based optimization of the entire value chain from pulping to converting,” says Arttu-Matti Matinlauri, Director, Analytics and Applications, Automation business line, Valmet.

Further details about Valmet’s delivery
The VII for Paper Quality solution, including Valmet’s artificial intelligence-based applications and the Valmet IQ Quality Management System are used to predict and autonomously optimize paperboard surface quality in real time.

A key part of the VII for Paper Quality solution is the world’s first predictive application for online optimization of paperboard surface quality. It helps maintain high end-product quality and optimize the usage of raw material.

Another important application in this solution is the Dynamic Centerline Advisor, which builds optimal production recipes for each operating mode, ensuring maximized overall equipment effectiveness.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #127060
 15.09.2020

Valmet strengthens its business by acquiring PMP Group, a provider of technologies and ...  (Company news)

...services for the paper industry

Valmet has on September 11, 2020 entered into an agreement to acquire PMP Group in Poland. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 64 million, plus a conditional and capped earn-out component. The acquisition is estimated to be completed on October 1, 2020 at the earliest.

PMP Group supplies process technologies and services for tissue, board and paper machines globally, focusing on small and medium-sized tissue machines and board and paper machine rebuilds. The net sales of the company were approximately EUR 70 million in the fiscal year 2019. The company employs about 650 people, the majority of whom are located in Poland and the rest in China, USA and Italy.

Jari Vähäpesola (photo), Business Line President, Paper in Valmet:
“The acquisition will bring two companies with different offerings and customer segments together. PMP’s technology and services portfolio for small and medium-sized tissue, board and paper machines will be a very good complement to Valmet’s current paper technology and services for wide and fast machines and rebuilds. Together with PMP’s product portfolio, their competence and presence in strategic markets, we will create new business opportunities and further strengthen our capabilities to serve paper, board and tissue producers globally. PMP has a very skilled team and I am happy to warmly welcome them to Valmet,” says Jari Vähäpesola, Business Line President, Paper business line, Valmet.

Mirosław Pietraszek, PMP Group President:
“Joining to Valmet opens a new chapter in PMP’s rich history in the pulp and paper industry and represents a huge leap forward for our future development. I am convinced that the joint technological, production and human resources in our key markets will allow us to reach new heights and ultimately benefit the advancement of the entire paper industry,” says Miroslaw Pietraszek, PMP Group President.

PMP Group - a company with a long history in the pulp and paper industry
PMP Group is a provider of tissue, paper and board machinery and services. The company has been serving the pulp and paper industry for over 165 years. The 650 employees are located in Jelenia Góra and Świecie in Poland, Changzhou in China, South Beloit in USA and Lucca in Italy.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126811
 10.09.2020

Nordic Paper Bäckhammar: Three steps to record performance  (Company news)

Valmet’s new innovative solutions have enabled Nordic Paper Bäckhammar go full speed ahead and reach pulp production levels over 800 admt/d (air dry metric ton per day) while also increasing availability, reducing emissions, and reducing maintenance costs.

Photo: “The upgrades have allowed us to increase production and reduce both wood losses and maintenance costs. After two years of operation, the wear and tear we have seen on, for example, the chip pump has been minimal,” says Bengt-Erik Larsson, pulp mill technician at Nordic Paper Bäckhammar.

It has been over five years since Nordic Paper Bäckhammar in Sweden, began its journey to increase the capacity of the cooking plant. The initial production target was 700 admt/d with a future target of 800 admt/d – a level that has now been surpassed.

Three upgrades were made to the cooking plant and Valmet was chosen as the exclusive supplier. In addition to having a very good customer relationship, one of the deciding factors was that Valmet had new products ready for the market for two of the upgrades which allowed Bäckhammar to be the first to install the new technology.

Optimized runnability and reduced emissions
In September 2014, the newly developed Valmet Chip Bin OB (OptiBin) was installed – a product designed to not only optimize runnability, but to also eliminate channeling in the bin which reduces the environmental impact from emissions. Installation was completed during the annual maintenance stop (7 days).

The operation of the new chip bin has been very successful: Chip pre-steaming has improved allowing the Kappa number to be increased, which has reduced wood consumption by almost 3% as a result of the higher yield. Additionally, the mill’s emissions of weak gases have been reduced. The previous equipment accounted for about 50% of these emissions, but the Chip Bin OB has eliminated that portion entirely.

Production was increased from 620 to about 660 admt/d, but other limitations were discovered in the cooking plant. The chip feeding line had reached its maximum capacity, resulting in vibrations throughout the system. The continuous digester was also limited, and modifications were needed to further increase production.

Increased production and Kappa numbers
In 2016, Valmet was commissioned to continue the upgrade of the cooking plant with modifications to the digester. By lowering the digester extraction screens, the retention time in the cooking zone could be increased and allow additional production. Valmet Flexible Screens (OptiFlex) were installed during the annual maintenance stop and the results were outstanding – the production was increased from 660 to 700 admt/d while also increasing the Kappa number from 43 to 48. Bäckhammar now had a digester that could reach the new goals set for the cooking plant.

Removing limitations in chip feeding
With the digester no longer limiting production, a decision was made to address the limitations of the chip feeding line. Valmet presented the newly developed Valmet Pump Feed Solution G3, which converts the conventional chip feeding system into a new modern pump solution and eliminates the High-Pressure Feeder. Bäckhammar accepted, and became the world’s first mill to upgrade a conventional feeding line to this system. The new solution has helped to eliminate vibrations in the feed system and is extremely quiet despite the large chip pump.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126981
 04.09.2020

Stora Enso Skoghalls Mill upgrades to Valmet Pump Feed System  (Company news)

Valmet has received an order from Stora Enso in Sweden to convert its existing feed system in cooking plant to a Valmet Pump Feed System. By upgrading to a Valmet Pump Feed System, Skoghall mill intends to improve availability and reduce maintenance costs. The upgrade also includes a Valmet Chip Feeder specially designed to connect to the existing system and secure the flow to the chip pump. The new system is to be installed and started up at their annual shut down in autumn 2020.

Robert Carlström, Global Technology Manager at Valmet
“We are happy that Stora Enso Skoghall Mill choose Valmet as supplier and that Skoghall put trust in Valmet's new technology for continuous cooking feed lines,”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126859
 03.09.2020

Improved drying - Reduce thermal resistance with spoiler bars  (Company news)

It's hard to imagine how successful drying techniques would be today without the spoiler bar. It is based on the premise that the thermal resistance of the dryer's condensate layer can be reduced by fitting axial bars, or "spoiler bars" on the inside of the dryer shell. The bars generate turbulence in the condensate layer, and enhance heat transfer during high-speed operation.

The spoiler bar plays an integral role in the drying process. In fact, it is proved to increase productivity by improving drying capacity up to 30 percent, and offering unsurpassed drying uniformity and the potential for cross-machine moisture profile control.

Increasing heat transfer
Dryer performance and the ability to transfer heat is dependent on the movement or behavior of the water within the dryer. At low speeds, condensate rests in a puddle at the bottom of the cylinder causing steam to condense on the inside wall.

As speed increases, "cascading" occurs as a layer of the condensate falls to the cylinder's bottom. This is usually accompanied by large-scale turbulence, which provides good heat transfer.

When speeds reach above 1100 fpm (335 mpm), a relatively uniform thickness of water forms around the entire dryer circumference, with a turbulent "sloshing" motion present. However, as speeds exceed the limits of the rimming level, the sloshing motion decreases, and heat is forced to conduct through an essentially stagnant layer of water. Spoiler bars, placed longitudinally around the circumference of five- and six-foot diameter dryers, can help to alleviate this problem by generating turbulence in the stagnant water, thus enhancing heat transfer.

But how much heat transfer can be expected from spoiler bars? The answer to this is usually found in data of the machine's actual running conditions with and without the spoiler bars present. As a general forecast, The figure shows the range of drying increases possible. The lower line represents a machine with a low external heat transfer coefficient similar to board or corrugating medium grade sheet, with poor pocket ventilation. The upper line represents a machine with a high external heat transfer coefficient, such as a fine grade machine with good pocket ventilation.

Limitations
Standard on most dryers, spoiler bars added to existing machines can produce remarkable results. However, despite their benefits, spoiler bars do have their limitations. For example, to increase speed, spoiler bars should only be applied to dryers that are steam pressure limited due to steam header limits or steam system design limitations. Also, spoiler bars shouldn't be used on dryers of machines that restrict steam pressure due to the sheet's low tolerance to higher temperatures. Spoiler bars are also not applied to the bottom dryers of a serpentine felted section since the bottom dryers do not contribute to drying.

Profiling
Spoiler bars also can improve the sheet moisture profile. One proven method is to apply partial length bars designed to cover only the wettest portion of the sheet. This method improves drying only where required, and allows the wetter portions of the sheet to catch up with the dryer portion, thus producing a leveling effect.

The preferred location of profiling dryers is in the maximum drying rate area of the machine – usually mid-machine in the main steam group that is running at the highest pressure. Felted dryers are preferred with the highest possible wrap. Dryers with adequate pocket ventilation are also required for maximum effectiveness.

Kraft bag case study
The full impact of the spoiler bar on drying performance can be seen in data collected from a kraft bag machine installation. Mechanical spring-hoop design spoiler bars were installed in 30 out of 34 of the machine's dryers. Four of the bars were partial length for profiling. Prior to the bars' installation, the machine ran 30# - 50# kraft bag at speeds of 1900 to 2400 fpm (580 to 730 mpm).

Tests taken before and after the spoiler bar installation with equal grade and speed run, showed a significant drop in steam pressure from 60 to 34 psi, indicating a 23% increase in heat transfer. At the same time, condensing load measurements indicated a 7% decrease in steam usage.

In its first year using spoiler bars, the mill was able to set speed records on all grades. The 30# to 35# bag grades improved to the drive limit of 3000 fpm (915 mpm). The 40# bag showed a 22.6% increase in speed. The 50# mulitwall grade ran with a 29.3% increase in speed at 2456 fpm (749 mpm), showing an efficiency increase on top of the drying increase.

The spoiler bars had an even larger impact on moisture profile. The previous moisture variation of 4.9% decreased to 1.1% variation, while moisture levels rose from 5.0 - 5.75% to 6.0 - 6.5%.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126718
 31.08.2020

UPM Fray Bentos takes advantage of a new Valmet Kappa Analyzer  (Company news)

When UPM Fray Bentos decided to replace its aging Kappa Brite Analyzer after over 10 years of sterling service they again chose Valmet and in 2019 installed the latest online analyzer Valmet Kappa QC. The UPM Fray Bentos mill, located on the banks of the River Uruguay, produces 1,3 million tons/annum of bleached kraft pulp. The end product, UPM Euca, is a versatile fiber made from plantation-grown eucalyptus. It is used to create clean, soft and smooth tissue products but also provides good surface and optical properties for printing and writing end uses. Quick refinability, high brightness and good cleanliness make it a choice for several specialty paper types.

New measurement opportunities
According to Inés Eluén (photo), Process Manager, the Kappa and brightness measurements from Kappa Brite were usually accurate and reliable, but it was approaching end-of-life resulting in difficulties to purchase the spare parts. “We took the change as an opportunity to add further value: increase the frequency of kappa and brightness results as well as measure shives and fiber morphology along the fiberline. We aim to provide our customers with very clean pulp of stable brightness all the time, so brightness measurements need to be very accurate, with a small standard deviation and as frequent as possible. But in addition, we wanted the analyzer to identify and measure very small, semi bleached shives which are difficult to detect, even to the human eye. This was a challenge during equipment selection: some analyzers were not able to detect such shives at all,” says Eluén.

"We wanted the analyzer to identify and measure very small, semi bleached shives which are difficult to detect, even to the human eye. This was a challenge during equipment selection: some analyzers were not able to detect such shives at all." says Inés Eluén, Process Manager.

Selecting the right analyzer
Gastón Cubas, Development Engineer, takes up the story, “A couple of years before changing the equipment we began evaluating different alternatives available in the market with the focus and interest to monitor shives and fiber morphology. In this sense, we performed a preliminary evaluation of the Fiber & Shives module offered by the Valmet Kappa QC. We sent samples to customer installations in Finland and the results were promising. In addition, we had the opportunity to confirm some valuable mill references of this equipment (one of them in our company) of good performance and reliability for Kappa number and brightness measurements as well as some experience with shive monitoring. When the time came to decide on supplier and technology, Valmet met all our needs and expectations, technically and commercially.”

Kappa, brightness and shive control
The Kappa Analyzer performs key measurements in the four stage, A/D-Eop-D-P, bleach plant. Measuring sequentially, the analyzer is fed by four samplers automatically extracting pulp from the process before first D stage, before second D stage, before last P stage and final product going to bleached pulp towers. Measurement data from the analyzer plus inline sensors are combined with settings given by the operator to carry out the various calculations required for each of the process stages and provide setpoints for the chemical controllers. “Kappa and brightness results are used in the same way as with previous analyzer to control bleaching. The shive measurements in the initial bleaching stages serve to monitor cooking process issues and are now easier to follow up. It is now possible to prevent short shive outbursts and control shives more efficiently in the fiberline. If something reaches the final product, it is easier to detect and segregate. Before, we needed more manual measurements to achieve the same result. We now have a better understanding of the effect of different process parameters on shives, as we get constant feedback from the process.” declares Eluén. “The shive measurements correlate very well with the kappa measurements throughout the process and have a very good correlation with the shives measured in the final product. This can allow us to forecast final product shives, which we are still following up,” adds Rainer Pauls, Fiberline Supervisor.

Good pre-planning guaranteed a smooth startup
For Inés Eluén a trouble free startup was essential, “Our project team including production, laboratory, R&D and technical department all had the chance to share expectations with Valmet and discuss about the goals at several stages from beginning to end of the project. Based on our request that start-up should be trouble-free for production, significant pre-work was done in order to reduce start-up time requirements. Before sending the analyzer to our site, pre-calibration curves were produced at the Valmet factory with selected pulp samples from our mill. A representative from UPM was able participate and our laboratory team had the opportunity to discuss results and comment on curves.”

Installation on the run
“Our project team discussed deeply about the best possible moment to perform installation and start-up and considered that it would be better to start-up the new analyzer during mill stable running rather than at a shutdown. The change was planned one channel at a time, which allowed us to continue monitoring and controlling quality along the rest of the process in the meantime. Valmet supported our strategy and worked together with us. The result of such team work was a very smooth, easy and fast start-up. We did not need to face blind process periods or worry about declassed product or tons of extra laboratory measurements at a rush. Our lab was able to focus its resources on calibration fine-tuning, one step at a time, and production could trust the results from the analyzer almost from the beginning,” reports Eluén.

High availability
“The analyzer has had an excellent performance from the first start with no notable failures or errors, achieving high availability and suitable maintenance level. As far as correlation is concerned, the pre-loaded curve in Finland had a very close correlation, and, in the short term, it was possible to reach excellent correlation values. Valmet support from the point of view of the project engineering was excellent, thus allowing the milestones set in the schedule to be met perfectly,” states Ramiro Zapata, Maintenance and Planning Engineer.

Further insights
“Compared to laboratory measurements, the analyzer provides far more data and quicker feedback regarding the process. It allows online control of process parameters. The shive and fiber morphology measurements are providing further insights regarding the effects of our raw material and processes on pulp quality. Quality at our mill is at a very good level,” concludes Eluén.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126924
 28.08.2020

Valmet to supply new bleach plant and upgrade of batch cooking and fiberline to ITC's ...  (Company news)

...Bhadrachalam pulp mill in India

Valmet will deliver a new bleach plant and upgrade of the batch cooking and fiberline to ITC's Bhadrachalam pulp mill in India.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2020. The order value will not be disclosed. An order of this scope is typically around EUR 20-30 million. The start-up is scheduled for 2022.

The Bhadrachalam pulp mill has an increased demand of pulp due to continuous expansion in board production. The company has recently invested in Valmet’s board machine, a new high power recovery boiler and ash leaching plant.

“Valmet has been a trusted partner for our paperboard and chemical pulp lines and has constantly put efforts in research and development of the operation issues and input condition changes. For this reason, ITC's management chose Valmet as the supplier of the new bleach plant,” says Sanjay Singh, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC Limited, Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division.

"Valmet and ITC have put a lot of effort into a thorough pre-engineering aiming at increasing the production, reducing operating costs and improving the fiberline’s availability. I am happy to say that the outcome is a state-of-the-art process solution combining existing equipment with the latest technology, which will allow ITC to increase its pulp production with improved pulp quality at reduced cost per ton of pulp. This project is the result of good cooperation between ITC and Valmet, and we are committed to continuing to support ITC with the latest technology and strong local presence in India," says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
Valmet’s delivery includes new bleach plant, batch cooking extension and fiberline upgrade. The supply scope consists of main equipment, basic engineering, training, site services and corresponding spare parts. In addition to this, the delivery also includes Valmet Industrial Internet VII for Pulp Quality solutions for the new bleach plant in order to secure reliable and efficient operation.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126904
 27.08.2020

Valmet to supply Valmet IQ quality management system to PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill...  (Company news)

... in Ukraine

Valmet will supply Valmet IQ quality management system to PJSC Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill in Kiev, Ukraine. The new system will be installed in the corrugated packaging plant of the mill which is undertaking modernization actions. The investment is targeted to improve the quality of the corrugated board, and to increase productivity and profitability in converting operations.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The delivery is scheduled by the end of September 2020.

“We are happy that PJSC Kyiv Cardboard has chosen Valmet IQ to improve their corrugated board quality and plant productivity. Our experience and results from Valmet IQ’s previous installations for corrugator had a big role in this decision. It is great to see that we can help PJSC to move their performance forward with this moisture-based quality control system,” says Mikko Talonen, Business Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
The Valmet IQ quality management system is specifically designed for Corrugator plants and combines precise online moisture, temperature and warp measurements with reliable closed-loop controls and moisturizers including reporting system. It comprises Valmet IQ Multipoint moisture measurement system with IQ Wet-End Control, Valmet IQ Moisturizer, Valmet IQ Converting Scanners and Valmet IQ Warp Measurement with IQ Dry-End Control.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126885
 24.08.2020

Valmet and Metsä Spring cooperate in developing novel 3D fiber products  (Company news)

Valmet and Metsä Group's innovation company Metsä Spring are building a pilot plant in Äänekoski to develop a new wood-based 3D fiber product for the global forest industry. When completed, the new pilot plant will employ about ten people. The plant produces ready-made 3D fiber packages directly from wet wood fiber pulp without intermediate steps. As such, the new environmentally friendly 3D fiber products will be ready to be delivered to end customers. Disposable plates are examples of 3D fiber products.

Photo: Valmet's technology for the 3D fiber product production

“Valmet, as the technology leader in the industry, brings unique technology and product development expertise in the project. The cooperation project with Metsä Spring is a great opportunity to develop new types of solutions supporting sustainable development,” says Petri Rasinmäki, Director, Board and Paper Machines technology unit at Valmet.

“The goal is to develop a new type of wood-based product, a 3D fiber product, that can replace packaging made from fossil raw materials, for example. Our preliminary research phase with Valmet was successful. Now we are accelerating and starting to build a test facility. I believe that we have a great opportunity to succeed in developing a new significant value-added product for the Finnish forest industry,” says Jarkko Tuominen, who is leading the project at Metsä Spring.

Renewable, responsibly grown and pure Finnish wood fiber is used as the main raw material for the 3D fiber products. The products are recyclable and, if recycling is not possible, they will also be biodegradable. Lightweight construction and new manufacturing technology minimize energy and raw material requirements as well as supply chain logistics.

The first phase of the project aims to develop a new type of more sustainable, environmentally friendly and easy-to-use food packaging. According to a customer survey, there is already a significant demand for the product, and to an increasing extent in the future.

Construction of the pilot plant will begin in the fall of 2020. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2021, and will continue to be used to research and develop the production method and 3D product.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126862
 20.08.2020

Valmet to supply start-up clothing to Stora Enso's Oulu Mill in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply start-up clothing to Stora Enso’s Oulu Mill in Finland. The start-up clothing includes forming fabrics (photo), press felts, shoe press belts and dryer fabrics. The clothing order is related to Stora Enso’s paper machine (PM 7) grade conversion project delivered by Valmet.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2020. The clothing will be delivered for the start-up of the rebuilt BM 7, which is scheduled for the end of 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed.

“Valmet has been our main clothing supplier in Oulu for a long time. We are pleased to continue working together in this strategic project, too, as the performance of the fabrics and felts is crucial for end product quality and production efficiency. We have set high requirements for the technical support at the start-up and during optimization. We trust that Valmet can meet our expectations,” says Janne Myllykangas, Area Manager BM 7 and Deputy Project Director at Stora Enso.

“We are happy that Stora Enso has chosen our clothing for the start-up of BM 7. All in all, the order includes 50 percent of the forming fabrics and press felts, and 100 percent of the dryer fabrics for the first two years with an option for the third year. Valmet Black Belt shoe press belts were already included in Stora Enso’s earlier order for this project. Our Industrial Internet application for PMC (paper machine clothing) remote analytics is also included into the delivery,” says Martti Heinola, Director, Paper Machine Clothing, Valmet.

Valmet and Stora Enso have also signed a Performance Agreement including technical support to accelerate the start-up curve.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126559
 18.08.2020

Valmet receives tissue line order from Daio Paper Corporation  (Company news)

Valmet has been chosen as the supplier of an Advantage tissue production line to Daio Paper Corporation, Japan. The new tissue line, jointly delivered by Valmet and Valmet’s partner Kawanoe Zoki, will be installed at Daio Kawanoe Mill in Shikokuchuo Island, Japan. This will be Valmet’s second tissue machine delivery to Daio Paper Corporation, and the first delivery with the state-of-the-art Advantage ViscoNip press technology.

Image: Daio Paper and Kawanoe team visition Valmet Tissue Technology Center in 2019

“As a top household tissue maker in Japan, we have chosen Valmet Advantage DCT 200TS to realize stable production of high-quality products such as facial tissue, toilet paper and kitchen towel grades at low cost and top speed.

We anticipate that the high-speed tissue line, equipped with Valmet leading technologies such as Advantage ViscoNip press, AirCap hood with Air system, and Valmet Automation system DCS and QCS, will achieve our goal at the earliest stage and we are looking forward to the start-up day. Also, we believe that Valmet, Kawanoe Zoki and Daio paper, will certainly succeed in this big machine project.” says Mr. Shozo Ishikawa, General manager of plant engineering department, Daio Paper Corporation.

”We are proud that Daio Paper Corporation selected Valmet and our partner Kawanoe Zoki as supplier for their new tissue line. The tissue market in Japan is highly demanding with extensive requirements on both product technology and efficient and sustainable production. Valmet has the tissue making technologies to meet these and future demands of the market." says Tomas Karlsson, Sales Director, Valmet. We are looking forward to continue to deepen our collaboration in this important project."

"It is a privilege to cooperate with Daio Paper and Valmet, and to contribute to the installation of the world leading tissue machine technology to the Daio Kawanoe mill. We are looking forward to a continuous and close cooperation between our three companies, and to install the Advantage DCT technology” says Mr. Takahiro Shinohara, President, Kawanoe Zoki.

Technical information about the delivery
The new Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machine, Daio Kawanoe N2, will have a width of 5,6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and an 18 feet Steel Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technologies AirCap and Air system, a SoftReel L reel with Center Wind Assist, and the unique combination of ViscoNip press and ReTurne energy saving technology. Valmet Automation Systems DCS and QCS is also included in the delivery.

The raw material to be used is virgin fiber and the production line is optimized to save energy and enhance quality of the final product.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126580
 31.07.2020

Machine vision cuts down web breaks at Torraspapel Leitza  (Company news)

Following the 2018 installation of a new coating machine for thermal paper, the Lecta Group’s Torraspapel facility in Leitza, Spain took advantage of a new concept in web monitoring from Valmet. Typically web monitoring systems (WMS), installed to discover more about the origins and causes of web breaks, are intended for whole paper machine lines and in addition to the various cameras involve a substantial investment in cabling and computer hardware. For Leitza, monitoring only a coating machine, a smaller system was needed. The solution was the newly developed Valmet IQ WMS Lite designed not only to be easier to install but also to meet the budget constraints of smaller machines.

Web breaks caused an urgent need
Torraspapel approached Valmet for a web monitoring solution that would be fast and easy to install in order to reduce the number of web breaks. This was to be the first installation of the new “Lite” system designed specifically for this type of smaller scope installation. An eight-camera system was decided on with seven fixed and one mobile camera connected via Ethernet cable to a field mountable system cabinet. The mill’s need for the system was urgent and to reduce the effect of the twelve-week delivery time, Valmet was able to install a four-camera demo system to meet immediate requirements.

“We were getting a lot of breaks and because the paper we use all comes from off-site we needed to determine the reasons quickly. Were they caused by holes of cuts in the roll or some other reason within our control,” says Ioseba Valencia, Responsible for Investments in the Leitza factory maintenance department. “The Valmet system met our needs both in terms of performance and cost.”

"Now we can see that the breaks are not caused by the machine"
There are three coaters at Leitza and as there is no onsite papermaking, all paper rolls come from other Lecta Group mills or third party suppliers. The coater is 3500mm wide, running at 1000 meters/minute to make a regular thermal paper as well as protected thermal paper that has a second coating to ensure it will not discolor or go black with age. “Our biggest problem was that we did not know why the breaks happened and now we can see that almost all the breaks are caused by the incoming material and not caused by the machine,” says Valencia. “Three break detectors on the coater are used to trigger the recording by the Valmet system and we can immediately see where the problem occurred. We can then use the pictures in a report to our paper suppliers and request that defects are investigated.”

“Installation was straight forward with most of the cable work done beforehand; the cameras themselves took perhaps only two days. We have had no maintenance problems in the 8 months since startup and cleaning is done on a need basis, only when necessary as the coater environment is quite clean compared to a paper machine. All in all, it has been a good investment,” concludes Valencia.
(Valmet Corporaton)

Newsgrafik #126673
 28.07.2020

Valmet receives the eighth tissue line order from Hayat Kimya  (Company news)

Valmet will supply the eighth tissue line delivery including an extensive automation package to Turkish tissue producer Hayat Kimya. The company has decided to invest in a third machine in Russia in order to meet the increasing demand for their high-quality tissue products. This is the first machine at their new mill outside Moscow. The new line will add 70,000 tons of tissue to company’s current production of facial, toilet and towel tissues.

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

Hayat Kimya, the current world speed record holder with their TM2 tissue machine in Turkey supplied by Valmet, is constantly targeting latest technology to reach the highest efficiency and the lowest possible energy consumption. Previously the company has installed six Valmet Advantage DCT 200TS (photo) tissue production lines to its mills in Turkey, Russia and Egypt with one more starting-up in 2021.

“Our ambition is to run at high efficiency and Valmet’s technology is certainly supporting that target. We are regularly updating our machine fleet to make sure we always operate at optimum production level. We find both Valmet’s technology and people easy to deal with,” says Lütfi Aydin, Director, Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.

“We are excited to be part of Hayat Kimya’s successful journey. The company started only fourteen years ago and is already a world player, who will soon have nine tissue lines in operation,” says Björn Magnus, Sales Director, Tissue Mills business unit, Paper business line, Valmet.

Technical information
The new tissue machine TM9 will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min.
The raw material to be used in the tissue production will be virgin fiber. The new production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance the quality of the final product.

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

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

Newsgrafik #126671
 24.07.2020

Valmet's Half Year Financial Review January 1 - June 30, 2020: Orders received decreased to...  (Company news)

... EUR 826 million and Comparable EBITA increased to EUR 76 million in the second quarter

April–June 2020: Orders received decreased and comparable EBITA increased
*Orders received decreased 24 percent to EUR 826 million (EUR 1,083 million).
---Orders received remained at the previous year’s level in the Pulp and Energy, and Automation business lines and decreased in the Paper and Services business lines.
---Orders received increased in China and decreased in South America, North America, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia-Pacific.
*Net sales remained at the previous year’s level and amounted to EUR 919 million (EUR 901 million).
---Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy business line, remained at the previous year’s level in the Paper business line, and decreased in the Services and Automation business lines.
*Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 76 million (EUR 69 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 8.3 percent (7.7%).
---Comparable EBITA increased due to lower selling, general and administration (SG&A) expenses.
*Earnings per share were EUR 0.29 (EUR 0.26).
*Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -6 million (EUR -5 million).
*Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 151 million (EUR -44 million).

January–June 2020: Orders received remained at the previous year’s level
*Orders received remained at the previous year’s level and amounted to EUR 2,013 million (EUR 1,918 million).
---Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy business line, remained at the previous year’s level in the Services and Automation business lines and decreased in the Paper business line.
---Orders received increased in China, remained at the previous year’s level in EMEA, and decreased in Asia-Pacific, North America and South America.
*Net sales increased 10 percent to EUR 1,740 million (EUR 1,587 million).
---Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines and remained at the previous year’s level in the Automation and Services business lines.
*Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 128 million (EUR 117 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.4 percent (7.3%).
---Comparable EBITA increased due to higher net sales.
*Earnings per share were EUR 0.49 (EUR 0.47).
*Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -7 million (EUR -3 million).
*Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 324 million (EUR -14 million).

Guidance for 2020
Valmet announced on April 16, 2020 that the company withdraws its guidance for 2020 due to increased uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Short-term market outlook
Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for pulp, and board and paper, the good/satisfactory short-term market outlook for automation, the satisfactory short-term market outlook for energy, and tissue, and the satisfactory/weak short-term market outlook for services.

President and CEO Pasi Laine (photo): Decent quarter despite the pandemic
“Valmet’s orders received amounted to EUR 826 million in the second quarter of 2020. Orders received remained at the previous year’s level in Pulp and Energy, and in Automation, decreased in Services and decreased from the previous year’s high level in Paper. Our order backlog amounted to EUR 3,492 million. Valmet’s net sales remained at the previous year’s level, and the Comparable EBITA increased to EUR 76 million, corresponding to a margin of 8.3 percent. Our balance sheet was strong with a gearing of -23 percent.

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted our operations in the second quarter. Many of our customers restricted access to their sites, which led to disturbances especially in Valmet’s field services and mill improvement projects. The pandemic had a negative impact on Services’ order intake and net sales. In the capital business, COVID-19 caused progress delays in projects and led to some delays in the supply chain network. On the other hand, the pandemic resulted in lower travel expenses.

During the quarter we agreed to acquire 14.9 percent of Neles Corporation. Neles is a good quality global company with a large share of recurring business and a strong position in the pulp and paper industry. It has demonstrated good growth and has potential to grow further. Valmet’s goal is to have an active long-term role in the development of Neles. The strategic rationale of the share acquisition is further supported by the fact that Valmet and Neles have a common heritage, serve similar global industries and benefit from same global megatrends.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126633
 23.07.2020

Valmet to supply world's largest bleached chemi thermo mechanical pulp line to Sun Paper's...   (Company news)

...Beihai mill in China

Valmet will supply the world’s largest bleached chemi thermo mechanical pulp (BCTMP) line to Guangxi Sun Paper Co., Ltd’s new Beihai mill in China. The start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021. The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Valmet’s delivery is part of Sun Paper’s new greenfield mill in Beihai, which will eventually have a total pulp and paper capacity of 3.5 million tonnes annually. This order complements the fine paper machine, automation and recovery boiler order, which Valmet announced in April 2020 and the cooking and fiberline order announced at the beginning of June.

“We have been discussing BCTMP technology with Valmet over the years and have done a lot of research on Valmet installations. The selected solution meets our needs very well, especially in terms of energy saving, environmental impact and operation capacity,” says Yanjun Cao, Vice General Manager, Sun Paper.

“This BCTMP order from Sun Paper is a great breakthrough for our cooperation, especially in BCTMP technology. The state-of-the-art technology we offered will help the customer to reduce operation cost significantly. This order further extends Valmet’s scope of delivery to Sun Paper Beihai Mill,” says Xiangdong Zhu, Area President, China, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
The Valmet delivered BCTMP line is integrated to a folding box board line which will have capacity of 1,800 airdried metric tonnes per day.

Valmet’s delivery includes the main equipment for the BCTMP line including the world leading refiner and wash press technology. The EPS delivery scope covers engineering, procurement and site supervision. Training, site services and corresponding spare parts are also a part of the scope.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126535
 15.07.2020

Valmet to supply pulp production upgrade technology to PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp ...  (Company news)

...and Paper in Indonesia

Valmet will supply pulp production upgrade technology to PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp and Paper (PT TEL) in Indonesia. The delivery includes an upgrade of continuous cooking system, with a design capacity of 1,800 air dried tonnes per day, and two sets of new automatic baling equipment. With the new investments, PT TEL targets to increase its pulp production capability and improve its pulp quality.

Image: A new Valmet ImpBin will be installed prior to the existing digester vessel, which will be upgraded with Continuous Cooking G3 features.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply and delivery is usually valued in the range of EUR 10-12 million.

“Our target in the cooking system upgrade is to reduce our unit wood consumption by increasing the pulp yield and reducing reject content, to enhance our pulp quality and to lower the specific load on the recovery boiler. By upgrading to Valmet’s latest continuous cooking system we will significantly increase the pulp yield which will reduce our operating costs and allow us to be capable to increase the overall mill pulp production. Moreover, with the two new sets of baling equipment, we aim at improving availability and production stability. We have logically selected the advanced and reliable technology that supports us in achieving our target in this project,” says Hiroyuki Moriyasu, President Director, PT TEL.

“Valmet’s continuous cooking technology fits the customer’s requirement of cost-efficient pulp production with high pulp yield and low reject content, while also ensuring excellent pulp quality. Furthermore, this repeat order of baling machines shows that customer trusts our technology and our previous delivery of three baling machines in 2019 have met the customer’s expectation. We are happy to continue the cooperation with PT TEL,” says Fredrik Wilgotson, Vice President, Pulp and Energy, Asia Pacific, Valmet.

Information about the delivery
This upgrade project will add the Valmet Continuous Cooking G3 technology to PT TEL’s existing cooking system. A new Valmet ImpBin will be installed prior to the existing digester vessel, which will be upgraded with Continuous Cooking G3 features. ImpBin ensures homogeneous chip steaming and impregnation, which is the key to produce high quality pulp with high pulp yield and low reject content. The upgrade also includes Valmet’s latest technology for chip pumping. The start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.

In addition, the delivery includes a modern Valmet Wire Tyer, which is operated by electrical servo motors, resulting in exact and gentle wire feeding. The Valmet Wire Tyer ensures a reliable system for bale wire application that can process up to 300 bales in an hour. The new baling equipment is scheduled to be delivered in late 2020 and the startup is planned for the first quarter of 2021.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126510
 13.07.2020

Valmet to supply TwinRoll wash press technology to Phoenix Pulp & Paper ...  (Company news)

...Public Company Limited in Thailand

Valmet has received an order to supply wash press technology to Phoenix Pulp & Paper Public Company Limited’s (PPPC) hardwood bleached pulp plant at the Nam Pong mill, located in Khon Kaen province in Thailand.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.

“Valmet’s technology and services are in line with our sustainable profile, reducing water footprint and improving hardwood bleached pulp plant effluent”, says Wichan Charoenkitsupat, Chief Operating Officer, Fibrous Business, SCG Packaging Public Company Limited.

“PPPC decided to choose Valmet as their key technology provider based on our good references for TwinRoll presses. Our wash press technology is designed to increase washing efficiency, reduce water and chemical consumption, and effluent discharge”, says Fredrik Wilgotson, Vice President, Pulp and Energy, Asia Pacific, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
Valmet’s scope of delivery includes two TwinRoll presses including liquor filter, spare parts, engineering and site services. The new presses are designed for a capacity of 540 air dried tonnes per day hardwood bleached pulp and will reduce the mill’s fresh water consumption and effluent generation.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126463
 06.07.2020

Valmet to deliver machine vision system to ITC in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a new-generation machine vision system to ITC in India. The new Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) will be installed on ITC’s packaging board machine - BM7, replacing the existing WIS system. The new Valmet IQ WIS will enable the mill to inspect and improve paper quality in greater detail.

Photo: Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) uses multi-geometry technology.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The commissioning is scheduled during the third and fourth quarter of 2020.

“Our BM7 already has Valmet quality control solutions, and we are happy to work together with Valmet on progressive improvements too, such as the upcoming runnability improvement,” says Sanjay Singh, CEO, ITC Limited Paper Boards and Specialty Paper Division.

“Based on the proven results and trust, we decided to select Valmet again,” continues Vadiraj Kulkarni, COO, ITC Paper Boards and Specialty Paper Division.

“The customer was seeking for the latest inspection technology to improve the product quality. Our new WIS features matched their requirement of the limited installation space and advanced line scan technology of detecting faint blade lines and calendar marks. In addition, we did the test for its blade line samples, and as the results were good, the customer was even more confident about our solution,” says Pravin Tripathi, Head of Sales & Services, Automation, India, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
The delivery includes two camera beams and two LED light beams for transmission, top high angle reflection with side light and bottom high angle reflection using multi-geometry technology with intelligent 8K Dual-line TDI cameras.

The Valmet IQ WIS provides new information to reduce the origins of web defects in order to improve production efficiency and product quality. With the IQ WIS operators can quickly focus on the specific quality problems, making the necessary changes in the machine operations to optimize the machine efficiency and high product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126389
 29.06.2020

Valmet to supply a new off-machine coater to Oji Papéis Especiais in Brazil  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a new off-machine coating machine to Oji Papéis Especiais (OPE) in Piracicaba, Brazil. With the new off-machine coater PC4, OPE is seeking to increase thermal paper production capacity and strengthen its competitiveness globally, focusing on the Brazilian, South American and North American markets. The PC4 will increase OPE’s thermal paper production capacity by 80 percent. The start-up of the new off-machine coater is scheduled for November 2021.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 25-35 million.

“OPE chose Valmet as a partner for this PC4 project because Valmet has the most modern thermal coating application technology available in the market. Valmet’s curtain coating head is a coating application system with two simultaneous coating slides without contacting the paper and an optimum coating profile, and the low-energy consuming air dryers are highly efficient. The PC4 coater will also have the latest technology for distributed control system (DCS), the Valmet DNA automation system, as well as Valmet’s measurement and quality control systems (QCS). This new PC4 coater machine will position OPE among the world’s largest and most modern thermal paper mills,” says Giovani Varella, Industrial Director, Oji Papéis Especiais.

“The cooperation with OPE has been excellent, and our relationship was already on a very good level due to earlier automation projects. We worked actively together during the sales project to develop the most suitable concept for OPE’s targets. It is always essential for us to serve the customer as fast and well as possible during the challenging purchasing process. The performance of the key technologies was proven with successful pilot trials and references,” says Timo Saresvuo, Senior Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the off-machine coater will include a new OptiCoat Layer curtain coating station, which gives a very good profiling and coverage even with thin layers, thus the amount of expensive thermal coating color can be kept low. The delivery includes also a re-reeler, an OptiCalender Soft calender, an OptiReel Center reel and OptiDry Coat coating air dryers. The air-drying capacity and their temperatures have been carefully calculated and optimized for high quality thermal paper. The delivery will also include a supply system for the curtain coater unit.

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 a fast and efficient way to ensure that the optimal thermal paper quality is reached, and the machine is meeting the planned start-up curve. The automation delivery will include Valmet DNA automation system with machine controls and condition monitoring. It also will include Valmet IQ quality management system with a full-scale quality control, moisturizing profiler, and machine vision systems consisting of web monitoring (WMS) and web inspection systems (WIS).

The 4,200 mm wide (reel) off-machine coater will produce thermal grades in the basis weight range of 44-55 g/m2. The design speed is 1,200 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126386
 26.06.2020

Valmet to provide advanced process control and service agreement to Asia Symbol (Shandong)...   (Company news)

...Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd in China

Valmet will supply Valmet Recovery Boiler Optimizer advanced process control (APC) solution (photo) to Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd in China. The solution will be installed on the company’s pulp line (dubbed PL12) recovery boiler, helping the customer to reduce operating costs, eliminate process variations, optimize control, and improve production efficiency.

Additionally, Valmet will provide Asia Symbol with annual service agreement for Valmet analyzers which are already installed on PL12. The service contains for example expert support, audit service, shut down service, maintenance service, and remote service, which will optimize the performance and sustain the results.

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

“Asia Symbol and Valmet have a long cooperation relationship. Valmet’s experts listened to our needs and provided the exact solution we wanted. With Valmet’s advanced process control we will achieve the best combustion efficiency and stable operation performance for this pulp line,” says Wang Bin, Director of automation department, Asia Symbol.

“We are very pleased to provide advanced process control system to Asia symbol. Through our proven automation technology, we are confident that we will help our customer to meet the performance target, as well as achieve savings,” says Chuang Zhao, Sales Manager, China, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of Valmet Recovery Boiler Optimizer advanced process control solution. Valmet APC is part of the Valmet Industrial Internet offering, and it combines advanced process control and optimization of the process and operation.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126301
 18.06.2020

Valmet to supply cooking and fiberline to Sun Paper's Beihai mill in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply cooking and fiberline to Guangxi Sun Paper Co., Ltd’s new Beihai mill in China. The pulp mill will have a capacity of 800,000 air dried tonnes per year of bleached hardwood kraft pulp.

Photo: Sun Paper’s new greenfield mill in Beihai will eventually have a total pulp and paper capacity of 3.5 million tonnes annually.

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

Valmet’s delivery is part of Sun Paper’s new greenfield mill in Beihai, which will eventually have a total pulp and paper capacity of 3.5 million tonnes annually. This order complements the fine paper machine, automation and recovery boiler order which Valmet announced in April 2020.

“Our overall target of the project is to build a world-class mill. We wanted to choose advanced and reliable technology that has little impact on the environment at the same time as it performs with high quality and efficiency and has low operating costs. We chose Valmet because they met our goals well in this project. We have also had good collaboration in all previous projects,” says Yanjun Cao, Vice general manager, Sun Paper.

“We had many discussions with the customer, and we managed to offer a concept that fits their needs well with a tight delivery schedule and long-term cooperation. All our earlier pulp mill references were also contributing factors to this important order,” says Xiangdong Zhu, Area President, China, Valmet.

“The cooking and fiberline will feature leading process technology, including the latest developments in our continuous cooking technology, to reach excellent efficiency in energy and raw material utilization. A high end-product quality with low effluent flows and high environmental performance will be secured with the latest generation of TwinRoll wash presses throughout the fiberline in combination with Valmet´s screening, oxygen and bleaching technology,” says Eva Engelfeldt, Senior Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

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, and three stage ECF (elementally chlorine free) bleaching. Corresponding spare parts and site services are also a part of the scope.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126226
 17.06.2020

Traction for tightly wound paper rolls  (Company news)

Traction is the key word when winding large parent paper rolls successfully into tightly wound smaller paper rolls for customers without dishing problems and crepe marking. Slipping causes a loss of tension control required for tightly wound customer rolls, and slipping marks the paper. Traction between the paper and winder drum can be achieved by ensuring that the surface of the winder drum has the required level of roughness. However, the shell material of the winder drum is not abrasive resistant enough, and smoothening of a roughened shell surface will happen. As a solution, Valmet offers a drum roll cover with an extremely durable hard coating: Valmet Winder Drum Cover TM, with optimized surface for reliable winding.

Photo: Valmet Winder Drum Cover TM is an extremely durable hard coating.

