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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 Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., in the city of Jingzhou in Hubei province, China. The order is following the delivery of the Valmet OptiConcept M board machine (photo) (PM 21) announced in December 2017 and earlier winder deliveries to company's Ma'anshan site. The capacity of the three winders will cover the production of two board machines. The start-ups of the winders are scheduled for the end of the year 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically EUR 10-20 million.

"We have a long and good relationship with Shanying. Valmet is supplying or has delivered already six paper or board machines for this customer - the latest ones being the orders of the testliner machine PM 21 and two earlier started-up container board lines in Ma'anshan. Valmet has also just recently announced a waste-fired boiler delivery for Shanying International Holdings. These earlier projects and strong track record with winders convinced the customer to choose Valmet," says Mikko Osara, Vice President of Board and Paper Mills Business Unit at Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes three high-capacity OptiWin Drum two-drum compact winders. They are repeat orders of three similar OptiWin Drum winders delivered at the Ma'anshan site in 2014. Valmet's winding concept brings flexibility for the mill's two production lines with high capacity potential as well as smart drive controls and optimization.

The winders are designed for basis weight range of 80-170 g/m2 and design speed of 3,000 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119360
 23.02.2018

Seventh Valmet supplied tissue line successfully started up at Hengan's mill in China, with more ...  (Company news)

... to come

Valmet and Hengan joined forces on January 15, 2018, to successfully start a Valmet Advantage DCT 200 tissue line at Hengan's mill in Weifang, China.

Photo: Valmet's and Hengan's teams in front of the newly started Advantage DCT 200 line and the first jumbo roll, in Weifang, China.

PM21 is the third of four Advantage DCT 200 lines recently ordered by Hengan. When the startup of PM22 takes place at the same mill in Weifang later this year, Hengan will have a total of eight Valmet supplied tissue production lines in operation. The other two Advantage DCT 200 machines were started in Wuhu, China, with excellent results in 2016. All three startups have been well coordinated and performed in record time, which creates a great outlook for the upcoming PM22 premiere.

The investments support Hengan's aim of strengthening their leading market position in China, while the well proven Advantage DCT Technology ensures a stable production of high-quality tissue, in this case mainly used for facial, toilet and towel grades.

Hengan is China's leading tissue producer, with a current tissue production exceeding one million tons per year. The high-performance Advantage DCT 200 trio counts for an annual capacity of least 180,000 tons of tissue products, soon to be 240,000 tons once all four production lines are started and optimized.

Technical information about the deliveries
Valmet's delivery comprises of four Advantage DCT 200 tissue production lines, featuring automation, stock preparation systems and the well-proven Advantage technology including OptiFlo headbox, Yankee, AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and SoftReel reel. The machines are 5.6 meters wide and operates at 2,000 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119283
 14.02.2018

Valmet to supply a wet end rebuild for Sappi Gratkorn Mill in Austria  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a wet end rebuild with installation for Sappi Gratkorn Mill in Austria. The goal of the rebuild is to improve paper machine (PM 9) efficiency, reliability and energy efficiency. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2019.

Photo: Signing the contract. From left Max Oberhumer (Sappi), Marko Oinonen (Valmet) and Harri A. Heikkilä (Valmet).

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 10-20 million.

"Sappi has been relying firmly on Valmet in the past years. In addition to this new rebuild for Sappi Gratkorn, six other major ongoing or already started-up projects for Sappi are Valmet-supplied, the latest ones for Sappi Lanaken (start-up in 2019), Sappi Maastricht (2018), Sappi Sommerset (USA) (2018), Sappi Kirkniemi (start-up 2017) and Sappi Gratkorn PM 11 (2014). Our good OptiPress pressing technology references combined with the outcome of higher solids and better quality were success factors in this case, too," says Senior Paper Technology Manager Riikka Antikainen from Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes number of modifications to the paper machine wet end. The press section will be rebuilt into an OptiPress Center with modern shoe press technology and the best runnability components available in the market. OptiPress Center provides higher solids and better runnability, thus, lowers energy consumption and improves efficiency. The off-machine coater will be equipped with Valmet Water Jet Turn-up Device for fast parent roll changes. All the equipment will be delivered with installation.