Extremely durable hard coating
Various paper grades have different levels of sensitivity to the roughness of the winder drum, so choosing the right surface roughness is important. Valmet Winder Drum Cover TM is available in a variety of roughness levels, from extra fine to coarse. After the initial wear of the sharp peaks of the sprayed-on hard coating, Valmet Winder Drum Cover TM settles down to the suitable roughness level. Over time, the roughness of the drum surface can reduce. With the durable Valmet Winder Drum Cover TM cover, this is usually not caused by wearing of the hard coating, but by the buildup of contaminants.

Valmet Service provides portable equipment for mills to gritblast the coating in order to remove contaminants and restore the surface roughness. When necessary, Valmet can also respray the hard coating onto the drum to restore the coating thickness. Both gritblasting and respraying of the hard coating can be executed on-machine – without disassembling the winder drum.

Combination of hard coating and dirt-repelling polymers
Contamination of the winder drum surface is a slow process that gradually reduces traction, weakening winder performance. To keep the winder drum in good condition longer with the desired surface roughness, Valmet offers another state-of-the-art solution: Valmet Winder Drum Cover TM-R, which is a combination of hard coating and dirt-repelling polymer. As with Valmet Winder Drum Cover TM, the hard coating provides the durable and rough surface, but now a polymer film is used to prevent contamination, allowing easier surface cleaning. This cover can also be applied and renewed on-site at the mill, for instance, every 12-18 months.

Soft covers for sensitive paper grades
Valmet Winder Drum Cover WG is available for more sensitive paper grades, like coated board and paper. These grades are often vulnerable to markings from the grooved hard roll. The flexibility of the Valmet cover prevents sharp groove edges from marking the paper, at the same time allowing the soft surface of the cover to conform to the irregular CD profile of the customer roll surface. This improves the contact between paper and drum, ensuring the required traction. In addition to that, the soft, wide nip reduces the amount of air in customer rolls.

The economical rubber Valmet Winder Drum Cover WG is available in a very wide hardness range, 10-130 P&J, while the more durable 5-65 P&J polyurethane Valmet Winder Drum Cover WG-W can also be combined with Valmet iRoll.

With both the hard Valmet Winder Drum Cover TM and the soft Valmet Winder Drum Cover WG, Valmet offers you the best possible traction in the winder for tightly wound customer rolls.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126247
 10.06.2020

Valmet to supply a complete steam boiler plant to Norske Skog in Austria  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete steam boiler plant to Norske Skog’s paper mill in Bruck an der Mur, Austria.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order is approximately EUR 40 million. The boiler plant will be handed over to the customer in 2022.

The investment will improve the mill’s cost competitiveness, reduce its carbon footprint and create new business beyond publication paper by generating revenue from the combustion of refuse-derived fuels (RDF).

“Norske Skog Bruck has chosen Valmet’s proven technology solution based on several well-performing reference plants. This project is a next step in our green diversification initiatives within the Norske Skog group and a milestone for further development of the Bruck site,” says Enzo Zadra, Managing Director, Norske Skog Bruck GmbH.

“Valmet will deliver a technically demanding boiler plant in which all pieces of advanced technology are seamlessly integrated together to serve the mill’s targets. Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) solutions will play an important role in improving boiler performance and profitability,” says Kai Janhunen, Vice President, Pulp and Energy business line, Energy business unit, Valmet.

With a fuel power of 56 megawatts, the new boiler will run mainly on RDF, pulper rejects and sludge with natural gas as a secondary fuel. It will partly replace the steam production of existing natural-gas-fired boilers as well as supply heat to the paper mill and local district heating network in Bruck, resulting in lower CO2 emissions.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
Valmet’s turnkey delivery includes Valmet’s BFB boiler plant that utilizes bubbling fluidized bed technology. It features a robust and integrated concept consisting of a gas-fired superheater for final steam superheating, baghouse filter for primary pollution control, SCR system for NOx reduction, combustion air humidifier as well as a condensing scrubber for heat production and final emission reduction. Additionally, the delivery includes the construction of new buildings for the equipment, an upgrade of an existing Valmet DNA Automation System and Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) solutions with DNA Combustion Manager and DNA Boiler Sootblowing Manager solutions and VII cloud services.

Information about the customer Norske Skog
Norske Skog is a world-leading producer of publication paper with a strong market position in Europe and Australasia. The group operates six paper mills and a pellets business in five countries, with an annual publication paper production capacity of 2.3 million tons and pellets capacity of 85,000 tons. Newsprint and magazine paper is sold through sales offices and agents to over 80 countries. The group has approximately 2,300 employees. In addition to the traditional publication paper and pellets business, it has launched new growth initiatives related to renewable energy, biochemical products and fiber products.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126125
 29.05.2020

Valmet continues to improve the competitiveness of its stable business  (Company news)

Valmet continues measures to improve the long-term competitiveness of its stable business especially related to Mill Improvements and Rolls and Workshop Services business mainly in EMEA.

The aim is to improve the profitability and competitiveness of the respective businesses by optimizing the local presence globally and streamlining the way to operate.

The measures are planned to be implemented during 2020 and they may include permanent lay-offs and the restructuring of selected operations. In total the estimated amount of headcount reductions is up to 200 positions. Valmet’s stable business employs altogether approximately 8,300 persons globally.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #126018
 22.05.2020

KBR Awarded Technology Contract for Ash Re-Crystallization Plant in Brazil by Valmet  (Company news)

KBR (NYSE: KBR) has been awarded a technology contract by Valmet AB for the engineering and supply of an Ash Re-Crystallization plant for LD Cellulose S.A.’s 500,000 ton/year pulp mill project located in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Under this contract, KBR will provide the license, engineering design and proprietary equipment using its leading Ecoplanning crystallization technology for the new mill. The start-up of this mill is planned for 2022.

"I am proud to announce this contract that further expands KBR's strategic partnership with Valmet," said Doug Kelly (photo), KBR President, Technology Solutions. "KBR together with Valmet offers its proprietary Ecoplanning technology for ash-crystallization for the pulp and paper industry with a specific edge in recovery of useful chemicals and lowering operating costs."

KBR has more than 70 years of experience in inorganics, including processes and technology solutions for crystallization, evaporation and the concentration and purification of strong inorganic acids.
(KBR)

Newsgrafik #126000
 15.05.2020

Valmet to supply ash treatment system to L.D. Celulose in Brazil  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an ash crystallizer plant (photo) with a capacity of 300 tons of ash per day to LD Celulose S.A. in Brazil. The ash crystallizer delivery is part of Lenzing’s and Duratex’s joint venture LD Celulose’s project to build a new 500,000 ton/year dissolving pulp mill in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. In January Valmet announced an extensive technology and automation delivery for the project. The new mill is scheduled to start up in 2022.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed. The value of a delivery of this size and scope is typically around EUR 10-15 million.

“Our new pulp mill will have a positive socioeconomic impact throughout the region. When choosing partners for this project we have emphasized reliability, energy efficiency and best environmental practices. We chose Valmet to deliver their ash crystallization solution because the Valmet-concept will fulfill our request in the best way,” says Roland Feiner, Chemical Recovery Implementation Manager, LD Celulose.

“Valmet was chosen as the key technology provider for LD Celulose’s new dissolving pulp mill project earlier this year and we are very happy to widen the cooperation now with the delivery of ash crystallizer. Our ash crystallization technology is well suited for large pulp mills and represents proven technology that provides the mill with better environmental performance and increased production efficiency,” says Fernando Scucuglia, Director, Pulp and Energy, South America, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
The Valmet Ash Crystallizer will have 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.

“This will be the third ash crystallization system delivery from Valmet. Our largest installation with a capacity of 920 tons ash per day is in Indonesia and another 480 tons per day ash crystallizer in China. This third installation will be a standalone plant, which means that it will have a high degree of independence from other mill processes,” tells Fredrik Kall, Director for Evaporation, Ash and Bio technologies, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

LD Celulose’s upcoming 500,000 ton/year dissolving pulp mill is located in the cities of Indianópolis and Araguari in Minas Gerais state in Brazil. With this new addition of ash treatment system, Valmet’s total delivery includes now a fiber line, a pulp drying and baling line, an evaporation plant, a white liquor plant, an ash crystallization plant and a mill-wide automation system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125964
 14.05.2020

Valmet receives the seventh tissue line order from Hayat Kimya in Turkey  (Company news)

Picture: From left: Björn Magnus, Paolo Vezil (Valmet), Avni Kigili (Hayat Kimya), Haluk Arican (Valmet), Yahya Kigili (Hayat Kimya), Jan Erikson (Valmet), Lütfi Aydin (Hayat Kimya), Magnus Holmberg (Valmet) and Kemal Arslan (Hayat Kimya)

Valmet will supply the seventh tissue line delivery including an extensive automation package to Turkish tissue producer Hayat Kimya. The company has decided to invest in a second machine at their mill in Mersin, Turkey, to meet the increasing demand for their high-quality tissue products. The new line will add 70,000 tonnes of tissue to their current production of facial, toilet and towel tissue.

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

Hayat Kimya has followed their straight expansion plan by the installation of a new tissue machine every second year. Previously Valmet has delivered six Valmet Advantage DCT 200TS tissue production lines to Hayat Kimya’s mills in Turkey, Russia and Egypt. Valmet also conducted an extensive rebuild of the customer’s TM1 machine in Turkey during 2015.

“We have developed a great collaboration between Hayat and Valmet teams during the years, and we are happy to continue our long relationship also in this project. When everybody knows each other, the technology and the process, it is easy to achieve great results together,” says Lütfi Aydin, Director, Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.

“We at Valmet feel honored to receive yet another order from Hayat Kimya. The close cooperation between our companies has been the key for success,” says Björn Magnus, Sales Director, Tissue Mills business unit, Paper business line, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125963
 12.05.2020

Valmet to supply automation to AustroCel’s new bioethanol plant in Hallein, Austria  (Company news)

Picture: AustroCel’s bioethanol plant currently under construction in Hallein, Austria, will run with Valmet’s automation to produce biofuel to replace fossil fuel

Valmet will supply automation to AustroCel’s bioethanol plant currently under construction in Hallein, Austria. The advanced automation technology will provide the plant with high operational flexibility, reliability and availability in producing biofuel to replace fossil fuel.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed. The delivery will take place in June 2020, and the plant will start its operation at the end of 2020.

The bioethanol from the plant is produced from waste materials from the adjacent viscose pulp mill through a process of fermenting and distilling wood sugar. This biofuel will be added to petrol, replacing about one percent of the annual petrol consumption in Austria and saving around 50,000 tons of CO2 per year.

“We selected Valmet’s automation technology for our new bioethanol plant based on our positive experience with the Valmet DNA automation system in our pulp mill and the good service support we have received from the company over the years,” says Josef Kendlbacher, Project Manager, AustroCel Hallein GmbH.

“We have established a trustworthy relationship with AustroCel Hallein by working closely together and offering relevant life-cycle services to the mill,” says Mustafa Began, Service Area Manager, Automation, Valmet.

The Hallein plant has been using Valmet’s automation systems for decades. The first system, Damatic Classic, was delivered to the site in 1987 and upgraded to Damatic XD in 1989. The system has been continuously renewed during the past 30 years as part of the Valmet DNA Software Life Cycle Agreement between the companies.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125929
 11.05.2020

Valmet to supply automation systems to Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co., Ltd in ...  (Company news)

... China

Valmet will supply Valmet DNA automation systems to Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co., Ltd. (Sun Paper) in China. The two systems will be installed on the company's paper machine PM 39 and PM 40, enabling the lines to increase availability, production efficiency and optimize operation.

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

"Valmet is our strategic partner, they have strong delivery and service capabilities, wide offering and global expert support. We trust Valmet’s technology and solutions. We already have Valmet’s stock preparation equipment on PM 39 and PM 40. With the synergy of Valmet’s automation solution, we can get tangible benefits from single supplier, such as machine utilization improvement and high production efficiency. In addition, Valmet’s automation system is user-friendly, which allows our operators to easily run two new paper machines," says Wenchun Wu, Project Director, Sun Paper.

“We have a very good cooperation with Sun Paper. We provided Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) systems and Valmet condition monitoring on their PM 39 and PM 40, and we are very glad that we can now provide a wider range of our offering. Valmet DNA is a single process automation and distributed control system that can be applied for process controls, machine controls, and quality controls. With Valmet DNA, we are ready to bring our customer’s automation to the next level,” says Chenglin Si, Area Sales Manager, China, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet DNA automation system. Valmet's comprehensive and scalable automation solution is geared toward optimum productivity and efficiency.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125922
 08.05.2020

Valmet to supply automation technology to Stora Enso in Finland   (Company news)

Valmet will supply automation technology to Stora Enso’s Oulu Mill in Finland. Valmet and Stora Enso share a long history of partnership and this delivery will strengthen the cooperation further. The automation orders are related to Stora Enso’s paper machine (PM 7) grade conversion project delivered by Valmet.

The orders were included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019 and the first quarter 2020. The automation technology will be delivered for the start-up of the rebuilt PM 7 which is scheduled for the end of 2020. The value of the orders is not disclosed.

“We have had a long-term cooperation with Valmet in Oulu since 1991 and we are pleased to continue working together in this strategic project. We also value Valmet’s strong local presence here in Oulu,” says Ari Saarnio, Project Director, Stora Enso.

“We are happy that Stora Enso has chosen our automation and quality management technology. This delivery will also include the latest technology from our recently launched new generation Valmet IQ quality management system, so this is a great timing to benefit from our latest innovations,” says Ari Pinjamaa, Vice President, North and East Europe, Automation, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125920
 06.05.2020

Valmet and Metsä Fibre have signed a preliminary agreement for key technology and ...  (Company news)

... automation delivery to the planned Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland

Valmet and Metsä Fibre, which is part of Metsä Group, have signed a preliminary agreement according to which Valmet will deliver key technology covering all main process islands and automation systems to Metsä Fibre's planned Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland.

The final agreement is subject to Metsä Fibre's investment decision. Metsä Fibre has announced that the readiness for the decision is expected to be reached during autumn 2020. If materialized, the new bioproduct mill would have an annual pulp production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes and in addition produce various other bioproducts. The production of the new mill is scheduled to begin in 2023.

The estimated value of Valmet's anticipated delivery for Metsä Fibre’s planned Kemi bioproduct mill, covering the core equipment supplied by Valmet, is about EUR 350-400 million. The anticipated delivery will have an important employment impact on Valmet and its subcontractors. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery is expected to be around 800 man years, out of which about 500 man years in Finland.

”We have set high environmental, material and energy efficiency targets for the Kemi bioproduct mill. Valmet has been able to offer us the technology to reach these targets. Our good and long cooperation with Valmet creates a good foundation for a successful execution of this mill project and for the high performance of the bioproduct mill throughout its whole lifecycle,” says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre.

“During our long cooperation with Metsä Group and thanks to our successful innovative technology delivery to the Äänekoski bioproduct mill, we have been able to build a strong relationship that has formed an excellent basis for our cooperation also in this new planned project. To be selected as the partner for the entire bioproduct mill technology delivery including also the needed automation is a good sign of Valmet's competitiveness, reliability and technological innovativeness," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

Details about Valmet's technology delivery to Metsä Fibre Kemi bioproduct mill
According to the preliminary agreement, Valmet will deliver the full production process from wood handling to ready pulp bales designed to produce either softwood or hardwood pulp, as well as automation system for the whole mill including features from Valmet’s Industrial Internet offering. Additionally, the project would include a smaller rebuild of the existing pulp mill.

“With a complete mill delivery, Valmet can offer to Metsä Fibre the full benefits of our innovative full scope offering consisting of process technology, automation and services. With Valmet’s Industrial Internet features, expert support can be provided to the Kemi bioproduct mill both onsite and remotely. The mill will feature leading process technology and the most advanced automation systems including the latest developments in our continuous cooking technology, to reach excellent energy efficiency, high end-product quality and high environmental performance. In addition, with our wash press technology, we provide a solution to manage low effluent flows and COD (chemical oxygen demand) levels,” says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.

Valmet's delivery would include engineering, procurement, supply and construction management of the wood handling, cooking and fiber line, pulp drying and baling, non-condensable gases (NCG) handling solution, evaporation, recovery boiler, recausticizing, lime kiln, biomass dryer and gasifier. In addition, Valmet would deliver the sulfuric acid plant and rebuild of the existing fiber line and power boiler with an extended scope of supply including construction. The integrated Sulfuric Acid Plant, which produces sulfuric acid from mill’s own odorous gases, was originally developed together with Metsä Fibre for the Äänekoski bioproduct mill.

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

Newsgrafik #125898
 29.04.2020

Valmet to supply a fine paper making line with an extensive scope and ...  (Company news)

... a recovery boiler for Sun Paper Beihai mill in China

Picture: Illustration of the Valmet paper making machine to be delivered to Sun Paper’s new Beihai pulp and paper mill

Valmet will supply a fine paper making line with stock preparation, an extensive scope of automation and a recovery boiler for Sun Paper in Beihai, China. Also, another stock preparation line for a different Sun Paper site will be supplied. The new high-capacity fine paper making line is designed to produce high-quality woodfree uncoated paper (WFU) grades, and the recovery boiler is designed for high power generation and environmental performance. The start-ups of the paper making line and the recovery boiler are scheduled for 2021.

The recovery boiler order was included in Valmet's first quarter and the paper making line order is included in Valmet's second quarter of 2020 orders received. The value of the orders will not be disclosed. The total value of orders of this type and delivery scope is typically around EUR 130-150 million.

Valmet’s delivery is part of Sun Paper’s new greenfield mill in Beihai, which will eventually have a total pulp and paper capacity of 3.5 million tonnes annually. The mill will be constructed in two phases over approximately five years.

“Our overall target of the project is to build a world-class mill. We wanted to choose advanced and reliable technology that is safe to operate. We chose Valmet based on the good cooperation in our previous projects. Valmet also met our targets well,” says Fei Da, Recovery Island Project Manager, Sun Paper.

“Valmet is the number one supplier with the paper machines this wide and fast. Our good references with excellent start-ups have further strengthened our position. It is a real benefit to our customers that we can deliver complete paper making lines from stock preparation to winders. The key components and most of the engineering will be done in Finland, the rest locally in China. The workload is divided roughly half between Finland and China,” says Xiangdong Zhu, Area President, China, Valmet.

"With our proven boiler technology, we were able to meet our customer’s tight requirements for high efficiency and low emissions. In this project we will utilize our global network, with a major part of the project management, manufacturing and purchases to be done locally in China and engineering in other Valmet locations," says Jussi Mäntyniemi, Vice President of Recovery Business Unit, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125848
 27.04.2020

Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award 2020  (Company news)

The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award for 2020 has been granted to Mr Bengt Åkerblom (photo), Vårby, Sweden, the owner and founder of Dametric AB.

The award is endowed every second year by The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award Foundation to promote the development of new technology for the manufacture of high-yield pulp.

Presentation of the award was planned for June 9, at the International Mechanical Pulping Conference, IMPC, which is hosted by The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada this year. This event has now been postponed and the prize will be presented on a later occasion.

The 2020 laureate
Bengt Åkerblom has devoted his entire professional life to developing, constructing and providing the pulp market with equipment and solutions for process measurement and control, particularly for the mechanical and chemi-mechanical pulping industry. He is the principal owner and Chairman of the Board of the Dametric company, which produces and markets his various inventions.

The way in which Bengt Åkerblom has developed the True Disc Clearance (TDC) and Adjustable Gap Sensor (AGS) for chip and pulp refiners has enabled tremendous improvements to be made in both the availability and control of refiners, thereby increasing pulp quality and reducing specific energy consumption. These sensors are installed in the vast majority of high-consistency mechanical pulp refiners around the world. Lately, his work has enabled the development and usage of refining processes based on feeding refiner segments. Such systems, in which the very accurate control of extremely small refiner gaps is fundamental, allow significant specific energy reductions to be made.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125814
 22.04.2020

Valmet to supply a mill-wide distributed control system to JK Paper Limited in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete mill-wide Valmet DNA Distributed Control System (DCS) to JK Paper Limited for their upcoming board project at Fort Songadh Mill in India. JK Paper selected Valmet’s automation system based on good references in technology, service support and low ownership costs. The installation is scheduled to start by May 2020.

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

“We are investing in advanced and proven technologies in the mill, with a target to bring high-quality product to Indian market and grow our business further. Valmet is one of our key partners and we are working closely together on the new Coated Board Machine. We are looking forward to continue the cooperation with them on the automation system to bring the mill to a new level,” says S.K. Jain, Head (Packaging Board Project) of JK Paper Limited.

“We are happy to be selected to provide a complete DCS solution to JK Paper. The solution will ensure the customer easier, more efficient and secured operation and maintenance through common operator interface and engineering environment,” says Pravin Tripathi, Head of Sales & Services, Automation, India, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet’s delivery includes the design, engineering, manufacturing, factory acceptance test and installation of Valmet DNA DCS. The mill-wide DCS system will cover the control of paper machine, pulp mill, recovery island and power block sections. All controls are in one platform that allows users easy access the data and collaborate. It will also help in synergizing Valmet Industrial Internet offering for any optimization needs in future.

JK Paper has also placed an additional order for Valmet DNA DCS of Power Block for their Sirpur unit.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125812
 21.04.2020

Valmet to supply new reeling and winding technology for Metsä Board in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply new reel and winding technology and surrounding equipment for Metsä Board Kyro mill in Finland. In the rebuild, new reel and winder with an automatic transfer rail connection will be installed to modernize the board machine KK 1. The start-up is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

Photo: After finalizing the deal (from left): Ari Kiviranta, Mika Sainio, Jarno Lehtonen, Marko Heikkilä (all from Metsä Board), Marko Korpinen and Sami Anttilainen (both from Valmet).

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 10-20 million.

“Metsä Board’s Kyro mill produces high quality coated folding boxboard and the new eco-barrier paperboard. We wanted to modernize the boardmaking finishing area and eliminate bottlenecks to meet the capacity needs of today and the future. Another important factor was reducing the risk of board caliber loss. Valmet’s reeling and winding solutions have features that fit this purpose well,” says Jarno Lehtonen, Project Manager, Metsä Board.

“In addition to Valmet’s technology, there were other important factors for getting this project. Our local presence and high expertise level in project management and production support with strong training offering will secure fast startup without any disturbance in Kyro’s supply chain,” says Marko Korpinen, Product Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include two Valmet Broke Pulpers and an OptiReel Linear with center drives to minimize caliber loss. The reel is followed by automatic transfer rails and an OptiCart Stream parent roll cart with integrated loading. The new high-capacity OptiWin Drum two-drum winder will be equipped with a Dual Unwind two-unwind system. This feature makes it possible to change the parent roll in only one minute giving more capacity. The Dual Unwind sequence is fully optimized and independent of a crane. The delivery will include a Valmet DNA machine control system. Safety will be improved by increasing the automation level.

KK 1 with a reel width of 3,450 mm produces folding boxboard grades with a basis weight range of 170-380 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 800 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125800
 17.04.2020

Valmet withdraws its guidance for 2020 due to increased uncertainty related to the ...  (Company news)

... COVID-19 pandemic

Because of increased uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Valmet withdraws its guidance for 2020.

The impacts of the pandemic on Valmet’s operations and business environment depend on the duration and severity of the crisis.

For reference, on February 5, 2020 Valmet issued the following guidance for 2020: Valmet estimates that net sales in 2020 will increase in comparison with 2019 (EUR 3,547 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2020 will increase in comparison with 2019 (EUR 316 million).

Valmet’s interim report for January–March 2020 will be published on April 23, 2020.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125737
 14.04.2020

The 300th Valmet Paper Lab system will be delivered to Papierfabrik Palm in Germany  (Company news)

Valmet will supply the 300th Valmet Paper Lab automated board and paper testing laboratory (photo) to Papierfabrik Palm's (Palm) Aalen-Neukochen mill. In total, Valmet will deliver three Valmet Paper Labs to the company’s Descartes mill in France and Wörth and Aalen-Neukochen mills in Germany. Valmet Paper Lab delivers accurate and rapid measurement results that are used either as a quality stamp for the end-product or for the board machine operation optimization.

The two Valmet Paper Lab systems were included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2019 and one is included in the first quarter 2020. The systems will be delivered during the year 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The Valmet Paper Lab systems will be equipped with a large scope of measurements for the board application quality stamp.

Valmet Paper Lab is extending the scope of Palm Aalen-Neukochen mill where Valmet will also supply a containerboard machine (PM 5) with extensive packages of mill-wide automation and services.

“Palm Group has awarded Valmet by selecting us as the supplier of their end-product quality analyzer. We have a long cooperation with Palm Group, and it is great to see that we can keep on helping them to move their performance forward, both technology and product support wise. It is a significant milestone that the 300th Valmet Paper Lab unit will be delivered to the site where Valmet also supplies the world’s largest containerboard machine,” says Bogdan Pavlovic, Business Manager, Board and Paper Analyzers, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet Paper Lab is a modular and scalable automated paper testing system for grades of paper and board. With the widest selection of industry-standard tests on the market, reporting can detail over 400 properties. The testing system is based on several decades of automated paper testing experience with 300 units delivered to paper and board mills around the world.

Valmet Paper Lab provides an easy-to-learn and intuitive tool for paper and board property testing which together with Valmet’s Industrial Internet remote support can take the automated laboratory’s performance to a new level.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125661
 07.04.2020

Valmet IQ takes quality management to the next level by connecting quality data from fiber...  (Company news)

... to finished product

Valmet introduces a renewed Valmet IQ Quality Management System for pulp, tissue, paper, board, and converting industries. The renewed system lets papermakers optimize quality through the entire value chain from fiber to finished product, enabling improved process performance and increased savings through the process.

Photo: The renewed Valmet IQ Quality Management System connects the quality data from fiber to finished product and takes a step towards an autonomous mill.

The quality management system takes a step towards an autonomous mill
The renewed Valmet IQ Quality Management System utilizes Valmet’s latest innovations and expertise on pulp and paper quality management. It integrates the quality management of the entire production process and is a step towards an autonomous mill. The new capabilities of Valmet IQ increase the degree of automation and reduce the human role in the process.

“Valmet IQ extends from traditional quality controls to the retention and refining online optimization with wet end analyzers. The new moisture management solution optimizes the drying process from the wire-former section through the press and dryer section to the end of the reel. It will stabilize the process and improve the performance even further,” says Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Systems from Valmet.

Valmet IQ consists of all the devices and applications needed to monitor and optimize both process performance and end-product quality: scanners, measurements, profilers, machine vision, and quality control applications.

The new quality scanner family is redesigned for even more demanding production environments. All Valmet IQ scanners now consist of stainless-steel exterior, enhanced diagnostics, and a new flexible sensor platform. New IQ Dryness and IQ Multipoint measurements reveal the true dryness development from the headbox to the reel. The IQ family is completed by the most advanced machine vision system on the market, enabling faster detection of even smaller quality defects. The renewed Valmet IQ is compatible with the previous generations. All Valmet IQ products are developed and manufactured in Finland.

The new Valmet IQ is also compatible with the recently introduced Valmet DNA User Interface, the new web-based user interface of the Valmet DNA automation system. The new structured user interface guides the operators to focus on the situation critical information and make the right decisions instantly – helping to optimize quality faster.

Automatic optimization saves raw materials, chemicals and energy
Valmet IQ connects seamlessly with Valmet’s industrial internet (VII) solutions. With the cloud-based solution, the quality data moves from paper mills to converting, automating the optimization of the entire value chain. Similarly, paper producers can utilize feedback directly from the converting process while optimizing production performance and costs.

“Our customers have moved from reactive to data-driven quality management and witnessed significantly more stable production quality and decreased amount of broke. The automatic optimization of the entire value-chain has increased the production performance while simultaneously saving raw materials, chemicals, and energy”, Toskala continues.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125610
 02.04.2020

Valmet to supply a hard nip sizer to Asia Paper Manufacturing in the Republic of Korea  (Company news)

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.

Photo: OptiSizer Hard sizer

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 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.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125602
 31.03.2020

Valmet and Orora's Botany Mill renew the Mill Maintenance Outsourcing agreement in Australia  (Company news)

Valmet and Orora Limited have signed a multi-year Mill Maintenance Outsourcing (MMO) agreement to continue taking care of the site maintenance of Orora’s Botany B9 board making line in New South Wales, Australia.

In addition to the MMO agreement, Valmet and Orora have signed a Performance Agreement targeting clear and systematic production and maintenance improvements. Both agreements include Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) solutions to provide a live link between customer and Valmet experts for process optimization. The value of the agreements will not be disclosed. The renewed MMO agreement will be effective as of July 1, 2020.

“Valmet is one of our key performance development partners, supporting B9’s operation and improvement since the start up in 2012. We have worked collaboratively since then with progressive improvements and achievements in key areas such as productivity and cost reduction. This is the second renewal of our MMO and Performance Agreements and we look forward to further success in our cooperation with Valmet. Our objective is to ensure the B9 facility becomes an industry benchmark in all areas of efficiency and cost,” says Craig Nicol, General Manager Operations, Botany Mill.

“We are fully engaged and integrated into the B9 Operations team and have been working side by side to deliver progressive development since the machine’s start-up. The renewal of the MMO agreement is the best acknowledgement for the achievements over the years together with Orora. We’re delighted to be able to share the journey forward with the B9 team and to help continuously optimize the performance of our teams and our equipment and processes,” says Jaegen Peet, Director, Australia and New Zealand region, Valmet.

The long-term relationship further strengthened by Performance Agreement

Valmet has previously supplied the complete B9 containerboard line to Orora, started up in 2012. After the start-up, Valmet took full responsibility of the establishment of maintenance operations, site maintenance services including utilities and management of specific improvement projects.

The ongoing Performance Agreement was renewed for a second time in 2019 with targets and objectives focused on cost outperformance and targeted machine efficiency improvements. The results of the collaboration have been positive considering the previous annual production record was exceeded in 2019 and a new 24-hour production record was set in mid-January 2020.

The Performance Agreement includes access to the Valmet Customer Portal, that will provide an interface for both parties to easily and quickly access visualized data and VII solutions. Although Valmet’s remote services have been utilized since the machine’s start-up, the Valmet Performance Center will now offer the customer a new channel to reach Valmet’s specialists for remote support and case studies. The new agreement also includes comprehensive and expanded automation services.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125574
 30.03.2020

Valmet to supply key containerboard machine technologies to Sri Andal in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply key board making technologies to Sri Andal Paper Mills for its new containerboard making line, located in Tamil Nadu, India. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the first half of 2021.

Photo: OptiFlo Foudrinier headbox for excellent profiles and good formation

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of a project of this type and scope is typically around EUR 12-15 million.

“It was vitally important for us that the management-level relationship with Valmet was very good. Valmet has a strong reputation, and we trust that Valmet’s technology will help us to reach our high-quality targets,” says Mr. P. Subramaniam, Managing Director of Sri Andal.

Containerboard segment in India is quite fragmented and largely utilizes Asian technology for board making. Sri Andal is aiming at producing high-quality containerboard with tangible efficiency improvements to enhance its competitiveness.

“Valmet offered suitable solution for achieving Sri Andal’s targets. With this technologically advanced project, we are setting our footprint in the Indian containerboard segment. We are looking forward to the successful start-up of this project, which will be a game changer in the containerboard segment,” says Varun Jain, Director of India Region at Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include three OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes for excellent profiles and good formation, an OptiPress Linear press section to achieve excellent end product properties, high dewatering capacity and good runnability, and an OptiSizer Film size press with a supply system. The delivery will also include a start-up package of spare parts and consumables, a Valmet DNA machine control system, Valmet IQ quality measurement system and Valmet Performance Center connectivity.

The 4,800-mm-wide (reel) will produce recycled liner, recycled fluting, corrugated kraft (kraft top recycled liner) grades with the basis weight range of 70-300 g/m2. The design speed will be 750 m/min and annual capacity 200,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125510
 20.03.2020

Valmet to supply the world's fastest coated board making line for APP's Guangxi Jingui ...  (Company news)

.... Pulp and Paper in China

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.

Photo: OptiFlo Foudrinier headbox

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.

“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.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125342
 02.03.2020

Valmet to supply the final stage of forming section rebuild to Stora Enso's Skoghall Mill ....  (Company news)

... in Sweden

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.

Photo: OptiFormer

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

“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.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125246
 19.02.2020

Valmet to supply a new evaporation line to Century Pulp and Paper in India  (Company news)

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.

“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.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125163
 14.02.2020

Valmet raises its financial targets  (Company news)

Valmet’s Board of Directors has decided to raise Valmet’s financial targets for Comparable EBITA margin and return on capital employed.

Valmet’s new target for Comparable EBITA margin is 10–12% (previously 8–10%). The new target for Comparable return on capital employed (ROCE) before taxes is at least 20% (previously 15–20%). Valmet’s other financial targets remain unchanged.

Valmet's financial targets are the following (previous targets in brackets):
-Net sales for stable business to grow over two times the market growth (unchanged)
-Net sales for capital business to exceed market growth (unchanged)
-Comparable EBITA: 10–12% (8–10%)
-Comparable return on capital employed (ROCE) before taxes: at least 20% (15–20%)
-Dividend payout at least 50% of net profit (unchanged)

Stable business refers to Services and Automation business lines. Capital business refers to Paper, and Pulp and Energy business lines.

Comment from Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet:
“Valmet’s financial development has been strong since the demerger at the end of 2013. Our Comparable EBITA margin has improved six years in a row, and in 2019 we reached our target range as the Comparable EBITA margin was 8.9 percent. The comparable ROCE exceeded our target range and amounted to 23 percent in 2019.

We have now set new financial targets to reflect our ambition to develop Valmet further. We continue to improve our performance by focusing on customer excellence, leadership in technology and innovation, excellence in processes and our people as a winning team.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125146
 11.02.2020

Valmet's Financial Statements Review January 1 - December 31, 2019: Orders received ...  (Company news)

... increased to EUR 4.0 billion and Comparable EBITA to EUR 316 million in 2019

Photo: Valmet President and CEO Pasi Laine

October–December 2019: Orders received amounted to EUR 1.0 billion
-Orders received remained at the previous year’s level at EUR 1,009 million (EUR 1,026 million).
-----Orders received increased in the Paper and Services business lines, remained at the previous year’s level in Automation and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
-----Orders received increased in North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and decreased in South America, Asia-Pacific and China.
-Net sales increased 12 percent to EUR 1,103 million (EUR 984 million).
------Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy, Automation and Services business lines and remained at the previous year’s level in the Paper business line.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 118 million (EUR 113 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 10.7 percent (11.5%).
-----Profitability remained at the previous year’s level.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.54 (EUR 0.49).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR 1 million (EUR -3 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 182 million (EUR 143 million).

January–December 2019: Orders received increased and profitability improved
-Orders received increased 7 percent to EUR 3,986 million (EUR 3,722 million).
-----Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, Services and Automation business lines and remained at the previous year’s level in the Paper business line.
-----Orders received increased in South America, Asia-Pacific, North America and EMEA and decreased in China.
-Net sales increased 7 percent to EUR 3,547 million (EUR 3,325 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Services, Automation, and Pulp and Energy business lines and remained at the previous year’s level in the Paper business line.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 316 million (EUR 257 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 8.9 percent (7.7%).
------Profitability improved due to higher net sales and gross profit.
-Earnings per share were EUR 1.35 (EUR 1.01).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -1 million (EUR -16 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 295 million (EUR 284 million).

Dividend proposal
The Board of Directors proposes for the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.80 per share be paid. The proposed dividend equals to 59 percent of the net result.

Guidance for 2020
Valmet estimates that net sales in 2020 will increase in comparison with 2019 (EUR 3,547 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2020 will increase in comparison with 2019 (EUR 316 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
Global growth is projected to rise from an estimated 2.9 percent in 2019 to 3.3 percent in 2020 and 3.4 percent for 2021. Market sentiment has been boosted by tentative signs that manufacturing activity and global trade are bottoming out, a broad-based shift toward accommodative monetary policy, intermittent favorable news on US-China trade negotiations, and diminished fears of a no-deal Brexit. Downside risks, however, remain prominent, including rising geopolitical tensions, notably between the United States and Iran, intensifying social unrest, further worsening of relations between the United States and its trading partners, and deepening economic frictions between other countries. A materialization of these risks could lead to rapidly deteriorating sentiment, causing global growth to fall below the projected baseline.
(International Monetary Fund, January 2020)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for services, automation, pulp, and board and paper, and the satisfactory short-term market outlook for energy, and tissue.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Orders received increased and profitability improved in 2019
“In 2019, our orders received increased 7 percent to EUR 4.0 billion. Orders received in the stable business, i.e. the Services and Automation business lines, increased by 10 percent and accounted for 46 percent of total orders. Service orders were supported by the acquisitions of GL&V and J&L, which were finalized during the second quarter. The orders received in Automation increased as well. In the capital business, orders received increased in Pulp and Energy, and remained at last year’s high level in the Paper business line.

Valmet’s net sales increased 7 percent in 2019. Net sales increased in the stable business and remained at previous year’s level in the capital business. Comparable EBITA increased 23 percent to EUR 316 million, representing 8.9 percent of net sales. This means that we have been able to improve our profitability six years in a row and every year since the demerger at the end of 2013.

Valmet is starting the year 2020 as a strong, continuously developing company. Our orders received, net sales and Comparable EBITA were at a record high level at the end of 2019. Valmet’s technology is world leading, our brand is strong and a professional and highly engaged team of more than 13,000 Valmeteers serves our customers around the world. With the solid order backlog and improved profitability level, we can move into 2020 with confidence.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125158
 10.02.2020

Valmet to supply cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. in India  (Company news)

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.

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

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.

“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.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125118
 03.02.2020

Valmet to supply a board machine rebuild to Umka in Serbia  (Company news)

Picture: Umka’s and Valmet’s teams at the Umka 80-year anniversary celebration. From left: Kari Räisänen (Valmet), Milos Ljusic (Umka), Jadranka Priljeva (Umka), Staniša Lukić (Umka), Nikola Pejović (Umka) and Pekka Turtinen (Valmet)

Valmet will supply a board machine rebuild to Umka Cardboard Mill in Serbia. The main target of the rebuild is to increase the customer’s production capacity. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine PM 1 is scheduled for the second half 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. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 15-20 million.

"This rebuild is one of the most important strategic decisions we have made in the course of 80 years long history of the mill. We are pleased that this project is going to be completed by Valmet, a global leader in the supply of process technology in the paper industry. I strongly believe in the success and bright future of Umka Cardboard Mill, with planned capacity of over 200,000 tonnes, further quality improvements and wider product portfolio,” says Milos Ljusic, Managing Director of Umka.

"The co-operation between Valmet’s and Umka’s teams has been excellent. Together, we built up a solution which will help Umka increase production capacity and improve their end product quality," says Pekka Turtinen, Senior Sales Manager at Valmet.

Improved production capacity
Valmet's delivery will include major changes in the wet end of the paper machine PM1 with broke collection, approach flow system and three OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes to meet the growing productivity and quality requirements of high-quality board machine, as well as an OptiFormer Multi forming section with multiple foudriniers and modifications in the press section.

The delivery will also include an OptiCoat Layer curtain coating station with supply system and an OptiDry Turn air dryer and an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder. Related spare parts and paper machine clothing for start-up and Valmet DNA Machine Controls System will also be included. A two-year Valmet Performance Center on-demand expert support will further help Umka to reach its targets.

The 3,700-mm-wide (wire) PM1 will produce white lined chipboard grades with a basis weight range of 160-450 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 600 m/min. The daily design capacity will be approximately 620 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125038
 31.01.2020

Valmet receives the best A rating in CDP's climate program ranking for the second ...  (Company news)

... consecutive year

Valmet has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change by receiving the best A rating in CDP's climate program ranking for the second consecutive year. CDP's evaluation is based on the company's 2019 disclosure about its actions in the last reporting year to develop the low-carbon technology and solutions, cut emissions and mitigate climate risks.

Valmet has a systematic program to reduce CO2 emissions in its own operations with a focus on more sustainable transportation, energy-efficiency improvements and process optimization. Valmet is actively developing new ways to improve energy, water and material efficiency and reduction of emissions of its solutions during customer use phase and to bring new innovations to the market.

“We are proud to receive this recognition for our continuous work to contribute to the climate change mitigation. CO2 emissions need to be reduced rapidly in the coming years and transformation is needed throughout industries globally. Our customers in the pulp, paper and energy industries are moving towards lower CO2 emissions and Valmet’s technology and new innovations play a key role in the progress. Our solutions enable customers to reduce energy use and therefore cut CO2 emissions," says Laura Puustjärvi, Head of Sustainability, Valmet.

Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. Valmet's comprehensive Sustainability360º agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

The best rating in CDP’s climate program ranking continues Valmet’s strong track record of sustainability acknowledgements. In 2019, Valmet was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices and Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe. Valmet also received the Bronze Class Sustainability Award in SAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook 2019. In addition, Valmet was rated in the top 1 percent among all assessed companies in the latest Ecovadis sustainability assessment.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125084
 24.01.2020

Valmet to deliver key pulp mill technology and automation for Lenzing's and Duratex's ....  (Company news)

... joint pulp mill project in Brazil

Valmet will deliver key process islands for Lenzing’s and Duratex’s joint venture named LD Celulose S.A. The new 500,000 ton/year dissolving pulp mill is located in the cities of Indianópolis and Araguari in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Valmet’s delivery includes a fiber line, a pulp drying and baling line, an evaporation plant, a white liquor plant and a mill-wide automation system.

Photo: The new 500,000 tonnes dissolving wood pulp mill is being built in Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order is not disclosed. The value of a delivery of this size and scope is typically around EUR 200-250 million.

Valmet’s delivery is part of the Lenzing and Duratex joint venture investment of approximately USD 1.3 bn in the 500,000 tonnes dissolving wood pulp mill where Lenzing holds a 51 percent and Duratex a 49 percent stake. The start-up of the new mill is planned for the first half of 2022 and will create approximately 8,000 direct jobs during the construction phase. When it is ready, LD Celulose S.A. will employ approximately 1,100 people to operate the industrial plant and the plantations that will supply it. The dissolving pulp is a key raw material for manufacturing Lenzing’s wood-based textile and speciality fibers.

“Wood-based cellulosic fibers offer an important contribution to enhance sustainability in the textile industry and this investment is in line with our growth strategy and a key milestone to structurally strengthen our cost leadership position. In planning the new production facility, particular importance was given to sustainability aspects. The plant will be among the most productive and energy-efficient mills in the world,” states Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing Group.

“LD Celulose S.A. will bring a positive socioeconomic impact throughout the region. We are working with the best environmental practices and with leading companies in the pulp industry, such as Valmet,” emphasizes Luís Künzel, CEO of LD Celulose S.A.

“With our good references in dissolving pulp production technology and strong presence in Brazil we were able to meet the customer’s needs of high quality and energy efficiency as well as supporting high productivity and reliability with our automation solutions. We are happy to be a key partner in delivering a world class mill for Lenzing and Duratex and thus being part of turning renewable raw materials for sustainable textile fibers,” says Bertel Karlstedt, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
Valmet will supply key process islands with an extended scope of supply. Valmet’s technology is proven for dissolving pulp production with several references. The equipment for this project is tailored for high availability and energy efficiency resulting in low operating costs.

The fiber line features Valmet TwinRoll technology for high washing efficiency with low chemical and water consumption. The pulp drying and baling line secures flexibility and high-quality pulp with easy operation supported by 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 mill-wide automation system, Valmet DNA, offers unique integration with process solutions including process analyzers. In addition, the delivery includes Valmet Industrial Internet solutions for Operator Training Simulator for the whole plant as well as basic hardware for connectivity for Performance Center services.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #125045
 22.01.2020

Valmet to start co-determination negotiations in the Fabrics Business Unit in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet is planning changes in the Fabrics Business Unit which is part of the Services Business Line in order to secure the unit’s profitability and future competitiveness. The most important action in the preliminary plan is to move the dryer fabric and wide filter fabric production from Tampere in Finland to Valmet’s unit in Portugal. The possible actions will have employee impacts. The functions under consideration are part of Valmet Technologies Oy.

Photo: Valmet Dryer Fabric OP

As a consequence of the above, Valmet starts co-determination negotiations in Fabrics’ operations in Tampere on January 21, 2020. The co-determination negotiations are estimated to last six weeks and they include Fabrics’ personnel in Tampere. The co-determination negotiations can result in the reduction of 90 persons at maximum mainly during year 2021 by estimate, and in possible temporary lay-offs and part-time work during 2020. Fabrics Business Unit employs altogether approximately 500 persons in its Tampere operations.

Fabrics Business Unit 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 possibly is relocated, develops and manufactures filter fabrics and other industrial textiles.

Active review of operations’ locations is part of Valmet’s normal business development globally. In recent years, for example, Valmet’s production of evaporation plants from Sweden and the production of Quality Control Systems (QCS) from China have been relocated to Finland. Valmet employs 5,100 persons in Finland of which 2,000 in Tampere. At the moment Valmet has approximately 160 open positions in Finland.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124998
 17.01.2020

Valmet launches a new microwave consistency measurement for pulp and paper makers  (Company news)

Valmet launches a completely redesigned Valmet Microwave Consistency Measurement – Valmet MCA (patent pending) for pulp and paper makers. Valmet MCA is now provided by digital electronics and the new Direct Sweep Detection measurement to offer higher performance measurement sensitivity and accuracy than competing analog designs.

A wider applicability with the new Twin Blade sensor
Valmet MCA’s new Twin Blade sensor complements the offering, along with the newly redesigned Flow Through sensor, by allowing paper and pulp makers to install it in larger pipe diameters. The Flow Through sensors are totally interchangeable with earlier installations.

With a wider applicability, the new Twin Blade sensor can also be used to measure unscreened pulp. The sensor’s completely redesigned clamp mounted probe is suitable for the much higher conductivity environment of chemical pulping.

“This new measurement technology is a leap forward in terms of performance and usability. For long Valmet has been the market leader in microwave consistency measurements with more than 6,000 deliveries. The new Valmet MCA now leads the way for all pulp and paper needs,” says Marko Heikkinen, Product Manager, Automation business line, Valmet.

The new and easy-to-use operating unit
Commissioning and operation have also been enhanced with the Valmet Bridge user interface, a new 7’’ touch screen control platform designed for use with Valmet process sensors and analyzers. With comprehensive diagnostics, Wi-Fi and Industrial Internet ready capabilities, Valmet Bridge user interface provides a user-friendly experience and intuitive access to transmitter operation and remote services from Valmet.

The industrial standard in total consistency measurement
Valmet MCA measures total consistency of the pulp process stream independent of fiber length, freeness, wood species or blend. The measurement is not affected by flow rate, brightness or color and enables better control for more efficient production, improved quality and economic savings with fewer process upsets and less off grade product. With low lifetime costs, the sensor is simple to install and requires no regular maintenance to keep commissioning and running costs to a minimum.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124951
 14.01.2020

Valmet will supply a new Advantage DCT tissue production line to Alas Doradas in ...  (Company news)

... El Salvador

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT100HS tissue production line, including a de-inking plant and an extensive automation package, to Alas Doradas in El Salvador. The order also includes a Valmet Performance Center agreement to support efficient production with Industrial Internet. The new tissue line will fulfill Alas Doradas’ demand for new capacity of high-quality tissue products in the region. The start-up is planned for the first half of 2021.

Photo: Alas Doradas’ and Valmet’s team

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed.

“Our cooperation with Valmet started with the rebuild of our existing machine where the press section was upgraded with an Advantage ViscoNip press combined with Advantage ReDry technology. With the results achieved, we are convinced that Valmet’s technology is what we need to differentiate from competition and become the frontrunner in the Central American tissue market. Even more important is the collaboration with a reliable partner as Valmet. We see this as the first step in a long-term partnership. Valmet has met and exceeded all expectations as a reliable partner during our cooperation,” says Paul Ekman, CEO, Alas Doradas.

“To be chosen as preferred partner to Alas Doradas is an important statement for us. We appreciate our relationship greatly. The new Advantage DCT tissue machine will be equipped with all the latest technologies which shows that our role as technology leader and advisor fulfills customer’s needs in the important South American market”, says Kent Nika, Sales Director for South America, Tissue, Valmet.

Both companies are looking forward to the future with a shared aim – to realize Alas Doradas’ expansion plan and provide high-quality tissue products to their customers.

Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a width of 2,8 meters and a design speed of 2,000 meters/minute. It will add 35,000 tons tissue paper per year to Alas Doradas’ current production of high-quality toilet tissue, napkins and kitchen towels.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a tissue production line featuring complete Deinking plant and an Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox and Valmet cast iron Yankee cylinder as well as the Advantage technology including ViscoNip press, AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and SoftReel reel. The delivery also includes an extensive automation package with Valmet DNA, Valmet IQ quality controls, Industrial Internet applications, Valmet Performance Center agreement and tissue line training simulator. Engineering, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124924
 09.01.2020

Valmet and Fabio Perini start Industrial Internet ecosystem partnership to provide ...  (Company news)

... digital solutions for tissue production and converting

Valmet and Fabio Perini have established an Industrial Internet ecosystem partnership to strengthen collaboration in the tissue industry. The target is to allow tissue producers and converters to work together more efficiently, and to exchange knowledge and resources for the benefit of their customers.

The partnership combines Valmet's comprehensive tissue making technology and process optimization know-how with Fabio Perini’s strong expertise in complete solutions for converting and packaging machines as well as in the converting process and technology. The two companies’ solid expertise combined with data from tissue mills and converting plants will provide a new dimension to tissue mill optimization.

The collaboration aims at providing an unbroken chain of production data from the tissue machine to the converting line and utilizing artificial intelligence-driven applications in the tissue production process to make the converting operations downstream more efficient. This will bring significant mill-level quality and efficiency improvements for tissue producers and converters.

“Starting from customer needs, Valmet and Fabio Perini are now taking the first steps to develop solutions where innovation goes beyond company borders, covering both tissue production and converting processes. Through collaboration with our common customers we can provide new digital solutions and services to help move tissue mills’ performance forward,” says Jari Almi, Vice President, Industrial Internet, Valmet.

“We believe an open innovation model is a key concept through which companies within tissue business can create different partnerships to make their innovation process more efficient, as well as exchange knowledge and resources. By combining the strengths of our companies, we can facilitate broad innovation and fast adaptation, enable new business and service models and help improve the profitability of companies in the tissue business,” says Oswaldo Cruz Junior, CEO of Körber's Business Area Tissue.

Both Valmet and Fabio Perini have a long history in offering measurement and optimization applications for tissue production. These reliable measurements have provided proven results for their customers.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124851
 18.12.2019

Valmet receives a repeat order for an Advantage ThruAir tissue production line from ...  (Company news)

... Irving Consumer Products in the United States

Valmet has received an order for an Advantage ThruAir machine from Irving Consumer Products. This is a repeat order of the Advantage ThruAir machine that was started up recently in 2019. The new machine is planned to start-up in 2022 and will continue to support Irving’s commitment to provide ultra-premium products to the North American market.

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

Valmet and Irving share a long history of partnership and this will be their fifth tissue project together. Previously Valmet has delivered one ThruAir machine to Macon, Fort Edward, Toronto, and major rebuilds of tissue machines TM1 and TM2 to Saint John. Irving recently announced they are doubling their capacity of ultra-premium household paper products at their Macon plant and are immediately initiating an expansion of the plant.

“The new TAD machine will help Irving Consumer Products continue to grow and deliver ultra-premium quality tissue paper products to our customers,” says Robert K. Irving, President of Irving Consumer Products.

“Valmet and Irving have a long relationship of successful projects. We are excited to work with them to reach the production and quality targets. Their products have been very much appreciated by the demanding North American market which requires the best softness, bulk and absorbency. The success is obvious with the rapid decision to invest in tissue machine TM 9. Our relationship is built on trust, setting joint targets and delivering results,” says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet’s delivery will comprise of a complete tissue production line with stock preparation equipment. The new line will include an Advantage ThruAir tissue machine including an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, ThruAir Dryers and Air system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. The scope also includes mist and dust systems, automation systems, basic mill engineering and advisory services. The production line will add a capacity of 75,000 annual tonnes of tissue to Irving’s current production.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124654
 02.12.2019

Valmet delivers key technology for Bracell's new pulp mill in Brazil  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver key technology for Bracell’s project to build a new pulp production line at the mill located in Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo state, Brazil. Valmet’s delivery includes an evaporation plant and a white liquor plant (photo), in which the lime kilns are fueled with gasified biomass.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the delivery will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued around EUR 200-250 million.

In May 2019, Bracell announced its plan for a substantial expansion of the São Paulo pulp mill in Lençóis Paulista (formerly Lwarcel) to increase its current production capacity of 250,000 tons per year (tpy) by an additional 1,250,000 tpy to reach 1.5 million tpy. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

“The new São Paulo unit in Lençóis Paulista will feature best-in-class technology with a flexible line designed primarily to produce dissolving pulp. This project is the largest private investment in the São Paulo state in the last 20 years and it generates employment opportunities for the entire region,” tells Carlos Pastrana, Projects Director from Bracell.

“Our technology represents new innovations and is designed for flexible production with high energy efficiency. The project will have a significant employment impact both for engineering and production in Brazil and the Nordics,” says Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

About Valmet’s delivery
Valmet’s delivery includes an evaporation plant with a super concentrator. The plant features Valmet’s TUBEL technology for highest availability and easy washing. The evaporation is designed for high energy efficiency with energy recovery from hot weak black liquor.

The white liquor plant is an essential part in the mill’s chemical recovery process. Valmet’s delivery includes the complete white liquor plant with recausticizing and two lime kilns. In addition, Valmet delivers two biomass dryers and two biomass gasifiers. The two lime kilns are fueled with biogas decreasing the need for fossil fuels. The white liquor plant is designed for producing high quality white liquor for cooking with lower operating cost with renewable furnace fuels and low specific heat consumption.

Valmet also delivers non-condensable gas (NCG) handling system to control and minimize the odors emerging from the chemical recovery processes.

“Valmet has extensive experience in delivering fossil fuel free lime kilns, which are fueled with either wood powder or gasified biomass. Using gasified biomass is a sustainable and economical solution for large mills. Our solution works seamlessly together throughout the whole process from biomass drying, gasification and lime kiln to emission control. Our evaporation technology represents leading energy efficiency and is designed for long lifetime and high availability,” says Fernando Scucuglia, Director, Pulp & Energy, South America, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124651
 29.11.2019

Valmet introduces new visible imaging system for pulp mill lime kilns  (Company news)

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.

“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.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124640
 27.11.2019

Metsä Board has selected Valmet to supply a new recovery boiler and an evaporation upgrade...  (Company news)

... for the planned renewal of the Husum pulp mill in Sweden

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.

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

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.

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.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124633
 26.11.2019

Valmet to supply an energy management solution to Kemira Chemicals' plants in Äetsä and ...  (Company news)

... Joutseno in Finland

Valmet will supply an energy management solution to optimize production and energy consumption at Kemira Chemicals’ bleaching chemical plants in Äetsä and Joutseno in Finland.

Photo: Kemira's new N3 chlorate plant at Joutseno

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed. The solution will be delivered to the customer in November 2019 and commissioned in May 2020.

“The new solution will enable us to combine electricity purchasing and production planning in Äetsä and Joutseno. Thanks to the system’s calculation model, our plants will be able to optimize production at the right time, according to electricity price variations. We will gain significant electricity cost savings at an annual level,” says Ilkka Palsola, Project Manager at Kemira Chemicals.

“The solution is based on Valmet’s existing production optimization system developed for energy production plants. We are now applying it for the first time to the energy-intensive industry. The solution improves electricity purchasing and provides plants with a more active role in the electricity market, among others. This is an important step forward for Valmet as a supplier of intelligent energy solutions,” says Tiina Stenvik, Director, Performance Solutions, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
Valmet’s delivery includes a Valmet DNA Energy Management System, which is part of the Valmet Industrial Internet portfolio and utilizes several data sources in production optimization. Valmet will also supply a Valmet DNA Information Management System for storing and further processing data as well as for reporting.

The energy management solution will be delivered in cooperation with Valmet’s Industrial Internet partner Energy Opticon, based in Sweden.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124424
 21.11.2019

Recycled and renewable raw materials will feature strongly in future roll covers  (Company news)

Could roll covers be made of recycled or even bio-based materials? With less than two years' intensive R&D work, Valmet has taken a remarkable step toward a more sustainable era in the field of production consumables in paper making.

Roll covers used in paper, board, tissue and pulp making need periodical renewal and thus consume tonnes of material resources. A major part of the raw materials used in roll covers – polymers, resins and other industrial chemicals – has traditionally been manufactured from fossil-based raw materials, and refined and processed from crude oil. The manufacturing methods for these raw materials may also have been energy consuming. Old roll covers have ended up in landfill or as energy waste.

A more sustainable future with a new generation of roll cover materials
Safety has always been the highest priority, and over the years Valmet has frequently replaced raw materials in roll cover production with safer alternatives. Where raw material selection was previously heavily guided by worker safety, Valmet is now taking a giant leap toward a more holistic approach with a focus on sustainability, aiming to replace as many of the roll cover raw materials as possible with more sustainable alternatives. The target is to use recycled materials and renewable resources, and more broadly to save energy.

Using recycled consumer plastic or glass as the reinforcing fiber or filler in composite roll covers, or bio-based resin and hardener in the polymer matrix, are good examples. The benefits of recycling are easy to understand, but what about bio-based materials?

“They remove the dependency on crude oil,” states Dr. Jani Turunen from Valmet. He continues: “We only approve renewable materials derived from non-food chain plants or plant parts, meaning their use does not affect global food production. Cultivation and harvesting of plants must not endanger the growth of natural forests either. In the best cases, bio-based materials can be produced from plant parts that would otherwise be waste. Lignin, carbon black made of lignin and nanocellulose are good examples, and all three can be utilized as reinforcing fillers in roll covers.”

Innovativeness and a strong R&D pay off
After less than two years of intensive R&D work for sustainable roll covers, Valmet is ready to present the first more sustainable composite covers for press, guide and calender rolls. The content of recycled or bio-based raw materials is between 75 and 96 percent in these covers, but new materials are being continuously tested, and the target is to reach 100 percent as soon as possible.

Work is also being done on polyurethane and rubber covers, and their first customer prototypes may already be available later this year. Last but not least, studies are also ongoing on how the scrap material from removed covers can be optimally recycled or utilized.

“We’ve already been in touch with companies that are breaking the rubber (tires) down back to oil, carbon black and fuel with the help of their pyrolysis process. The carbon black could then be recycled to produce new rubber roll covers,” reveals Turunen concerning Valmet’s future plans.

No need for compromise
When we’re talking about more sustainable alternatives and recycled products, it’s relevant to ask about product performance. Valmet’s R&D work shows very promising results here too.

“We were actually surprised with the laboratory results we obtained from these sustainable covers. Some of the properties, like wear resistance, were even better than with our standard roll covers,” says R&D Engineer Pertti Hytönen with a broad smile. “Of course, we’re still at the beginning, and creating products as good as our state-of-the art offerings may take a few years. But even in those products at least some of the raw materials can already be replaced with more sustainable options.”

Examining the most important roll cover properties and requirements – for example, in the results achieved in pressing or calendering – shows that users don’t need to compromise on product performance.

Make a difference to our environment
To summarize, the benefits of sustainable roll covers are clear: good performance in the papermaking process and a solid way for paper companies to prove they are acting to make planet Earth a better place for future generations.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124591
 21.11.2019

Valmet to deliver a new lime kiln and a fiberline upgrade for SCA Obbola kraftliner expansion ...  (Company news)

... project in Sweden

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.

Photo: lime kiln services in the pulp and paper industry

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 Strand, 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 Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124530
 20.11.2019

Valmet introduces versatile new solution for fiber recovery and pulp thickening  (Company news)

Valmet announces the launch of Valmet Pressure-fed Bow Screen, a versatile new addition to its stock preparation offering. The solution reinvents the traditional bow screen with a new, user-friendly design and improved nozzle arrangement enabling higher capacity and greater runnability than before.

Working to maximize the effectiveness of fiber recovery and pulp thickening processes, Valmet Pressure-fed Bow Screen is ideal for tissue making applications. Other primary applications of the equipment include shower water protection filtration, police filtration, felt hair removal and deinking stock washing.

“A primary driving force behind the new design was our goal to provide a better, safer user experience for our operators at the mill level,” explains Tony Bjorkenius, Business Manager, Disc Filters, Services, Valmet. “The equipment is engineered to provide better accessibility than ever before, with the focus on service, maintenance and everyday use.”

Valmet Pressure-fed Bow Screen is the company’s first new product that specifically leverages the technology, engineering and expertise gained from the acquired company GL&V. The product launch reinforces Valmet’s services approach “Shared Journey Forward”, a set of commitments that promises customers solutions built on their unique needs, safety, trust and accessibility.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124520
 19.11.2019

Rethinking energy sustainability in tissue production  (Company news)

When it comes to sustainability in tissue production, simply presenting a “green corporate image” is no longer good enough to stay competitive. Authorities around the world have set greater environmental legislative requirements for tissue manufacturing, and consumers everywhere want certified environmentally-friendly products. That means tissue mills need to take concrete steps for more sustainable production processes.

Energy consumption has long been an area of interest for many manufacturers. Tissue making is a particularly energy-intensive industry, and today the challenges are greater than ever. The growing demand for tissue globally is increasing energy needs as businesses work to produce more at a faster and faster rate.

While the goal of more efficient energy use is nothing new, the focus has traditionally been on recycling “wasted” energy in the tissue making process. Today’s challenges mean that the time has come for a new way of thinking and a more holistic approach. The starting point should be limiting the amount of energy needed in the first place, and the next step is to find ways to make required production processes more efficient. These two efforts greatly limit lost energy in production, which can then be addressed as a final consideration.

Step 1: Reducing demand

There are many ways to limit the energy needed for making tissue, but the most efficient action a manufacturer can take is to improve post-press dryness. Greater post-press dryness can significantly reduce the demand on the Yankee dryer, which in turn limits the dryer’s energy output.

For example, if a mill producing 200 tons of product every day increased post-press dryness just slightly, from 44% to 46%, it would reduce the amount of water that needs to evaporate by 98 kilograms per ton. The resulting energy savings would be around 166 kWh per ton, which is as good for the mill’s bottom line as it is for the environment. Based on Central European energy prices, that translates to over €350,000 in savings each year.

But this is only the start. As previously noted, true energy sustainability demands a holistic view, which means considering the entire production line. Every piece of technology in a mill offers potential for energy savings. Reducing the flow through the headbox, for example, minimizes the energy consumption of the approach system with little impact to product quality.

Step 2: Increasing efficiency
Even after minimizing the need of energy, tissue making remains quite energy-demanding. However, by again taking a view of the production line as a whole, it is possible to find ways to make existing processes much more efficient.

Here, the first consideration is mill design. How process equipment is arranged relative to one another as well as the dimensioning of equipment according to the products being manufactured can have a significant impact on energy consumption. For example, oversized equipment can unnecessarily increase the power needed for stock and water pumps, driving up production costs. Thus, ensuring an appropriate mill design from the start can mean more efficient production in the long-term.

Smart automation also plays an important role. Even if a mill is well-designed with the right machines, it needs to be utilized in the most efficient way to get the most sustainable result. An intelligent control system helps manages processes and maintains center-line parameters automatically. It can also include features such as valuable feedback on energy and resource consumption, as well as remote diagnostic possibilities for online support from experts.

While thinking about utilization, it is also worth considering the skill levels of your operators. Smart controls can solve many issues, but if an operator lacks the expertise to interpret feedback from systems and use the technology in an efficient way, it will not be possible to optimize the mill’s full production capacity. All operators should therefore receive adequate training on how to best use the mill’s equipment and the behaviors that support sustainable production.

Step 3: Recovering losses
Of course, even with the most advanced technology and best operational practices, a certain degree of heat loss is still unavoidable. The step for reducing energy consumption is therefore figuring out how heat can be recovered and put to different use.For mills located in areas with considerable heating needs, there are already smart ways to recycle heat waste. An air to water recovery system is a valuable tool that can be used for heating parts of the facility from the machine hall to administrative offices. This contributes to energy sustainability as well as reducing power costs related to heating.

Elsewhere, there remains a challenge to continue developing new technologies that not only capture losses, but transform them into useful forms of energy for other purposes. Today for example, innovations are making it possible to recover kinetic energy from the tissue-making process and convert it into electricity that can be put back into the production line. These possibilities, along with many other ongoing developments, will soon make it even easier to approach sustainability holistically – and achieve unprecedented levels of energy efficiency in tissue production.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124524
 18.11.2019

Valmet and Whakatane Mill renew their performance agreement in New Zealand  (Company news)

Valmet and Whakatane Mill Ltd have signed a multiyear agreement for continuous performance service for Whakatane PM3 board line in New Zealand. The value of the agreement will not be disclosed.

Photo from left: Pierre de Villiers (Valmet), and Juha Verajankorva and Mark Hammond (Whakatane)

The original performance agreement was signed in 2014 and was later extended for another three-year period. This renewal is the second extension with continuous and systematic development of Whakatane PM3’s productivity and quality with concrete targets regarding availability and optimization.

“Valmet is an experienced service provider and supports us to get the most out of our existing assets. Our team on site has worked closely with Valmet’s global experts over the past five years to achieve the agreed targets. Now we renew the agreement to further explore the development potential. We plan to bring the machine and our cooperation to next level,” says Peter McLaverty, Head of Continuous Improvement, Whakatane Mill Ltd.

“It is a pleasure to continue to work with the experienced and engaged team of Whakatane Mill. We have been working very closely together to explore the machine potential and deliver the results. For example, the machine availability has been improved by reducing the unplanned breakdowns, and the runnability and formation have been optimized via multi-variability control. Renewing the agreement is the best acknowledgement for our work,” says Pierre de Villiers, Mill Sales Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Valmet.

Digital space for continuous collaboration
The new feature in the renewed agreement is the utilization of Valmet Customer Portal, a digital collaboration space for real-time information sharing between customer and Valmet. The portal will be customized based on Whakatane’s requirements, and will enable both parties an easy and quick access to the visualized data.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124490
 08.11.2019

Valmet introduces a new web-based user interface for Valmet DNA automation system  (Company news)

Valmet is taking process automation further by introducing a new web-based user interface for its Valmet DNA automation system. Leveraging modern web technologies, the innovative Valmet DNA User Interface (DNA UI) extends the use of automation system beyond the traditional control room.

Photo: The introduction of the DNA UI is a part of the continuous renewal of Valmet DNA automation system, which is used in pulp, paper, energy and other process industries around the world.

Relevant information based on the needs of different user groups
Intuitive user experience and serving the needs of various user groups has been the main focus in the development of the new Valmet DNA User Interface.

The system adapts shown information based on the needs of various users and user groups. Relevant information is delivered in visual, well-structured, easy-to-understand dashboards, process and sub-process views, which allows the users of the automation system control the process better than ever before.

“It is essential for us to understand how our customers consume information, so we can help different user groups to process information faster. In the new DNA User Interface, we have structured and visualized data in new ways to make the workflow more intuitive – which in turn helps to make faster conclusions based on the data,” explains Jukka Ylijoki, Vice President, R&D, Automation business line, Valmet.

Control room no longer sets boundaries for work
Traditionally, system information and people using it have been tied in the control room. Built with latest web technologies, Valmet DNA User Interface comes with a secure web-based access that enables the mill or plant teams to access relevant information whenever they need it, regardless of their location.

“From logistics and laboratory to the boardroom, the entire site community needs specific information about the process. With Valmet DNA User Interface, users no longer need to stay in the control room to be on top of the situation,” Ylijoki continues.

Increased awareness leads to increased efficiency
With over 40 years of heritage in digital industrial automation, Valmet wants to make sure that industrial plants are safe and efficient to operate and that they meet the set quality and production targets.

“For the users, the new Valmet DNA UI will mean a complete feeling of awareness. They will always have the situation in hand and can easily manage information content to support their decisions. This leads to efficiency and helps to achieve savings throughout the process,” Ylijoki says.

Valmet DNA User Interface is the first web-based user interface on the market that can be delivered also as an upgrade to an existing Valmet DNA automation system. This means that in the future the existing customers can unlock the benefits the web-based user interface offers via upgrade rather than a full system renewal.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124489
 07.11.2019

Valmet introduces roll covers made of recycled and renewable raw materials  (Company news)

Valmet is the first company in the world to offer roll covers based on biomaterials and recycled materials for board, paper, tissue and pulp making. These new composite covers for press, guide and calender rolls are now available for the first customer deliveries.

Photo: “In best cases, bio-based materials can be produced from plant parts that would otherwise be waste. For example, lignin, carbon black made of lignin and nanocellulose can be utilized as reinforcing fillers in roll covers,” explains Jani Turunen, R&D Manager for Polymeric Roll Covers, Valmet (right) pictured with Pertti Hytönen, R&D Engineer, Valmet.

In new composite roll covers Valmet uses bio-based resin and hardener in the polymer matrix. The reinforcing fiber and filler are originating from recycled consumer plastic and glass. Depending on cover type, the content of recycled or bio-based raw materials is 75-96 percent. New materials are being tested continuously, and the target is to reach 100 percent as soon as possible.

Valmet has set strict criteria for the bio-based raw material in the covers. Only renewable materials derived from non-food chain plants or plant parts are used, in order to prevent the effect to global food production. Cultivation and harvesting of plants must not endanger the growth of natural forests either.

“In best cases, bio-based materials can be produced from plant parts that would otherwise be waste. For example, lignin, carbon black made of lignin and nanocellulose can be utilized as reinforcing fillers in roll covers,” explains Jani Turunen, R&D Manager for Polymeric Roll Covers, Valmet. “Our customers do not have to compromise in product performance either, as the results have shown that in some applications the performance is even above the traditional offering.”

A more sustainable future with a new generation of roll cover materials
Roll covers used in paper, board, tissue and pulp making need periodical renewal and thus consume tons of materials. A major part of the raw materials of traditional roll covers has been manufactured from fossil-based materials, which has been refined and processed from crude oil.

Valmet’s R&D work focuses strongly on enhancing raw material and energy efficiency and promoting the use of renewable raw materials. Valmet is continuously investigating the possibilities to replace fossil-based materials with renewable or recyclable materials. For example, recycling and more sustainable use of ceramic and metallic roll covers is under active research.

“Our continuous investing in R&D of sustainable solutions for our customers helps us increase the occupational safety of our employees, replace fossil-based raw materials with renewable ones, re-use and recycle materials and save energy. This is our contribution to the global challenge we face regarding our planet’s future. And by doing this, we are helping our customers do their part as well,” says Jukka T Heikkinen, Senior Manager, Roll R&D, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124354
 22.10.2019

Valmet to supply a coated board machine to Graphic Packaging International in the United States  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a coated board machine for Graphic Packaging International’s (GPI) mill in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the United States. With this investment in the latest coated board technology, GPI is committing to sustainable packaging with exceptional product quality and cost competitiveness for producing coated recycled board (CRB) grades. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the first half of 2022.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed.

“Valmet has offered us innovative yet proven technology to reach our high product quality targets. We have had a long and good cooperation with Valmet. Our relationship is based on mutual trust, which is very important in large projects like this one,” says Rusty Miller, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology, GPI.

“Valmet has a very good relationship with Graphic Packaging International, and we have had successful projects with them. We are happy to be involved in this important project to provide a new coated board machine in the United States,” says Dave King, Area President, North America, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
The board machine will produce coated recycled board (CRB) grades (white line chip board, WLC grades) with an annual capacity of approximately 500,000 short tons which corresponds to 454,000 metric tons.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124163
 03.10.2019

Valmet included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index among the world's sustainability leaders  (Company news)

Valmet has progressed well with its Sustainability360O agenda emphasizing continuous improvement of sustainable business practices. As one proof of the good progress Valmet has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) already for the sixth consecutive year. The company was listed both in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices. The total number of companies included this year in the DJSI World for 2019-2020 is 318.

The comprehensive ranking evaluates companies’ economic, environmental and social performance.

"Ensuring sustainable business practices is at the core of Valmet’s way to operate. Maintaining our position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index gives further proof that we have improved our performance in sustainability year by year, as continuous improvement is the key criteria for the inclusion. Our systematic sustainability agenda defines concrete actions for the upcoming years, and we have been training our employees so that they understand their role in achieving the targets. Our success is strongly based on the excellent work of all Valmeteers around the world," says Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet.

Valmet’s sustainability agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

In 2019, Valmet has also received other sustainability acknowledgements. In January, Valmet achieved the best A rating in CDP’s climate program ranking. In February, Valmet was awarded the Bronze Class Sustainability Award in RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook 2019, and in April, Valmet was reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124093
 19.09.2019

Valmet builds a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall  (Company news)

Valmet invests in a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall to strengthen the company’s research and development capabilities related to bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals. The new pilot facility will start up in October 2020.

Photo: Valmet has decided to invest in a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall.

Valmet focuses in its R&D work on ensuring an advanced and competitive offering of its technologies and services, enhancing raw material and energy efficiency, and promoting the use of renewable raw materials. In addition to the company’s traditional focus on pulp, paper and energy technologies, Valmet is putting increasing efforts to develop new biorefining processes for the efficient use of various biomass-based raw materials.

The new pilot facility in Sundsvall will further strengthen Valmet’s research and development capabilities in biomass conversion and enables pilot trials together with customers and partners.

A platform for future innovation
With the upcoming pilot facility in Sundsvall, Valmet can demonstrate state-of-the-art technology to customers and investors within the biorefinery business.

”Successful research and development work requires cooperation with customers and partners. This investment will strengthen Valmet’s continuing development within the biomass conversion field and our possibilities to contribute to the fossil fuel phase-out and decreased climate impact. The new pilot facility will be an important platform for future innovations,” says Mats Arnberg, Director, Biomass Conversion, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

The investment comprises new pilot equipment called BioTracTM, which uses Valmet DNA control system. The equipment can be modified for various processes and used with various raw materials. It could potentially be operated 24/7.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #124049
 13.09.2019

Valmet to supply a board machine to JK Paper Limited in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a board machine with an extensive automation and Industrial Internet package for JK Paper Limited’s Fort Songadh Mill in India. By investing in the latest coated board technology, JK Paper targets to increase its market share on a growing Indian market and to serve the market with more local supply. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the end of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed.

“To increase our market share on the growing Indian market, we wanted to invest in coated board technology we could really rely on. For this reason, we tested the technology concepts at Valmet’s pilot facilities. We are also planning to use the piloting services to further develop our paper board products later in the project. Valmet’s know-how on coated board making with a long list of good references further strengthened our decision,” says S.K. Jain, Head of Packaging Board Project, JK Paper Limited.

“I’m really pleased that Valmet was chosen as the main supplier in this project. In addition to board machine technologies, we will deliver a large scope of chemical systems – our first chemical system delivery in India. Our strong know-how on special coating and excellent wet end technology references in India and other countries in Asia further contributed to reaching the agreement,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet’s delivery will include a new coated board machine from the headboxes to reel with air dryers, chemical systems, heat recovery and other boardmaking systems. The coating is applied in multiple coating stations including a technologically advanced Opti Coat Layer coating station, which applies two coating layers simultaneously. A disc filter by Valmet’s new Mill Process Solutions Business Unit (former GL&V) and a vast automation system package with Valmet Performance Center (VPC) services with on-demand expert support will also be included in the delivery.

The 4,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce folding boxboard, solid bleached board (SBS) as well as cup and barrier board grades.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123996
 12.09.2019

Valmet introduces new inline optical total consistency and ash measurement  (Company news)

Valmet has launched a new Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC2R), which has been developed for recycled pulp manufacturing applications, as well as general stock preparation applications in paper, tissue, and board.

Valmet OC2R shares the total consistency measurement method utilized in the original Valmet Optical Consistency transmitter with the added capability of ash content available as a second measured value. Particularly in low-consistency measurements, Valmet’s optical transmitters are frequently the only possible measurement technique to provide reliable results. Valmet OC2R offers easy and low-cost installation with a measuring probe that makes insertion and removal possible without requiring special tools or a process stop.

For mechanical and chemical pulp, as well as for recycled fiber furnishes, Valmet OC2R is an ideal choice for control applications, from re-pulping and screening all the way to the machine chest.

“The addition of the ash measurement to total consistency opens new possibilities for recipe management in pulp blending, better broke handling, and reducing machine chest furnish variability. In recycled fiber processing, the benefits of the two measurements include better end product quality with improved strength and optical properties,” says Heikki Föhr, Product Manager, Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement, Automation business line, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC2R)
Valmet OC2R joins the Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC) family of transmitters, each optimized for use with eucalyptus pulp, recycled fiber and chemical pulps in addition to mechanical furnishes. Installed in an area of turbulent flow, the temperature and vibration resistant probes are self-cleaning even in the demanding environment of recycled fiber processing. Sharing the same basic components and modules optimized for each application, they have gained a deserved reputation for accuracy, reliability, and ease of installation.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123968
 06.09.2019

Valmet to deliver TwinRoll dewatering press to Metsä Board in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver, install and start-up TwinRoll™ dewatering press (photo) to Metsä Board Joutseno mill in Finland. The start-up is planned for October 2020.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the second 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 2.5-3.5 million.

“Metsä Board is investing in improving the energy efficiency of its Joutseno chemi-mechanical pulp mill. This investment increases the dry matter content of the pulp going to drying and saves energy for drying. Natural gas consumption will be reduced by 20 percent,” says Toni Tahvanainen, Vice President and Mill manager, Metsä Board, Joutseno pulp mill.

“Metsä Board decided to place this order with Valmet based on our good references for TwinRoll presses. It is an important milestone for Valmet to install the largest VPE press type in to a bleached chemi-thermomechanical mill for the first time in Finland. The press will enable Metsä Board to increase and stabilize the pulp consistency to the flash drying, thus reducing impact to the environment,” says Lari Lammi, Senior Process Manager, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
The scope of Valmet’s supply includes one TwinRoll dewatering press type VPE 1245 for bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp production.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123928
 05.09.2019

Valmet extends roll service agreement with SCG Packaging in Southeast Asia region  (Company news)

Valmet and SCG Packaging have signed a two-year roll recovering service agreement to serve SCG’s all subsidiaries in Southeast Asia region, which include Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd., Thai Cane Paper Public Co., Ltd., Thai Paper Co., Ltd., Phoenix Pulp & Paper Public Co., Ltd., and Vina Kraft Paper Co., Ltd.

The value of the agreement will not be disclosed. The agreement has been effective as of May 1, 2019.

Photo From left: Mahisorn Sornjaroon (Siam Kraft Industry), Sumana Techaphatikun, Ekaraj Niroj (both from SCG Packaging PCL), Wiwat Walaipachara, Sangchai Wiriyaumpaiwong (both from Siam Kraft Industry), Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Ravinder Sachdev, Polchai Jungsawat, Kengkarn Jangsatiansuk (all from Valmet) and Ekapod Chuwiwat (Siam Kraft Industry)

Continuation of good cooperation
Valmet has already been providing roll services to SCG’s two subsidiaries in Thailand since 2000. In addition, Valmet has also been serving SCG Packaging’s subsidiary United Pulp & Paper Public Co., Ltd. in Philippines’ mill since 2018.

The new roll service agreement will extend the roll recovering service to SCG’s all paper mills including packaging paper and fine paper in Thailand and Vietnam. With this new agreement, Valmet will be responsible for all the roll recovering services consisting of rubber, polyurethane and composite covering for all rolls.

“Valmet’s Service Center in Laem Chabang, Thailand, has the world class technology to serve our customers in the region. We just expanded our service operations on the roll composite covering facilities and it’s definitely supporting us to help our customers to achieve their targets,” says Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Director, SEA region, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123885
 30.08.2019

Increase dewatering, reduce vacuum needs with Valmet Hard Coating Solid and ...  (Company news)

...Valmet Uhle Box Cover

The combination of Valmet Hard Coating Solid (photo) and the perforated Valmet Uhle Box Cover have proven to increase dewatering at current vacuum levels, or reduce vacuum needs at many mills.

Valmet Hard Coating Solid
Valmet Hard Coating Solid (earlier known as SolidCoat) dewatering elements are hard-coated stainless steel components that cover the full width of the machine line. The surface of the components is solid, uniform and continuous without harmful joints on the fabric contacting surface. These dewatering elements are an excellent alternative when a mill is seeking energy savings, better paper quality and reliability.

Technology behind the new coating
Valmet Hard Coating Solid comprises two layers - a metallic bond layer and a ceramic layer - over the stainless steel body being coated. The metallic bond layer is fourth generation HVAF applied ~100% dense corrosion resistant metal (less than 0.1% void volume). This layer acts as a transitional bond layer between the ceramic layer and the vacuum element body, as well as a corrosion resistant barrier. It improves bonding of ceramic to steel and prevents corrosion for optimum cover life.

The ceramic layer has engineered surface properties to maximize wear resistance and surface cleanliness. The optimized wear resistance is 1200-1300 HV3. The ceramic powders and sealing compounds are proprietary materials developed by Valmet.

Valmet Hard Coating Solid is used on new and existing machines at many locations, including uhle box covers, transfer suction box covers, vacuum forming boards, and many more. It is designed for gentle fabric contact, withstands all process chemicals and is thermal shock / impact resistant.

Valmet Uhle Box Cover
The perforated Valmet Uhle Box Cover coated with Valmet Hard Coating Solid is an effective and straight-forward solution to increase dewatering and reduce energy consumption in the press section. The sheet undergoes a long dwell time in the vacuum zone, increasing the felt dewatering at a lower vacuum level than a traditional slotted cover. The friction between the cover and the felt is decreased.

The Valmet Uhle Box Cover is recommended for mills with energy savings targets or runnability issues in the press section, especially if there is too much water for the 1st press to handle. Mills running board grades where the main part of the dewatering is done with uhle boxes find the Valmet Uhle Box Cover valuable, especially if they are using or want to use seamed felts. Mills making heavier paper grades, where the use of uhle boxes is essential for machine performance, are also choosing Valmet Uhle Box Cover to improve their operations.
Proven results!

Using the perforated Valmet Uhle Box Cover, mills can expect cost savings and benefits through:
-Increased dewatering
-Better runnability
-Better profiles
-Lower friction and lower press drive load
-Longer felt lifetime and longer felt change intervals
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123820
 22.08.2019

Valmet took total responsibility in Karlsborg and got the order  (Company news)

When BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg in northern Sweden replaced the old quality control system in the drying machine with a new modern one, a certain rebuild after the dryer section was necessary in order to get enough space for the grammage and dry content scanner. Due to the fact that Valmet could take the overall responsibility for both the rebuild and the control system, Valmet got the order and now the grammage and dry content control is done by a Valmet IQ System.

Photo: The Valmet IQ Scanner after the drying section measures grammage and dry content.

BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg produces 330,000 tonnes of bleached softwood pulp, out of which 130,000 tonnes are pumped to the integrated paper mill producing bleached sack paper, kraft paper and formable paper (FibreForm). The remaining pulp production is dried on drying machine TM3 and sold as market pulp. The mill has a long history with Valmet and in 1980 Karlsborg, as the second mill in the world, installed a Valmet Damatic Classic control system for control of the fibre line and later also production of electricity and steam recovery.

“The previous control system in TM3 had passed its technical life span and we could no longer get spare parts so investing in a new system was necessary,” says Bjarn-Olof Johansson, Project Engineer at BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg. “For the new system we had a long-term perspective regarding monitoring and control of dry content and grammage profiles in the machine direction and later maybe also of the corresponding cross direction profiles and maybe even more properties. Therefore it was important to get the best system and not be trapped in the future.”

“Initially we looked at four suppliers of systems for dry content and grammage control in the drying machine,” says Mattias Arvidsson, Project Leader at BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg. “The machine is quite cramped which meant that a certain rebuild after the dryer section was needed in order to make space for the dry content and grammage scanner. Different suppliers had different solutions for how this could be done and by whom but Valmet was the only one who could take total responsibility for the whole package of rebuilding and control system. That is why Valmet was chosen as supplier, we did not have to take care of the rebuild and control it ourselves as it was in their hands.”

“To us it is of course a big strength in a project like this that we can involve our “heavy metal group”, i.e. Valmet Technologies, says Juha Mykkänen, Sales Manager Pulp and paper Industry, Automation Business Line, Nordics area, Valmet Automation Inc. “Therefore we do not have to involve external mechanical partners, we can give a guarantee covering the whole package. For the customer this means safety at the same time as we at Automation know that the total solution will be good.”

“As two Valmet parts were involved we demanded and got one contact person from Valmet in this project,” Bjarn-Olof Johansson continues. “It was not so easy to find the right place for the scanner after the dryer but with help from Valmet’s specialists we found a place which turned out to a be very good one. The solution was to move the carrying roller one meter forward to get the necessary space for the scanner and at the same time obtain a good solution for the threading so that the pulp web can fall down without any problem in the pulper.”

“The project consisted of two parts, the rebuild after the dryer including necessary mounts, which was done during the maintenance stop in August 2017, and the installation of the Valmet IQ System which was done in October 2017,” Mattias Arvidsson says. “It was a giant task for us to map all signals needed for a trouble-free system integration with the existing Valmet DNA system as well as with the DCS system from another supplier in advance. The DCS system controls among other parameters pulp and steam flows as well as machine speed. The integration between these systems had to be done seamlessly and hence the preparatory work was very important. In addition, we must not forget the great importance of Valmet’s education of our operators before and after the installation of the new system.”

An important part of the project was that Karlsborg’s project group went to Tampere for a FAT, Factory Acceptance Test, of the Valmet IQ System for the drying machine. The purpose was to check that everything was built, that all process displays and controls were ready as well as a follow-up on the project status. The project group was very satisfied with the FAT results, both the technical side and the way Valmet had organised the tests. The Valmet IQ system for Karlsborg’s drying machine consists of a Valmet IQ One-Sided Scanner before the dryer, positioned above the pulp web measuring dry content and temperature, one Valmet IQ Scanner measuring grammage and dry content after the dryer and of course all the software needed.

“The start-up went better than expected and we had a good support by Valmet’s start-up staff,” Mattias Arvidsson emphasizes. “There were of course some minor things during the start-up period but they were quickly sorted out. We can now control grammage and dry content profiles as well as coordinated speed in the machine direction as the signals from the system influence the pulp flow, pressure in the headbox, machine speed and steam flow to the dryer.”

“Our fears that the relocation of the carrying roller might cause problems with the pulper during threading were proven totally wrong as it has worked just fine”, Mikael Strand, Head of Section TM3 adds. “All in all, the project has been very smooth and due to the Valmet IQ System we can see that the drying machine is now run in the same way irrespectively of different shift teams. This confirms that the operators have confidence in the new system. The old system had passed its technical lifespan and needed a lot of maintenance and the traversing measuring unit even caused web breaks now and then.”

“As we now have stable grammage measuring and dry content control we have been able to remove one maintenance demanding unit in the drying machine, namely the old balance for bale sets. It used to control the set change in the drying machine cutter,” Bjarn-Olof Johansson points out. “Instead of weighing the set of pulp bales, the weight of each set is now calculated based on the measurement results from the Valmet IQ System and the set change in the cutter is controlled. However, we still weigh each pack of pulp bales on a special pack balance and this weight is the invoiced weight.”