PM 9 produces coated fine paper grades in the design basis weight of 66 g/m². The mill has a total capacity of 980,000 tonnes/year.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119266
 13.02.2018

Valmet to supply a cooking plant rebuild and brown stock washing to Smurfit Kappa kraftliner mill ..  (Company news)

...in Piteå, Sweden

Valmet will supply Smurfit Kappa Piteå with a cooking plant rebuild into CompactCooking G2 and brown stock washing equipment for its mill in Piteå, Sweden. The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received.

Photo: CompactCooking™ continuous cooking system

Valmet's scope of supply includes a new ImpBin(TM) with CompactFeed(TM) G3, pump feeding system and a new pressure diffuser. The start-up of the cooking plant rebuild and brown stock washing equipment is planned for May 2019.

"The rebuilt cooking plant will utilize the wood raw material more efficiently and lower the use of additive chemicals in the process. In addition, the cooking rebuild will lower the energy consumption within the process area which is in line with our sustainability goals," says Bo Johansson, Technical Manager at Smurfit Kappa Piteå.

"We are happy to see that Valmet's sustainable solutions bring value to our customers and that our cooking and washing portfolio is very strong," says Patrik Lidbäck, Sales Manager at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119238
 09.02.2018

Valmet to replace its first-ever Damatic Classic automation system delivered at Pankaboard's ...  (Company news)

... board mill in Finland

Valmet will replace the first-ever Damatic Classic automation system delivered with a DNA automation system at Pankaboard's board mill in Lieksa, Eastern Finland. The system has been operating since 1979. Additionally, Valmet will also upgrade the mill's existing Valmet Damatic XD automation system to Valmet DNA. The new system will increase process availability and improve its performance.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received. The project will be executed in several stages and completed by mid-2019.

"At Pankaboard, we regard this project as an all-important business development project, and one that an advanced automation system supports well. The new system will enable us to develop our customer need-based and flexible operating model more cost efficiently," says Lauri Junnila, Managing Director, Pankaboard Oyj.

"New information management tools will provide the mill with a whole new dimension to process operations, giving operators access to the trend and event history straight from the operator interface. Together with functional descriptions linked to the controls, this will enable faster troubleshooting," says Juha Mykkänen, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
The new Valmet DNA automation system will replace the current control systems in the stock preparation, on board machines BM2 and BM3, and in the integrated biofuel plant. Pankaboard currently has three generations of Valmet-supplied automation systems: Damatic Classic, Damatic XD and Valmet DNA.

In addition to the automation replacement, Valmet will upgrade the biofuel plant control room. Startup, commissioning, training and spare parts are included in the delivery scope.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119183
 07.02.2018

Valmet to supply a waste-fired boiler to Shanying Huazhong Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet and Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd. have signed a contract regarding a delivery of a mill waste-fired boiler plant (photo) to Shanying Huazhong Paper's paper mill, in the city of Jingzhou in Hubei province, China. The new waste-to-energy boiler plant will supply electricity for the paper mill and enables the mill to utilize all of its mill waste in energy production.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Shanying International Holdings' investment in waste-to-energy solution enables high overall efficiency with very effective heat and power generation and supports circular economy. Installation is scheduled to begin in June 2018. Heat and power production will start early 2019.

"Valmet's boiler technology offers the highest steam parameters and overall plant efficiency. We expect to achieve high economic efficiency with reduced need for maintenance and production shut-downs," says Yi Shuai, Plant Director at power plant of Shanying Huazhong Paper. "The tailor-made boiler design meets our expectations of steam parameters which allows us to utilize standard turbine, and we believe it will help to optimize the entire plant," he continues.