“To sum up the whole project we are very satisfied with how it has been run as well as with the cooperation with Valmet. The result has been very good and we look forward to a continuation during which the grammage profile in the cross direction will be controlled as well as possibly some other quality parameter,” Mattias Arvidsson ends.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123803
 20.08.2019

Innovative moisturizer application provides immediate benefits  (Company news)

The Iggesund Workington board mill in the UK has successfully applied a Valmet IQ Moisturizer in board production to achieve higher production rates especially with higher grammage products.

Photo: The Valmet Moisturizer under the web on Workington’s board machine. Three nozzles of the two-stage spray head can just be seen in center of the picture.

INCADA is the name of the folding box board produced at Workington. The board’s five layer construction with chemical pulp outer layers give INCADA is superior surface, printablity and strength qualities. It is the preferred packaging material among companies wanting to give their products good protection with low weight while still getting the best possible print results on their packaging. One of the processes on the Workington board machine to achieve the required properties is a machine glazing (MG) cylinder located in the drying section. This cylinder commonly called an MG or Yankee cylinder has a large diameter of over 6 meters, is steam heated and has a mirror-like polished steel surface. The paperboard web, containing about 40% moisture, adheres to this surface. The web dries in contact with the rotating cylinder until the moisture content is insufficient to maintain adhesion. The sheet then leaves the cylinder, retaining the high level of smoothness imparted to it by the polished steel without loss of thickness and maintaining good stiffness properties.

Surface moisture
To obtain good adherence to the MG cylinder and control of the release line where the sheet leaves the cylinder requires the right amount of surface moisture. The common control method for surface moisture and release line is to adjust the pre-dryer steam pressure, but naturally this method not only affects surface moisture but the total moisture of the sheet. As the drying process continues on smaller cylinders, too high web moisture after the MG cylinder can limit machine speed with post-drying a bottleneck to increased production.. “This was exactly our problem,” explains- Rolf Moring, Iggesund Workington’s development engineer. “We were struggling with the limited drying after the MG cylinder but had more than enough capacity in the pre-drying. We saw the opportunity that by increasing only the surface moisture we could improve stiction, the sticking of the web to the cylinder which gives us the surface properties we require.”

Valmet IQ Moisturizer
Recognizing that surface moisture, and within limits not overall web moisture, is the key to good stiction and release line, Valmet recommended that the mill employ a Valmet IQ Moisturizer before the MG cylinder to impart the ideal surface moisture to the sheet. According to Mark Norman, Iggesund Project Engineer, “Valmet recommended a moisturizer for the pre-MG application. Although a moisturizer is not so common for this purpose, they believed in the solution and were proved to be correct.” The IQ Moisturizer is the industry’s most advanced moisturizing system with applications in paper, board and converting production. IQ Moisturizer’s two-stage spray head provides a highly atomized, full cone spray pattern that is efficiently applied to the web. The uniquely small droplet size allows its use in applications close to surface treatment processes such as machine glazing. Prior to ordering, the mill conducted a test with a special one meter trial unit from Valmet that showed that the system would meet expectations.

Increased production
The Valmet IQ Moisturizer now provides the potential to run heavy grammage products faster by fully utilizing pre-drying before the MG cylinder. The moisturizer sprays the sheet just before the MG cylinder to give the required sheet surface moisture to stick to the cylinder, without excessive total moisture. ”We are more than satisfied, stiction is improved and we have been able to increase machine speed by several percent, especially with the heavier grades where drying after the MG was a problem,” says Moring.

Smooth installation and start-up
Installation was made in three steps with the final beam installation and pipe work, that could not done when machine was running, done during a 19 hour maintenance shutdown. “The Valmet team worked well during the installation and start-up phase with completion without any H&S incidents and in line with the agreed time schedule. One point to note regarding the start-up and optimization was that there were no operational issues or disturbances which caused any loss of production from the machine. The equipment worked well from day one,” declares Norman.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123653
 25.07.2019

Valmet's Half Year Financial Review January 1 – June 30, 2019: Orders received increased to ...  (Company news)

... EUR 1.1 billion and Comparable EBITA to EUR 69 million

April–June 2019: Orders received amounted to EUR 1.1 billion
-Orders received increased 25 percent to EUR 1,083 million (EUR 865 million).
---Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, Paper, and Services business lines and remained at the previous year’s level in the Automation business line.
---Orders received increased in South America, North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, and decreased in China.
-Net sales increased 7 percent to EUR 901 million (EUR 844 million).
---Net sales increased in the Services and Automation business lines and remained at the previous year’s level in the Paper, and Pulp and Energy business lines.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 69 million (EUR 61 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.7 percent (7.2%).
---Profitability improved due to increased net sales and higher gross profit.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.26 (EUR 0.23).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -5 million (EUR -4 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR -44 million (EUR 3 million).

Photo: Valmet President and CEO Pasi Laine

January–June 2019: Orders received increased and profitability improved
-Orders received increased 9 percent to EUR 1,918 million (EUR 1,756 million).
---Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, Automation and Services business lines and remained at the previous year’s level in the Paper business line.
---Orders received increased in South America and Asia-Pacific, remained at the previous year’s level in EMEA, and decreased in China and North America.
-Net sales remained at the previous year’s level at EUR 1,587 million (EUR 1,575 million).
---Net sales increased in the Services and Automation business lines and decreased in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 117 million (EUR 82 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.3 percent (5.2%).
---Profitability improved due to higher gross profit.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.47 (EUR 0.29).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -3 million (EUR -7 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR -14 million (EUR 22 million).

Guidance for 2019 unchanged
Valmet reiterates its guidance presented on February 26, 2019 and confirmed on April 1, 2019, in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2019 will increase in comparison with 2018 (EUR 3,325 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2019 will increase in comparison with 2018 (EUR 257 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
Global economic growth is forecast to ease to a weaker-than-expected 2.6% in 2019 before inching up to 2.7% in 2020. Growth in emerging market and developing economies is expected to stabilize next year as some countries move past periods of financial strain, but economic momentum remains weak.

Emerging and developing economy growth is constrained by sluggish investment, and risks are tilted to the downside. These risks include rising trade barriers, renewed financial stress, and sharper-than-expected slowdowns in several major economies. Structural problems that misallocate or discourage investment also weigh on the outlook. Growth among advanced economies as a group is anticipated to slow in 2019, especially in the Euro Area, due to weaker exports and investment. (The World Bank Global Economic Prospects, June 2019)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for services, automation, pulp, and board and paper, and the satisfactory short-term market outlook for energy, and tissue.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Orders received exceeded EUR 1 billion and profitability improved
“In the second quarter of 2019, orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, Paper, and Services business lines and remained at the previous year’s level in the Automation business line. Valmet’s orders received increased to over EUR 1 billion, lifting the order backlog to a new record-high level of EUR 3.2 billion. Net sales increased and Comparable EBITA improved. The Comparable EBITA margin was 7.7 percent in the second quarter, 0.5 percentage points higher than a year ago.

During the quarter, Valmet completed the acquisitions of GL&V and J&L Fiber Services Inc. These acquisitions strengthen Valmet's services business and complement our technology offering for the pulp and paper industry customers. They also further strengthen Valmet’s capabilities globally and our local presence especially in North America. Following the acquisitions, the number of Valmet’s employees has increased to a total of 13,622.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123598
 22.07.2019

Pekka Rouhiainen appointed Director, Investor Relations, at Valmet  (Company news)

Pekka Rouhiainen (photo), M.Sc. (Econ), has been appointed Director, Investor Relations, at Valmet as of 1 September 2019. He will be based in Espoo, Finland, and will report to Kari Saarinen, CFO at Valmet.

For the past few years Rouhiainen has been employed as Investor Relations Director at Cargotec Corporation. He has previous investor relations experience from Sanoma Corporation and has worked as an equity analyst before joining Sanoma.

“We look forward to having Pekka on board as he will be a great addition to our internationally acknowledged Investor Relations team. He has versatile background for the position and understanding of modern, global investor relations. With Pekka's input and experience I'm sure our investor relations will continue improving further,” says Saarinen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123576
 16.07.2019

Valmet's second tissue line to Crecia-Kasuga in Japan  (Company news)

Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki are once again collaborating in delivering an Advantage tissue production line to Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd in Japan. The new tissue line will be installed at the new Fuji Mill premises. Start-up is planned for 2020.

This is the second time Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki co-operate in a machine project delivery to the joint venture Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd to. The first tissue machine has been in continuous successful operation, at the same mill site since May 2018.

Continuation of a successful collaboration
“We at Valmet appreciate the opportunity to further develop the excellent cooperation between the three companies. It is very encouraging that the introduction of the Advantage ViscoNip press and other leading tissue technologies installed in the first tissue machine at the Fuji Mill has been so successful. It is a privilege to continue our cooperation." says Ingmar Andersson, VP Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

Exceeding expectations
"We are very impressed about the performance of our first Advantage DCT tissue machine as well as the smooth and efficient cooperation with Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki, and we are pleased to invest in a second tissue machine from the same suppliers. The previously installed machine from Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki is exceeding our expectations and has been operating successfully since the start-up. We look forward to work together with Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki also in this new project," says Mr. Hirofumi Narita, President, Crecia-Kasuga.
High pressing performance

"It is a great pleasure to continue our cooperation and to contribute to establish the latest tissue machine technology in the Japanese market. The Advantage DCT tissue machine equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press provides a unique value-adding performance," Mr. Takahiro Shinohara, Executive Managing Director, Kawanoe Zoki, adds.

Latest technology
Valmet's delivery includes an Advantage DCT 135HS machine with Valmet's key technologies OptiFlo II TIS Headbox, Advantage ViscoNip press, Advantage AirCap hood and a Advantage Yankee S. Manufacturing of other equipment, site assembly and installation services will be performed by Kawanoe Zoki. The new line has an annual production capacity of 40,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123475
 02.07.2019

Valmet to supply automation system and measurements to Xuzhou Zhongxing Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet DNA automation system (photo) and measurements to Xuzhou Zhongxing Paper Co., Ltd. in China. The system and consistency transmitters will be installed on the company's paper machine PM1, enabling the line to increase production efficiency and obtain better measurements and controls for improving the process.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2019. The delivery will take place in the fourth quarter of 2019.

"We already have Valmet's quality management solution on our machine, and now with Valmet DNA and consistency measurements, we believe that the comprehensive automation solution will help us to improve machine efficiency and end-product quality," says Hongliang Wang, General Manager, Xuzhou Zhongxing Paper.

"Valmet has an extensive range of automation and solutions. We listened to our customer and provided the solutions they needed. Combined with our process know-how, we are happy that we can help our customer to move their performance forward," states Liang Zhou, Sales Manager, China, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet DNA automation system and Consistency transmitters based on various measurement technologies. Valmet's comprehensive and scalable automation solution is geared toward optimum productivity, efficiency and product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123474
 01.07.2019

Valmet to supply a board machine rebuild to ITC Limited in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a board machine rebuild for ITC Limited at its Bhadrachalam Mill in India. The rebuild of board machine PM 7, currently producing folding boxboard, is designed to increase production capacity substantially and offer new quality features. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second half of 2020.

Photo: OptiFlo Foudrinier headbox

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed. The value of a rebuild of this type and scope is typically around EUR 10-15 million.

"Our goal with this rebuild is to upgrade the machine with latest technology, enhance the machine performance and ensure our competitiveness in the market," says Mr. Sanjay Singh, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC PSPD & Member, CMC, ITC Limited.

"ITC's coated board machine PM1A delivered by Valmet started up successfully in June 2018. Customer's satisfaction with Valmet's high performing technology and project execution helped us secure this rebuild order. The challenging objectives of the rebuild were addressed with a right combination of technology and process support via on-demand expert support of Valmet Performance Center," says Varun Jain, Director, India region, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include a new OptiFlo Foudrinier headbox, OptiCalender Compact hard nip calender with compact design, OptiCoat Roll coating station with OptiDry Coat air dryers, OptiReel Primary reel with primary reeling devices, improvements in the forming, press and drying sections. The hard nip calender equipped with Valmet IQ Induction profiler improves caliper control giving a better base for coating to achieve high quality.

The delivery will also include a Valmet DNA machine control system and Valmet Performance Center (VPC) services with on-demand expert support. The on-demand expert support can be used for solving any process or automation related issue during the agreement period.

The 3,600-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce superior folding boxboard, and after the rebuild also solid bleached board (SBS) grades with the basis weight range of 200-450 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 600 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123436
 28.06.2019

Valmet introduces ultra-high definition optics to fiber analysis  (Company news)

Utilizing more than 35 years of experience in laboratory and online fiber measurements, Valmet has launched a completely redesigned optics module. The ultra-high definition optics can measure more fibers with much higher resolution in order to expand application areas and improve measurement precision.

Since its launch in 2013, the Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5) has made precise standardized fiber morphology measurements possible without special training, sample preparation or laboratory facilities. Now, the new optics feature a wider measurement cell to allow improved shive particle measurement, a larger image area to measure more and longer fibers and an ultra-high definition camera providing faster fiber analysis and increased sharpness for better fibril and small particle detection. The new optical module is also available as an upgrade to existing Valmet FS5 analyzers.

"Our Research & Development team did it once again! The improvements in the optics allow our customers to see smaller particles, identify particles like parenchyma cells, and to be able to measure longer fibers or larger shives particles than before," says Tommi Niskanen, the Product Manager for Valmet FS5.

Valmet FS5 is intended for use in regular mill testing while also meeting the requirements for research laboratories. The results are ISO standard compliant and fully traceable and provide a better understanding of the paper making potential of the pulp, helping papermakers to better manage the process to get targeted end product quality.

The upkeeping requirements for Valmet FS5 are minimal and each unit is calibrated with an accredited calibration tool at Valmet's production center in Kajaani, Finland.

"Valmet FS5 platform has been validated by over one hundred happy customers globally. The possibilities with the new optics have created positive feedback from both our old and new customers," says Tuomo Kälkäjä, Director for Valmet's analyzers, measurements and performance solutions.

Ultra HD technology detects smaller particles
The Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer enables pulp and paper mills to unlock the true value potential of their raw material for optimum end product quality. With the new compact and user-friendly unit, customers can benefit from a wider range of available measurements combined with improved usability and reliability resulting in savings in terms of both time and resources.

The analyzer requires no special facilities other than water, drain and electricity. It is transportable for use on the machine floor as well as shift laboratory, when and where needed for fast and accurate pulp property analysis. Easily programmed for customized analysis and reporting, the FS5 is provided with basic measurements of fiber dimensions (length & width), fines, coarseness and curl, with two optional measurement packages that add blend ratio, external fibrillation, kink and cell wall thickness as well as neural network classification of vessel cells, shives, parenchyma cells, fiber entanglements, and more.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123382
 24.06.2019

Valmet supplies a forming section rebuild for Ajin P&P in Korea - introduces innovative ...  (Company news)

... Sleeve Roll technology

Valmet will supply a forming section rebuild introducing a novel Sleeve Roll technology to Ajin P&P's Dalseong mill in Korea. The rebuild of the paper machine PM 3 targets production increase and improved end-product quality. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2020.

The orders are included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2019. The value of the orders will not be disclosed.

Photo: Shaking hands over the deal (from left): Timo Saresvuo (Valmet), Jin-Doo Kim, Yeon-Wook Jung (both from Ajin), Hannu T Pietilä, Sami Anttilainen and Tae-Yeon Kwon (all three from Valmet)

"Ajin highly appreciates Valmet's know-how and strong focus on customer-centric research and development. Valmet has been continuously providing new and innovative solutions to the market targeting for example improved energy, water and raw material efficiency. The Sleeve Roll is an excellent example of this," says Dr. Jin-Doo Kim, Vice President of Ajin P&P.

Technical details about the delivery
The delivery for PM 3 will include modifications to forming section. The existing fourdrinier forming section will be rebuilt into OptiFormer Hybrid by adding a top forming unit that utilizes a novel and innovative Sleeve Roll technology. Sleeve Roll is a specially designed roll, which has a sleeve-like outer layer where dewatering pressure is created with a shoe. Because of Sleeve Roll, the top forming unit is vacuumless. This makes the technology especially suited for rebuilds as it enables unrivalled dewatering capacity and energy savings. All the rebuilt machinery will be automated with Valmet DNA Machine Control System.

The 5,900 mm-wide (wire) PM 3 produces recycled fluting grades in the design speed of 1,300 m/min and a basis weight range of 90-120 g/m².
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123392
 20.06.2019

Valmet introduces new stand-alone wet end control package for paper, board and tissue machines  (Company news)

Valmet introduces new control product called Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control (Valmet RET) for retention and break-time headbox ash consistency management. It offers benefits for paper, board and tissue makers previously only available to the users of Valmet DNA process control and Valmet IQ quality control system.

Utilizing the Valmet Retention Measurement (Valmet RM3), low consistency measurement and control hardware with state-of-art model predictive control, the product enables users to take control of the wet end to a new level.

"Both controls, based on the Valmet IQ MD Optimizer, already have a proven track record. We know that by stabilizing the wet end we can offer improved quality, chemical and energy savings as well as better runnability for virtually all grades," says Timo Rantala, Product Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Active wet end management for stability and runnability
Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control improves paper quality in the machine direction by reducing variations in basis weight, paper ash and moisture. Additional advantages include fewer wet end breaks, savings in chemicals and drying steam as well as better control of grade changes and start-ups - all leading to higher productivity.

As the very first pilot user of Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control mentioned: "Retention measurement and control are fully reliable solution, which both are used all the time. We can say they are standards at our paper machine."

Technical information about Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control
The goal of Valmet Stand-Alone Retention Control is to minimize consistency variations within the short circulation and stabilize wet end operation. It stabilizes white water consistency by controlling retention aid flow.

The goal of breaktime headbox ash control is to keep paper web ash content stable and thus make web threading easier, breaktime shorter and paper ash on target right after sheet break. Breaktime headbox ash consistency control becomes automatically operational during sheet break.

Both controls reside in Valmet hardware installed in the cross-connection room. This enables fast deliver, short implementation and tuning time of the control product in the mill. A secure remote connection to Valmet RET allows a fast response and remote help from Valmet locations around the world. Connection to mill system can be made with standard 4.20 mA I/O signals or optional digital links.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123380
 19.06.2019

Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Stora Enso in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Stora Enso at its Oulu Mill in Finland. In the project, originally Valmet-supplied paper machine PM 7, which is currently producing fine papers, will be rebuilt to produce high-quality virgin-fiber-based kraftliner grades.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Photo: Happy faces after shaking hands after the deal (from left): Teemu Houhala, Kari Räisänen (both from Valmet), Ari-Pekka Määttänen, Rickard Arnqvist (both from Stora Enso), Jari Vähäpesola (Valmet), Ari Saarnio, Harri Metsärinne (both from Stora Enso), Kirsi Peltola, Marko Oinonen, Pasi Ronkainen (all three from Valmet), Janne Myllykangas (Stora Enso) and Kimmo Kyllönen (Valmet).

The project is part of Stora Enso's investment plan to transform to higher profitability business with grade conversion projects. Oulu Mill will cease to produce wood-free coated papers by the end of 2020. The start-up of the rebuilt PM 7 is scheduled for the end of 2020.

"The conversion of Oulu Mill will enable Stora Enso to further improve its position in the growing packaging business and we are taking a major step forward in our transformation," says Project Director Ari Saarnio from Stora Enso.

"Valmet and Stora Enso have had a long and successful cooperation over the years at all of Stora Enso's mills. Our strong experience in complicated projects and grade conversions is essential for this project. It is also an advantage that the paper machine was originally supplied by Valmet in 1997. It will smoothen the project execution further. The selected technology will enable high end-product quality and production capacity in a sustainable way," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include a new world-class production line for virgin-fiber based kraftliner (both brown and white-top). All the equipment will be delivered with installation.

The 9,000-mm-wide (wire) PM 7 will be producing kraftliner and white top liner grades with a basis weight range of 80-225 g/m2. The design speed of the new parts will be 1,300 m/min. The annual capacity will be 450,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123331
 18.06.2019

Tieto and Valmet co-operate to enhance fuel supply chain management and transparency ...   (Company news)

...for energy producers

Tieto and Valmet have begun a cooperation to support energy producers in utilizing new digitalisation technologies to enhance fuel supply chain management and transparency.

One of Tieto’s most recent developments with other forest industry companies is a service called Forest Hub. This service provides an interface for energy producers, such as power plants who want to buy and share information easier with biofuel suppliers and logistics companies.

Valmet’s DNA Fuel Chain Management application complements the Forest Hub service by providing fuel related data that enables all partners within the Forest Hub service to comply with the Finnish Energy Authorities’ new directive to verify the origin of biofuel. Valmet offers fuel reporting for power plants and their fuel suppliers through Valmet’s cloud-based Industrial Internet applications. Centralized fuel reporting utilizes fuel analysis data from the power plant and fuel supplier data that is received through Forest Hub.

With the help of the Forest Hub service and the Valmet DNA Fuel Chain Management solution, power plants can send and receive information to and from all service and fuel providers. The combined service provides information about upcoming fuel load deliveries, ensuring faster and more effective reception proceedings with fewer possibilities for mistakes. The load-specific measuring information sent back to the supplier enables quick and continuous delivery quality control and further process improvements.

The wood and fibre supply chain is multidimensional, with a large number of business transactions being processed between different organizations. With the help of Tieto Forest Hub, all parties can exchange relevant business information. The real-time digital communication between partners also reduces manual errors and improves data security. The ecosystem service makes operational planning easier throughout. Furthermore, the service automatically monitors data transmissions and provides support services to ensure the continuity of business operations.

“Through this co-operation, Valmet strengthens its Industrial Internet offering for the fuel management processes of power plants. The Tieto Forest Hub service complements Valmet’s cloud-technology-based DNA Fuel Chain Management solution, which enables efficient and transparent fuel logistic planning, from forest to gate,” says Janne Koivuniemi, Senior Product Manager, Valmet.

"The co-operation with Valmet marks a break into a new branch segment for Tieto Forest Hub. We are excited to be able to further help our customers and their partners in the energy sector to fully utilise the possibilities that digitalisation has to offer, and to support their business activities with a solution that instantly offers advantages,” says Jaakko Kuusisaari, Director, Tieto's Wood & Fibre solutions.

Tieto Forest Hub is based on the Business Information Exchange (BIX), which is a cloud service for B2B integration. Tieto BIX currently covers 1,500 direct customers, 28 sales partners and exchanges close to 500 million transactions annually.
(Tieto Finland Oy)

Newsgrafik #123287
 12.06.2019

Valmet: World's largest evaporation plant with integrated ash crystallization commissioned at ...  (Company news)

...APP OKI Pulp and Paper Mill

Valmet is pleased to be commissioned by APP OKI Pulp and Paper Mill for the delivery of the world's largest evaporation plant which comes with integrated ash crystallization.

The evaporation plant has a design capacity of 2,900 tons of evaporated water per hour and has in high load tests performed above 3,200 t/h. This is by far a world record for pulp mill single line evaporation.

Photo: The world's largest evaporation plant at APP's OKI mill in Indonesia. The integrated Valmet Ash Crystallization plant to the right, is fully energy-integrated in the evaporation and keeps potassium and chloride at desired low levels in the mill's recovery cycle.

Valmet supplied the key technology for OKI Pulp and Paper Mill in Indonesia. Valmet's delivery included two pulp dryers, two biomass gasifiers, two biomass boilers, two lime kilns, an evaporation system and ash crystallization.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123201
 27.05.2019

Valmet delivers a new recovery boiler to ITC in India  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a new recovery boiler and ash leaching plant to ITC's Bhadrachalam pulp mill in India. The new boiler will replace three existing boilers. The start-up of the new recovery boiler is scheduled for late 2021.

The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2019. The value of the order of this scope is typically around EUR 50-60 million.

Photo: Illustration of the Valmet RECOX+ recovery boiler to be delivered to ITC Bhadrachalam pulp mill in India.

"The new recovery boiler investment is an essential part of increasing the mill's pulp production. Our main drivers for choosing a modern state-of-the-art recovery boiler were reliability, energy efficiency and environmental performance. With their offering Valmet was able to meet our goals," tells Sanjay Singh, Divisional Chief Executive of ITC.

"This recovery boiler represents a new era in Indian recovery boilers. It is significantly larger than the boilers previously delivered to India and has high power features which enable the mill to increase its energy production. With this project we are able to utilize our technology leadership and strong local presence in India. We are happy to continue our very good cooperation with ITC in upgrading their production fleet," says Jussi Mäntyniemi, Vice President, Recovery Business Unit, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Technical details about Valmet's delivery
The Valmet RECOX+ recovery boiler will have a capacity of 2,700 tDS/day. The boiler includes several high-power features for example high steam parameters, flue gas heat recovery, combustion air preheating, feed water preheating and vent gas heat recovery. This enables 20% higher steam production compared to conventional recovery boilers. The medium size and high steam parameters set specific requirements for material design.

The delivery also includes electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) which remove dust particles from recovery boiler flue gases.

Potassium and chloride levels in the ESP ash are controlled with two stage ash leaching system. Valmet AshLeach Duo is a well-proven, uniquely simple and effective system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123199
 24.05.2019

Valmet to deliver green liquor clarifier to Stora Enso Skoghall mill in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an OptiClear(TM) green liquor clarifier to Stora Enso Skoghall mill in Sweden. The start-up of the clarifier is planned for the spring 2020.

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

"Valmet's OptiClear will increase the availability of the green liquor plant and deliver a cleaner green liquor to slaking. This will in turn contribute to stabilizing the liquor circuit at the mill. Operation of the OptiClear is easy and less maintenance is required compared to our present equipment. It will also be possible to use this equipment in future rebuilds," says Michelle Nylander, Production Manager, Power Recovery and Environment, at Stora Enso's mill in Skoghall.

"Based on our flexible portfolio, we continue to deliver products that are fit for our customer's purpose. The OptiClear provides the perfect mix between investment and operational cost as well as good process results at a minimum of maintenance," says Patrik Lidbäck, Manager Sales, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's scope of supply includes a new OptiClear including polymer station and instruments, electrical motors, platforms, piping and installation work.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123143
 21.05.2019

Valmet agrees on a major pulp and board technology delivery to Klabin in Brazil  (Company news)

Valmet has signed contracts for a large pulp and paper technology delivery to Klabin S.A. in Brazil. The order consist of a kraftliner machine (PM27), a new fiberline, a new continuous cooking and a pulp dryer rebuild. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2019 orders received and the value of the order is around EUR 260-290 million.

Photo: CompactCooking™ is Valmet’s continuous cooking system for more cost-effective pulp production.

Furthermore, Valmet and Klabin have signed Letters of Intent (LOI) for the delivery of a second kraftliner machine (PM28) and a second cooking and fiberline for which the final agreements are expected to be signed and delivery schedule to commence in May 2021.

The now agreed order for the delivery of a kraftliner production line is Valmet's first large board making technology delivery to Brazil and means an important breakthrough to the Brazilian paper industry market for Valmet.

"Our upcoming new kraftliner production line will be the world's first production line for kraftliner made from 100 percent eucalyptus pulp. We have done, together with Valmet, a lot of conceptual and engineering developments for this innovative solution that will deliver a high performance kraftliner for the corrugated container industry," says Francisco César Razzolini, Industrial Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Project and Pulp Business Officer at Klabin.

"This first major paper technology order enhances Valmet's position in the Brazilian market, where we have been so far especially known as a partner for pulp producers," says Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper Business Line, Valmet.

The pulp technology delivery for its part will create the first reference for Valmet's new continuous cooking technology, CompactCooking G3, which was launched in 2018. Moreover, the rebuild of the pulp dryer will increase the capacity of the current pulp drying line delivered by Valmet in 2016.

"Klabin wanted a solution with high pulp quality to meet challenging end-product requirements with high availability and decided to trust Valmet to deliver this. This is a significant order for our pulp business in South America and proves the competitiveness of our new innovations in cooking and fiber line technology," says Bertel Karlstedt, President, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

The employment impact of the krafliner production line (PM27) delivery is over 500 man years mainly in Europe, Brazil and China and of the pulp technology delivery almost 500 man years mainly in Finland, Sweden and Brazil.

Technical details of the delivery
Valmet will supply a complete kraftliner board production line with an extended scope of supply delivery, including a wide mill engineering package. The delivery consists of equipment for stock preparation system and approach flow system as well as a complete multiply kraftliner machine (PM 27) from headbox to reel, followed by a winder with automated transfer rails and roll handling systems. The delivery also includes air systems for the machine, a hall ventilation system as well as a wet end chemical system and surface starch preparation and sizer supply systems.

The automation delivery includes Valmet DNA Automation System for process and machine controls and Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution. A large Valmet Industrial Internet package with Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is included in the delivery as well as Valmet Paper Machine Clothing package for start-up for all machine clothing positions.

The 9,000-mm wide (wire) machine will produce high quality kraftliner and white top liner grades with a design basis weight range of 80-200 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,200 m/min and the design daily capacity 1,555 tonnes.

The cooking and fiber line delivery includes a complete cooking plant and fiber line with a capacity of 2000 ADt per day. The cooking plant features Valmet's next generation continuous cooking technology, CompactCooking G3, and includes ImpBin technology for steaming and impregnation of the wood chips. This two-vessel system provides excellent pulp quality with very low reject content.

The cooking and fiber line is proven to be easy to maintain and delivers high yield, low energy consumption and high availability. The new cooking features improve the flexibility and deliver optimized bleachability especially for eucalyptus based hard wood production.

The pulp drying line upgrade includes e.g. a new baling line, automatic tail threading equipment, process equipment debottlenecking and roll handling line upgrade. These upgrades increase the capacity of both market pulp and fluff pulp production and improve safety.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123139
 20.05.2019

Valmet to replace process and quality controls at Delkeskamp mill, Germany  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet DNA Automation System and a Valmet IQ Quality Control System to Delkeskamp's cartonboard machine BM1 in Nortrup, Germany. The new systems will enable the mill to produce the desired end product quality more efficiently.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2019 orders received. Typically, the value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR two million.

"With experience gained from hundreds of installations and our papermaking knowledge, we were able to offer a complete solution to meet the customer's needs. Our quality control system is well integrated into the Valmet DNA Automation System. This makes operation and maintenance much easier for the customer, since only one user interface with the same tools is needed for both systems. Advanced applications, such as Valmet DNA Help, enhance the operation even more," says Martin Grundmann, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet DNA Automation System for the process controls of the board machine and effluent treatment, partial wet-end machine controls, and a Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS) with one scanner, related measurements as well as machine- and cross-direction controls. Valmet DNA Help guides operators and indicates reasons for disturbances. These systems will replace the mill's existing obsolete systems and bring its automation to a new level by improving process reliability, runnability and end product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123074
 13.05.2019

Valmet to deliver second tissue production line to Faderco in Algeria  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete Advantage DCT 100HS tissue production line (photo) to Faderco in Algeria. The order also includes a rewinder and an extensive automation package including process and quality control solutions.

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

The new line will be installed at the company's mill, Warak, in Setif, Algeria. The start-up is planned for June 2020. Valmet has previously supplied an Advantage DCT100+ tissue line to the mill, started up in 2015.

The new tissue line will fulfill Faderco's need of new capacity for tissue products. The Warak mill currently produces baby diapers, sanitary napkins, adult diapers and tissue paper for the domestic market and surrounding countries. The new line will support Faderco's ambition to consolidate its position as the Algerian leader in the sector by reaching 35 percent of market share in 2019. With an addition of 30,000 annual tons, Algeria will move from importer to exporter of tissue products.

"The investment in Valmet's Advantage DCT technology, the new complex, will boost our production and support our ambition to reach the position as the 5th exporter in the Mediterranean region. We are already present in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Qatar, among others," says Amor Habes, CEO, Faderco.

"With this new, high-quality tissue making installation, we are very pleased to continue the journey together with Faderco; a journey which started in 2013. Valmet's leading Advantage DCT technology as well as it's Reelite ENS Winder will support Faderco's ambition for first class tissue paper production," says Bernhard Glifberg, Sales Manager, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machine line will have a width of 2.8 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. It will add 30,000 tons tissue paper per year to Faderco's current production of tissue products.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line featuring bale handling, stock preparation system, the Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine, a rewinder and auxiliaries. The tissue machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a cast alloy Yankee cylinder, the Advantage technologies ViscoNip press, the AirCap hood and WetDust dusthandling systems as well as a F(O)CUS Rewinder with its unique ENS technology. The stock preparation line includes OptiSlush pulper, OptiFiner conical refiners and deflaker and OptiScreen technology.

The delivery also includes an automation package with the Valmet DNA process controls and Valmet IQ quality controls. Complete installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also part of the delivery. The supply is based on total mill engineering by Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123058
 10.05.2019

Valmet to supply key board machine technologies to Kraft of Asia Paperboard & Packaging ...  (Company news)

... in Vietnam

Valmet will supply key board making technologies to Kraft of Asia Paperboard & Packaging for its new containerboard making line, which will be located in Phu My, Vietnam.

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

Kraft of Asia Paperboard & Packaging is a new company established by Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni). By establishing the new company with a new board production line (PM 1), Marubeni aims to proactively expand its containerboard business in the growing Vietnamese market. Kraft of Asia Paperboard & Packaging has received the permits for one million ton annual capacity and the company plans to invest in three board machines in the following 10 years. The start-up of the first machine (PM 1) is scheduled for the second half of 2020.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include three OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes (photo) for excellent profiles and good formation, and an OptiPress Linear press section to achieve excellent end product properties, high dewatering capacity and good runnability. The delivery will also include a start-up package of spare parts and consumables.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123050
 09.05.2019

Valmet to supply a quality management solution to Cartones Ponderosa in Mexico  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution to Cartones Ponderosa's cartonboard machine BM1 in Mexico. The comprehensive solution will improve machine efficiency and the overall end-product quality.

Photo: Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution to Cartones Ponderosa's cartonboard machine BM1 in Mexico.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR two million.

"This project gives our customer the most complete and innovative single quality management solution of all Mexican mills. It provides measurements for fiber analysis online, coating characteristics, such as surface topography, and PPS (Parker Print Surf) direct photographic readings for printability predictions. With our solution, the mill can achieve its desired end-product properties with improved efficiency," says Miguel Sagahon, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS) with three scanners and related measurements and controls. The scope of basis weight, coating and moisture measurements and controls is complemented with surface topography, fiber orientation, optical caliper as well as gloss measurements and controls. This will open up an opportunity for a deep, unrivaled analysis of the paper structure and quality properties.

Valmet IQ Steam Profiler and Valmet IQ Induction Profiler provide effective moisture and caliper profile management to improve production efficiency and board quality. The Valmet IQ profilers feature advanced self-diagnostics and a compact design for easy maintenance and installation.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123036
 07.05.2019

Valmet to launch a new-generation web inspection system at PaperCon 2019  (Company news)

Valmet will launch a new-generation Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (IQ WIS), which enables board and paper producers to inspect and improve product quality in greater detail. IQ WIS works in real time, enabling immediate root-cause analysis and corrective action. IQ WIS is one of the integral elements of the Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision system; another element is the Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System.

Photo: The new-generation Valmet IQ Web Inspection System utilizes an intelligent 8K camera technology for high measurement precision.

Improved quality through excellent synergy
Valmet IQ Web Inspection System has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Schenk, a global supplier of inspection and measurement solutions.

"The collaboration between Dr. Schenk and Valmet is a showcase of excellent synergy by smartly combining the know-how and experience from the world's best inspection system provider with a world-class paper process specialist. After having delivered a total of 450 Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision systems globally, this new product launch is an important step toward even higher precision in quality control. Valmet continues to support the existing installed base and offers a seamless upgrade path. The advantages offered by the new features can be integrated into existing systems through upgrades," comments Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Systems, Automation, Valmet.

"We are pleased with the development of the new Valmet IQ WIS. Valmet is the frontrunner in the pulp and paper business. Through their strong sales and service organization, we can offer our leading inspection technology to these processes globally," says Dr. Peter-M. Heinze, Sales Manager, Dr. Schenk.

Efficient tools for analysis and paper quality rating
Valmet IQ Web Inspection System utilizes intelligent 8K camera technology, which combines the best features of an area scan (matrix) camera and line scan camera technologies. It enables immediate identification of production that does not meet quality criteria through a wide range of technical features.

High measurement precision can be reached even with higher maximum paper web speeds. More sensitive and reliable defect analysis can be achieved with multigeometry. It is also possible to replace several camera beams with one unit, resulting in cost-efficient, compact installation and lower service needs.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Web Inspection System
The latest IQ WIS technologies provide paper processors with the means to achieve profound quality monitoring and control. Unique lighting technology enables the detection of print-critical defects that have not been visible before. This illumination provides excellent opportunities for 3D defect contrasting. Particularly longitudinal structures and oil stains, for example, which are often hard to detect with standard lights, are also highlighted. Precise detailed defect classifications can be made by means of the MIDA (Multiple Image Defect Analysis) and the latest software algorithms based on artificial intelligence principles.

Valmet Industrial Internet solutions can utilize the data from the web inspection system to further benefit customers. A comprehensive process picture is created by combining the data from the quality control system and the machine vision system. By adding other key process data, it is possible to find optimal solutions to ensure desired process performance and end-product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #123025
 03.05.2019

Valmet to supply automation and quality management systems to Suzhou Taison Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet DNA automation system (photo) and a Valmet IQ quality management solution to Suzhou Taison Paper Co., Ltd. in China. The systems will be installed on two tissue machines, enabling the mill to increase production efficiency and improve product quality.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2019 orders received. The delivery will take place in the third quarter of 2019.

"We have very good cooperation with Valmet. We already have Valmet's automation systems installed on four tissue machines in the Taison Group's Jiangxi mill, and their performance has exceeded our expectations. Valmet's advanced technology fits perfectly with our company's strategy to implement innovative solutions," says Shengyou Zhu, Deputy General Manager, Taison Paper.

"Valmet ensures maximum and sustainable performance of production lines with its accurate and reliable process and product measurements. We are happy that the customer relies on us and are delighted to provide solutions to move their performance forward," states Andy Zhang, Area Sales Manager, China, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet DNA automation system and a Valmet IQ quality management solution. Valmet's comprehensive and scalable automation solution is geared toward optimum productivity, energy efficiency and product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122959
 01.05.2019

Hayat Kimya's seventh tissue machine up and running  (Company news)

The Turkish supplier Hayat Kimya´s latest tissue production line in the Russian paper mill Yelabuga in Tartaristan, was successfully launched in December 2018. Start-up of the Valmet Advantage DCT 200TS machine (TM7), went very smooth, which was a result of the fact that everyone involved worked together and collaborated well with all the teams. The machine is now running according plan, producing more than 220 t/h high quality tissue at a speed of 2100 m/min.

“We have trust in each other and the cooperation with Valmet is excellent and secure. During the commissioning we worked together as one team to solve any issues that came up and succeeded to startup on schedule. The performance guarantees level was achieved after a few days and performance was fulfilled after six weeks, which is far better than we could foresee.”,
says Lütfi Aydin, Director, Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.

A familiar relation grounded on a long rewarding history together
One reason why the collaboration between the Valmet and Hayat teams works extraordinarily well, is their longstanding history. ”Our joint projects usually have smooth start-up´s, good communication and goals that are achieved. Over the years we have come to know each other very well. We have many similarities, we get things done, we work hard, and we are loyal and results oriented. Together we have developed our processes, collaboration and machines. It has become a strong, fruitful and successful working relationship”, says Rolf Tellack Project Manager at Valmet Tissue BU.

Linnea Bjergestam, Project Manager at Valmet Tissue BU, chimed in: “An additional reason why the start-up for TM7 went so smoothly and led to a successful delivery is that Valmet had prepared and did a thorough job with the pre-assembly. A significant start to continue a successful project.”

Rolf and Linnea continue: “The work is always inspiring with Hayat Kimya. They are real professionals and have a clear strategy and well thought out plans. Investing in TM 7 is one result of that plan and in line with their long-term strategy. They have the courage, determination, patience and endurance to enter politically and economically volatile markets. They manage to succeed and carry out large projects in various parts of the world with different cultures. Further, they are very good vendors and have managed to increase sales significantly in the countries they do business in.”

Collaboration in seven different projects
Hayat has chosen Valmet as the supplier for all their tissue machines, except their first, and we have since, had the pleasure of working together on seven different projects. The latest investment, TM7, is the second tissue line in Yelabuga, Russia. With good experiences from Yelabuga’s first tissue machine, Hayat decided to order another. The two machines are equipped with the flexible Advantage ViscoNip press and extensive automation packages. They are also optimized for low energy consumption and improved product quality.

Heavy expansion in manufacturing high-quality tissue products in Russia
Hayat has a target to grow and raise the tissue quality standard to meet the Russian market´s increased demands. With Yelabuga´s two tissue lines the company has been able to just, in a few years, expand heavily in the manufacturing of high-quality tissue products in Russia. Investing in TM7, increases Hayat´s current Russian production of facial, toilet and kitchen towels by 70,000 tons up to a total of 140,000 tons.

In addition to the two Advantage DCT machines for Russian Yelabuga, Valmet has previously delivered five Advantage DCT 200TS machines to Hayat. They have been installed in Turkey in 2010 and 2015, Iran in 2013, Russia in 2014 and Egypt in 2016. Valmet has also accomplished an extensive rebuild of their TM1 in Turkey in 2015.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122957
 26.04.2019

Valmet to supply a containerboard making line with an extensive scope for Papierfabrik Palm ...  (Company news)

... in Germany

Valmet will supply a containerboard making line (PM 5) with extensive packages of mill-wide automation and services for Papierfabrik Palm's (Palm) Aalen-Neukochen mill in Germany. The new high-capacity board machine will replace three existing smaller machines and will be designed to produce lightweight and high-quality recycled fluting and testliner grades. The start-up is scheduled for 2021.

Photo from left: Jürgen Kosse (Palm), Manfred Eberhardt (Valmet), Dr. Andreas Haas (Palm), Stephan Gruber (Palm), Tobias Hain (Valmet), Dr. Wolfgang Palm (Palm), Pasi Laine, Jari Vähäpesola, Harri Heikkilä and Juha Kivimaa (all from Valmet)

Major part of the order is included in Valmet's orders received of the second quarter 2019. 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.

"We wanted to make a competitive investment for the next 50 years and aimed for a very wide and high-capacity containerboard machine to be ready for the future changes. Valmet was selected because of their high-level and differentiating technology for lightweight grades. The concept was verified at the pilot trials," says Dr. Wolfgang Palm, Chief Executive Officer of Palm.

"Palm PM 5 will be the largest containerboard machine in the world. We offered Palm an outstanding combination of high-end technology, comprehensive selection of service, automation and industrial internet. I'm pleased to say that Palm and Valmet have been cooperating for decades and hopefully this good relationship will continue over the coming decades," says Jari Vähäpesola, Paper Business Line President of Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's delivery for PM 5 will include a high-speed containerboard making line from broke collection to reel and winder. OptiPress Center with transfer belt technology enables closed sheet transfer from press to dryer for high runnability and production efficiency at high speeds.

OptiSizer Hard is a unique size application method where hard covered nip rolls press the size deep into the paper web improving surface and internal strengths. OptiReel Linear reel combined with OptiWin Pro winder with Dual Unwind deliver substantially high capacity level without any compromises on safety. The delivery will also include complete process air system for board machine and machine hall ventilation.

The mill-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.

Valmet's delivery will also include a vast services package. Steep start-up curve and optimal production conditions of PM 5 will be ensured with a long-term Valmet Performance Agreement and a comprehensive spare parts and consumables package. Long-term Valmet Performance Agreement was also signed for another Palm machine. Valmet's maintenance expert located on-site will support the maintenance establishment of Palm PM 5. The establishment support, in addition to the provided master data, will set a strong foundation for the maintenance operations. Five-year agreements of Valmet Paper Machine Clothing and Valmet Roll Service are also included.

The start-up and the further optimization of the new board machine will be supported remotely from Valmet Performance Center and with Valmet Industrial Internet solutions. Online strength information and the quality predictions gained with Valmet Pulp to Paper Optimizer help the optimizing of raw material and chemical consumption. Valmet Paper Machine Diagnostics tool provides in-depth information about the machine performance and condition of the equipment, which can be used to predict and avoid production losses and increase the process reliability. Also, automation system control loop and actuator performance are continuously monitored and analyzed by automated tools.

The 11,700-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce recycled fluting and testliner grades with the basis weight range of 60-110 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 2,000 m/min and the annual capacity 750,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122906
 25.04.2019

Pulp mill lime kilns go fossil free  (Company news)

Valmet has developed biomass-based alternatives for moving into 100% renewable fuel also for lime kilns.

Photo: Fredrik Lind and Charles Brooks-Wind inspecting the lime kiln at SCA Munksund mill.

In a modern pulp mill, the lime kiln is the only major consumer of fossil fuel – usually natural gas or fuel oil. During the oil crisis in the 1970s and 1980s, several alternatives to fossil fuel were developed to reduce operational costs. In recent years, there has been an increased focus on environmentally friendly solutions which at the same time can make pulp mills less dependent on fossil fuel. With the latest technologies and expertise, there are now several commercially proven CO2 neutral fuel alternatives. The two main alternatives are wood powder firing and biomass gasification.

At pulp mills, methanol, turpentine and tall oil may also be available for burning in lime kilns. These work well as support fuel, but they cannot normally cover the lime kiln’s fuel requirements. Valmet also has the technology to extract lignin from black liquor, which can be used as fuel.
Safe and proven wood powder firing

Typical wood-based biomass fuels used for direct fired rotary kilns range from wood chips and pellets to sawdust. Before the wood can be used as fuel in the lime kiln, it needs to go through drying and grinding.

Designing a lime kiln to operate with wood powder firing is a balancing act. As in all mill processes, safety is the natural starting point. To avoid wood accidentally catching fire, the temperature is monitored, and good housekeeping is important – especially around the grinding system. In addition to safety, moisture content and particle size is optimized for energy efficiency and kiln operation. A low-temperature belt dryer is often the preferred option for drying, because it can utilize waste heat from other mill processes, is robustly designed and is suitable for heterogenous particle size.

Controlling the flow of wood into the kiln is an important factor in stable kiln operation. Unstable flow will cause a variation in heat input to the burning zone, impacting product quality. The lime kiln burner needs to be flexible and able to safely and efficiently burn several different types of fuel.

Suitable solution for both old and new mills
“We have shown during the last decade that wood powder firing has become a fully commercial, proven and – most importantly – safe solution for lime kilns. Today it is possible to convert a pulp mill into a fossil-free mill and thus reduce the mill’s carbon footprint and fuel costs,” says Claus Jensen-Holm, Director for Lime Kiln Technology at Valmet.

Valmet has delivered several wood powder firing systems utilizing sawdust, pellets or wood chips. SCA’s Munksund paper mill in Sweden utilizes pellets as a wood powder source.

“Our lime kiln was 50 years old and had seen better days. To match our strategy of being fossil fuel free, we decided to build a new kiln utilizing biofuel. The new kiln was ready and in operation in January 2015. At first, we had major problems with e.g. ring formation and variations of fuel flow. After many hours of trouble shooting and process improvements, we have now taken a huge step toward the goal we set from the outset: a fossil-free kiln with great operational effectiveness and a low impact on the environment,” says Fredrik Lind, Production Engineer at the SCA Munksund mill.

Utilizing bark in biomass gasification

Unlike wood powder firing, bark can be used as a biomass source in gasification. Biomass gasification is a combined system of biomass dryer, gasifier and lime kiln, optimized for burning the product gas. After drying, bark or other wood residue is gasified in the CFB gasifier at high temperatures using a controlled amount of air. The resulting product gas is then burned in the lime kiln burner, which is optimized for product gas.

“One of the challenges is controlling the whole process. Bark is not a uniform fuel, and it is important to understand how the process should be controlled and optimized. This is where Valmet’s complete understanding of the process from the dryer, gasifier and lime kiln operation comes into its own,” explains Juhani Isaksson, Business Development Manager for Gasifiers at Valmet.

“Bark-derived product gas is produced for the bioproduct mill’s lime kiln. This is one example of solutions which enable the mill to be fully free of fossil fuels,” says Ilkka Poikolainen, Vice President of the Äänekoski bioproduct Mill, Metsä Fibre.

Choosing the best alternative

The driver for choosing a biomass-based solution may be the company’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions or the availability of suitable biomass as a byproduct of mill operations. In recent years, Valmet has delivered both gasification and wood powder solutions for new mills and rebuilds.

“The best solution and the business case needs to be evaluated each time, based on the available biomass, kiln size and possible bottlenecks in the process. Gasification is the right solution for mills with a large or medium-sized kiln and which have bark at their disposal, while wood powder firing is most suitable for smaller kilns,” Jensen-Holm explains.

It is also possible to convert existing fossil fuel kilns to use either wood powder or gasification, but it must be acknowledged that replacing the kiln fuel may impact kiln design and operation.

Claus Jensen-Holm, Valmet:
The best solution and the business case needs to be evaluated each time, based on the available biomass, kiln size and possible bottlenecks in the process."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122938
 24.04.2019

Valmet to convert a recovery boiler into a biomass boiler at DA Alizay in France  (Company news)

Valmet has received an order from Biomasse Energie d'Alizay to convert a recovery boiler into a biomass boiler utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology (BFB) at DA Alizay mill in France. Biomasse Energie d'Alizay will start producing steam and electricity from biomass at the existing power plant.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2019 orders received. Typically, the value of this kind of order is EUR 20 million. Valmet's delivery is scheduled for 2020.

"Valmet is the leader in BFB conversion with more than 60 references over the past 30 years, including boilers initially manufactured by third parties. It is very efficient and cost-saving way to modernize and prolong the lifetime of high-capex plants to serve the customers' future needs," says Jouko Kylänpää, Director, Rebuilds and Conversions, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery scope includes converting the existing recovery boiler into a biomass boiler utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology (BFB). Electricity production of the plant will be 50 MWe, and it will also produce process steam for the paper mill. Additionally, Valmet will deliver a complete Valmet DNA automation system for the power plant, including steam network optimization with the paper mill. The plant is expected to start in 2020.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122886
 23.04.2019

Not just paper but functionality  (Company news)

When it was facing with end-of-life issues of quality control systems (QCS), Neenah Coldenhove turned to Valmet for a new solution. The successful start-up of a Valmet IQ QCS on paper machine PM 1 in 2016 was closely followed by a second system on paper machine PM 2 the following year.

Neenah Coldenhove’s paper mill in the Netherlands gained worldwide recognition at the end of the 1990s with the introduction of a very successful paper grade for dye sublimation transfer printing on all kinds of soft and hard surfaces. Together with their other specialty products, such as barrier paper for sterile packaging, the production of transfer paper places high requirements on final product quality.
But the QCS systems on Neenah Coldenhove’s two paper machines were approaching end-of-life, with increased need for maintenance, lack of spare parts and aging basis weight nuclear sources. “The amount of servicing the old systems needed was excessive,” says Gert Van Beek, Process Engineer at Neenah Coldenhove.

Sellable paper within hours
In 2015, the mill had installed a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System on its 2.5-meter-wide PM 1, and van Beek’s experience had been very positive. “The web inspection system worked well, and Valmet compared very favorably with two other QCS suppliers we contacted, so we made the decision to install a Valmet IQ system on PM 1 in 2016.”

“A trouble-free startup, which went better than I could have expected, resulted in sellable paper within one-and-a-half hours. We bought the second QCS for PM 2 the following year, so the experience couldn’t be that bad,” says van Beek.

Second QCS installation in record time
The second QCS, on the wider 3.5-meter-trim PM 2, had a much tighter installation window. “With most of the cabling done, we had one weekend to install the scanner frame before the reel, the single-sided frame for moisture at the glazing cylinder, and a single-point moisture measurement device at the coater. Again, we had sellable paper within hours,” says Van Beek. Operators on both machines quickly accepted the new systems, and according to van Beek, the new QCS is so easy to use that within only two days, the operators became familiar with the most used parts during its operation.”

Laboratory results correlated very well with the scanned values. “There were a few grades where we did not have to change anything, and on others, the biggest deviation of moisture and basis weight before calibration was around 1 percent,” says van Beek. “Caliper correlation has perhaps been the most challenging, but we now have an R-squared correlation of 0.99 on PM 1, with a little more work to do for PM 2.”

First time moisture control – 66 percent less variation
Van Beek already has a thirty-year history of working at Neenah Coldenhove. “When I started at the mill in 1988, we already had QCS on both machines, but in all that time, I had never seen moisture controlled – it was only a measurement. Moisture control at the pre-dryers, glazing cylinder and after-dryers was manual, and each shift had their own way of adjustment. In all the time since then, we had never dared to control the moisture automatically, but now with the Valmet system the operators trust it and have started using it. Operators on PM 2 were really quick to utilize the automatic moisture control, and the two-sigma value of moisture has now decreased to one-third compared to our earlier manual control,” says van Beek.

“Fingerprints” of good operation
Van Beek emphasizes that as well as identifying problems, they want to know the conditions that ensure really good operation of the machines. “We are learning much more about the machine, IQ has analyzing tools which we intend to make use of much more in the future. We now have good OPC connections from both Valmet quality control systems and the web inspection system on PM 1 to the manufacturing execution system. Every second, we take a load of data from the system and use it for analysis. When a machine is running really well, we take what we call a ‘fingerprint.’ The operator presses the fingerprint button, and we save a lot of defined data from the systems, if possible at least once per shift. Each month, we look at the mean values of the fingerprints for different grades, and those become the startup values for next time,” explains van Beek.

This helps make grade changes faster and, because at present, both machines are worked with three shifts, with faster startups on Monday mornings after the weekend shutdown. With order books full for PM 2, it has already moved to four shifts and continued production through every second weekend.

More than paper: functionality
“We don’t sell just paper, we sell functionality, and therefore good reliable quality control is essential. That is what Valmet offered us, and they have delivered results,” concludes van Beek. “Their people react quickly and are willing to change things if necessary."

TEXT AND PHOTOS: Nigel Farrand
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122765
 08.04.2019

Valmet has completed the acquisition of GL&V, a global provider of technologies and services ...  (Company news)

... to the pulp and paper industry

Valmet has completed the acquisition of GL&V, which was announced on February 26, 2019. GL&V is a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 113 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments.

GL&V will be a part of the Services business line
The acquired business becomes a part of Valmet's Services business line. GL&V supplies technologies, upgrades and optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally. The acquired operations had net sales of approximately EUR 160 million in calendar year 2018 and employ about 630 people.

GL&V will be included in Valmet's financial reporting for the first time in Valmet's Half Year Financial Review January 1-June 30, 2019.

As announced on February 26, 2019, GL&V's washing, oxygen delignification and bleaching operations with Compact Press®, pumps and mixers technology for chemical pulping as well as the related Product Center in Karlstad Sweden are not included in the transaction scope.

Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet: Valmet's stable business and services capabilities are now further strengthened
"The acquisition was completed as planned, and we welcome our 630 new colleagues to Valmet. This strengthens Valmet's global services business further and complements our technology offering for the pulp and paper industry customers. The acquisition also consolidates our local presence and capabilities globally. The combination of Valmet's global reach and GL&V's product and services offering for chemical pulping, stock preparation, papermaking and finishing create a good basis for new business opportunities and for serving our customers even better," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122714
 02.04.2019

Valmet to deliver pressure diffuser to AustroCel Hallein's mill in Austria  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a pressure diffuser (photo) for AustroCel Hallein’s mill in Hallein, Austria. The start-up of the pressure diffuser is planned for the fall of 2019.

“The new pressure diffuser will improve our bleach plant washing in a very clever and energy efficient way,” says Dr. Ulrich Kastner, Head of pulp production, AustroCel mill in Hallein.

“Valmet is proud to be part of this project, as it shows our strength in creating innovative solutions to our customers, it also shows the strong competitiveness in Valmet’s washing product portfolio,” says Patrik Lidbäck, Manager Sales, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery
Valmet’s scope of supply includes a new pressure diffuser with hydraulic system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122734
 29.03.2019

Valmet to deliver fifth tissue production line to Papel San Francisco in Mexico  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue production machine to Papel San Francisco in Mexico. The new machine will be installed at the company's mill in Mexicali and the start-up is planned for the third quarter of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2019 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

The new tissue line will fulfill Papel San Francisco's need of new capacity for standard tissue products. Valmet has previously delivered four tissue machines to the company. Three Advantage DCT machines started up in 2006, 2009 and 2018. In addition, Papel San Francisco was the first to start up an Advantage NTT line in 2013, which fulfills the company's demand of textured tissue.

"The choice to select the Advantage DCT machine was quite easy. Equipped with the Advantage ViscoNip press, it is the most efficient and best choice for the grades we need to produce. It is also in our philosophy to go for low energy consumption and lowest possible emissions to air and water. With this new tissue line, we expect to achieve the best tissue quality combined with lowest energy consumption," says Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Operational Director, Papel San Francisco.

"We are very proud to be the chosen supplier and partner for yet another expansion by Papel San Francisco. After many years of several projects together, we know that Papel San Francisco is a very demanding customer expecting continuous improvements. The company is continuously running their assets at or near world record speed and still achieving very high efficiency numbers. This is yet another opportunity for us to take another step forward in performance in a very strong and trustful relationship," says Jan Larsson, Director of Sales, North America, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a width of 2.8 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. It will add 30,000 tons tissue paper per year to Papel San Francisco's current production of toilet tissue, kitchen towels and napkins.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue machine. The machine will be equipped with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinder. The machine will also be featured with the well proven Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, AirCap hood and WetDust dust system. Start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122625
 22.03.2019

Valmet Kappa QC analyzer adds HexA measurement capability for eucalyptus pulp producers  (Company news)

The accurate online measurement of Kappa number, indicating residual lignin content, is essential for the optimization of cooking and bleaching in the production of eucalyptus kraft pulp.

Since the 1990s it has been known that the presence of hexenuronic acid (HexA) in unbleached hardwood pulp increases the consumption of bleaching chemicals leading to higher production costs and product quality variability as well as worsening environmental performance. Part of the product variability can be explained by the fact that HexA also consumes potassium permanganate in the Kappa number analysis which leads to an erroneous lignin content signal to automatic controls. Valmet has development new and unique online method for the measurement of HexA, now available as an additional module working alongside the Kappa, brightness and fiber& shive properties measurements in the Valmet Kappa QC analyzer.
Online hexenuronic acid measurement

Cooking conditions influence HexA formation and modern continuous cooking concepts, utilizing lower temperatures to improve efficiency and yield, increase the HexA content in the pulp. HexA and residual lignin react differently with commonly applied bleaching chemicals and highlight the complex chemistry of cooking and bleaching of hardwood kraft pulps. HexA can be removed from the pulp by a mild acid hydrolysis, leading to two basic approaches to the problem. One is to use a hot A (acidification) stage prior to bleaching or second approach combining the hot A-stage with the D0-stage in a single hot D0-(Dhot) stage. Both benefit from the simultaneous online measurement of Kappa and HexA by the Valmet Kappa QC analyzer. This new feature has installed already several Kappa QC analyzers in South-America and Finland.
Excellent laboratory correlation

Valmet Kappa QC analyzer can be calibrated against the mill HexA laboratory method with excellent correlation. Calibration and follow up samples can be obtained from the analyzer’s automatic laboratory sampling collection, which enables fast and accurate calibration with laboratory analyzed pulp the same as analyzer measured pulp.

The Kappa and HexA results from the Valmet Kappa QC analyzer open a new window to follow up O2- and A stage process responses. It is possible to see the Kappa number and the HexA amount both before and after the O2 stage as well as after the subsequent A stage.

Optimized process
Balancing the bleachability and brightness stability of the pulp with yield and required papermaking properties is made much easier with the better understanding of the lignin and HexA reduction relationship in the process. Whether mills utilize a separate A-stage as above or the Dhot stage approach, the new measurement offers the opportunity to further optimize cooking conditions and chemical consumption.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122649
 21.03.2019

Valmet to supply a containerboard line for GS Paperboard & Packaging in Malaysia  (Company news)

Valmet will supply OptiConcept M containerboard making line (photo) with automation solutions and a winder for GS Paperboard & Packaging (GSPP) Sdn., Bhd. in Selangor, Malaysia. With the new production line PM 3, GSPP will produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades as well as strengthen its position in the Malaysian market. The start-up of PM 3 is scheduled for 2021.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2019 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of order of this type is typically around EUR 60-70 million.

"We have built a strong and long-lasting relationship with Valmet, which set a very good base for the negotiations. Valmet's excellent references were another important cornerstone. OptiConcept M boardmaking lines stand out with their energy- and resource-efficient processes and high-speed production. We are convinced with Valmet's technology, which is reliable throughout the whole boardmaking line," says Sia Boon Soon, President of GS Paperboard & Packaging.

"The customer had a clear idea about the machine concept from the very beginning. Thanks to our close cooperation and interactive discussions with the PM3 project team, we were able to find together a solution that fits well for the customer's needs," says Timo Puijola, Senior Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include equipment for stock preparation system with broke and approach flow systems. The delivery for the new high-capacity containerboard machine will include an OptiConcept M containerboard machine, which is already the 26th OptiConcept M line sold globally. The delivery consists of a complete machine from headbox to reel followed by an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder with transfer rails. The delivery will also include an OptiAir Hood high humidity hood, OptiAir Recovery heat recovery with other related air and ventilation systems, a surface starch preparation system and supply system for sizer as well as Valmet Paper Machine Clothing package for start-up. The automation delivery includes Valmet DNA Automation System for process and machine controls and Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution.

The 7,250-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce fluting and testliner grades with a design basis weight range of 70-180 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,200 m/min and the design daily capacity 1,445 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122590
 13.03.2019

Valmet strengthens its wastewater automation business in Norway by signing a ...  (Company news)

... distributor agreement with Endress+Hauser

Valmet has extended the cooperation with Endress+Hauser by signing a distributor agreement for wastewater automation. Valmet's target is to strengthen and expand its wastewater business in Norway and help the wastewater industry to improve and optimize its processes.

According to the agreement, Valmet provides its advanced wastewater automation and measurement technology, while Endress+Hauser is responsible for sales, engineering and services in Norway. Valmet and Endress+Hauser already have similar agreements regarding wastewater business in Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Beneficial collaboration with a strategic approach
Endress+Hauser has long experience of the business environment and wastewater industry in Norway. Together with Valmet's strong automation expertise and advanced technology, the companies can develop wastewater automation and measurement business forward.

"The cooperation helps to expand Valmet's wastewater business in Norway. Endress+Hauser AS has good knowledge about Norway's wastewater customers and business environment, and Valmet's wastewater products fit very well to the existing offering of Endress+Hauser," says Heli Karaila, Business Manager, Wastewater, Automation, Valmet.

"We wish to express our global and strategic approach into the water and wastewater industry, especially when it comes to sludge measurement and handling. In Norway, we have dedicated microwave specialists for this purpose, which is why we think it's natural and beneficial to join forces with Valmet in this specific industry. The products are fitting nicely into our product portfolio as complementary devices for sludge measurement and handling. We find the experience and the closeness of Valmet's competence hubs in Finland and in Sweden as a great advantage for both us and our customers," says Tore Sandvoll, CEO, Endress+Hauser AS Norway.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122473
 28.02.2019

Valmet strengthens its stable business by acquiring GL&V, a global provider of technologies and   (Company news)

... services to the pulp and paper industry

Valmet has on February 26, 2019 entered into an agreement to acquire North American-based GL&V, a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 113 million on a cash and debt free basis subject to ordinary post-closing adjustments. The acquisition is estimated to be completed at the earliest on April 1, 2019.

GL&V supplies technologies, upgrades and optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally. The net sales of the acquired operations were approximately EUR 160 million and the EBITA margin was around 11 percent in calendar year 2018. The acquired operations employ about 630 people of whom approximately 65 percent are in North America and the rest mainly in Europe, South America and India.

GL&V's washing, oxygen delignification and bleaching operations with Compact Press®, pumps and mixers technology for chemical pulping as well as the related Product Center in Karlstad Sweden are not included in the transaction scope.

Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet: The acquisition has an excellent strategic fit with Valmet and further strengthens our stable business and services capabilities

"The acquisition has an excellent strategic fit - it strengthens Valmet's global services business, complements our technology offering and builds further our local presence and capabilities especially in North America.The combination of Valmet's global reach and GL&V's product and services offerings for chemical pulping and paper production form a good basis to create new business opportunities and serve our customers even better. GL&V has a team of experts globally and I want to warmly welcome them to become part of Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

GL&V is a global supplier of technologies and services for the pulp and paper industry
GL&V provides technologies, upgrade and process optimization services, rebuilds, and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry globally - especially in the areas of chemical pulping, stock preparation, papermaking and finishing. GL&V's key locations are in Nashua (New Hampshire), Lenox (Massachusetts), and Hudson Falls (New York) in the U.S., in Trois-Rivières (Quebec) in Canada, in Stockholm, Sweden, in Pune, India, and in Campinas, Brazil.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122451
 26.02.2019

Valmet to supply a new wood handling line to Metsä Group's Joutseno pulp mill in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet has received an order for a new wood handling line from Metsä Group's Joutseno pulp mill. The expansion works are starting this year and will be completed during spring 2020. Metsä Group's investment will make it possible to process larger amounts of fiber wood.

Photo: Valmet will supply a new wood handling line to Metsä Group's Joutseno pulp mill in Finland. (Photo: Metsä Group)

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2019 orders received. The value of the order is around EUR 10-15 million.

"Our softwood debarking capacity will increase with a third as a result of the expansion. This increases the effectivity of our operations and ensures the reliability of our debarking long into the future, and also enables the increase of the pulp production capacity in the future," says Ari Tanninen, Vice President for the Metsä Fibre Joutseno mill.

"Our high capacity wood handling line provides an energy efficient, safe and high yield solution for the Joutseno mill. We are happy to continue our good cooperation, and also have the ability to do performance monitoring through our Industrial Internet applications to further improve the performance of the mill's wood handling," says Paulo Aguiar, Vice President, Wood and Pulp Handling Business Unit, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a log infeed conveyor with de-icing, hydrostatically supported debarking drum and state-of-the-art horizontal feed chipper. The capacity of the new wood handling line will be 470 m3/hour.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122414
 25.02.2019

Valmet to supply grade conversion rebuild for Shangrao City Lulin Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a grade conversion rebuild with automation solutions for Shangrao City Lulin Paper Co., Ltd. in Shangrao, China. The main goal of the customer is to increase the capacity of fluting grades and expand the company by building a new greenfield mill. The start-up of relocated and converted paper machine PM 5 is scheduled for early 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2019 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of order of this type is typically around EUR 20-30 million.

"Strong reputation with good references and high-end technology was the key reason for Shangrao City Lulin to choose Valmet. The paper machine, which was originally Valmet-supplied, and its former section with shoe and blade technology set an excellent foundation for a modern and high-speed containerboard machine," says Fan Ze, Vice President of Capital Sales in China, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the grade conversion rebuild will include broke collection, modifications to wet end, new OptiSizer Film with related surface starch preparation system and supply system as well as an OptiReel and a winder upgrade. Board machine ventilation process equipment with a hood, heat recovery with other related air and ventilation systems as well as Valmet Paper Machine Clothing package for start-up will also be included.

The automation delivery will include Valmet DNA Automation System for both process and machine controls, as well as runnability and condition monitoring. Board's final quality is managed with Valmet IQ Quality Control System with a comprehensive range of profilers and web monitoring system.

The 8,650-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce fluting grades with a design basis weight range of 60-100 g/m2. The design speed for the new parts will be 1,300 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122351
 15.02.2019

Valmet introduces new fiber furnish analyzer measuring a wider range of properties online  (Company news)

Valmet introduces the completely redesigned Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer (photo), which takes advantage of Valmet's extensive field experience and new technology. Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer provides fast and precise online measurement of key fiber and furnish properties for paper, board and tissue makers.

New image analysis techniques enable the Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer to automatically measure a wider range of furnish properties. Additional modules can also be added to the Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer platform, with standardized measurements of Canadian Standard Freeness or direct Shopper-Riegler as well as a chemistry module to monitor pH and conductivity. The analyzer is ideal for process control and, with the addition of a remote manual sampling station, it is also a valuable laboratory tool providing fast and accurate analyses.

Rather than relying on infrequent and time-consuming laboratory tests, machine operators now have the information to act quickly and decisively. Better control of refining levels, monitoring of incoming pulp quality or fiber blend optimization are further improved with the built in Valmet Data Modeler and Valmet Soft Sensor, which continuously predict pulp strength properties from a combination of measured properties.

"Operators can now see fiber development and impact of process changes on pulp strength in real-time. Without waiting for physical tests, shift to shift quality variations can be greatly reduced to provide significant energy and raw material savings," says Ismo Joensuu, Product Manager, Analyzers & Measurements, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer
With comprehensive self-diagnostics and Industrial Internet capabilities, including remote product and application support, measurement reliability is assured. Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer also enables operators to remotely activate the automatic collection of follow-up samples for later laboratory verification and automatic validation of pulp strength modeling.

Connections to existing and future mill systems are securely supported by versatile communication interfaces. The application areas of Valmet Fiber Furnish Analyzer have also been widened. A new sampler for coarse pulps is now available as well as an optional de-foamer addition to improve measurement capabilities with certain grades of pulp.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122344
 13.02.2019

Valmet's Financial Statements Review January 1- December 31, 2018: Orders received increased ...  (Company news)

... to EUR 3.7 billion and Comparable EBITA to EUR 257 million in 2018

Photo: Valmet President and CEO Pasi Laine

October-December 2018: Comparable EBITA margin increased to 11.5 percent
-Orders received increased 41 percent to EUR 1,026 million (EUR 727 million).
- Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Services business lines, remained at the previous year's level in the Automation business line and decreased in the Paper business line.
- Orders received increased in South America, Asia-Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and decreased in China and North America.
-Net sales remained at the previous year's level at EUR 984 million (EUR 967 million).
- Net sales increased in the Services, and Pulp and Energy business lines, remained at the previous year's level in the Automation business line and decreased in the Paper business line.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 113 million (EUR 81 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 11.5 percent (8.4%).
-Profitability improved due to higher gross profit and improved project execution.
· Earnings per share were EUR 0.49 (EUR 0.33).
· Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -3 million (EUR -12 million).
· Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 143 million (EUR 89 million).

January-December 2018: Orders received and Comparable EBITA increased
· Orders received increased 14 percent to EUR 3,722 million (EUR 3,272 million).
- Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Services business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Automation and Paper business lines.
- Orders received increased in all other areas except China, where orders received decreased.
· Net sales increased 9 percent to EUR 3,325 million (EUR 3,058 million).
- Net sales increased in the Paper, and Pulp and Energy business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Services and Automation business lines.
· Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 257 million (EUR 218 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.7 percent (7.1%).
- Profitability improved due to higher net sales.
· Earnings per share were EUR 1.01 (EUR 0.81).
· Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -16 million (EUR -17 million).
· Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 284 million (EUR 291 million).

Dividend proposal
The Board of Directors proposes for the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.65 per share be paid. The proposed dividend equals to 64 percent of the net result.

Guidance for 2019
Valmet estimates that net sales in 2019 will remain at the same level as in 2018 (EUR 3,325 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2019 will increase in comparison with 2018 (EUR 257 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
The global expansion has weakened. IMF now projects the global economy to grow at 3.5 percent in 2019 and 3.6 percent in 2020, 0.2 and 0.1 percentage point below last October's projections, which had already been revised downward. Risks to global growth tilt to the downside. An escalation of trade tensions remains a key source of risk to the outlook. Financial conditions have already tightened since the fall. A range of triggers beyond escalating trade tensions could spark adverse growth implications, especially given the high levels of public and private debt. These potential triggers include a "no-deal" withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and a greater-than-envisaged slowdown in China. (International Monetary Fund, January 21, 2019)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook in tissue has decreased to a satisfactory level (previously good level).

Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for services, automation, and board and paper, and the satisfactory short-term market outlook for pulp, and energy.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: A strong year for Valmet
"In 2018, orders received in the stable business increased 6 percent to EUR 1.7 billion1. The Paper business line had another exceptionally strong year, as orders received increased to EUR 1.1 billion. Orders received in the Pulp and Energy business line also reached EUR 1 billion in 2018, with growth in both Energy and Pulp. All in all, Valmet's orders received increased 14 percent to EUR 3,722 million, and order backlog reached a record-high level of EUR 2.8 billion.

Net sales increased 9 percent in 2018 and amounted to EUR 3.3 billion. Net sales increased in the capital business and remained at the previous year's level in the stable business. Comparable EBITA increased 18 percent to EUR 257 million. The Comparable EBITA margin for the full year was 7.7 percent, making 2018 another successive year of margin improvement.

During the year, we developed our industrial internet offering, made progress in research and development, continued to develop our personnel and maintained our position as a sustainability leader. The total recordable incident frequency (TRIF) decreased 20 percent, making Valmet a safer workplace.

Overall, 2018 was a strong year for us and I am pleased with the good progress we made during the year. At the same time we still have room to improve going forward. The record-high backlog gives us a strong starting point for 2019."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122261
 06.02.2019

Valmet to supply process and quality vision systems to Blue Paper SAS in France  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) (photo) and a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) to Blue Paper SAS's Paper Machine 1 in Strasbourg, France. The systems will improve the machine's overall production efficiency.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"As we have established a long-standing partnership with Valmet for many automation systems, we naturally wanted to look at their solution in the field of web break analysis and web inspection. The discussions we had with Valmet throughout the supplier selection process, as well as the tests we carried out on site with the WMS hardware, convinced us that the Valmet IQ process and quality vision system is a powerful integrated solution that will meet our expectations," says Vincent Muller, Electrical and Automation Manager, Blue Paper.

"Valmet is capable of offering complete automation packages, including process controls and quality controls. Valmet IQ Web Monitoring and Valmet IQ Web Inspection Systems play a vital role in developing quality and total machine efficiency. We are excited to be able to provide the applications and services needed to meet our customer's goals and continue an effective partnership by strengthening our local presence," says Patrick Rojo, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 21 cameras throughout the whole production process on Paper Machine 1 and a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System that combines transmission and reflection detection. The high-speed cameras will monitor critical process areas and help operators analyze the root causes of runnability disturbances.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122241
 04.02.2019

Valmet to replace a quality control system at Papelera del Principado, S.A. (Paprinsa), Spain   (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Quality Control System, a related reporting system and a recently launched Valmet DNA IQ Dashboard to Papelera del Principado, S.A.'s (Paprinsa) cartonboard machine in Spain. The systems will improve machine runnability and the overall quality of the end-product.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"We are happy that the customer acknowledges us as the technology leader in the pulp and paper industry and as the supplier of the best QCS solution on the market. Our moisture management concept is unique. Valmet's reporting solution and strong local service played a crucial role in the customer's decision-making. Now, we will develop the reporting concept further with Paprinsa. We are really looking forward the cooperation," says Javier Navas, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS) with three scanners and related measurements and controls. With more process information available, the machine can be controlled much better than before, resulting in improved machine performance and end-product quality. In addition, faster start-ups and grade changes will increase production efficiency. The delivery also includes a connection to the existing distributed control system (DCS) and a Valmet DNA IQ Dashboard, which provides real-time and recent history information, allowing users to better react to changing situations.

The comprehensive Valmet IQ Reporting package consists of jumbo roll and customer roll reporting and management of laboratory data. With the help of reporting and laboratory data management, the mill operators can follow and control the paper quality and production online, as well as from a history point of view. With the help of the Valmet DNA Roll Monitoring tool, mill operators can easily access any customer roll quality data to confirm quality information for customer orders, if needed.

Information about the customer Papelera del Principado, S.A. (Paprinsa)
Founded in 1978, Paprinsa produces high-quality coated cartonboard for domestic and international markets using 100% recycled fiber. The company is known for its research and constant improvement, which has allowed it to offer superior products and service to its customers. Paprinsa bases its strength on high-quality products and production flexibility, adapting to meet customer needs.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122220
 01.02.2019

Changes in Valmet's Executive Team  (Company news)

Juha Lappalainen (photo), Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operational Development (SOD) has successfully lead Valmet's Strategy and Operational Development corporate function since 2015. Juha wants now to move closer to the business and will start in a new position in Valmet's Services business line as of March 1, 2019. In his new role he will concentrate on managing strategic projects of the business line and reports to Aki Niemi, Business Line President, Services.

Due to this change, Valmet will divide the Strategy and Operational Development function so that the Strategy function will be integrated into Valmet's Finance corporate function lead by CFO Kari Saarinen. Julia Macharey, currently holding the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Valmet, is appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Operational Development. The changes are effective as of March 1, 2019.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122170
 31.01.2019

Valmet sets targets for health and safety 2025  (Company news)

To continue its health and safety improvement, Valmet has renewed the strategic objectives and established the targets for 2025.

As stated in Valmet’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy, Valmet is committed to protecting the health, safety and environment of its people, customers and communities. To continue the improvement, Valmet has renewed the strategic health and safety objectives and established the targets for 2025.

The new objectives have been set for reduction in contractor injuries, increase in access to health promotion and wellbeing activities, management safety walk rates, ISO 45001 certification coverage as well as elimination of life changing incidents. Valmet also continues with targets to reduce employee injuries and increase safety observations.

“We believe that all incidents can be prevented, and therefore we pursue the goal of zero harm to people and environment. The health, safety and environment practices are integrated into all aspects of our business and everyone is expected to take responsibility”, says Victoria Larsson, Valmet’s Director, HSE.

The updated objectives are aligned with the OHSAS 18001 standard requirements for Valmet’s certified Global Management System (GMS) covering 71 locations in 20 countries.

“All Valmet organizations follow the global set of objectives and set annual action plans to work towards the targets. The leading key performance indicators (KPI's) that promote safety culture are cascaded down as individual targets to all employees and managers. The new contractor targets are used in supplier selection processes and in supplier engagement programs,” Larsson explains.

Steady progress towards the targets

Since 2012, Valmet has followed a health and safety improvement program, which includes targets for reducing incident frequencies as well as increasing near miss and safety observation reporting and HSE training rates.

Valmet has steadily progressed towards its targets and is continuously improving the HSE processes, practices and performance. Since 2012, three quarters of all injuries resulting in more than one day of absence have been eliminated from Valmet’s workplaces.

Sustainability is at the core of Valmet's business strategy and operations. Valmet’s values, Code of Conduct and related policies as well as selected globally acknowledged initiatives and principles create the foundation for sustainable performance.

Health, safety and environment (HSE) is one of the five focus areas of Valmet's 'Sustainability360º agenda. The agenda takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability at Valmet by focusing on sustainable supply chain, people and performance, sustainable solutions and corporate citizenship.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122178
 30.01.2019

Valmet achieves the best rating in CDP's climate program ranking  (Company news)

Valmet has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change by receiving the best A rating in CDP's climate program ranking. The results were published today, January 22, 2019.

CDP's evaluation is based on the company's 2018 disclosure about its actions in the last reporting year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

"It is an honor to receive this acknowledgement for our contribution to climate change mitigation. Valmet's technology and services increase raw material efficiency and enable our customers to manufacture sustainable products from renewable resources. We also have a systematic program to reduce CO2 emissions in our own operations with a focus on sustainable transportation, energy-efficiency improvements and process optimization. We continuously investigate new ways to improve the energy, water and material efficiency of our solutions and to bring new innovations to the market," says Anu Salonsaari-Posti, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability at Valmet.

Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. Valmet's comprehensive Sustainability360º agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

In 2018 Valmet was also included in Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122177
 28.01.2019

Valmet and Kemira collaborate to bring significant improvements to wastewater treatment processes  (Company news)

Valmet and Kemira have signed a partnership agreement in developing wastewater and sludge treatment customer applications for municipal and industrial plants in Europe. Reliable real-time measurement data will increase the water treatment process visibility and enable predictive and proactive process management. The target is to bring significant savings and efficiency improvements to customers.

The partnership combines Valmet's comprehensive analyzer and measurement technology, process optimization know-how and on-site service network with Kemira's strong chemistry and process optimization expertise in the municipal and industrial water treatment space. The agreement widens the existing Industrial Internet ecosystem collaboration between the two companies.

Valmet has a long history in offering measurement and optimization applications for sludge dewatering processes. These reliable measurements have provided proven results for Valmet's customers.

"Polymers and chemicals are an important part of the wastewater treatment process which is one reason why this collaboration with Kemira is a great opportunity for us. Especially in sludge dewatering, the right chemicals selection is one of the key elements to achieve the best performance," says Heli Karaila, Business manager, Wastewater, Automation, Valmet.

"We are actively expanding our portfolio of smart chemistry through the KemConnect(TM) platform for example sludge dewatering and phosphorus treatment. As part of this full-service approach, it makes perfect sense to partner up with a leading industrial automation hardware, software and equipment service provider like Valmet," says Jussi Ruotsalainen, Application Development Manager, Kemira.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122245
 18.01.2019

Valmet continues the reshaping of its internal IT services and signs a business ...  (Company news)

... transfer agreement with Capgemini

Valmet takes key steps to continue the reshaping of its internal Information Technology (IT) services aimed at shifting focus towards planning, building and deploying new IT-enabled, value-adding capabilities and supporting businesses. The set of actions to be taken include a business transfer agreement signed with Capgemini.

Under the agreement Valmet IT's application development and maintenance services, including application maintenance and support services, application development services and platform management services, will be moved from Valmet and its current partners to Capgemini.

The transfer agreement concerns a total of 38 current Valmet IT employees in Finland, Sweden and Portugal. Today, Valmet IT employs about 150 IT professionals. Employees in scope will be offered to transfer to Capgemini with similar terms. The transfer is targeted to become effective on March 1 and the full transfer project is to be closed by the end of July 2019.

The transfer together with connected organizational changes and other initiatives will enable Valmet IT to clearly shift its focus from running existing IT services towards creating and deploying new IT-enabled services and products. These can, for example, be related to Industrial Internet, product lifecycle management (PLM) and field service capabilities. In addition, the transfer of IT application development and maintenance services will further enhance Valmet's IT services and supplier management.

"With these actions we will continue to shift our focus towards more strategic, value-adding activities, and thus support Valmet's businesses and contribute to Valmet's future success. Transferring the IT application development and maintenance services, after a careful evaluation process, to Capgemini is one of the key steps in executing our IT transformation," says Janne Puustinen, Vice President, Information Technology, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #122109
 15.01.2019

Valmet to supply automation for Gasum's liquefied natural gas delivery to Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill .  (Company news)

... in Finland

Valmet will supply an automation system update and expansion for Gasum's project at the Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland. As part of the project, the mill will replace liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with Gasum's low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the burners of the drying processes on its tissue machines.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. The system renewal will be delivered in June 2019.

Photo: Valmet will supply an automation system update and expansion to Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill in Finland. The automation system will be used to control the burners of the drying processes and manage Gasum's gas terminal. Photo: Metsä Group

Valmet's automation system will be used to control the burners of the drying processes and manage a gas terminal that will be connected to Valmet's data collection application. The delivery will standardize and optimize the tissue drying process and quality management.

"Valmet's flexible approach and familiarization with Metsä Tissue enabled us to offer a turnkey delivery to the customer," says Tommy Mattila, Sales and Marketing Director, Gasum.

"Valmet will enhance the Metsä Tissue mill's fuel switch to LNG, which is a safe form of energy with low emissions. At the same time, both Gasum and Metsä Tissue gain access to the latest software updates," remarks Juhani Tuomaala, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet will update and expand the Valmet DNA automation system on the tissue machines to modernize burner controls and the drying process management. Valmet's delivery includes automation controls with DNA Modbus links to the burner and gas terminal PLCs as well as necessary DNA I/O expansions on the tissue machine automation systems. The delivery also includes DNA software updates and expansions in the process air systems and drying power control systems of the tissue machines.

Gasum will carry out the modifications needed for the fuel switch as well as all equipment installation.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121968
 21.12.2018

Valmet to supply a new brown stock washing and screening line to Sappi Saiccor mill in South Africa  (Company news)

Valmet Mustertextzuaktivieren has received an order for the new magnesium oxide (MgO) no 3 brown stock washing and screening line for the Sappi Saiccor mill in South Africa. The delivery is part of the Vulindlela Project which targets to reduce the Saiccor mill's air emissions and effluents, and to increase its total production from 783,000 ADt/a to 890,000 ADt/a. The capacity of the new MgO no 3 brown stock and screening line will be 720 ADt/d.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 5-10 million. The new line is scheduled to start up in June 2020.

The agreement is a continuation to the long-term successful cooperation of Sappi and Valmet. Valmet has earlier delivered key processes to other Sappi mills in South Africa.

"Valmet and its TwinRoll press technology was selected due to the ease of access for descaling and maintenance, high washing efficiency, low water consumption and low fugitive emissions to atmosphere," says Wayne Weston, Project Director at Sappi Saiccor projects.

"Valmet's large reference base for fiberline key equipment, such as the TwinRoll presses for Sulphite pulp/dissolving pulp, gives confidence to our customers that we can handle their special processes. We are happy to be a part of the Vulindlela Project and it is an important breakthrough for Valmet to utilize the TwinRoll presses in the Saiccor mill," says Eva Engelfeldt, Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes equipment for the deknotting, screening and brown stock washing area, and auxiliaries like centrifugal pumps, field instruments, control valves, tower and tanks. The delivery also includes a service agreement on performance and reliability monitoring for the TwinRoll presses. The monitoring consists of a cloud application on the Valmet platform.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121967
 20.12.2018

Valmet to deliver key pulp mill technology for ARAUCO's new pulp line in Chile  (Company news)

Valmet and ARAUCO have finalized the contract to deliver pulp drying and baling, recovery boiler and biomass boiler for ARAUCO's MAPA project. The delivery is part of ARAUCO's major investment to expand current production capacity and build a new pulp production line at the Arauco Mill in the Bio Bío Region, Chile. A letter of award was signed and published in early October.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 250-300 million.

One of the largest pulp investments in the world
The modernization and extension of Arauco Mill involves a USD 2,350 million investment, which makes it the largest investment in ARAUCO's history and one of the largest pulp investments in the world. The project includes the construction of a new production line, line 3, with an annual capacity of 1,560,000 tons. The new line is estimated to start operation in 2021.

"In addition to high quality pulp, the expansion project allows us to continue generating clean and renewable energy from forest biomass, due to the construction of a new biomass boiler. The boiler supplies clean energy to the mill and the surplus electricity will be delivered to the National Electrical Grid," explains Franco Bozzalla, Senior VP Pulp and Energy, ARAUCO.