"This boiler delivery will be the first paper mill waste-to-energy boiler which has the highest steam parameters. We have developed our waste-to-energy concept especially for this type of power plants. The solution will enable excellent efficiency through high steam parameters even when combusting demanding waste fuels. Utilizing waste in energy production will enable a significant reduction of CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuel powered plants," says Kai Janhunen, Vice President, Energy business unit, Valmet.

Valmet announced in December 2017, that it will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard making line for Shanying International Holdings.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes major parts of a CYMIC boiler island from fuel silo to boiler outlet. The boiler uses circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology.

The green field boiler plant will use mill waste (paper rejects, pulp rejects and pulp sludge) as its fuel totaling to 260,000 tons of waste annually. Light fuel oil is used only for start-ups. The chlorine and alkaline content in the waste derived fuel is relatively high, but using Valmet's circulating fluidized bed technology the emissions are controlled efficiently.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119169
 06.02.2018

Warping and runnability problems cured in Cartojanes Santorromán  (Company news)

Cartonajes Santorromán is a family run company in Spain with over 100 years experience, spanning four generations, in producing paperboard boxes and packaging. They work closely with the food and beverages as well as wine and spirits sectors where corrugated cartonboard plays an important role in the protection and handling of the products. Packaging for footwear, technical, automotive, construction and furniture industries also feature in Santorromán’s product portfolio as well as being certified for the manufacture of hazardous goods packaging.

Photo: A bale of corrugated board with perfect flatness

Santorromán has a philosophy of constantly investing in infrastructure and technology for the manufacture of corrugated cartonboard and any product that can be made with it. This has led to many innovative products and a well deserved reputation for quality. Innovative products bring new challenges and when faced with a warping problem, Santorromán turned to Valmet for a solution.

An explosive problem!
The corrugator is the backbone of corrugated cartonboard production at Santorromán and combines two stages. At the wet end, the paper is heated, moistened and formed into a fluted pattern after which it is glued with a starch based adhesive to a facing of smooth paper. Next, at the double-backer, a second flat linerboard is glued to the other side to form a single wall corrugated board. At the dry end, Slitter-Cutter-Creaser cuts and scores the cartonboard sheets to the patterns defined by the requirements of each order. The product is then stacked by the stackers and placed in provisional storage until further processing. Differences in moisture content of the top and bottom facings can cause warping or bending of the sheet which interferes with the following converting processes. “The warping problem manifested itself when making a double wall (five plies) board on the corrugator which involves the gluing of a second microchannel flute and facer to the C-channel fluted board,” says Jesús Pérez Osma, Technical Manager. This type of product, a Santorromán specialty, is used for instance to make boxes to transport explosives, an application for which the factory has special certification. Microchannel fluted products are also used extensively for fruit and vegetable packaging.

Warping in the final combined sheet is one of the most serious defects that can occur on the corrugator. Cross direction warp is caused by differences in moisture between the top and bottom liner with higher moisture causing more shrinkage of pulp fibers to warp or bend towards the side with higher moisture.

Santorromán installed 2 Valmet IQ Moisturizers for liner moisture control in March 2015. The Valmet IQ Moisturizer, used extensively in paper production to control curl, wrinkles and heavy edges, has found a ready market to correct warp in corrugated board. The IQ Moisturizer corrects the warp of combined board by spraying a fine mist to the liner in a controlled way providing a very high degree of control and very fast response to quality destroying conditions.

According to Ramón Martínez, Maintenance Manager, “We see differences between reels and have grades with different facings that can be difficult to handle. We would try and control warp in several ways, a little more preheating and sometimes more glue before the double backer, but both add costs and more heat can cause cracking at the die cutters. Now with the moisturizer we can control the warp and gain better runnability in converting. This is very important for the casemaker machines making flap boxes with fully automatic 3-tone printing, slotting, die-cutting, gluing, folding, tying and palletizing. The sheets need to be as flat as possible to ensure trouble free operation.”