"We have had good cooperation with ARAUCO for over 15 years, and we are happy to deliver key technology for the company's state-of-the art pulp mill. This delivery is significant also for our project and technology teams globally. The project is lead from Finland and key components are produced in our own workshops. The employment impact in Finland is close to 300 man-years," says Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery represents the latest and most modern pulp and energy production technologies designed for productivity with reduced chemical, water, and steam consumption. The proven technology provides high reliability, safe operation and environmental performance.

The pulp drying line will have a daily capacity of 5,000 air dry tons (Adt) and consist of two complete drying machines, including four high capacity baling lines. The pulp drying machines are designed for high availability with production capacity of 2,500 tons/day and a web width of 8 meters for each machine, with a possibility for future capacity increase through debottlenecking.

The pulp drying line includes advanced process control and bale management systems, which allow high quality production continuously. The drying line also includes low energy and heat consumption technologies, contributing to a lower operational cost and minimum environmental impact.

The tailored boiler island consists of a recovery boiler with a daily capacity of 6,300 tons dry solids (tDS) and a fluidized bed power boiler with 160 MW thermal capacity. Valmet also delivers the mill-wide NCG (non-condensable gases) collection and handling solution.

The recovery boiler features Valmet's advanced high-power features, enabling maximum energy efficiency and high electricity production, and smelt spout cleaning robot for improved safety and operator friendliness. The power boiler is tailored to burn local biomass, such as eucalyptus bark, sawdust, shavings and residues as well as sludge. Both boilers are equipped with Valmet's ESPs (electrostatic precipitators) for excellent dust particle removal from flue gases.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121950
 19.12.2018

Valmet to supply a new baling line and cutter layboy upgrade to Sappi Saiccor pulp mill in ...  (Company news)

...South Africa

Valmet has received an order for a new baling line (photo) and a cutter layboy rebuild as part of the Vulindlela project at the Sappi Saiccor mill in South Africa. The start-up of the rebuilt cutter and the new baling line is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued around EUR 4 million.

The overall targets for the Vulindlela project are to reduce the environmental footprint of the mill and to increase its total production from 783 000 ADt/a to 890 000 ADt/a.

"Valmet was selected as the supplier of this equipment for their cost effective and innovative solution that meets the required production rate," says Wayne Weston, Vulindlela Project Director, Sappi.

"We are pleased to receive this order from Sappi and see our long and good cooperation continue along with this project. This time we can also offer automation services close to the customer through our office in Durban, which we hope will add value to the overall project," says Ulf Thorén, Sales Manager, Wood and Pulp Handling Business Unit, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a new cross cutter roll, new baling line machinery with a bale quality system. In addition, a bale quality system will be installed on the existing baling line. The existing conveyors between the cutter and the new baling line will be upgraded to fit the new production. The capacity of the new baling line will be 1200 ADt/d.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121929
 17.12.2018

Valmet receives second tissue line order from Century Pulp and Paper in India  (Company news)

Valmet has been chosen to supply a tissue production line to Century Pulp and Paper (CPP) in India. The new Valmet Advantage tissue line will be installed at CPP's mill in Lalkua, India.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Photo from left: Salim Ahmad Saifee (Century Pulp and Paper), Anil Setia (Century Pulp and Paper), J.P Narain (Century Pulp and Paper), Tomas Karlsson (Valmet) and Nandkumar DM (Valmet).

The order is Valmet's second tissue machine delivery to CPP's Lalkua mill. Cooperation between the companies started in 2008 when CPP's first Valmet tissue machine was installed.

"We are excited to be the first company in India to install a tissue line equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press. The combination of the state-of-the-art pressing technology and Advantage ReDry will provide significant energy savings, uniform moisture profile and nip load flexibility up to 150 kN/m," says J.P. Narain, CEO, Century Pulp and Paper. "The new production line will add over 36,000 tonnes of high-quality facial tissue, toilet tissue, kitchen towel and napkin grades to the company's current annual production capacity."

The tissue paper market in India is growing rapidly in respect of both capacity and quality, and with the new Valmet tissue machine, CPP will strengthen its market position.

"Century Pulp and Paper is moving the region's tissue business forward, which requires the highest performance and world-leading technologies. We are proud that CPP once again selected Valmet's Advantage tissue technology, and we look forward to continuously developing our cooperation and contributing to the company's strong expansion," says Tomas Karlsson, Sales Director, Valmet.

Information about the delivery
The new tissue Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine, TM 7, will have a width of 2.85 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a 16-foot Yankee cylinder. It will also feature the Advantage tissue technologies AirCap and Hot Air system, as well as a SoftReel A reel. It also features the new ReDry technology, a novel way to recover energy from hood exhaust air to heat the web before drying. In combination with the ViscoNip press, it has proven to provide significant energy savings and quality improvements. The raw material is virgin fiber, and the production line is optimized to save energy and enhance the quality of the final product.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121905
 14.12.2018

Valmet signs on-line performance monitoring agreement with Mercer Group's Stendal pulp mill ...  (Company news)

... in Germany

Valmet and Mercer Group have signed an agreement for on-line performance monitoring for nine Valmet TwinRoll wash presses at the Mercer Stendal mill in Germany. The agreement is valid for one year, with the option of being extended. During this period, Valmet and Mercer will co-operate to further develop fleet management with respect to predictive maintenance and reliability.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received and constitutes an important step in promoting Valmet's Industrial Internet offering for the chemical pulping business.

The on-line system monitors individual functions of the wash presses by performing advanced data analysis, which generates status reports displayed on dashboards. If any of the monitored functions goes outside the operating limits, an event is triggered and recorded, which enables issues to be predicted and corrected rapidly.

"This will allow the Stendal mill to monitor performance, which will hopefully result in more uptime as well as savings on chemicals," says Dr. Gerhard Wulf, Technical Manager at Mercer Stendal.

"The pilot project has been running at the Stendal mill with a core team of experts from both the customers' side and Valmet. The sharing of knowledge and innovative ideas have been the driving forces for implementation. The wash presses will be connected to the Valmet Performance Center, allowing Valmet to provide Mercer Stendal with the services of experts from different fields, who can provide support to ensure rapid response times and appropriate solutions," says Tomas Edström, Industrial Internet Manager in the Pulp and Energy business line at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121907
 13.12.2018

Valmet to supply a web monitoring system to Mayr-Melnhof Karton in Frohnleiten, Austria  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (photo) to Mayr-Melnhof Karton's KM3 board machine in Frohnleiten, Austria. The system will improve the overall production efficiency.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the order value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System is one of the biggest and most sophisticated web monitoring systems in the world. Our leading technology fits perfectly to Mayr-Melnhof Group's strategy to implement innovative solutions. Also, we see this project as a long-term partnership to provide Industrial Internet tools to further enhance the customer's cost competitiveness," says Peter Lengauer, Manager, Pulp & Paper Sales, Austria & Eastern Europe, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery consists of a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 51 cameras throughout the whole production process on KM3. The high-speed cameras will monitor critical process areas and help the operators analyze the root causes of web runnability disturbances.

Key benefits for the mill are faster break recovery and preventive troubleshooting with leading technology camera equipment and video analysis tools. With a trim width of 4.4 m, KM3 produces recycled and barrier coated cartonboard in the weight range from 230 to 380 gsm.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121863
 12.12.2018

Valmet to supply a nonwovens rewinder to Papel Aralar in Spain  (Company news)

The Spanish company Papel Aralar S.A. has selected Valmet as the supplier for a new nonwovens rewinder to be installed in the existing PM 4 line at their plant in Amézqueta, Guipúzcoa, Spain.

Photo: Valmet F(O)CUS Nonwovens Rewinder

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received. The new nonwovens rewinder is planned to be in operation during the second quarter of 2019.

"Our target is to always invest in cutting-edge technology to be able to fulfill our customers' requirements. Papel Aralar has served this business for 55 years and, thanks to the support from Valmet, we immediately recognized the ability of their F(O)CUS electromechanical rewinder to preserve outstanding product properties," says Senén Amunarriz Cortina, General Manager of Papel Aralar.

"Valmet rewinders have a long record of successful installations, and they are well known in the market. We are proud and excited to launch the F(O)CUS machine concept in the nonwovens market and to support Papel Aralar's plans to expand to produce excellent nonwovens products," says Marco Capitani, Product Sales Manager for Nonwovens at Valmet.

Technical information
The new installation includes a Valmet F(O)CUS Reelite T15 E rewinder - the last stage of the innovative scalability concept of the Reelite T15 rewinder.

The machine is designed to have a maximum operating speed of 1,800 m/min and a maximum final reel diameter of 2,200 mm. It is equipped with a F(O)CUS electromechanical relieving system with Active Caliper Control (ACC) for perfect control of the winding parameters at high speed.

The shaft handler system, defect management system and connection with the existing packaging system complete the scope of supply.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121807
 03.12.2018

Valmet to supply a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler to Luzhou Yongfeng Pulp and Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler (photo) to Luzhou Yongfeng Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd in China. The solution will enable the mill to increase production capacity as well as improve runnability and the economic efficiency of the pulp production line.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2018 orders received. The delivery will take place in the fourth quarter of 2018.

"We have good long-term cooperation with Valmet, who is a leading supplier in the pulp and paper industry. IQ Steam Profiler has many good references with excellent performance around the world, and we believe the solution will help us improve reliability and product quality," says Zhou Zhengyin, Production Manager, Luzhou Yongfeng Pulp and Paper.

"With industry know-how and extensive application experience, Valmet is able to provide solutions that the customer wants. We are delighted to be able to work closely with Luzhou Yongfeng to improve the mill's production efficiency and achieve the desired end-product quality," states Bevin Li, Account Manager, China, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet's delivery
The delivery includes a Valmet IQ Steam Profiler for a pulp production line with electro-mechanical actuators, full diagnostics features and actual position feedback. In addition, most of the auxiliary components, such as pneumatic retraction equipment and its control, main steam system components and an operator interface will be supplied by Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121736
 27.11.2018

Fifth Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT tissue line successfully started up at ICT's Iberica mill ...  (Company news)

..in Spain

Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT 200HS tissue production line including an extensive automation package was successfully started up at ICT Iberica's mill in Burgo, Spain, in September 2018. The new tissue line meets the company's intention to adopt state of the art technology for highest quality tissue production. Valmet has previously delivered four tissue lines to ICT companies in Italy, France and Poland.

Image: Successful startup in Burgo, Spain on September 12, 2018.

"Thanks to the teamwork between Valmet and ICT technicians, the project achieved all the objectives, both in terms of quality and timing. The capability to manage the main planning of all the phases - engineering, installation and commissioning - in a flexible way, the final tuning of the on-site activities, joined with the skills of the team members involved in the project, were the keys to achieve a regular and smooth start-up," says Silvano Marcelli, Technical manager at ICT and Antonio Jordan, Project manager at ICT Iberica.

"Despite all the work, all people involved did a great job. Together we managed to achieve a very good result and a start-up according to the plan. It was one of the smoothest start-up's I have ever seen," says Stefan Ziegel, Project manager at Valmet.

The production line was optimized to save energy and enhance final product quality. The new line will add 70,000 tons a year of high-quality toilet, towel, facial, and napkin grades for the European market. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber. The flexibility of Valmet's Advantage ViscoNip press makes it possible to adjust the production to fit current and future market needs, from production of tissue with high bulk and softness to energy- and cost-efficient products with high quality, only within minutes.

Technical information of the delivery
Valmet's scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line including a stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine. The delivery also included a two-layer OptiFlo Headbox, Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system, Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage SoftReel reel, as well as Advantage AirCap hood, steam generator and a complete mill equipment system from bale handling to fan pumps.

Complete engineering, training, start-up and commissioning were also included in the delivery as well as an extensive Valmet automation package.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121731
 23.11.2018

Valmet to supply OCC and containerboard lines for Mondi SCP Ružomberok in Slovakia  (Company news)

Valmet will supply Old Corrugated Container (OCC) and OptiConcept M containerboard making lines (photo) with a winder for Mondi SCP's mill in Ružomberok, Slovakia. The start-up of PM 19 is expected towards the end of 2020.

"During the concept development phase, Valmet was actively promoting technical solutions. We are confident of Valmet's technical competence and concept. In addition to the well proven technology of Valmet, we also appreciate the continuous development and innovations of Valmet giving us further development opportunities in the future," says Herbert Hummer, Project Director at Mondi SCP.

PM 19 including Valmet's automation solutions will be designed to produce a new and unique environmentally sound containerboard grade, kraft top white, which combines the strength, printability and appearance benefits of a white virgin fibre top layer with the economic advantages of a recycled fibre bottom layer.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's delivery for stock preparation line will include a hardwood stock line, a save-all and broke system, an approach flow system and a complete Old Corrugated Container (OCC) line. The OCC line, which is called an OptiRefiber recycled fiber line, contains pulper feeding and vertical pulper systems, high and low consistency (HC and LC) cleaning systems and coarse and fine screening systems with fractionation, thickening disc filters for short and long fiber lines and long fiber dispersion system.

The delivery for the new high-capacity containerboard machine will include an OptiConcept M containerboard machine from headbox to reel followed by an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder. The winder will be equipped with Dual Unwind giving even higher capacity due to a one-minute parent roll change. The delivery will also include an OptiAir high humidity hood and other related air and ventilation systems, a surface starch preparation system and supply system for sizer.

The automation delivery includes Valmet IQ Quality Management System with web monitoring and inspection systems, Valmet DNA Automation System for process and machine controls, Valmet Retention Measurement (Valmet RM3) and Valmet Wet End Analyzers (Valmet WEM). The delivery also includes Valmet Advanced Process Controls with strength properties optimization and Valmet Performance Center on-demand expert support for solving any process or automation related issues.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121579
 02.11.2018

Valmet gets repeat order for a process and quality vision system from BillerudKorsnäs in ...  (Company news)

...Skärblacka, Sweden

Valmet has received a repeat order for a Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) system from BillerudKorsnäs Skärblacka mill in Sweden. The system will be installed on the mill's paper machine PM 7 to maximize the production line's efficiency, boost end-product quality and improve business performance.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter of 2018 orders received. The system was accepted by the mill and taken into production use in August. In 2017, Valmet supplied an identical system for the mill's PM 10.

"Having two systems of the same kind makes operation, upkeep and maintenance easier for the mill. Additionally, as Valmet has a local service center nearby, the mill has easy access to service support," says Aki Torvinen, Business Manager, Machine Vision, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) system that consists of a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) and a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (WMS) with 20 cameras. The WIS features transmission and surface inspection for both sides of the web on the 4.9-meter-wide PM 7.

PQV is a comprehensive machine vision solution that covers the entire pulp and paper production process, as well as the production processes of other sheet-based materials.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121502
 24.10.2018

Valmet's Interim Review January 1-September 30, 2018: Orders received increased in all ...  (Company news)

... business lines - Comparable EBITA increased

Photo: Valmet President and CEO Pasi Laine

July-September 2018: Comparable EBITA margin increased to 8 percent
-Orders received increased 27 percent to EUR 940 million (EUR 743 million).
-----Orders received increased in all business lines.
-----Orders received increased in Asia-Pacific, North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), remained at the previous year's level in China, and decreased in South America.
-Net sales increased 7 percent to EUR 765 million (EUR 715 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Paper, Pulp and Energy, and Automation business lines, and remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 61 million (EUR 56 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 8.0 percent (7.8%).
-----Profitability improved due to higher net sales.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.23 (EUR 0.18).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -6 million (EUR -6 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 119 million (EUR 78 million).

January-September 2018: Orders received and net sales increased
-Orders received increased to EUR 2,696 million (EUR 2,544 million).
-----Orders received increased in the Paper business line and remained at the previous year's level in all other business lines.
-----Orders received increased in North America, South America and Asia-Pacific, and remained at the previous year's level in China and EMEA.
-Net sales increased 12 percent to EUR 2,340 million (EUR 2,091 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Paper, and Pulp and Energy business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Services and Automation business lines.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 144 million (EUR 138 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 6.2 percent (6.6%).
-----Profitability decreased due to a loss of EUR 15 million recognized in a project in the Pulp and Energy business line in the first quarter of 2018.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.52 (EUR 0.48).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -13 million (EUR -5 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 141 million (EUR 203 million).

Guidance for 2018 unchanged
Valmet reiterates its guidance presented on July 17, 2018, in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2018 will increase in comparison with 2017 (EUR 3,058 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2018 will increase in comparison with 2017 (EUR 218 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
The steady expansion under way since mid-2016 continues, with global growth for 2018-19 projected to remain at its 2017 level (3.7 percent). At the same time, however, the expansion has become less balanced and may have peaked in some major economies. Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded. While financial market conditions remain accommodative in advanced economies, they could tighten rapidly if, for example, trade tensions and policy uncertainty were to intensify. (International Monetary Fund, October 2018)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook has improved to a satisfactory level in pulp (previously weak level). Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for services, automation, board and paper, and tissue, and the satisfactory short-term market outlook for energy.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Orders received increased in all business lines and pushed the order backlog to a record-high level
"The third quarter of 2018 was characterized by high market activity, and Valmet's orders received increased 27 percent to EUR 940 million. Orders received for the last twelve months now stand at EUR 3.4 billion. Orders received increased in all business lines in the third quarter, and Valmet's order backlog reached a record-high level of EUR 2.8 billion.
Net sales increased 7 percent in the third quarter while Comparable EBITA increased 10 percent. The Comparable EBITA margin reached the lower end of our margin target, 8.0 percent, which is the second-highest quarterly margin for Valmet. There is still a lot of work to be done to keep the margin within the target range for longer than a single quarter.
In September, Valmet was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year. Maintaining our position among the sustainability leaders in the world is an excellent achievement. It shows that our systematic work to integrate sustainability into our business processes has been successful and we have managed to improve our performance every year."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121372
 15.10.2018

Valmet-supplied world's largest production line for bleached softwood pulp successfully started up..  (Company news)

...at SCA Östrand mill in Sweden

The expanded pulp mill SCA Östrand in Timrå, Sweden, was started up end of June 2018, according to plan. SCA invested SEK 7.8 billion in Östrand pulp mill expansion project making it one of the largest industrial investments in Sweden to date. With this project SCA Östrand doubled its production capacity from 430,000 tonnes to 900,000 tonnes per year and became the largest production line for bleached softwood kraft pulp in the world.

Photo: Östrand pulp mill. Picture: Torbjörn Bergkvist.

"The rebuild and expansion of Östrand pulp mill is one of the greatest industrial investments in northern Sweden ever. In spite of complexities such as building a twice as big pulp mill in a running mill, we started up the new plant on schedule and budget. The success is the work of many actors, not the least our supplier Valmet", says Ingela Ekebro, Project Director, SCA.

"The start-up went very well. Valmet delivered the most sustainable solution available today consisting of the new cooking, fiber line and evaporation plants," says Stefan Mattsson, Sales Director, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

The project was implemented in phases, and the new evaporation plant was started up some months before the cooking and fiber line. Very soon after the start-up, pulp was produced with high strength, purity and brightness. In the next phase, the production is increased gradually towards the new nominal production capacity.

State-of-the-art technology and environmental performance
Valmet's delivery to the project included new cooking, fiber line and evaporation plant. The cooking plant has the world's largest soft wood digester, while the new evaporation plant is Sweden's largest with an evaporation capacity of 1,150 tons of water per hour.

The 7-effect evaporation plant is extremely energy-efficient, with its in-built possibility to also recover excess heat from Valmet's cooking plant and includes a methanol plant for producing liquid methanol. This enables Östrand to sell surplus energy in the form of green electricity.

Following the investment, SCA Östrand mill has state-of-the-art technology to minimize emissions to air and water. Customers will be offered both TCF (total chlorine free) and ECF (elemental chlorine free) pulp, produced with wood from sustainable forestry.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121365
 12.10.2018

Successful tissue machine restart by Valmet at Xiamen Sin Yang Paper Co., Ltd  (Company news)

Valmet's delivery of a tissue machine restart package to Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM 1 in China concluded with the restart of the machine in September 2018, with a speed of 1,100 m/min. The scope of Valmet's delivery included necessary project management, maintenance, spare parts, and the restart of the tissue machine, which was originally delivered by Valmet but had been idle due to market reasons since 2014.

Photo: Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM 1 paper on reel

The DCT 200HS tissue machine has now been restarted after a joint effort by Sin Yang Paper, Sen Yang Enterprise (Xiamen) Co., Ltd., and Valmet. The 5.6-meter-wide TM 1 is equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press and has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year.

Guo Xiaodong, President of Sin Yang Paper, Tu Huiming, General Manager, and Lin Wen, Chief Engineer, expressed their thoughts after TM 1 restarted successfully: "In April this year, the restart contract was awarded to Valmet. Valmet's service and project teams performed professionally, and worked hard and efficiently every day. Valmet is worthy of trust and commitment, and we are very satisfied with the successful restart of TM 1".

This is the first tissue mill improvement project in China with such an extensive scope of service. "We are capable of offering a very broad scope of services to our tissue customers locally. This is a good example of how we at Valmet are committed to moving our customer's performance forward," said Kevin Jiang, Director of the Mill Improvement business unit at Valmet China.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121339
 10.10.2018

Valmet to supply key pulp mill technology for ARAUCO pulp mill project in Chile  (Company news)

Valmet has signed a letter of award (LoA) with ARAUCO to supply key pulp mill technology including pulp drying and baling, a recovery boiler and a biomass boiler. This LoA is part of ARAUCO's MAPA project, a major investment to expand current production capacity and build a new pulp production line at the Arauco Mill located in the Bio Bío Region in Chile.

The value of the anticipated delivery will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 250-300 million. The order is expected to be included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received.

"With this project ARAUCO continues our long cooperation in the area of boilers and pulp drying. Our cooperation extends over 15 years of successful project deliveries," says Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy from Valmet.

The delivery of the pulp drying and boilers is agreed to be done on EPS basis including plant engineering, procurement and supervision. The pulp drying line will have a daily capacity of 5,000 air dry tons (Adt). The recovery boiler will have a daily capacity of 6,300 tons dry solids (tDS). The biomass boiler features bubbling fluidized bed technology and has a capacity of 160 MWth.

One of the largest pulp investments in the world
The modernization and extension of Arauco Mill, an initiative that involves a USD 2,350 million investment, is the largest investment in ARAUCO's history. The project includes a new pulp production line, line 3, with an annual capacity of 1,560,000 tons. The new line is estimated to start operation in 2021.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121255
 28.09.2018

SVEZA Group and Valmet have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the planned ...  (Company news)

... greenfield pulp mill project in Vologda Region of Russia

SVEZA Group is planning to construct a modern pulp mill in the Russian Federation, Vologda region. In November 2017, SVEZA selected Valmet as a partner to execute the potential pulp mill's basic engineering, which has now been completed.

On September 26, 2018, Valmet and SVEZA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of further cooperation in the planned pulp mill project. SVEZA is now proceeding with preparations, including environmental permits, for the possible pulp mill.

Information about the customer SVEZA
SVEZA is a worldwide known plywood producer. Currently the company produces high-quality plywood of natural Russian birch at its 6 mills. With annual production of 1,260,000 m3 the company is the world's largest producers of natural Russian birch plywood.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121205
 24.09.2018

Valmet to supply new winding technology for Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel in Germany  (Company news)

Picture: A photo after the winder deal, from left: Esa Ananin (Valmet), Ulrich Lange (Varel), Sami Anttilainen (Valmet), Thomas Müller (Varel) and Dirk Petersen (Valmet)

Valmet will supply new winding technology and surrounding equipment for Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. The existing winder will be replaced with this new winder to meet the increasing line production of paper machine PM4. The start-up is scheduled for the beginning of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received. 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.

"We needed a reliable and high-capacity winder for our upcoming production capacity increases. Valmet's two-drum winder with Dual Unwinding technology were answers to these needs. Especially, the Dual Unwinding technology was a must to get to the required capacity level," says Thomas Müller, General Production Manager of Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel. "Papier u. Kartonfabrik Varel is a medium-sized family owned business. We produce cardboards and corrugated papers for our customers in the packaging industry on the basis of waste paper using state-of-the-art, highly available and reliable technologies. We were convinced of the large number of Valmet's references of both two-drum winders and Dual Unwinding," he continues.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the new high-capacity winder area will include an OptiWin Drum two-drum winder with transfer rails, a parent roll turning table, a reel rebuild and an OptiSlush Broke pulper. The winder is equipped with a Dual Unwind two-unwind system. This feature makes it possible to change the parent roll in only one minute giving the winder more capacity. The Dual Unwind sequence is fully optimized and independent of a crane.

The winder with a web width of 5,600-mm will be designed for recycled testliner grades with a basis weight range of 100 - 280 g/m2. The production speed will be 2,700 m/min.

About the customer Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel
Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel is a medium-sized family business with about 540 employees. It produces cardboard and corrugated board from waste paper for the German and international packaging industry, using the latest environmentally friendly technologies, which are at the heart of the packaging solutions of many well-known products. With an annual production capacity of over 850,000 tonnes on four modern production lines, Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel is one of the largest production sites of the European paper industry.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121200
 21.09.2018

Valmet to supply web monitoring systems to Shanying Huazhong Paper in China  (Company news)

Picture: Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System

Valmet has received orders for next-generation web monitoring systems from Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd. in China. The full-scale Valmet IQ Web Monitoring Systems will be installed on two paper machines at the company to improve and maintain machine productivity.

The orders were included in Valmet's first and second quarter 2018 orders received. Typically, the order value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"Shanying has a clear strategy for the Industrial Internet and developing the automation level of its machines, and we are now taking steps forward with this. We believe that with Valmet's solutions and services, we can improve our product quality and machine runnability, as well as optimize machine efficiency," says Liu Fubin, Purchasing Director of Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd.

"Valmet is capable of offering complete automation packages, including process controls and quality controls. Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System plays a vital role in developing quality and total machine efficiency. We are delighted to be able to provide all the applications and services that our customer needs to achieve these demanding targets," says Zhutuan Guo, Sales Director, China, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System
Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System is a tool to improve the runnability of all production machines in the paper industry. Excellent image quality, synchronized video recordings and an easy-to-use operator interface ensure quick root cause analyses of web breaks. Spearhead technology utilized in system components, together with field-tested hardware and professional services, make Valmet the market leader of web monitoring systems.

Information about the customer
Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd. is a part of Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., one of the largest industrial papermaking enterprises and packaging board manufacturers in China. Established in 1999, the company has been listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange since 2001. In 2013, the company was restructured as part of Ji'an Group Co., Ltd. The company has subsidiaries in the Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian, Hubei and Tianjin provinces, among others. It has set up wholly owned companies, for example, in the US, UK, Netherlands Germany, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong. Shanying International has an annual yield of 3,050,000 tons of paper and 1 billion square meters of cardboard and paper carton, ranking top within the industry in terms of scale.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121171
 19.09.2018

Valmet Advantage DCT tissue production line successfully started up at ...  (Company news)

... Velvet CARE's mill in Poland

Velvet CARE's Klucze mill in Poland has successfully started up a Valmet-supplied Advantage DCT 200HS tissue production line. As one of the largest and most modern tissue lines in Eastern Europe, it will help Velvet CARE to strengthen their position as a leader in tissue production in Poland, and Central and Eastern European markets.

"This is a most joyful milestone in Valmet's and Velvet CARE's 's joint effort to boost tissue quantity and quality of Velvet's production," says Hans Englund, Project Manager, Valmet.

"We want to ensure that our products meet the highest requirements in the homes of the Poles, every day. The reliable and efficient Advantage DCT technology from Valmet will help us accomplish that," says Artur Pielak, CEO, Velvet CARE.

"Just like Valmet, Velvet has its focal point set on future development," Marek Sciazko, Director of Klucze Mill, adds. "The Advantage DCT tissue making technology empowers that vision by setting the table for quality tissue grades fit for the future. We have already started to improve the cost efficiency of the production by changing the settings of the process and machine".

Valmet's Advantage solutions are designed to meet tissue producers' challenges of today as well as of tomorrow. Valmet has until today delivered 80 Advantage DCT production lines. The concept is well-known for its high efficiency and ability to manufacture most types of conventional tissue with the highest quality - making it a popular choice for tissue professionals worldwide.

Technical information of the delivery
Valmet's scope of delivery includes a complete Advantage DCT 200HS tissue production line with a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The machine is 5.6 m wide, making it one of the largest machines in the Central Eastern European market.

Stock preparation systems and auxiliary equipment were also included, and the machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. Furthermore, it features an Advantage ViscoNip, AirCap hood with Air system, WetDust system and a SoftReel. Valmet has also delivered basic and detailed mill engineering. An automation package including DCS (distributed control) and QCS (quality control) systems, was also a part of the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121153
 14.09.2018

Valmet maintains its position among the world's sustainability leaders  (Company news)

Valmet has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year and thus maintains its position among the world's sustainability leaders. Valmet was listed both in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices.

The annual evaluation conducted by a Swiss investment specialist RobecoSAM comprehensively reviews the companies' performance with regard to social, environmental and financial factors. This year in total 317 companies are included in the DJSI World for 2018-2019.

"Maintaining our position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is an excellent achievement for Valmet. It proofs that our systematic work to integrate sustainability into our business processes has been successful and we have improved our performance year by year. We will now continue this work by implementing our updated sustainability action plans for the next three years emphasizing amongst other things sustainable supply chain and our R&D work," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

Valmet defined its sustainability agenda named Sustainability360º in early 2014. The agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

About the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The DJSI is a sustainability index family which includes the global sustainability leaders across industries. The company inclusion is based on a best-in-class approach, which means that the indices only include the top ranked companies within each industry. The index serves as a benchmark for investors who are committed to ethical investing and review companies' sustainability performance as part of their analyses.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121056
 12.09.2018

Valmet Refiner Segments creates 6 GWh in energy savings annually  (Company news)

Energy cost is the major issue for producing mechanical pulp. Valmet Refiner Segments latest solutions lowers the energy consumption in the PGW process remarkably and thus creates major savings for the customers.

Valmet Grinding Surfaces Galileo and Turbine segments feature are examples of the latest solutions that tackle the energy consumption challenge at different phases in the PGW process. In addition, the overall optimization increases production rate and guarantees an excellent quality of the end product.

Diamond coated surface
Valmet introduced the Grinding Surfaces Galileo in 2010 to improve the grinding process. It is based on a steel core that has industrial-diamond-coated segments bolted to it and it replaces the pulp stone traditionally used for grinding. With this technology, a saving in energy as high as 300-500 kWh/per ton of produced paper can be reached. In addition, the overall production capacity can be increased by 20-50%.

Turbine Segments is the most energy efficient segment design
Reject refining is another energy-consuming part in PGW process. Turbine segments is a key to totally new approach to refining. The main objective is to produce fibers that have been treated uniformly and have as similar properties as possible. To achieve this, fibers and steam must flow in a controlled fashion through the disc gap, and all rotation and back flow must be minimized. The efficient flow reduces energy need in the refiner.

“To offer excellent optimization services to our customers, we are supplementing the Grinding Surfaces Galileo with Refiner Segments development in reject refining. The most energy efficient feature, Turbine segments, has been measured to reduce energy the most at the refining stage. In reject refining fibers are strong and high intensity refining treats them to good bonding properties thus creating excellent pulp,” explains Global Technology Manager Petteri Vuorio from Valmet.

Verzuolo Mill has reached significant energy savings with Valmet’s optimization solutions
Raffaele Marinucci, Mill Director, at Burgo’s Verzuolo Mill summarizes the results:
“We have co-operated with Valmet in two different projects, reaching good results. Earlier, replacing the conventional pulpstone with Valmet’s Grinding Surfaces Galileo, we reached energy savings of 10% and increased the production rate by 25%. Further, the energy savings generated after installing new Turbine segments on both reject refiners, amounted to 30%; estimated at about 6 GWh/year.
The combined result of the two projects has had a significant impact on the paper mill, both from an economic and environmental point of view in terms of CO2 savings.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121041
 10.09.2018

Expansion of chemical recovery capacity at Södra Cell Värö mill  (Company news)

The massive upgrade of the Södra Cell Värö mill in Sweden was recently completed. The mill's capacity has been increased by 64%, with a new maximum at 700,000 ADMT/year of Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft. This new capacity allows development and reinforcement of Södra's market position. Besides capacity, environmental performance has been a key focus area for improvements, including water consumption being significantly reduced through a combination of 100% reuse of evaporation condensates in the mill and the installation of high consistency wash presses in the upgraded fiberline. The use of fossil fuels had already been eliminated through the installation of a new lime kiln, but with the completion of the expansion project the mill has become even more energy efficient. This allows an increase in production of renewable power and biofuels, which helps the surrounding region to further reduce its use of fossil fuels.

A white paper reviews changes made to the evaporation and chemical recovery boiler area as part of the project and their role in the production capacity increase, improved environmental performance, as well as increased efficiency of the upgraded mill. Valmet supplied almost all the process equipment for the complete pulp mill. The white paper reviews changes made to the evaporation and chemical recovery boiler area as part of the project and their role in the production capacity increase, improved environmental performance, as well as increased efficiency of the upgraded mill.

All given parameters, including information not traditionally shared by the customer, should be evaluated in a plant optimization. With everything taken into account, the evaporators and recovery boiler can be optimized within the context of overall mill upgrade, to meet customer requirements, including optimal energy solutions, the lowest possible environmental impact on air and water, and high availability. The Södra Värö mill upgrade of the recovery island has demonstrated that:
-Increased and more stabilized product solids lower emissions as well as improved the energy efficiency of the recovery island.
-Many different mill effluents can be incorporated in the black liquor evaporation plant to reduce the outflow from the mill and/or allow destruction and chemical recovery in the recovery boiler.
-With hot water production integrated in the upgraded evaporation plant, overall energy efficiency can be increased significantly - here exemplified as hot water that is led to the mill's secondary heating system and also to Södra's nearby sawmill.
-Recovery boiler design upgrades continues to show the potential for additional incremental gains in capacity compared to what was believed to be ultimate limits before.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #121026
 06.09.2018

RECOX+ recovery boilers for peak performance  (Company news)

By combining technology, automation and services expertise, Valmet can provide a complete recovery boiler solution with relentless performance.

Photo: Every recovery boiler is tailored to meet customer needs.

The requirements for chemical pulp production are changing rapidly. Chemical pulp producers are looking for more efficiency from the basic operations – better reliability and higher performance, as well as a safe operating environment. Additionally, the environmental regulations – for example, for emissions into air and water – are getting tighter, and society's expectations are higher when it comes to issues like odor control.

These requirements also impact the design and use of recovery boilers. The recovery boiler can be described as the heart of the mill. It's a vital part of the chemical cycle and steam production, and its operations impact the whole pulp production process and the mill's profitability. Nobody wants to have the heart broken – and the pulp mill can't afford the recovery boiler breaking down, as it disables the entire mill.

"Our new concept, called RECOX+, combines our total offering, including boiler technology, automation and optimization solutions, as well as our comprehensive services offering, to ensure a complete solution and relentless performance of our recovery boilers," explains Teemu Toivo, Director of Sales for the Recovery business unit.
Tailoring together with the customers

Over the years, Valmet has continuously developed its recovery boiler technology, automation features and related services together with customers to meet their toughest demands and expectations. Many of these features are linked to the performance, reliability and safety of the boiler operations.

"There is no 'one-size fits all' when it comes to pulp mills and recovery boilers. For some customers, we tailor the boiler for high electricity production, but for others a robust design is the deciding factor. We offer state-of-the-art technical features more as modular options. This enables us to work together with each customer to design the boiler that best suits their needs," explains Pekka Rikkinen, Director of the Recovery Boiler technology unit.

One example of new technology that improves the safety, efficiency and productivity of the recovery boiler is Valmet's Smelt Spout Cleaning Robot. It efficiently removes smelt deposits from recovery boiler smelt spouts in a carefully designed sequence, without the need for operating personnel to be exposed to this dangerous procedure.

Optimized recovery boiler for chemical pulp mills
An optimized recovery boiler has a high reduction rate and is energy efficient. It makes operation easy and safe, and it is built to last: the robust design and superior material choices mean less maintenance and minimized risk of corrosion.

"Our recovery boilers can go as long as 18 months without a cleaning shutdown. This is made possible by good design, expertise in materials, combustion know-how and optimization, reduction control optimization – and naturally by the professional operators running the boiler. Our technology and automation teams have developed many of these features together," says Rikkinen.

"It is important to maximize chemical recovery and thermal output. Our Recovery Boiler Optimization solutions are designed for high reduction efficiency, steady smelt flow, high total titratable alkali (TTA) concentration, maximizing superheated steam temperatures, minimizing flue gas losses, efficient sootblowing and cleanability," explains Timo Laurila, Business Manager for Recovery Analyzers and APC at Valmet.

Partnering for operations and maintenance
Earlier, recovery boilers were often shut down for cleaning and maintenance one or two times a year, and the shutdown from liquor to liquor took at least a week. Now the shutdown is only once every year or two, and the pressure part working time can be as little as 48 hours. Naturally, this requires excellent shutdown management.

"The best results in executing maintenance shutdowns are achieved when we pre-plan them thoroughly together with the customers. The preplanning covers not only the work and schedules, but also the planning for safety and cooperation between the different companies operating on-site. This way, even really challenging shutdowns can be executed in a tight schedule," explains Olli Talaslahti, Sales Manager for Valmet's Services.

"Our experience in chemical recovery stems from deep process technology knowledge and a large installed base of boilers of every size. For each project, we assign a team of experts that works together to tailor a solution for the customer's needs, and we have a network of service professionals to support operations throughout the lifetime of the boiler. Our expert services include various process changes to remove bottlenecks, increase efficiency and reduce emissions," says Jussi Mäntyniemi, VP for Valmet's Recovery Business Unit.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120993
 04.09.2018

Crecia-Kasuga started up a Valmet Advantage Tissue machine in Japan  (Company news)

Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd has successfully started up a new tissue line, jointly delivered by Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki Co., Ltd., at the company's new production facility in Fuji, Japan. The inauguration ceremony was held during summer and the line is now in full operation producing tissue products for the Japanese consumer market.

The project has been very successful and the cooperation between Valmet, Kawanoe Zoki and Crecia-Kasuga has been smooth and efficient.

"We at Valmet appreciate the fruitful cooperation between the three companies. This is the first tissue machine equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press in Japan. Just like in all previous installations over the world, the result has been excellent in terms of product quality and energy efficiency," says Ingmar Andersson, VP Asia Pacific Sales, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

"We are very impressed about the new tissue machine which combines the latest technology with joint know-how of three companies. It started successfully on schedule and the performance exceeds our expectations. We appreciate the support from Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki," says Mr. Hirofumi Narita, President, Crecia-Kasuga.

"It is a great pleasure to contribute to the introduction of the latest tissue machine technology in the Japanese market. The Advantage DCT equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press provides a unique value-adding performance," Mr. Takahiro Shinohara, Executive Managing Director, Kawanoe Zoki, adds.

Valmet's delivery included an Advantage DCT 135HS machine with Valmet's key technologies OptiFlo Headbox, Advantage ViscoNip press, AirCap hood and steel Yankee dryer. Manufacturing of other equipment, site assembly and installation services were performed by Kawanoe Zoki. The new line has an annual production capacity of 36,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120985
 03.09.2018

High expectations met with Kruger's grade conversion rebuild  (Company news)

The interest in lightweight linerboard is on the rise in North America. In response, Kruger converted their newsprint machine in Trois-Rivières to board machine to produce the finest 100-percent recycled high-strength linerboard on the market.

Photo: Anish Patel, Superintendent of PM 10.

Kruger has over 50 years’ experience in the packaging industry. They put that experience to good use when they entered the market with their premium XTR linerboard in 2017. Having a strong customer base caused high expectations. But when the bar is high, it feels even sweeter to succeed.

“We met the market’s expectations,” explains Gino Lévesque, Vice President of manufacturing at Kruger. “We promised our customers lightweight, high strength board, and that’s what they got. And trust me, they did all kinds of testing when they got the sheets for the first time.”

PM 10’s grade conversion journey started five years earlier. After initial planning, it became obvious that their best newsprint producing machine, at the Trois-Rivières mill in Canada, was the most suitable candidate for conversion. “Valmet presented us an integrated, overall solution in terms of technology and were willing to take a kind of calculated risk, too,” Levesque says, explaining the rationale behind the choice of supplier for the reconstruction project.

Kruger also took advantage of Valmet’s piloting services to develop the right rebuild scope. “Valmet’s pilot machine in Finland was adapted to show the different grades that could be produced on PM 10“, says Anish Patel, Superintendent of PM 10.

The transformation that works – and why
Grade conversion adds an extra layer to the complexity of a rebuild project, as the mill has to adapt and learns the tricks of the new grade. “With liner, there are more parameters to control than with newsprint. If the printer is complaining, it’s easy to go and fix things. In packaging, there are plenty of customers, and you have to make sure that every parameter is under control. You can never tell which deviations can lead to large stresses in the box manufacturing,” Levesque explains.

To ensure a smooth transformation, the operators received thorough training during the six-week shutdown. Both Levesque and Patel praise the team spirit. “We had the right people in the right place. We have a good mix of young engineers in the team, and we also have experienced papermakers to help with problems that young engineers fresh out of school haven’t come across yet,” Patel says.

Success comes from having good expertise on both sides. “Being one team with Valmet has been the key. This is not a customer-supplier relationship – it’s a true partnership,” says Levesque.

The team was put to the test when some challenges arose. “Valmet had a positive and collaborative attitude, despite the challenges we went through with the OCC plant. There was no blame game involved, and we saw how Valmet’s team adapted and tried to help in any way possible,” Levesque continues.

Kruger has also taken advantage of Valmet’s knowhow after the initial tune-up period by having a Valmet expert on-site to help with further optimization of the machine.

Surpassing industry standards with innovative technology
Kruger’s ambitious target is to be among the best linerboard mills in North America and to provide their quality-conscious clientele a strong, stable, flat sheet with the best strength-to-basis-weight ratio. The technical scope of the rebuild was crafted with that in mind.

“Kruger did the choice of implementing the latest technology available and had dedicated proper resources to exploit the full potential of that technology,” says Levesque. “We have excellent sheet formation, and the new dilution headbox means excellent CD profiles. We had some issues with the pick-up. They were resolved by changing the felt design, and apart from that we’ve had very good experiences with the OptiFormer forming section with shoe and blade technology,” Patel says.

He is also happy with the retrofitted shoe press. “Obviously, it has provided us with more capacity with more dryer sheet, and it has been straightforward to use. The first sleeve exceeded its warranty life, and it was in excellent condition considering the beating it experienced during the start-up,” he continues.

During the start-up, the mill was forced to push the upper and lower limits of the machine. “It showed to us that the machine has the flexibility and ability to run within wide limits. We were able to go as low as 88 gsm or as high as 171 gsm or over. We do not have to play with the tilt, rod design or all these different elements every time we change grades. It gives us a certain flexibility to make the transition from light to heavy weight without the downtime that comes from changing the equipment. It increases efficiency,” Patel says.
More capacity with steel cylinders

Kruger chose steel cylinders instead of cast iron cylinders for their rebuild. The machine had a footprint that it had to fit within without moving the current reel and winder. In order to reach their target capacity, they needed to get the highest efficiency for drying. The thinner shell of steel cylinders enables higher heat transfer.

“The steel dryer cans are performing well. We were initially a bit concerned, but in nine months of operation, we haven’t had any issues,” Patel shares his experiences. The use of OCC as raw material made them concerned about cleanliness. “We haven’t had any sticky issues. The doctors are new, which definitely helps, and we have fabric cleaning devices making sure that fabrics stay clean.”

The paper machine has good evaporation rates, and they’ve been able to meet or exceed the machine speeds that we guaranteed.

Attitude for going forward
When asked about the success of the project, Levesque says: “Marketwise, we are now providing a solution to the market that makes people talk about us. But, we have the attitude to keep moving forward.” Patel feels the same. “We’re continuing to make the board better and taking advantage of all the new technology we have on the machine. Valmet DNA is a very powerful tool for collecting data, and we’re using it for optimization. While we are producing a very high quality product, Kruger is committed to pursue the development of this product line in order to exceed the customer requirements regarding the low basis weight high strengths ratio.”

And how does the future look for Trois-Rivières PM 10? Very good, as long as they keep delivering the results.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120969
 30.08.2018

Sunila makes the most out of lignin  (Company news)

Stora Enso’s Sunila Mill produces kraft lignin with Valmet’s LignoBoost™ technology. In 2018, Stora Enso launched their dry lignin product, Lineo™ by Stora Enso, which is an excellent alternative to fossil-based raw materials in a wide range of applications.

Photo: Stora Enso produces kraft lignin at its Sunila Mill.

Stora Enso’s Sunila softwood pulp mill is one of the company’s mid-range production units in Finland. Its annual production capacity of 370,000 tonnes is not among the industry giants, but it has an agile and flexible technological setup that meets the market demand. Over its 80-year history, the mill has always had a special role in taking new technologies into use.

“Everything that is made out of fossil-based materials today can be made out of wood tomorrow. It’s Stora Enso’s strategy and aim for the future,” says Jarmo Rinne, Development Director at the Sunila Mill. “We are moving away from being a bulk kraft pulp producer into more specific product segments. All of our Nordic pulp mills have their own roles and product segments that they focus on. Sunila’s specialties include strong Nordic kraft pulp and kraft lignin, together with turpentine and tall oil”.

The Sunila Mill’s lignin production is based on Valmet’s LignoBoost™ technology. The lignin is extracted and washed, then dried to a fine powder. Stora Enso constructed an automated big bag filling system to facilitate transport for further use of the lignin in high-value products.

Project with a strong R&D nature
Stora Enso had been involved in lignin research work for years, and the planning of this lignin extraction investment started in 2011. In 2013, Stora Enso and Valmet agreed on a LignoBoost plant delivery to Sunila, and production began in January 2015. Today, Sunila’s annual kraft lignin production capacity is 50,000 tonnes, making it the largest in the world.
Jarmo Rinne says that Valmet was really the only true provider for the technological solution they were looking for. The key elements in Stora Enso’s decision-making process were Valmet’s R&D knowledge and the LignoBoost plant it delivered to the Domtar Plymouth mill in USA.
“I was impressed by the professionalism of Valmet’s project team. Even though Valmet had already built a similar industrial plant in the past, both parties knew from the beginning that this project would have a strong R&D nature,” says Jarmo Rinne.

Lignin for valuable end products
Stora Enso is the first company to produce kraft lignin with an extremely high dry content – up to 97 percent. The lignin produced at the Sunila Mill is both sold to other users as a raw material and used as a biofuel in the lime kiln, which has significantly decreased the mill’s CO2 emissions.
Stora Enso’s LineoTM lignin product was launched in early 2018 and was named “Bio-Based Product of the Year” at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards in March 2018. Lineo™ by Stora Enso is the first wood-based product that can replace oil-based phenolic adhesives, which are used for example in plywood, oriented strand board, laminated veneer lumber, paper lamination and insulation materials.

“We have achieved the the targeted product quality”
“Throughout the entire Sunila Mill LignoBoost project, Valmet and Stora Enso have been working very closely together, in a solution oriented way on optimizing the process design and on identifying potential problem areas. Working with Stora Enso has challenged and helped us to develop our technology even further, and we are continuing to work closely together in various development activities,” says Hanna Karlsson, head of Valmet’s LignoBoost team.

“All in all, the project has gone really well, and it was a pleasure working with Valmet. The quality of the product has reached the specifications that we were promised. Naturally, we are continuing to develop the parameters based on end-product needs. Our staff are also gaining more experience in running the plant as we go forward. But we have already achieved the target in product quality we were aiming for,” Rinne concludes.

Lignin is future
Lignin is a renewable, wood-based, non-toxic alternative to fossil-based materials. Lignin is a complex macromolecule, and it is the most abundant natural aromatic polymer. In nature, lignin acts as the glue that binds cellulose and hemicellulose together. Lignin can be separated during the kraft pulping process and then utilized in various applications as an alternative to fossil-based raw materials. For example, refined lignin can be used as a replacement for phenols, which are used in resins for adhesives in, for example, plywood and veneer applications.

Working together towards the common goal
“In this project, we utilized the learnings from our first LignoBoost delivery to Domtar, but we had also areas that were done for the first time ever. It was a pleasure to work with Stora Enso’s team, as they were very professional and experienced, and showed true commitment towards the common goal.
All in all, the project went well and the start-up was successful, but the R&D nature of the project is visible in the fact that the process still needs some finetuning." Valmet project manager Jari-Pekka Johansson

Naturally, there were challenges along the way. For example, installing the equipment inside an existing, Alvar Aalto designed, building was not easy, but with 3D laser scanning and careful layout planning, we were able to achieve a good end result,” explains Jari-Pekka Johansson, who was Valmet’s Project Manager in this project.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120978
 28.08.2018

Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Burgo Group in Italy  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild and a wide scope of automation for Burgo Group S.p.A. at its Verzuolo Mill in Italy. In the project, originally Valmet-supplied paper machine PM 9 and related stock preparation systems currently producing lightweight coated (LWC) paper grades, will be rebuilt to produce recycled containerboard grades.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 40-60 million.

The project is following Burgo Group's plan to keep the focus on containerboard grades and to continue its diversification strategy, ranging from publishing to packaging, from printing paper to paper for corrugators. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the end of 2019.

"Valmet and Burgo have had a long and successful cooperation over the years at the Verzuolo mill. By having all the process equipment, process automation and mill engineering from one supplier, binds it all into a one. This assures a very good flow of information, a reliable project schedule, short installation time and an energy-efficient operation. Valmet's long expertise on grade conversions is essential for this project. It is also a great asset for Burgo, that this paper machine was originally supplied by Valmet in 2001, so we know it well," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a completely new Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) line and major modifications in the existing paper machine. The OCC line, which is called an OptiRefiber recycled fiber line, contains two bale handling and vertical pulper systems, extensive cleaning and screening systems with fractionation and disc filters for short and long fiber lines. The scope includes also new reject handling system for OCC rejects. Also, the existing broke system and approach flow system are modified. The delivery in the existing paper machine includes a headbox rebuild, modifications to forming section, press section and pre dryer section, a new after dryer section with a high humidity hood, modifications to the size press, a continuous cooking system for surface size starch, and relocation of the existing reel.

The delivery also includes related air systems, a large Valmet paper machine clothing package, and changes and improvements in the automation including machine control, quality management, and process control and condition monitoring systems. The delivery includes mill engineering for both the OCC line and board machine. All the equipment will be delivered with installation and an additional production support package after start-up.

PM 9 will be producing recycled liner and fluting grades at a trim width of 9,800 mm and with a basis weight range of 70-160 g/m2. The annual capacity will be 600,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120933
 27.08.2018

Coater bottom waste reduced at Burgo Villorba  (Company news)

The off-machine coater at Burgo Villorba’s Burgo Villorba’s paper machine PM 8 in Italy is making good use of Valmet Water Jet Turn-up Device and our knowhow. With over 99% roll change performance efficiency, they have reduced the amount of bottom waste significantly and increased the average speed of the coating machine by 100 m/min, and they are now operating more safely.

Although it was effective, our old system was causing the sheet to wind onto the spool unevenly and creating a lot of reject in the unwinder and calenders,” says Mill Manager Massimo Sponchiado, about the situation before the investment. “On top of that, we were not happy with the speed of the coating machine. To turn up and splice successfully, we always had to reduce the speed of the machine, which didn’t do our efficiency figures any favors,” he continues. Given their previous experience with Valmet’s knowhow and the success of Valmet Water Jet Turn-up Device installed at their Duino mill, they entrusted Valmet with the task of resolving these challenges.

“We liked Valmet’s holistic view, and their willingness to help and solve problems. It was not just about setting us up with new equipment – they checked the whole process and optimized the reel operations together with us,” says Sponchiado.

Earning trust
The Water Jet Turn-up Device was installed in 2015. “The tuning of the system was not immediate, but we’ve always had very good co-operation with Valmet. It is not something we take for granted,” Sponchiado points out, explaining that Valmet has proved itself worthy of their trust. As well as having an expert on-site during process studies and start-up, the Villorba mill has found having remote services useful. “We’ve got expert services by phone and email, with very good availability. I remember very late one Friday evening we were having some challenges. Petri Mustonen, Valmet’s expert, was at a birthday party with his family, and despite this, he was on the phone and he was helping us. We heard the music in the background, but he was there, solving the problem with us,” says Sponchiado, laughing.

Change of parent roll quickly and cleanly
The targets of the project have been reached. "The amount of bottom waste has reduced from several centimeters to less than 5 mm. We've also achieved our finaltarget of a flat speed profile for the coating machine, and the average speed of the coating machine has increased by 100 meters a minute," Sponchiado says. The system is also reliable, with efficiency values of 99%. "We never have breaks during turn-up operations, some during splicing," he confirms.

Completely automatic operation increases safety
“Operator safety has improved a lot. With the previous system, the operator had to intervene manually during the splicing with an air gun to keep the paper sheet in the right position. Now, the operator waits for the turn-up in the control room,” says Sponchiado. The mill has been focusing on safety issues and creating an even better safety culture. “Safety is not a question of money, but of attitude,” he says, adding: “In 2012, we achieved a lower incident frequency alongside a daily production record. We’ve seen that working on safety increases productivity, too, as you increase the efficiency of the people.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120871
 15.08.2018

Valmet to supply another OptiConcept M containerboard making line for Shanying International ...  (Company news)

... in China

Valmet will supply yet another OptiConcept M containerboard making line (photo) for Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., in the city of Jingzhou in Hubei province, China. The new production line (PM 23) with a wide automation package is following the delivery of the previous OptiConcept M board machine (PM 21) announced in December 2017 and the three winders announced in February earlier this year. PM 23 is designed to produce high-quality fluting grades. By increasing its fluting and testliner production capacity, Shanying is aiming for bigger market shares. The start-up of PM 23 is scheduled for the end of year 2019.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 30-40 million.

"This is already the seventh Valmet-supplied paper and board making line for Shanying International. The latest ones are the order of the testliner machine PM 21 and the two container board lines in Ma'anshan. This highly-efficient containerboard making line ordered by Shanying will be Valmet's 17th OptiConcept M production line to be supplied globally. Compared to conventional production lines, both of the new production lines will be able to significantly reduce carbon emissions as well as energy consumption," says Timo Saresvuo, Senior Sales Manager at Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for PM 23 will be quite similar to PM 21 including a high-speed OptiConcept M containerboard making line from broke collection to reel. PM 23 producing fluting grades will include OptiFormer Gap former with shoe blade technology equipped with OptiFlo Gap headbox enabling high capacity at high speed, which is the key feature of efficient lightweight containerboard manufacturing. Former with shoe and blade technology gives good strength properties, uniform CD profiles and excellent board formation.

The headbox and former are followed by OptiPress Center roll based press section, OptiRun Single dryer section, OptiSizer Film sizer, OptiCalender hard nip calender, OptiReel Pope reel and OptiCart Stream parent roll cart with transfer rails. The delivery will also include related ventilation equipment, runnability components, Valmet DNA machine control and process control systems, and Valmet IQ quality measurement system. The machine will be delivered with a Valmet fabrics package and an additional production support after take over.

The 8,600-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce fluting grades. Design production values are the following: basis weight range 50-110 g/m2, design speed 1,300 m/min and daily capacity approx. 1,200 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120847
 14.08.2018

Valmet will supply BCTMP plant conversion, slab press and conveyor systems to Estonian Cell ...  (Company news)

... pulp mill in Estonia

Valmet has received an order from Estonian Cell which will be delivered in two stages. In the first stage, Valmet will supply a conversion of the existing bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp plant, which will increase production and reduce steam, fresh water and chemical consumption. In the second stage, Valmet will deliver a slab press (photo) and conveyor systems with connecting control system. The new machinery will boost production capacity and make the line more cost-efficient. The second stage will increase the annual production volume.

Valmet's delivery is part of Estonian Cell's EUR 20 million growth investment program that will enable the company to achieve an annual production capacity of 185,000 tons and improve the plant's efficiency. In 2017, the production capacity of Estonian Cell was 171,708 tons of aspen pulp and all production was exported.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. A project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 5-10 million. The start-up is planned for the second quarter of 2019.

"We are ready to start with the first stage of the investment program which focuses on liquidating the bottlenecks of the production and wastewater treatment and improving efficiency. In the second stage, we have chosen to invest in another slab press from Valmet to increase our production capacity. The good experience from the earlier installed slab press, which increased availability and stabilized production, makes us confident that this investment will make us reach our set production target," says Lauri Raid, Mill Manager at Estonian Cell.

"We appreciate the long cooperation we have had around the BCTMP plant and the repeat order of a slab press. To see the plans being realized is something we are really looking forward to, as well as to be working together again in this new project," says Mikael Ehrnholm, Senior Product Specialist, Mechanical Fiber at Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery
The BCTMP plant conversion includes a mechanical steam separator, a new washing stage by a screw press with medium consistency pump and a new final washing stage before the flash dryer with heavy duty TwinRoll presses. Reconfiguration and reprogramming of the existing bleaching system with detailed automation engineering is also included. The new slab press is replacing the original slab press, which was a prototype that did not meet stability expectations. Mechanical installation of the slab press is included. Commissioning and start-up supervision are included for both stages.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120841
 13.08.2018

Valmet to upgrade the Ahlstrom-Munksjö Billingsfors pulp mill in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet has been chosen as a supplier by Ahlstrom-Munksjö for the upgrade of the recovery boiler and surrounding systems in the Billingsfors mill in Sweden. The main objective is to increase the capacity of the recovery boiler. The upgrade will also result in a better boiler availability and environmental performance.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2018 orders received. The value of this kind of order is typically above EUR 10 million. The upgraded recovery boiler is planned to be started in the second half of 2019.

Valmet will bring major upgrades to the pulp mill's recovery boiler. The lower part will be replaced with a new pressure vessel based on the latest designs for Valmet's high-performing RECOX recovery boilers. New heating surfaces will be installed to increase the boiler's heat economy and enable a higher production of steam. Surrounding systems for combustion air, black liquor, smelt and green liquor will be upgraded.

Valmet has a very high focus on the management of health, safety and environment (HSE) and the delivery to Billingsfors also includes improvements that focus on worker safety and a better working environment in the boiler building.

"We are very happy and proud to have been chosen as supplier for this important upgrade and are really looking forward to working together with Billingsfors. We will bring the knowledge and technology of Valmet and will combine this with a solid partnership approach that brings the mill's performance forward," says Marcus Grundevik, Sales Manager at Valmet.

"We at Ahlstrom-Munksjö Billingsfors look forward to work with Valmet in the upgrade of our recovery boiler. This project is an important step for Billingsfors to meet the stricter environmental regulations through improved process combustion, reducing local air emissions. This investment is also key for improved efficiency in the mill including lower maintenance costs and higher pulp and insulation paper production," says Jonas Lindqvist, Plant Manager, Ahlstrom-Munksjö Paper AB Billingsfors.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120821
 10.08.2018

Valmet to supply an Advantage tissue production line to CMPC Tissue in Argentina  (Company news)

Valmet has been chosen as the supplier of a complete tissue production line by CMPC Tissue S.A. The tissue line will be installed at CMPC's Zarate mill in Argentina.

The new production line is planned to be started up in the fourth quarter of 2019, and it will add over 50,000 tons of high quality toilet and towel grades to the company's annual production. Valmet has previously delivered a Valmet Advantage DCT200 tissue line to the Talagante mill in Chile, a tissue machine to Altamira in Mexico and an Advantage ViscoNip rebuild to CMPC's Caieiras mill in Brazil.

The value of the order will not be disclosed. The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2018 orders received.

"Our experience of running the Advantage DCT concept has been very good in terms of energy efficiency, production capacity and tissue quality. We are convinced that the new tissue line will support our market leading position in Argentina," says Pedro Muzzio Castelletto, Corporate Development Manager, Industrial & Supply Chain, CMPC Tissue.

"The Latin American tissue market is growing both in respect of capacity and quality. Valmet has the tissue making technologies to meet current and future demands of the market," says Johan Björn, Sales Director, Valmet. "We are very pleased that CMPC chose us as their supplier and selected Valmet's Advantage tissue technology to increase their current production in means of quality and capacity."

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will comprise of a complete Advantage DCT200 tissue production line with stock preparation equipment and tissue machine including the most advanced technology options focused on a superior consistent quality, an energy and water efficient operation and cost competitive manufacturing setup. The scope will also include control systems, electrification, mill engineering as well as installation. The production line will be optimized to enhance final product quality and reduce energy consumption. The raw material for the new line will be virgin and DIP pulp.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120817
 08.08.2018

Change in Valmet's Executive Team  (Company news)

Mr. Sami Riekkola (M.Sc. (Eng), photo) has been appointed Business Line President, Automation as of September 1, 2018. He will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

Sami Riekkola is currently employed at Valmet as Vice President, Energy and Process Systems in the Automation business line. Sami started his career in 1998 as automation project engineer at Valmet and has since then worked in a variety of automation positions within the company in several geographical locations in Europe and Australia. During the years, he has gathered excellent experience from automation products, project management, sales and customer management, as well as automation related services.

Mr. Sakari Ruotsalainen, the current Business Line President, Automation, has decided to retire as of September 30, 2018 after a long and successful career at Valmet.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Sami Riekkola to our Executive Team. His long and versatile experience in our automation business has helped him to gain a thorough understanding of the business and its customers in different markets. With this background, I believe Sami is in an excellent position to lead our Automation business line and to grow it further. I want to thank Sakari Ruotsalainen for his strong dedication and excellent contribution to Valmet's success in the past years. It has been a true pleasure to work with Sakari. We wish Sakari all the best for his well-earned retirement days," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120816
 07.08.2018

Valmet will supply a new Advantage DCT tissue production line to Papelera San Andrés ...  (Company news)

... de Giles in Argentina

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT100HS tissue production line, including an extensive automation package, to Papelera San Andrés de Giles in Argentina. The new tissue line will fulfill Papelera San Andrés de Giles' demand of new capacity of high quality tissue products for the Argentinian market. Start-up is planned for the second half of 2018.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"Our first contact with Valmet was at their Tissue Making Conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2012. Since that moment, we have been convinced that Valmet's technology is what we need to differentiate and keep our position as a frontrunner in the Argentinian tissue market," says Mr. Sebastian Schiaffino, Plant Manager, Papelera San Andrés de Giles.

"Even more important is to work with skilled people within Valmet. This is a long-term partnership for us. Valmet has met, and exceeded, all expectations as an advisor during our cooperation," Mr. Schiaffino continues.

"This newfound relationship means a lot for Valmet. This will be the first running Advantage DCT tissue machine in Argentina," says Kent Nika, Sales Manager at Valmet. "Not only does this mean breaking ground in Argentina, but we are also excited to welcome Papelera San Andrés de Giles to our ever-growing tissue community. And of course, we are very proud that our capability to supply tissue mill equipment with superior technology, e.g. Advantage ViscoNip press, were considered as important success factors in their expansion plans."

Both companies are now looking forward to step in to the future with a shared aim of realizing Papelera San Andres de Gilés' expansion plans and ambitions of providing high quality products to their customers.

Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a width of 2.8 meters and a design speed of 2,000 meters/minute. It will add 35,000 tons of tissue paper per year to Papelera San Andrés de Giles' current production of high-quality facial, toilet tissue and kitchen towels.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise of a tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT100HS tissue machine. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox and Valmet steel Yankee cylinder as well as the Advantage technology including ViscoNip press, AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and SoftReel reel. The delivery also includes an extensive automation package with Valmet DNA, process controls, tissue line training simulator and Valmet IQ quality controls. Engineering, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning is also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120732
 27.07.2018

Valmet's Half Year Financial Review January 1-June 30, 2018: Orders received increased in ...  (Company news)

... Paper and Services - Comparable EBITA increased

April-June 2018: Comparable EBITA margin increased to 7.2 percent
-Orders received increased 9 percent to EUR 865 million (EUR 796 million).
---Orders received increased in the Paper and Services business lines and decreased in the Pulp and Energy, and Automation business lines.
---Orders received increased in South America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), remained at the previous year's level in China, and decreased in Asia-Pacific and North America.
-Net sales increased 15 percent to EUR 844 million (EUR 732 million).
---Net sales increased in all business lines.
Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 61 million (EUR 48 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.2 percent (6.5%).
---Profitability improved due to higher net sales.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.23 (EUR 0.18).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -4 million (EUR -1 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 3 million (EUR 31 million).

January-June 2018: Net sales increased, but Comparable EBITA margin decreased
-Orders received remained at the previous year's level at EUR 1,756 million (EUR 1,802 million).
---Orders received increased in the Paper business line, remained at the previous year's level in the Services and Automation business lines, and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
---Orders received increased in South America and China, remained at the previous year's level in North America, and decreased in Asia-Pacific and EMEA.
-Net sales increased 14 percent to EUR 1,575 million (EUR 1,376 million).
---Net sales increased in the Paper, and Pulp and Energy business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Services and Automation business lines.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 82 million (EUR 82 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 5.2 percent (5.9%).
---Profitability decreased due to a loss of EUR 15 million recognized in a project in the Pulp and Energy business line in the first quarter of 2018.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.29 (EUR 0.30).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -7 million (EUR 2 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 22 million (EUR 125 million).

Guidance for 2018
On July 17, 2018, Valmet revised upwards its net sales guidance for 2018.

Revised guidance (on July 17, 2018)
Valmet estimates that net sales in 2018 will increase in comparison with 2017 (EUR 3,058 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2018 will increase in comparison with 2017 (EUR 218 million).

Previous guidance (on March 21, 2018)
Valmet estimates that net sales in 2018 will remain at the same level as in 2017 (EUR 3,058 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2018 will increase in comparison with 2017 (EUR 218 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
Global growth is projected to reach 3.9 percent in 2018 and in 2019. The rate of expansion appears to have peaked in some major economies, and growth has become less synchronized. In the United States, near-term momentum is strengthening, and the US dollar has appreciated by around 5 percent in recent weeks. Growth projections have been revised down for the euro area, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Among developing economies, growth projections have been revised down for Argentina, Brazil, and India, while the outlook for some oil exporters has strengthened. Tariff increases by the United States and retaliatory measures by trading partners have increased the likelihood of escalating and sustained trade actions. These could derail the recovery and depress medium-term growth prospects. (International Monetary Fund, July 16, 2018)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for services, board and paper, tissue and automation, the satisfactory short-term market outlook for energy, and the weak short-term market outlook for pulp.

President and CEO Pasi Laine (photo): Orders received and Comparable EBITA increased in the second quarter
"Valmet's orders received increased 9 percent and amounted to EUR 865 million in the second quarter of 2018. Orders received increased in the Paper and Services business lines, and the customer activity was high especially in the board and paper market. During the first half of the year, orders received remained at the previous year's level. Orders received increased in the Paper business line, remained at the previous year's level in the Services and Automation business lines and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line, where orders have accumulated mainly from smaller projects.

Net sales increased 15 percent during the second quarter. The increase was supported by all business lines, of which Paper had the strongest growth. During the first half of the year, net sales in the Paper business line increased almost 50 percent following the strong customer activity and high orders received in the previous quarters.

Comparable EBITA increased in the second quarter, and the margin improved to 7.2 percent. Despite the low first quarter, Comparable EBITA for the first half of 2018 amounts to EUR 82 million. We are now at the same level as a year ago, and need to continue the hard work to reach our Comparable EBITA target."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120658
 17.07.2018

Valmet to supply a third Advantage tissue production line to Lila Group in Turkey  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete Valmet Advantage DCT 200 tissue line to the Turkish tissue manufacturer Lila Group in Corlu, 100 km west of Istanbul. The TM3 line will be equipped with all state-of-the-art options available including stock-preparation and an extensive automation package to achieve production with high efficiency and low energy consumption. Start-up is planned for 2020.

Photo: Advantage DCT Technology

Valmet has previously delivered two Advantage DCT 200 tissue lines to the same mill. TM1 started up in 2007 and TM2 in 2012. In addition to the new tissue line, Lila Group also ordered a rebuild of their TM1 and TM2 to Advantage ViscoNip press configuration.

The orders were included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"For us it is important to collaborate with a supplier who understands our demands and has the capability to deliver equipment that can meet our targets for efficient production, low energy consumption and high tissue quality. From our experience, we know that Valmet provides the best technology for our needs. In addition to the new tissue machine, we also have high expectations to improve our operations on TM1 and TM2 with the rebuild of the press sections," says Orhan Ogucu, Chairman of Lila Group.

"The Valmet Advantage DCT 200 concept with the Advantage ViscoNip press has become standard in the Turkish tissue market. We are happy to once again be trusted as a partner, supporting Lila Group's expansion plans and are looking forward to working together realizing their targets," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director, EMEA, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's tissue machine delivery will comprise of a complete Advantage DCT 200 tissue production line with stock preparation equipment and the Advantage tissue technology. The scope will also include an extensive automation package with DCS, QCS and Softness sensor. Start-up, commissioning and training are also part of the delivery.

The new machine TM3 will add a capacity of 70,000 tons of tissue products for the domestic and export market.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120627
 16.07.2018

Valmet receives the 250th order for its successful Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP)  (Company news)

Valmet has received the 250th order for its successful Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) for managing various applications regarding fiber furnish management at pulp and paper mills. The milestone analyzer will be installed at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper Co. Ltd in China. The delivery will include a Valmet Kappa QC Analyzer, too. The raw materials used in the mill's tissue production include bamboo.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The solutions will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.

"First, we trust Valmet and its advanced analyzer solutions. With accurate measurements, we will be able to get faster and more precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties to improve runnability and productivity. Second, stabilizing the entire fiber line control will help us reduce variation, chemical usage and production costs. Also, easy-to-maintain Valmet analyzers will improve our labor efficiency and operator effectiveness as well," says Chuanping Zhou, General Manager at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper.

"It is nice to cooperate with a customer who really wants to develop the mill's total pulp and tissue line performance. It means taking good care of basic issues. When the ultimate goal is clear both for the customer and the supplier, it is easy to find the right solutions and implement them. Performance improvement and development is a long-term project for which reliable analyzers and controls provide a solid foundation. It is easy for the mill and also for Valmet to take next steps towards more sophisticated solutions in the future when the foundation is reliable and in a good shape," comments Janne Määttä, Manager, Pulp & Paper Applications, Valmet.

Valmet's existing installations at Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper include a Valmet Brightness Measurement (Valmet Cormec5 X) and a Valmet Residual Measurement (Valmet Polarox5). Valmet is currently delivering a Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5) and consistency transmitters for the mill, too.

Information about Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) and Valmet Kappa Analyzer (Valmet Kappa QC)
Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) provides paper, board and tissue makers with fast and precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties. It represents the state of the art in online fiber analysis, building upon continuous advancements by Valmet over the past thirty years.

Valmet's online analyzer, Valmet Kappa QC, is a new-generation analyzer that not only measures pulp lignin content, brightness and fiber properties, but also fuses a unique stabilizing control capability and Valmet's decades of know-how.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120554
 10.07.2018

Another milestone for Valmet IQ Fiber with installation at Irving Tissue  (Company news)

May 2018 saw the installation of the 200th Valmet IQ Fiber Measurement Sensor on Irving Tissue's tissue machine #1 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. For many years, the nuclear basis weight sensor, together with an infrared moisture sensor, were the standard to provide an oven dry basis weight reading for control purposes. Several years ago, Valmet combined fiber weight and moisture in a single non-nuclear sensor, Valmet IQ Fiber Measurement.

"The need for nuclear safety training and licenses are now eliminated, as well as the specialized service and safety requirements for radioactive devices. Installed on tissue machines that use virgin pulp, or recycled furnish, the accurate scan averages and high-resolution CD profiles measured by IQ Fiber provide a solid foundation for machine- and cross-direction oven dry weight controls", says Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Solutions, Valmet.

Single infrared sensor for weight and moisture measurement
Developed especially for tissue, IQ Fiber uses multi-wavelength infrared detection to selectively measure fiber, water and other sheet components with high frequency across the sheet. As well as significantly reducing the initial investment cost, IQ Fiber users report lower maintenance and cleaning requirements leading to as much as 75% lower total cost of ownership. The response speed and signal-to-noise-ratio of IQ Fiber are significantly better than the nuclear sensors it replaces. This improves the detection of transient or cyclical variations and adds a significant troubleshooting capability to the system in performing detailed online variability studies and allowing for process improvements.

Space for a scanning platform is always limited on tissue machines where open draws, especially with lighter grades, are minimized. The latest generation Valmet IQ Scanner is the ideal scanning platform for IQ Fiber. Its slim dimensions and dust-proofing ensure accurate and stable sheet quality measurements in the hot, humid and dusty environment of the tissue machine.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120548
 05.07.2018

Valmet launches a digital collaboration space - Valmet Customer Portal  (Company news)

Valmet is launching a unique digital space for continuous collaboration and real-time sharing of information with customers. The Valmet Customer Portal is a collaboration space that brings Valmet's expertise and online services into one platform to make working together with customers easier and more transparent than ever before.

The Valmet Customer Portal allows customers and Valmet's experts to collaborate, share information and innovate together in real time. The online services, functionalities and usability of the portal have been developed together with customers to provide useful, personalized content.

"We have developed the portal in close cooperation with our customers from the very beginning. It is a collaboration space that truly responds to our customers' needs and brings a totally new dimension to our co-operation," says Petri Lakka, Vice President, Services Development at Valmet.

Based on a long-term relationship and the importance of strengthening our cooperation, Klabin S.A. has been one of the customers participating in the development and piloting phase of the portal. "We are really interested to take part in projects like this where modern technology supports daily collaboration between the experts. Today, the efficient information sharing, the smart usage of operational data and the common target settings are at the core of successful cooperation already. We expect that the portal will not only support us in these areas, but brings possibilities for further innovation as well. We have high expectations for the functionalities in practice," say Sadi Oliveira, Mill Director and Leandro Laube, Mill Maintenance Manager from Klabin Ortigueira Mill.

Content of the portal
The content in the Valmet Customer Portal is personalized according to each user's profile and interests. Valmet is developing a total of nine services modules for the portal to support cooperation with customers - starting from the sales phase, through project deliveries, and all the way to daily reliability and performance services. The launch starts with the first four modules:

Expert Fastlane helps customers to easily find answers to their issues and questions. Valmet's experts are always close to customers and easily accessible also through the portal.

Opportunities lets customers see the status of their development plan - the Shared Roadmap - with defined actions. The results of the actions can be monitored, and lessons learned and related new ideas can be shared.

Learning gives customers the opportunity to build their teams' capabilities and competences.

The Operations Panel is the customer's view to Valmet's Industrial Internet applications and services. Through dashboard views, customers can easily get the right information to monitor their operational KPIs and the progress of their business targets.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120529
 03.07.2018

Valmet to supply a Valmet Pulp Analyzer to UPM in China  (Company news)

Valmet has received an order for a Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) from UPM in China. The Valmet MAP with freeness module and optional Fiber Image module will be installed with six sampling devices for UPM's PM 2 in Changshu.

"We have been using the previous generation Valmet online freeness analyzer on PM 2 for ten years. With technological upgrading and innovation, we again selected the latest Valmet Pulp Analyzer for its fast and precise online fiber and furnish measurement to improve runnability and productivity," says Mr. Zhou Long, Production Manager for PM 2. Installation and start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

The Valmet Pulp Analyzer provides paper, board and tissue makers with fast and precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties. It represents the state of the art in online fiber analysis, built on continuous advancements by Valmet for the past thirty years. Rather than waiting for infrequent, time-delayed laboratory tests, fast and decisive control actions can be achieved to manage furnish properties for better paper and improved production.

"Valmet MAP will be the ideal tool at PM 2 for furnish management, screening, blending and improving refining operations while providing energy savings as well," according to Jackson Sui, Senior Automation Sales Manager for Valmet in China.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120490
 02.07.2018

Thorough planning brings success  (Company news)

Södra Cell Mörrum’s (photo) dissolving pulp line has been upgraded with new TwinRoll presses in the brownstock washing area, which will increase the production capacity. The installation followed after very careful planning.

Södra Cell’s Mörrum pulp mill commissioned Valmet to deliver and install three new TwinRoll presses to replace four wash filters. The project was carried out during fall 2017 on Södra Cell Mörrum’s dissolving pulp line, which produces dissolving pulp from hardwood. “The new equipment is part of a major investment to increase the production capacity of our dissolving pulp line,” says Anders Jeppsson, Manager of project at Södra Cell Mörrum.

Södra Cell Mörrum is a state-of-the-art Swedish pulp mill with two fiber lines for production of paper pulp and dissolving pulp. Line 1 produces dissolving pulp from hardwood for the production of cellulose-based textile fibers. Line 2 produces long-fiber paper pulp from softwood.

Successful start-up
Most of the installation took place during an 18-day shutdown. The two old wash filters were dismantled and the new wash presses installed. The shutdown was preceded by careful preparations.

“We kept to the schedule, thanks to careful planning. Planning and structure are the cornerstones in a project like this, where installation takes place in an existing plant. Everyone involved has done a great job,” says Jeppsson.

Valmet built a large platform around the wash presses as part of the project. This was done to provide Södra Cell Mörrum’s employees with better access to the machinery.

“The platform is a great installation that improves our work environment. All in all, we now have what we wanted to achieve good access to the wash presses,” says Sören Einarsson, Operations Representative at Södra Cell Mörrum.

Work during the shutdown was followed by start-up, and now the guarantee trials are also completed.

“The start-up went well, and we’re happy with Valmet’s start-up organization. A certain flexibility is always necessary during start-ups like this, and Valmet provided it. The training was also good. The guarantee trials turned out well, and so far everything looks positive,” says Jeppsson.

Excellent collaboration
The brown stock washing upgrade required teamwork between Södra and Valmet, and the collaboration went well.

“We enjoy a good cooperative atmosphere where we find solutions together. This is especially important in a project of this type, where many hours are devoted to planning. The careful planning that was carried out prior to the shutdown is a good example of a success factor for future projects,” explains Jeppsson.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120487
 29.06.2018

Valmet signs long-term mill maintenance services agreement with Asia Symbol in China  (Company news)

Valmet and Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd. have signed an agreement for the maintenance services for the company's board machines and pulp mill in China.

"Valmet manufactured the main equipment in our mill, and we are looking forward to good cooperation with Valmet in the next few years. Valmet's maintenance services combine its daily maintenance expertise with support from product, process, and automation specialists worldwide. Professional people can do professional things - we believe that!" says Wang Bo, Mill Director of Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp and Paper.

Photo: Valmet and Asia Symbol (Shandong) groups after the signing

"This is Valmet's first maintenance outsourcing order in China, and it shows the trend of mill maintenance services as well. This customer is showing strong trust in Valmet's professionalism by choosing us to supply their maintenance services. Valmet's services team will help the mill to improve performance and product quality while lowering costs and risks," says Jiang Bo, Senior Manager, Maintenance Outsourcing and Agreement Management, Services business line, China, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet will provide maintenance services and maintenance development for the board machines and the pulp mill, including chip handling, fiber lines, pulp dryers, recovery boilers, evaporation, and recausticizing, as well as a power plant, chemical plant and water treatment facility. Valmet will be responsible for the leadership, management and development of the mill's maintenance.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120466
 25.06.2018

Valmet's new multilevel measurement enables real-time monitoring of liquor tank levels at ...  (Company news)

... evaporator plants

Valmet has introduced a new multilevel measurement solution for measuring liquor tank levels at evaporator plants. A reliable and robust online solution, Valmet Multilevel Measurement, enables real-time monitoring and consequently correctly timed soap skimming in intermediate or weak liquor tanks.

"With Valmet Multilevel Measurement, it is possible to measure soap layer thickness online and start and finish soap skimming at the right time and thus avoid overflowing in the black liquor soap separation process. This all means less disturbance for the process," says Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Recovery Analyzers and Advanced Process Controls, Automation, Valmet.

The density-independent measurement is based on electrical impedance technology (EIT), which allows robust detection of components or phases with differing conductivities. This enables interface detection in a multiphase system, allowing, for example, the identification of liquor-soap, liquor-foam and soap-air interfaces.

Multilevel Measurement is fully integrated with the Valmet Industrial Internet solutions portfolio. Measurement information can be combined with Valmet's advanced process control applications or third-party plant automation systems.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120441
 21.06.2018

Valmet to supply an off-machine multinip calender for UPM Specialty Papers in Germany  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an off-line multinip calender for UPM Nordland Papier at its Dörpen Mill in Germany. The new off-line calender including Valmet's machine control system will be designed to give the final high quality for the demanding release and glassine paper grades after the grade conversion rebuild. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the end of 2019.

Photo: Shaking hands to seal the deal, from left Esa Happonen (Valmet), Petri Paukkunen (Valmet) and Rolf Bauer (UPM)

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 20-30 million.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the new high-capacity off-line calender will include a calender unwind, an OptiCalender Multinip calender, OptiDry air dryers and a wind-up station. Off-line calender will be equipped with Valmet DNA machine control system.

The multinip calender has 14 nips providing superior quality for the end product. Calendering is effective already in the first nips. Each nip is loaded with the same extreme nip load at high temperatures giving the end product low surface roughness, low oil absorption and high transparency.

The approximately 4,500-mm wide off-machine calender will produce release paper grades with a basis weight range of 48-120 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,300 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120371
 15.06.2018

Valmet hires nearly 400 young people as summer trainees in Finland  (Company news)

This summer, nearly 400 students will work as summer trainees in Valmet's locations in Finland. Additionally, young people from elementary and high schools will work at the company through a Finnish summer job program aimed at getting to know working life.

Valmet will employ summer trainees in 16 locations, with the largest number of trainees located in Tampere and Jyväskylä. Most of the summer employees, over 220, will work in engineering, customer service, sales, marketing, product development and financial administration. Around 40 percent of the summer trainees will be employed in the production facilities.

"We are excited to welcome so many young people to join us as trainees for the summer. We can offer them a great opportunity to learn new skills and gain working experience in a global, rapidly developing company. In return, the trainees provide us with new approaches and fresh ideas. We hope that this experience will inspire and motivate our trainees to become future professionals in the pulp, paper and power industry as well as automation," says Julia Macharey, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Valmet.

Valmet supports the Responsible Summer Job 2018 campaign
For the fourth consecutive year, Valmet is participating in the Responsible Summer Job campaign organized by T-Media and the Economic Information Office (TAT) in cooperation with corporate partners. The target of the campaign is to challenge companies to increase the amount and quality of summer jobs offered in Finland. Valmet wants to promote responsible practices to ensure the trainee periods are safe and fair, and to give meaningful opportunities and experience to the trainees.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120331
 13.06.2018

Valmet launches a new tool to monitor former dewatering  (Company news)

Valmet extends its quality control systems expertise to the paper and board machine forming section with the introduction of the Valmet IQ Dryness Measurement (IQ Dryness). Utilizing microwave technology, the IQ Dryness measures the water layer thickness on the web, which can be used to calculate the web dry content. As well as removing most of the water, the majority of paper properties are also developed in the forming section. The inclusion of IQ Dryness in Valmet's paper quality control family opens new possibilities as it helps to close the information gap between the stock approach system and dry end quality sensors.

"Perhaps the biggest effect is the better management of dewatering. This has a great influence on the amount of the subsequent drying energy needed with potentially big cost savings in paper production. An increase of just 1% in dryness before the dryer can reduce the amount of energy needed to evaporate the excess water by approximately 4%," says Marko Toskala, Director, Quality Management Solutions, Valmet.

All grades and furnishes
Unlike other measurement technologies, Valmet IQ Dryness is not sensitive to conductivity which makes it suitable for use with all grades of paper and board. As well as energy savings with vacuum optimization; quicker startups, faster grade changes, fewer breaks and improved break recovery are just a few of the benefits that continuous measurement of water removal makes possible.

Optimized dewatering not only improves bonding for multilayer board machines but can also reduce the problems of blow induced breaks caused by excess moisture in the middle layer entering the drying section. Additionally, the measurement facilitates the online monitoring fabric condition together with improved troubleshooting of pulsation, vibration and other quality destroying wet end problems. The sensor's small size enables measurement in places inaccessible earlier.

Complete moisture management
This new sensor joins the Valmet IQ family of single point and scanning measurements to provide papermakers with a complete picture of MD and CD moisture from the forming and press sections, dryer and size press right up to the reel. Together with sophisticated moisture controls and an extensive range of actuators to control moisture levels and profiles, Valmet can close the loop to offer improved efficiency and runnability as well as better paper quality and printing properties.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120317
 12.06.2018

New Valmet Paper Lab offers improved usability and faster testing with upgrade potential for ...  (Company news)

... existing users

A new operator interface for Valmet's successful paper testing system Paper Lab opens new opportunities for users by making automated paper testing more accessible, faster and even easier to use with minimum training. Paper Lab is suitable for testing all grades of paper and board with a wide selection of industry standard paper quality tests.

Photo: Valmet Paper Lab - automated board and paper testing laboratory

The new interface makes entering sample data quick and easy with an integrated barcode reader with graphic and dynamic display pages guiding the user through every step of the testing process. Commissioning is simplified with faster customized configuration and very little training is required to take advantage of Paper Lab's comprehensive testing capabilities. The new interface is also available as an upgrade for current Paper Lab users. Those supplied prior to 2009 require the newer measurement frame but retain the ability to utilize most of their existing test modules.

"Valmet Paper Lab is under continuous development but will always combine the latest technology and be compatible with most measurement modules. New users as well as those upgrading older systems will benefit from the widest selection of testing modules, as well as faster and easier testing in addition to better connectivity to LIMS, DCS, QCS, and information/enterprise wide systems," says Tuomo Kälkäjä, Business Manager, Paper Testing.

Based on the Valmet Analyzer Client, the new Paper Lab operator interface is Linux based, offering lower lifetime costs, improved security and open source freedom from 3rd party licensing. Better diagnostics and a live view of testing operations improve the user experience and builds operator confidence whether used in laboratory or on the machine floor.

Valmet Paper Lab is a modular and scalable automated paper testing system for grades of paper and board. With the widest selection of industry standard tests on the market, reporting can detail over 400 properties. The testing system is based on more than 30 years of automated paper testing experience with almost 300 units delivered to paper and board mills around the world. The new Paper Lab provides an easy to learn and intuitive tool for paper property testing which together with Valmet Industrial Internet remote support can take automated laboratory to a new level of performance.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120309
 08.06.2018

Valmet to deliver a cooking plant to Burgo Ardennes pulp mill in Belgium  (Company news)

Valmet will supply Burgo Ardennes with a batch cooking plant for its pulp mill in Virton (photo), Belgium. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The start-up of the cooking plant is planned for the beginning of 2020.

"The new cooking plant will improve pulp characteristics and utilize wood raw material in a more efficient way. Additionally, we will improve local environment around the mill, mainly the odor, and reduce the energy consumption within the process area," says Michel Hartman, Mill manager at Burgo Ardennes mill in Virton.