Easy to operate
The operators now know how much moisture to add and need to just enter the number of grams per square meter according to grade. For Victor Ruiz, corrugator machine manager, the moisturizer is easy to use, “I see the first sheets from the machine and with experience I can quickly make adjustments if needed. For lighter boards we can also adjust the cross direction profile to correct the edges,” he says. The control system delivered with the moisturizer takes care of production rate changes automatically, so even during reel changes when the machine speed is changing the moisturizer adapts immediately. Moisture applied varies according to grade with the fine mist nozzles coping with as little as 0.3 gm/m2 for grades up to 3.5 gm/m2 for the double faced board. A new reel can have a different moisture content but the control makes it very easy for the operator to quickly change the moisture applied to the liner.

No reclamations
Jesús Pérez Osma has been impressed with the results, “The corrugators can now run at its maximum speed and the quality is better. Earlier we had few reclamations because if we were not satisfied we did not ship the product. But in the last year we had none and the best recommendation is in house from the converting machines where you can even hear that the printing machine is running better.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119123
 01.02.2018

Moisture control eliminates warp at Stora Enso Jönköping  (Company news)

Due to ever faster packaging lines and a need for increased efficiency, the corrugated board users put higher demands on corrugated board packaging. At the same time the manufacturers of corrugated board strive to increase their own production efficiency, both in the corrugator and in the subsequent printing and converting. A development project between Stora Enso Packaging in Jönköping Sweden and Valmet has proven that a key to higher efficiency is to eliminate warp problems by controlling the liner reels’ moisture profile in the corrugator.

Photo: Valmet IQ One-Sided Scanner measures the surface moisture across the corrugated board web.

Stora Enso Packaging’s corrugating plant in Jönköping celebrated its 100 years’ anniversary in 2015, hence the oldest corrugating plant in Sweden, and one of Stora Enso Packaging’s three Swedish plants.

Corrugated board for demanding customers
”The corrugated board we produce is often aimed at packaging requiring high quality printing which needs flat sheets and minimal impact on the outer liner to avoid washboard that effect on the print quality”, says Ola Lindberg, Process engineer at Stora Enso Packaging in Jönköping. “Our focus is on corrugated board packaging where high print quality is requested and our customers are therefore in practically all businesses. The corrugator is width of 250 cm equipped with flying splice in all unwind stands. The machine speed is 300 m/min. Our latest investment is a die-cut and flexo press for high quality printing”.

“The demands on a stable and consistent process and totally flat sheets of corrugated board coming out of the corrugator increases. Warp causes rejections or problems in the subsequent printing presses or converting machines. Traditionally we have tried to combat the problem by measuring the liner reels’ temperature profile and adjust the temperature of the preheater drum accordingly, not always giving a result which is good enough”.

A successful development cooperation
“In 2013 Valmet asked us if we were interested in participating in a common project. The aim was to develop a system measuring and controlling the liner reels’ moisture profile in the corrugator and in that way eliminate the warp problem. We were of course interested. The technology exists since many years for paper machines and Valmet saw the opportunity to adapt it to corrugators, which are wide machines as well”.

“We produce corrugated board packaging with all kinds of combinations of liner and fluting qualities, such as bleached and unbleached kraftliner, white top liner, testliner, coated liner and semi-chemical fluting. The general trend regarding order sizes is that they are getting smaller and we are facing more frequent quality changes and smaller order sizes. Frequent changes of liner and fluting qualities are potential disturbances resulting in rejected corrugated material until reaching a consistent quality level. We therefore saw a potential to attain the approved quality faster after each grade change by online measuring and controlling the moisture profile of liner reels”.

An immediate success
“The first step of the development project was the installation in 2014 of a manual equipment to control the moisture profile. By optically checking the existence of warp and by spraying moist in positions where the moisture level deviated from the target value, i.e. was drier than normal, warp problems were immediately eliminated. It was a great and quick success and a clear answer to how warp problems should be solved. The following year a Valmet IQ Scanner, measuring the surface moisture of the corrugated board, was installed and in doing so the possibility to achieve a moisture closed loop control was in place”.
Today the corrugator is equipped with two IQ Scanners, one measuring the surface moisture on the backside of the corrugated board web and the other measuring the surface moisture of the top side. Two IQ Moisturizer spraybooms are installed, one correcting moisture variations of the liner side of the single face board and the other doing the same for the bottom liner before the double backer. The measurement results from the scanners control the need and positions for moistening to prevent warp problems.

Internal warp claims almost disappeared
“The result of being able to even out deviations of the liner reels’ moisture profile was really great”, says Ola Lindberg. “In 2013 before we started the project we had too many internal claims due to uneven moisture profiles. By internal claims we mean problems where too much warp has either made the sheets out of tolerance. Last year we had only a few internal claims due to a warp problem – a definite proof of the success of our new way of working!”
“Today’s corrugators are wide and there can only be three or four liner or fluting reels cut from the paper machine width. It means that two reels out of each three or four are edge reels and one edge of these reels is often drier than the rest of the reel. By using moisture control we can now compensate drier parts resulting in flat sheets. Another effect of the Valmet system is that if machine rolls are not exactly in parallel with each other, it can be spotted from the scanning of moisture profiles and corrected sooner”.

Even moisture profiles give high efficiency
“Our cooperation with Valmet has been very useful as we now have a system capable of automatically detecting and correcting moisture profiles to achieve flat sheets of corrugated board. Paper is a living material and is as such influenced by moisture changes so that it shrinks when being dried and swells when picking up moisture. By optimising the level of moisture to achieve an optimal gluing result and levelling out the moisture profile of the liner reels used in the corrugator, the corrugated board sheets are flat irrespective of the liner or fluting qualities used”, Ola Lindberg finishes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119137
 01.02.2018

Valmet to supply online measurements, consistency transmitters and analyzers to ...  (Company news)

... BillerudKorsnäs's new board machine in Gruvön, Sweden

Valmet will supply 36 online measurements, consistency transmitters and analyzers to BillerudKorsnäs's new board machine in Gruvön, Sweden. With advanced and best-available measurement and analyzer technology, the mill will be able to achieve the very high board quality goals set for the machine.

Photo: Valmet MAP - Valmet Pulp Analyzer

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The delivery is scheduled for March 2018.

"Valmet was able to offer a complete package, including all the needed measurements, consistency transmitters and analyzers. Our long tradition of innovative measurement solutions and professional project management were in our favor," says Aki Korhonen, Director of Analyzers, Measurements and Performance Solutions, Valmet.

The board machine will have an annual capacity of 550,000 tons of board. It will produce liquid packaging board, carton board, food service board and liner. Production is expected to start up in the first quarter of 2019.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes one Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP), 24 Valmet Microwave Consistency Transmitters (Valmet MCA), seven Valmet Rotating Consistency Transmitters (Valmet Rotary), three Valmet Retention Measurements (Valmet RM3) and one Valmet Wet End Analyzer (Valmet WEM).
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119103
 26.01.2018

Valmet's new equipment investment in roll service center in Finland enhances safety and quality  (Company news)

Valmet is improving work safety and ensuring high-quality roll cover production also in the future by investing in the state-of-the-art equipment for polyurethane and composite covering in Jyväskylä, Finland. The investment was completed at the end of 2017.

Photo: Final inspection of a polyurethane roll cover in Jyväskylä.

"We put a lot of emphasis on the safety of our production equipment as well as the work environment to enhance accident-free workplace and well-being at work. In addition, the new equipment contributes to our ability to keep the quality level of our roll covers high also in the future and enables us to bring new roll covers to the market," says Pekka Kruus, Valmet's General Operations Manager for Rolls in Finland.

With the investment, the service center in Jyväskylä is also preparing for stricter environmental regulations. "We have already been working with this in mind, but the new equipment increases the sustainability of our operations, in terms of reduced waste and better energy efficiency and creates cost savings. Furthermore, the production process becomes more flexible, giving us the possibility to shorten lead times. All in all, this investment further strengthens Valmet's service capabilities close to customers in Finland and near-by countries," says Marko Lassila, Valmet's Director of Service Operations in Finland.