"Valmet continues to bring valuable solutions to our pulp customers. This delivery shows once again the strength of our cooking technology portfolio," says Patrik Lidbäck, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's scope of supply includes a new batch cooking plant with auxiliaries, such as platforms, piping and instrumentation. The installation of the supplied equipment, the commissioning and start-up services are also included.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120175
 29.05.2018

Valmet iRoll technology reaches the milestone of 500 customer deliveries  (Company news)

The 500th case to utilize Valmet iRoll technology took place at SsangYong C&B, one of the biggest tissue producers in South Korea. Valmet analyzed the nip loading and performance of their press equipment under dynamic conditions using its portable iRoll technology.

Valmet iRoll technology and a Valmet press roll cover upgrade enabled SsangYong C&B to improve tissue dryness and felt profiles on their TM 4 machine, as well as to save energy and increase the machine's speed.

"The results of our co-operation with Valmet have been satisfying in terms of energy savings and increased machine speed. We are looking forward to continuing the development to improve our energy and production efficiency even further and achieve more cost savings," says Jong-Dae Byun, Director & Mill Manager at SsangYong C&B.

The dry content and profiles improved, leading to energy savings through 5 percent less steam consumption. More energy savings came from a 5 percent decrease in roll drive loads. The machine speed increased by up to 30 meters a minute.

Improvements in customers' process performance globally
In addition to the case at SsangYong C&B's TM 4, Valmet iRoll technology has reached several global achievements and led to process improvements, such as an 80 percent reduction in reeling and winding broke, an increase of 30 meters a minute in the paper machine's running speed, 40% reduction in coat weight profile variation, and a 60 percent longer press felt lifetime.

Due to the strong results and positive customer feedback, Valmet is continuously increasing the utilization of its iRoll technology globally with the aim of improving its customers' production efficiency, quality and runnability even further.

About Valmet iRoll technology
The iRoll product family is an advanced toolset for optimizing the efficiency and nip profiles of papermaking lines. Valmet's iRoll technology provides accurate online profile measurement and process control opportunities in press, sizer, coater, reel, and winder applications.

"It is the fastest and most sensitive online profile measurement tool in the industry. In addition to nips, iRoll also measures parameters affecting paper quality, and it can be connected to a machine automation system for closed-loop process control," says Tatu Pitkänen, Global Technology Manager at Valmet.

iRoll is part of Valmet Intelligent Roll Solutions, which offer a unique combination of Valmet's proven roll products and expert services. These technologies provide paper-, board- and tissue-makers with fast, sensitive online measurements, condition monitoring, data analysis, remote analytics and profile control applications - combined with Valmet's expertise and process know-how.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120177
 28.05.2018

Valmet to supply a tissue machine restart-up package for Xiamen Sin Yang Paper Co., Ltd  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a tissue machine restart-up package to Xiamen Sin Yang Paper TM1 in China. The delivery will include necessary project management, maintenance, spare parts and start-up of a tissue machine idled in 2014 and originally delivered by Valmet. The start-up is scheduled for July 2018.

This order is first of the kind for Valmet in China area. Zihou Song, Senior Manager, Mill Improvements from Valmet says: "This is a very challenging project due to tight time schedule, but at the same time very exciting new kind of a project for us that strengthens our services to tissue customers in China."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120126
 18.05.2018

Valmet and Georgia-Pacific Enter Agreement on eTAD(TM) Technology  (Company news)

Valmet and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a licensing agreement covering the eTAD(TM) tissue making technology. Under the license agreement, Valmet will market, manufacture and install Advantage eTAD machines for tissue customers outside North America.

The eTAD(TM) technology was developed by Georgia-Pacific.The company has three eTAD(TM) machines operating in North America; the latest two re-built by Valmet in 2012. The machines are running in full eTAD(TM) configuration and producing structured tissue and towel with high quality and absorbency. The eTAD(TM) concept provides an ultra-premium product with high bulk to fiber ratio in combination with low energy and water consumption. The concept is also capital efficient.

"We are very excited about this agreement that will support our strategy to provide tissue making solutions that offer top quality tissue with sustainable production. Valmet and its customers will have the possibility to make trial runs on Georgia-Pacific's pilot eTAD(TM) machine, and also bring customers to reference visits at mills with operating eTAD(TM) machines. This agreement will further strengthen our product portfolio and ensure that we are able to provide tissue machine concepts covering the whole product range," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

"This technology meets consumer needs for premium qualities in tissue products, including softness and absorbency," says Kurt Adams, Vice President, R&D, Georgia-Pacific. "We are pleased to license eTAD(TM) technology to Valmet as we recognize the value-creating potential of offering this technology more broadly."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120066
 17.05.2018

Valmet to supply a containerboard making line for a customer in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a high-speed containerboard making line for a customer in Zhejiang province, China. The board production line is designed to produce high-quality recycled fluting grades and the start-up is scheduled for the end of year 2019.

Photo: OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type and scope is typically around EUR 25-35 million.

The customer's goal for the project is to increase its capacity and market share. "The customer is growing strongly and wants to achieve larger market share with more production capacity and a bigger production machinery. Valmet's strong references convinced the customer to choose our reliable and high-performing technology. One differentiating and decisive factor was Valmet's new type of a spray sizer," says Fan Ze, Vice President, Capital Sales, China, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a complete containerboard making line with broke collection, approach flow system, an OptiFlo Foudrinier headbox, an OptiFormer Hybrid forming section with shoe and blade technology, an OptiPress Center press section, an OptiRun dryer section, OptiAir Hood high humidity hood, an OptiSizer Spray sizer with related supply system and surface size preparation system, ventilation equipment for board machine, and an OptiReel Pope reel. The delivery includes also Valmet IQ quality measurement system (QMS).

The 7,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce recycled fluting grades with the basis weight range of 60-140 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,400 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120038
 16.05.2018

Valmet to supply a containerboard making line for Hamburger Rieger in Germany  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a containerboard making line for Hamburger Rieger GmbH at its Spremberg Mill in Germany. The new production line (PM 2) including Valmet's automation solutions will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades based on 100% recycled paper.

Photo: After signing the contract, from left: Werner Ofenböck, Jan Hagen (both from Hamburger), Harri Heikkilä (Valmet), Harald Ganster (Hamburger), Vesa Simola (Valmet), Cord Prinzhorn (Hamburger) and Marko Oinonen (Valmet)

With the new high performance boardmaking machine producing products of a wide basis weight range, Hamburger aims to further strengthen its position in the growing European containerboard business. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for mid-2020.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 70-90 million.

"The ability to show good references is always an important factor when a customer chooses a supplier. This was also crucial for Hamburger when they decided to make an agreement with Valmet. Valmet's technology delivers high productivity, resource efficiency, excellent quality and low operating costs. We have built up a good and close relationship with Hamburger over the years. This forms an optimal foundation for an excellent project and a strong reference for Valmet in Europe," says Vesa Simola, EMEA Area President of Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include a new high-capacity containerboard machine from headbox to reel followed by an OptiWin Pro winder. The winder was selected because it gives high capacity due to its proactive winding geometry and faster sequences. The winder is equipped with Dual Unwind giving even higher capacity because the parent rolls can be changed in only one minute. The machine will be delivered with a fabrics package. The automation solution includes Valmet IQ quality measurement system and Valmet DNA process control system. The delivery will also include process support for six months after the start-up. The goal of the support period is production and quality development.

The 8,600-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce uncoated white and brown testliner and white top testliner grades with a basis weight range of 90-180 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,500 m/min and the capacity 500,000 tonnes annually.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120036
 11.05.2018

Valmet and Fortum take development of bio-oil into transportation fuels to new level in collaboratio  (Company news)

...with Preem

Valmet and Fortum are developing a technology to produce advanced, high-value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio-liquids. The technology is seen as one of the most competitive and efficient ways of producing advanced lignocellulosic biofuels to meet European targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The project is a natural continuation of the consortium's earlier bio-oil project with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which resulted in commercializing integrated pyrolysis technology for production of sustainable bio-oil to replace heating oil in industrial use. There is an example in operation at Fortum's energy plant in Joensuu.

Now the consortium parties, Valmet and Fortum, have agreed on joint development with Preem, a Swedish refinery company, whose contribution and know-how is crucial now that the project has reached the stage of assessing the entire value chain.

Based on the good results of the previous project phase, the companies are moving to larger-scale testing. Preem's expertise in refinery technology strengthens the project and significantly broadens the knowledge base required to achieve the best results. Preem is aiming for renewables to reach 3 million tonnes a year in transportation fuels by 2030, which is well in line with the sustainability and renewable energy ambitions of the companies involved.

Valmet and Fortum's role is to develop and commercialize production technology for upgraded pyrolysis oil suitable e.g. as refinery co-feed, based on a thermal pyrolysis technology platform similar to Fortum's Joensuu bio-oil plant, supplied by Valmet. Preem will focus on processing the upgraded pyrolysis oil into transportation fuels under refinery conditions with feasible technology.

The combined research projects are co-financed by Business Finland in Finland and Energimyndigheten in Sweden.

Successful commercial developments are expected from the project by the end of the decade.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #120018
 09.05.2018

Valmet's new hard nip sizing technology started-up at Propapier in Germany  (Company news)

Valmet-delivered, a completely new type of a sizer, OptiSizer Hard, with related chemical systems were successfully started up at Propapier PM1 GmbH Burg mill in Germany a day ahead of schedule on April 19, 2018. The production line PM1 produces liner, fluting and kraft substitutes grades based on 100% waste paper. Thanks to a very good cooperation and a purposeful project work, all the produced containerboards have been saleable from the very start.

Photo: The result of joint effort: First roll after the start-up of OptiSizer Hard at the Propapier's Burg Mill

Good results from day one
A prototype product and a very tight shut-down schedule is a challenging combination. Despite the initial setup, most of the targets were achieved right after the start-up. The web passed through the nip smoothly and runnability was excellent. The new technology shows already a great potential to achieve the goals regarding strength properties and steam consumption.

"I was quite amazed to see the fast start-up of our new sizer. Earlier, high web tension levels were causing quite a bit of challenges to runnability. It looks like this obstacle no longer exists. We have achieved the targeted quality specification and now we can focus on the further benefits we are aiming at e.g. steam savings, higher strength levels or starch savings," says Phillipos Vrizas, Technology Manager at Propapier.

"The very first closing of the nip rolls is a moment telling a lot about any new sizer - especially a prototype sizer. It looked perfect. I couldn't see any web tension induced wrinkling in the web. The schedule was very tight with only a 11-day shutdown time. The fact that we were able to squeeze it into a 10-day break was quite amazing and a proof of an excellent cooperation and preplanning," says Jani Hakola, Development Manager at Valmet's Board and Paper Mills Business Unit.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery included a new sizer called OptiSizer Hard. Compared to conventional sizer, OptiSizer Hard has a pair of hard cover nip rolls. Starch is sprayed on the rolls which transfer the starch into the nip where it is further transferred into paper web.

Strength is among the most important benefits with OptiSizer Hard. Starch is dosed in the roll nip with higher nip pressure, which increases the density of fibers. This leads into better strength properties. To mention a few other benefits of OptiSizer Hard, the life cycle costs are lower due spray application and runnability is better due to better nip profile control.

The existing and outdated starch preparation system was replaced with Valmet's starch preparation system specially designed for OptiSizer Hard and its spray application method. The properties of produced starch have substantially lower range of variation, which helps to produce liner boards within the targeted quality specifications. The delivered supply system is fully automated and equipped with pressure screens.

To further improve the properties of liner and fluting grades Propapier is producing, a cooperation agreement of 20 weeks was made. The target of the agreement is to find the best practices with the new sizer e.g. by reducing energy consumption, and by further improving liner and fluting properties, such as the lighter basis weight of containerboards without compromising other important properties.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119889
 24.04.2018

Another two successful startups for Valmet and Lee & Man in China  (Company news)

Valmet recently made two successful Advantage DCT 200 tissue line startups at Lee & Man's tissue mill at Chongqing, China. The first machine in the startup queue was TM13, which started producing high quality paper right from the start on January 18. The second startup was on March 3, when just as good tissue paper hit the reel on TM15.

"Valmet has sold a total of nine tissue machines to Lee & Man since 2014. All startups have been characterized by good collaboration, efficient installations and steady startup curves. Efficient project execution and tissue lines that deliver good results right from the first roll have become the trademarks of Valmet's and Lee & Man's winning co-operation," says Valmet's project manager Tomas Eklund. A big part of a successful delivery is trustworthy technology. Valmet's well proven Advantage technology has been designed with the success of tissue makers in mind.

Efficient teamwork forms another great part of the success that has been achieved by Valmet and Lee & Man in Chongqing. "We work as one to reach our mutual aims. At this point, we know each other so well that the machines, more or less, start with a push of a button," says Eklund.

Valmet will start two more Advantage DCT 200 tissue production lines for Lee & Man during 2018. All at the same mill in Chongqing and with the same scope of delivery - complete tissue production lines featuring stock preparation systems and Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machines.

Technical information about the deliveries
All nine machines are equipped with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinders. The Advantage tissue technology includes ViscoNip press, steam heated AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and a SoftReel P reel. Basic engineering and site services are also included in the delivery. Valmet's automation package is also included, with Valmet DNA machine and process control system (DCS), as well as Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) and Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler.

The tissue machine has a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. Each machine has the capacity to produce 60,000 tons of toilet and facial tissue per year. Lee & Man uses virgin wood pulp and bleached bamboo fiber as raw material.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119811
 18.04.2018

Valmet Dryer Fabrics are optimized for durable and reliable performance  (Company news)

Durable and reliable dryer fabrics make the paper-making process predictable and minimize the need for unplanned fabric changes. Valmet has developed new products to ensure that dryer fabrics remain durable and reliable, even under challenging conditions. Valmet offers optimized, economical solutions that match customers’ exact needs.

“Our customers appreciate easy tail threading, good runnability, long life and low fabric cost – regardless of their machine or the paper grade. The high quality of our dryer fabrics comes from our expertise dating back over half a century, and the millions of square meters of fabrics produced,” says Juha Paavolainen, Valmet’s Product Technology Manager.

The largest product group in Valmet’s portfolio of dryer fabrics is the double-warp polyester (PET) fabrics - after the product name renewal called Valmet Dryer Fabric OR, OP and EOS.

Optimized materials for different operating conditions
Factors limiting the running time of dryer fabrics include hydrolysis, contamination, wear and damage.

“Our PPS-reinforced dryer fabrics are excellent for hydrolysis-prone positions. However, contamination and mechanical wear are sometimes even more crucial for the dryer fabric’s running time than hydrolysis, and for those challenges, we have developed a totally new material: MHR. It can withstand hydrolysis to a sufficient degree, but it measures notably higher in seam strength and loop elasticity than PPS. The double-warp structure of our dryer fabrics lets us optimize them for different operating conditions, and our professionals ensure that customers get the best product for their needs. Right now, we’re studying even more hydrolysis-resistant yarns to replace expensive PPS material, and it looks very promising,” says Paavolainen.

New products developed for recycled furnish
Using recycled furnish with a high sticky content and consequent use of latest high-pressure cleaners has changed the requirements for dryer fabrics. Going forward, Valmet is developing new materials and products aimed at matching these requirements.

“For example, our new Valmet Dryer Fabric DG has a relatively open sheet side surface to prevent dirt bridging in between the yarn knuckles, while the machine side is smooth for good sheet runnability. Its unique weave pattern has been designed to improve the high-pressure cleaning effect by arranging weft yarns so that the water jet against the fabrics’ running direction is directed through the fabric. Valmet Dryer Fabric DG shares the double-warp structure and durable warp loop seam of other Valmet dryer fabrics to guarantee long life and low fabric cost,” explains Paavolainen.

The new edge reinforcement solution gives durability under harsh conditions
For a maximum running time and a stable performance of its dryer fabrics, Valmet has developed a new edge reinforcement material: Valmet Edge Seal TR. It has excellent heat, chemical and wear resistance, and its flexibility ensures good performance when the length or tension of the fabric is changed during the run, as well as while the fabric is bending around the rolls.

“Valmet Edge Seal TR consists of specially developed polymers, utilizing extensive laboratory testing to find the optimal properties. The next step, applying the material at the edges, is carried out with our modern equipment, tailor-made tools, and professionals in Finland and in China. We are aiming for nothing less than uniform edge quality with complete adherence and the best performance,” says Paavolainen.

To complement the wide range of dryer fabrics, Valmet offers fabric care and maintenance products and services. With a comprehensive range of on-site services, laboratory analysis for used fabrics, fabric guides, stretchers and HP cleaners, Valmet extends fabric lifetimes and makes its dryer fabrics a high-quality but also an economical choice.
(Published in Forward 1/2018)
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119776
 13.04.2018

Valmet receives orders for three Valmet IQ quality control systems from E.I.L  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver three Valmet IQ quality control systems with Valmet IQ Fiber optical sensors to the Italian system integrator E.I.L to be installed on three new tissue machines in EMEA area during 2018. The orders are included in Valmet's first quarter 2018 orders received.

"These three new orders are a step forward in our partnership with Valmet. We established this partnership in 2012 with the aim of integrating Valmet's quality control systems in our tissue machine projects. Valmet's IQ quality control system has proven to be highly appreciated in many end-user's installations for the accuracy and reliability of its quality measurements and controls," says Andrea Poleschi, Sales Manager, E.I.L.

"These three new orders from E.I.L are another key achievement in the long series of tissue quality control systems, which we have been successfully delivering in the EMEA area since 2012. Valmet is committed to developing and delivering innovative quality measurements, controls and reporting tools for the industrial digitalization of the tissue making industry. Our Valmet IQ quality control system has clearly a competitive advantage to improve the tissue makers' performances," says Luigi Caggiano, Country Manager, Italy, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
The three quality control systems to be delivered are based on the new tissue Valmet IQ 15 scanner, equipped with the optical sensor Valmet IQ Fiber and the advanced quality reporting tool Valmet IQ Reports.

The Valmet IQ Fiber sensor is a non-nuclear fiber weight measurement that has been developed especially for tissue to provide accurate moisture and fiber measurement with high frequency across the sheet. It is one of the latest Valmet innovations to bring the latest advances in quality control to the tissue machine.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119751
 11.04.2018

Valmet MAP shows the route to better refiner management  (Company news)

The Pankaboard mill, located in Lieksa, Eastern Finland, is a world leader in the production of high thickness folding boxboards and uncoated cartonboards for packaging, various graphical and industrial applications and food service products. Continuous product development and new innovations employed by the mill have ensured that the products from their two distinctly different board machines, BM2 and BM3, always fulfill specific customer needs. As part of this philosophy, Pankaboard recently installed a Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) to help provide better refiner control of the multiple furnishes to the board machines.

Photo: Valmet MAP on the machine floor in Pankaboard

Good drainability reduces breaks
The main target of refining is to improve the bonding ability of fibers so that they form strong and smooth paper sheet with good printing properties. At the same time, the degree of refining affects drainability and drying of the sheet with the multiple furnishes and forming zones in the board machine adding further complexity. Freeness, the primary indicator of drainage potential, is now measured online by Valmet MAP to help machine operators set refining intensity for desired results. This avoids excessive refining of top and bottom ply furnishes which, as well as wasting energy, results in a more compact fiber network which can reduce dewatering of the middle layer and cause blistering and delamination in the dryer. “The refiners need to be operated continuously in the sweet spot for best furnish quality and good drainability,” says Tomi Hankaniemi, Pankaboard Production Manager. “Our primary objective was to reduce blowing breaks caused by poor drainability.”

Online freeness measurement
The Valmet MAP analyzer was installed in April 2017, with a total of 12 automatic samplers to measuring freeness on both machines after pre-refining and machine refining for top and back plies as well as after middle ply, enhancement pulp, broke pulp and groundwood pulp refining. The analyzer cycles through the samples automatically providing sequential measurement updates for all 12 points in about one hour. “We ran laboratory correlations during the first two months until midsummer with roughly 15 different pulp grades and mixes,” says Hankaniemi, “The results have been so good that no further checks have since been necessary.” The hourly freeness values for the 12 measured points are displayed in trend format on dedicated displays in both machine control rooms. “Operators now know exactly what is happening and can see the results of control actions almost instantly. Earlier it could be difficult to know whether a change had been made or what effect it had,” says Hankaniemi. Operators now actively use the trend information to adjust refining energies, especially made easier with freeness limits for BM2 redlined on the display. “It’s still quite new but we’ve determined freeness limits for the top and back plies on BM2 and operators can see exactly where they are. Breaks due to excessive moisture have now been reduced, they still occasionally occur but we can now better determine the cause.”

Standardized measurement method
Valmet MAP automates the TAPPI T227 standardized measurement method to provide reliable and accurate freeness results with the high availability of an online analyzer. Not only providing a high degree of repeatability, the standardized measurement provides freeness results that are comparable between different mills. The modular design also allows other fiber property measurements to be added to the standard platform and utilize the same automatically sampled points in the process. Timo Pursiainen, Maintenance Engineer with the mill’s technical maintenance partner, Caverion, reports no significant problems during the first nine months of operation. “It was a pretty straightforward installation and simple maintenance only involves monthly cleaning, taking an hour or so,” he says.

“ROI measured in months”
“It’s been a positive surprise, how much more information the device brings and how effective and repeatable it is,” says Hankaniemi. “Runnability on both board machines has been improved with reduced blow induced breaks and that has improved sheet quality.” When asked about the return on investment, his cautious reply is, “Measured in months, it was certainly a good purchase!”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119746
 09.04.2018

Valmet to supply automation technology to PT. Buana Megah in Indonesia  (Company news)

Valmet will supply automation technology to PT. Buana Megah's PM3 board machine in Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia. Valmet's delivery includes Valmet DNA automation system (photo), Valmet IQ quality control system and consistency transmitters. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2018 orders received. The delivery is scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2018.

The board machine will have an annual capacity of 62,780 tons of board. It will produce board and liner. The production is expected to start up in the end of 2018. With Valmet's automation solution for process and quality control and consistency transmitter technology, the mill will be able to optimize machine performance and achieve the set high-quality goals.

"Valmet is capable of offering a complete automation package, including all process controls with Valmet DNA, quality control with Valmet IQ and consistency transmitters. Our long tradition of innovative automation solutions and professional project management are in our favor," says Pete Teh, Country Manager, Indonesia, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery comprises of Valmet DNA automation system with total of 2,150 I/Os and a Valmet IQ quality control system including a scanner with basis weight and moisture measurements as well as a standalone moisture measurement. Four Valmet Microwave Consistency Transmitters (Valmet MCA) and 14 Valmet Blade Consistency Transmitters (Valmet SP) ensure better measurements and controls. This comprehensive automation package will enable the mill to optimize its processes and achieve premium end-product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119704
 05.04.2018

Valmet to supply a multifuel boiler to Kipas Holding's new paper mill in Turkey  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a multifuel power boiler and auxiliary process equipment to Kipas Holding's greenfield paper mill in Söke, Aydin, Turkey. The boiler plant will provide steam for a paper machine currently under construction and additionally produce electricity. Its steam production capacity will be sufficient for a possible second paper machine. The start-up of the boiler plant is scheduled for March 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter orders received in 2018. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The agreement was signed with Kipas Holding's subsidiary Maren Maras A.S. who is responsible for building and running the boiler plant. In 2013, Valmet supplied a containerboard machine to Kipas Holding's board mill in southeastern Turkey.

"We chose Valmet to supply the boiler based on our earlier good cooperation and experience with Valmet's state-of-the-art technology. The previous projects that we have carried out together have been successful," says Alaaddin Yalçinözü, General Manager of Kipas Kagit.

"Valmet's flexible boiler technology is ideal for the combustion of all the fuels which the greenfield power plant will utilize. Our flue gas cleaning will efficiently reduce emissions," says Kai Janhunen, Vice President, Energy Business Unit, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a CYMIC circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler for co-firing paper and water treatment sludge, plastic rejects, and coal. The boiler plant will have a steam production capacity of 260 tons per hour (114 bar, 542°C). The delivery also includes flue gas cleaning equipment and a Valmet DNA automation system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119664
 29.03.2018

First ever Valmet-delivered flash dryer started up at Stora Enso's Hylte Mill in Sweden  (Company news)

The first ever flash dryer for purely fiber delivered under the Valmet brand has been started up with fiber at Stora Enso's biocomposite plant at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The project was completed according to schedule and all guarantees fulfilled.

Photo: Valmet FiberFlash in Hylte Mill

Stora Enso decided to invest in full-scale production after seeing strong customer demand for higher volumes of pulp pellets production, to be used as a renewable replacement for plastics. Valmet's scope included a complete flash dryer with drying stage, scrubber system, supporting and platform, construction, insulation, spare parts, basic engineering, mechanical and electrical erection, erection advising, checkout and start-up supervision and training. The dryer will dry from 43% to 93% dryness.

"The design of the dryer system has been adapted to fit the new equipment into the existing plant and with other machinery in the production line. Adaptations are challenging but we are used to being flexible in rebuild projects even if the delivery times are short sometimes. We have utilized the knowhow we have from flash drying in the panelboard industry," says Marika Levander, Senior Project Manager at Valmet.

Lower investment costs with flash drying
Flash drying can be described as almost instantaneous evaporation. Small particles and single fibers with a large exposed surface area meet the hot air stream in the drying stages. Fibers carried by the hot air through the system stay in the drying zone for less than 30 seconds and are never heated higher than the wet bulb temperature. Exhaust gases from the cyclones are cleaned in a gas washing scrubber tower, which minimizes particle emissions into the atmosphere. The system represents a considerably lower investment cost than a conventional sheet dryer.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119650
 28.03.2018

Valmet to supply a warp control system to Stora Enso Packaging's corrugated board plant in ...  (Company news)

... Ostroleka, Poland

Valmet will supply a warp control system to Stora Enso Packaging's corrugated board plant in Ostroleka, Poland. The system will reduce warp of the final product and improve the corrugated board plant's overall performance.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received. The delivery will take place in late spring this year. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Typically, the order value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"We have good cooperation with Stora Enso Packaging. Due to the positive experiences and results gained from earlier deliveries, Stora Enso decided to choose Valmet as the supplier of the automatic warp control system for its corrugator," summarizes Juha Mykkänen, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about the delivery
The warp control system, based on moisture measurement, is used to correct warping of all corrugated board types and to improve corrugated board box plant performance. The system consists of Valmet IQ Converting Scanners with moisture measurements, Valmet IQ Moisturizer and Valmet IQ Warp Measurement, which are integrated together with automatic MPC closed-loop controls. The moisture level of the final product plays an essential role in eliminating corrugated post-warping.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119622
 27.03.2018

Valmet supplies baling line to Metsä Board's Kaskinen pulp mill in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a baling line to Metsä Board's pulp mill in Kaskinen, Finland. This is the second baling line Valmet installs at the mill and will be installed in parallel with the existing baling line. The new line will handle the increased capacity at the mill and is scheduled to start up in the end of 2018. The order was part of Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received.

Photo: Metsä Board's Kaskinen mill. Photo: Metsä Board

The delivery consists of baling line main machinery including an automation solution to control the line. The existing line and the new line will share existing unitizer, which will gain increased speed. New wire cages will also be added along the existing line.

"We are waiting for Valmet's newest technology to give us easier living and to help us to reach our goals," says Timo Rissanen, Mill manager at Metsä Board Kaskinen.

"We are looking forward to this project as we have had good cooperation with Metsä in earlier projects. We are very pleased that they chose to work with us also this time," says Ulf Thorén, Head of Baling Sales at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119607
 26.03.2018

Valmet launches new chrome free Yankee cylinder metallizing coating  (Company news)

Valmet has developed a chrome-free Yankee cylinder coating, Valmet Infinikote-2 Yankee Metallizing, to improve work safety in the coating process and sustainability of the coating as well as to comply with potential future legislation both in the EU and the US. The new coating developed by Valmet is the environmentally safest Yankee metallizing coating available.

High performance thermal spray coating increases Yankee cylinder efficiency and lifetime. The thermal spraying process of the new coating is the same as in Valmet's previous Yankee cylinder metallizing coating but now the material being applied is completely chrome free. The new material does not contain any chrome and does not generate any hexavalent chrome during its application.

Valmet has over 20 years of experience in Yankee cylinder thermal spray coating. A recognized risk of metallizing has been that during the process potentially harmful hexavalent chromium is created. Chromium is a fundamental component of almost every ferrous based hard-facing alloy.

Yankee metallizing is often carried out on-site at the customer's premises. "With the new chrome free Yankee cylinder coating we enhance work safety and are ready to comply with stricter environmental legislation," says Marko Heino, Director, Field Services, Valmet.

Valmet's new generation of Yankee cylinder metallizing alloy contains no chromium-bearing constituents. "Test results with the new material are convincing, demonstrating significantly improved application characteristics and meeting or exceeding all our key objectives," says Andrew Cross, Senior Operations Manager, Global Yankee Services, Valmet.

In addition to being chromium free, the new Valmet Infinikote-2 Yankee Metallizing coating also boasts the following improvements: reduced dust production and fumes during its application and increased heat conductivity. It also provides a tougher and more wear resistant surface which prolongs the expected life time of the cylinder.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119606
 23.03.2018

Valmet to supply a linerboard production line for WestRock Florence, South Carolina Mill in USA  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a linerboard production line with a wide automation package for WestRock Company at its mill in Florence, South Carolina, United States. The delivery will include a state-of-the-art kraft linerboard machine to replace three older, narrow-width paper machines.

The company anticipates the new machine will produce 644,000 metric tons (710,000 short t) of kraft linerboard annually. The investment will significantly increase the mill's efficiency, end-product quality and service levels. When coupled with the recently completed modern woodyard, the Florence mill will become one of the lowest cost kraft linerboard mills in North America. Start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the first half of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119594
 21.03.2018

Valmet Advantage ViscoNip and ReDry rebuild delivering top results at Alas Doradas, El Salvador  (Company news)

Valmet has successfully delivered and started up a rebuild of Alas Doradas' PM4 tissue machine, close to San Salvador, El Salvador. The rebuild delivered top results right from the start. Targets were reached and surpassed already in the first week after the startup which was on January 23, 2018.

Photo: A happy startup team with members from Valmet and Alas Doradas in front of the first jumbo roll on January 23.

The main target of the project was to increase the production capacity and save energy. Now, with all facts on hand, the joint efforts to reach top results have really been fulfilled.

"We are very satisfied with the results of the rebuild project. The combination of Advantage ViscoNip and ReDry have exceeded our highest expectations. The results show capacity increase by 20% and drying energy savings of 20-25%," says Carlos Jerez, Engineering Director at Alas Doradas. "In addition, we have also seen significant quality improvements with bulk increase," Carlos continues.

The key to success comes from the synergy effect gained when combining two of Valmet's foremost innovations. In this case, the energy saving Advantage ViscoNip press, which has a unique ability to adapt to the Yankee dryer shell, is boosted by the Advantage ReDry web heater. The Advantage ReDry further enhances dryness by utilizing exhaust air and humidity from the hood, to heat the web and thereby increase post pressure consistency.

"We are proud that Alas Doradas has selected our well proven Advantage technologies which have been truly spot-on for this upgrade," says Kent Nika and Sergio Vargas, Sales managers at Valmet.

"We are also honored to have been given the confidence to provide guidance and support throughout this important expansion and performance improvement that Alas Doradas is going through."

Close cooperation and mutual responsiveness have also been factors in the success of the project.

"The cooperation between Valmet's and Alas Doradas' teams has been very successful," says Valmet's project manager Pyry Hämäläinen. "Our confidence in one another, which was strong to begin with, has been reinforced on this joint quest to move from good to great. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a long-term partnership."

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the machine rebuild includes a replacement of the current suction press roll with an Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage ReDry web heater for increased production capacity and decreased energy consumption. The rebuild also includes mist removal system, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning. It also features integration of the new equipment with the current automation systems.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119550
 20.03.2018

Valmet and Ittihad Paper Mill agree on long term service co-operation at ...  (Company news)

... Ittihad Paper Mill, Abu Dhabi

Picture: From left to right: Luca Marelli, Valmet; Ayman Makarem, Ittihad; Jukka Koiranen, Valmet; Omar Hourani, Ittihad; Rabih El Assadi, Ittihad; Amer Kakish, Itithad; Abdullah Alkhateeb, Ittihad; Mika Tolvanen, Valmet; Timo Harjunpää, Valmet

Valmet and Ittihad Paper Mill LLC have signed an agreement on a long-term service co-operation at the new Ittihad Paper Mill in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Ittihad Paper Mill is in the process of constructing a 320,000 tpa (tons per annum) new fine paper machine, supplied by Valmet, which will be starting up in late 2018.

According to the agreement, Valmet will provide the Mill with production support and productivity optimization, maintenance management with all maintenance systems and procedures, delivery and optimization of spare parts as well as paper machine parts and consumables.

The objective of the agreement with Valmet is to ensure top productivity and competitiveness through world-class maintenance and service operations at the Ittihad Paper Mill.

"Valmet as the main supplier and technology partner of choice, combined with their expertise in maintenance management provides the best platform for the successful start-up and operation for this state-of-the-art project, the largest of its kind in the region," states Mr. Abdullah Al Khateeb, Ittihad Paper Mill General Manager.

To ensure the highest possible equipment efficiency with cost optimization, Valmet's mill maintenance service will take full advantage of the following models: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Valmet's streamlined Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and condition-based maintenance.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119578
 19.03.2018

Valmet receives orders for fifth and sixth successive containerboard machines from Nine Dragons ...  (Company news)

... in China

Valmet will supply two more containerboard production lines with related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd., China. The orders for the four previous machines were published in 2017 (PM 39 and PM 40, PM 41 and PM 42). The latest two production lines will be located in Dongguan (PM 43) and Quanzhou (PM 45) and are similar to the previous four containerboard production lines.

The two new containerboard production lines will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials as the four production lines ordered last year. The start-ups of PM 43 and PM 45 are scheduled to take place within a few months' timeframe in 2019. The start-ups of the four previous production lines are scheduled to take place a few months apart from each other starting from mid-2018.

The order of PM 45 is included in Valmet's first quarter 2018 orders received and the order of PM 43 was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the orders will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type and scale is typically around EUR 90-110 million.

"Nine Dragons is committed to produce high quality containerboard products. We can deliver this promise with Valmet's technically advanced board machines. Advanced technology and the modern and distinctive industrial design were certainly important factors in these decisions. I'm pleased that Nine Dragons has had such a good cooperation with Valmet in the negotiations of these six machines and all the previous projects," says Mr. MC Liu, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nine Dragons.

"Nine Dragons' decision to purchase six-in-a-row energy and resource efficient containerboard machines is quite exceptional. The company values our innovative, modernly designed and sustainable board making technology. We are pleased to continue the good cooperation with Nine Dragons," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's deliveries for PM 43 and PM 45 container board making lines are similar to the four previous ones. The deliveries will include steam and condensate systems, broke collection pulpers for stock preparation, a board machine from headbox to winder including a full scope automation package and process ventilation equipment.

The containerboard machines will include OptiSizer Combi sizers combining both film and pond application for both sides. Film application is an optimal solution for lower basis weight grades. Pond application is for substantially higher basis weight grades needing higher penetration. This combination gives flexibility and opportunities to optimize the properties of different grades.

As in the previous orders, the full scope automation packages include Valmet DNA process and machine controls and condition monitoring. Board final quality is managed with Valmet IQ quality control system, comprehensive range of profilers as well as web inspection and monitoring system. The deliveries comprise also modern analyzers from pulping and wet end to laboratory testing.

PM 43 and PM 45 will produce testliner grades with a basis weight range of 75-140 g/m2.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119489
 13.03.2018

System migration with the first redundant PROFINET  (Company news)

CP Kelco recently installed Valmet DNA to replace an end-of-life automation system on CMC production line 4 in its Äänekoski facility in Finland. New technology was a key part of the delivery including Valmet’s first redundant PROFINET extension to DNA for motor controls.

Picture: One of the 50 motors controlled with PROFINET in the Valmet DNA automation system

CP Kelco’s plant in Äänekoski produces carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), a water-soluble polymer derived from cellulose having significant applications in almost all industries from medicines to food products and from papermaking to oil drilling. The Äänekoski plant has three production lines, two of which already had process automation systems from Valmet installed on line 3 in 1992 and line 6 in 1999. With the Honeywell control system installed on production line 4 in 1986 at end-of-life, the decision was made to replace it with a Valmet DNA distributed control system (DCS) in 2016. “Experience from Valmet’s earlier deliveries and the desire to standardize control room operator stations made Valmet the best choice,” says Pekka Rönkä, CP Kelco Project Manager. In addition to the two existing automation systems in Äanekoski, in 2008 Valmet had also supplied the control system for CP Kelco’s greenfield CMC plant in Taixing, China.

PROFINET
Although not included in the original contract, made in July 2016, an addition was made to include PROFINET motor controls in Valmet’s scope of delivery. “We already had good PROFINET experience with PLCs in the plant and will soon be facing the replacement of I/O hardware dating back to 1992. As the motor control cabinets on line 4 needed upgrading we decided it would be a good opportunity to test PROFINET solutions on a larger scale, and give us another alternative for future upgrades,” says Rönkä.

System and media redundancy
While Valmet had already delivered several PROFINET solutions to paper, chemical and food industry applications, this was to be Valmet’s first redundant PROFINET implementation. Redundant PROFINET makes the process automation systems more robust with availability and flexibility maximized during network design according to requirements. Valmet took total responsibility for the network design, critical to ensure trouble free and correct operation of all network components. Duplicate process stations on the ring network provide system and media redundancy while PROFINET’s CiR (Configuration in Run) allows the removal, replacement or re-parameterization of a device while the system is running.

When asked if he had any reservations about Valmet’s ability to deliver the solution, Rönkä replies, “I have trust in Valmet. We conducted the system FAT (factory acceptance test) together with the motor controls and PROFINET during December in Valmet’s service facility in close by Jyväskylä and it went very well.” With the FAT concluded, installation of the system commenced at the beginning of 2017 together with some process equipment changes on line 4. Twenty motor controls were included during this installation and at a second shut, during summer 2017, an additional thirty motors were added to make a total to 50 motors connected to the system with PROFINET switches on two redundant rings.

PROFINET benefits
“We now have the ability to reset tripped motors from the control room, read information from the controller, like the number of starts and have real time diagnostics information. A big benefit of the redundancy is the possibility to replace a motor control module on the run without stopping the process,” declares Rönkä, “Earlier that might have caused a problem.” The PROFINET ring is active all the time with a spare PROFINET switch connected to the ring that can be taken into use without reconnection of the PROFINET cable. So far, Rönkä reports no problems with the new Valmet system, “We are very satisfied, we got what was promised” he says.

A good project
The start of the CMC process is a batch process where recipes and sequences are a key part of the control. Cellulose is first shredded and ground before being fed to a reactor vessel where it is first treated with sodium hydroxide. Alkali cellulose is formed in the reaction between cellulose and sodium hydroxide which is a crucial step in the process to ensure that the cellulose is homogeneously converted to alkali cellulose. After completion of the different reaction steps the product contains about 25-35% of by-product salts (sodium chloride and sodium glycolate). It is then dried, ground and bagged as technical grade CMC. Other grades produced in Äänekoski are further neutralized and washed to remove by-products to result in higher purity CMC products. With more than a thousand I/Os in addition to the PROFINET extension, Valmet DNA on line 4 has performed to expectations. In conclusion, Rönkä states that he is very satisfied with the delivery, “The PROFINET addition to the system replacement was very worthwhile, cabling was simplified and as the motor controls were totally new made the job easier. Overall it was a very good project.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119460
 06.03.2018

Valmet's new innovative online solution improves lime mud moisture measurement  (Company news)

Valmet has developed an innovative online solution for measuring lime mud moisture - Valmet Lime Mud Moisture Measurement. It can be used to monitor lime mud filter performance on the conveyor belt to improve lime mud quality. The new solution is also applicable as a feedforward measurement for lime kiln power control. Through more accurate power control, it is possible to optimize energy consumption and gain significant energy savings.

"The problem with laboratory measurements is that samples are taken so seldom that measurement data cannot be used for power control. It is possible only with an online measurement," says Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Recovery Analyzers and Advanced Process Controls, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet Lime Mud Moisture Measurement is a non-contacting measurement that provides the moisture content of lime mud. It features an infrared sensor with a special optical design, resulting in excellent measurement accuracy. The solution is based on Valmet's long experience in moisture measurement technology.

Excellent results reported by pulp mills
This new lime mud moisture measurement has already proven its capabilities in pulp mills. According to customers, its correlation with laboratory measurements has either been on a very high level or the lime mud moisture measurement is even more accurate. Lime mud filter operations can be seen immediately in the moisture measurement level. Moisture sensor cleaning is not needed, not even in a dusty environment. The measurement can be used in lime filter maintenance planning, too.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119396
 01.03.2018

Tissue as soft as silk  (Company news)

When Forestal y Papelera Concepcion in Chile entered the tissue business their ambition was to offer their customers something new and different. They selected Valmet’s Advantage NTT technology because of its flexibility and ability to deliver premium tissue paper with low energy consumption. In addition, it gave them, and their customers, a competitive advantage to develop tissue products soft as silk in a sustainable way.

Forestal y Papelera Concepcion in Chile had been in the paper business for more than 20 years when they decided to expand into the tissue business. It turned out to be something totally different for them. They entered an exciting world where technology, and how you foster it, plays a significant role in the characteristics of the tissue paper. Their dream was to produce tissue soft as silk, achieving a tissue softness threshold of 100 TSA, the holy grail in the tissue business and normally only accessible with TAD technology.

The company’s strategy was initially to only focus on producing jumbo rolls for export. But they soon decided to build a converting facility and develop their own brand. The idea was never to compete with their customers but to assist them better. The converting line allowed them to fully understand how to treat the paper and utilize its properties in the very best way – knowledge that they are now passing on to their customers.

It’s not just paper – It’s NTT paper
“You can’t treat textured NTT paper like plain paper or tough paper – it’s NTT paper. You must take care of the characteristics created in the tissue machine. We found that micro-embossing destroys the paper. Now we know how to make the paper flourish in converting and take full advantage of the bulk and softness” says Izquierdo.

The Advantage NTT machine is designed to swing between producing plan and textured tissue. The secret is the belt. FPC use plain belt for production of plain toilet and kitchen towel, Fine for super-soft toilet paper and medium or coarse belt for textured, bulky kitchen towel and super strong towel for the away-from-home market.

The dream came through faster than expected
The FPC team has worked hard to tweak the machine and fine-tune all parameters to produce the softest paper with the best hand feel. And the work has paid off.

“My dream was to be able to produce tissue paper with a softness of 100 TSA at some point. But I had never imagined we could do it after only six months. That’s really incredible” says Izquierdo happily.

“We are delighted with the capability of the NTT machine, and it makes me excited to know that we are just scratching the surface of what this technology can do. We will continue to work with the Valmet team and other suppliers to find out how to optimize the technology in order to benefit from the great pulp we have in Chile, how we refine it, what blends we use and how we set the parameters to maintain a stable production of top notch product for our customers” explains Izquierdo.

Raising standards
Today the demand for products from Forestal y Papelera Concepcion is increasing and its production is split: 20 percent converted products for the Chilean market, and 80 percent jumbo rolls for export to Europe, the USA and South America. The Swan and Mi Hogar brands are appreciated by Chilean women – the target group in the consumer market. It’s the women who goes to the supermarket and make the final decision, and they seem to like it.

“NTT has really raised the standard in the Chilean market. Consumers are demanding higher quality so from now on premium paper in Chile has to be textured” confirms Izquierdo.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119375
 26.02.2018

Valmet to supply a repeat order of three winders for Shanying International in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply three winders for