In addition to Finland, Valmet has three other European roll service centers, providing high quality roll maintenance and roll covers. These centers are located in Sweden, France and the UK.

24/7 support through Valmet Performance Center
Valmet has also established a Performance Center in Jyväskylä. It provides support around the clock in roll-related questions. The Center provides on-demand expert support, remote analytics, monitoring and optimization, as well as data discovery and analytics. Valmet Performance Centers are an integral part of Valmet Industrial Internet services, providing easy access to the expertise customers need.

Valmet is implementing its new services approach - Shared Journey Forward - by prioritizing safety, providing services close to customers, and earning customers' trust by working together at sites and remotely.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119037
 23.01.2018

Valmet to supply a repeat order of OptiConcept M board production line for Pratt Industries in ...  (Company news)

... North America

Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M board production line with automation for Pratt Paper (IN), LLC for Pratt's new greenfield paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA. The mill will use 100% recovered paper to produce lightweight and high-performance linerboard and corrugated medium. This will be the second OptiConcept M board production line for Pratt and is repeating the order of PM 16, which successfully started up in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA, in 2015. The start-up of the new board machine, PM 17, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 40-50 million.

"Start-up of the previous Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M (PM 16) in Valparaiso, Indiana, was exceptional. We have also been able to exceed some of the design features of the machine resulting in very good production figures. Both board machines in Valparaiso and Wapakoneta are showcases for the latest in 21st century paper-making technology," says Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries.

Valmet OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials."We want to help many companies to meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing their high-performance packaging requirements. That's important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging," says Pratt.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's scope of delivery will be similar to the Pratt PM 16 started-up in 2015 with a complete OptiConcept M board production line from headbox to winder with a wide scope of automation.

"OptiConcept M is a new and modular way to design, build and operate a paper machine. Its modular approach enables short delivery times, quick start-up and low project costs. This will be Valmet's second OptiConcept M installation in North America and 15th globally. We are all proud to continue the work and cooperation with Pratt on this project," says Mike Gray, Vice President, Capital Business, Valmet North America.

The new machine will have a wire width of 6.24 meters and a design speed of 1,100 m/min (3,900-4,000 ft/min) with a basis weight range of 127-195 g/m2. The capacity will be 360,000 metric tonnes per year (400,000 short t).
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118995
 22.01.2018

Something old, something new  (Company news)

The BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg mill, an integrated pulp and paper mill in northeast Sweden, manufactures world-leading sack and kraft paper and 170,000 tpy of bleached softwood market pulp. The mill has a long history with Valmet going back to 1980, when a Valmet Damatic distributed control system (DCS) started up at the mill. In October 2017, the key personnel of the mill was in Tampere to attend the factory acceptance test of their first Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) for the mill’s pulp drying line.

Image: In Valmet’s QCS testing area Mattias Arvidsson, Nils-Olov Ekholm and Bjarn-Olof Johansson together with the Valmet IQ scanner before its delivery to the Karlsborg mill.
Machine and automation expertise

As well as meeting the performance requirements of the mill, the decision to buy the Valmet IQ quality control system rested on Valmet’s unique combination of machine and automation know-how. According to Mattias Arvidsson, Project Manager at the mill, “We started looking at four automation suppliers in the initial stage, but the ability of Valmet to deliver not only the QCS but also to take care of the necessary machine alterations to accommodate the scanner had obvious advantages. This Valmet turn-key concept meant we would not have to take care of the engineering and supervision of the machine rebuild, Valmet certainly knew better than we did of what was needed.”
Relocation of the pull nip involved modifications to the machine frame and platforms as well as moving the pull nip and drive. This was done by Valmet together with a new broke pulp chute during the scheduled five day maintenance shut in August. “It saved us a lot of man hours and with Valmet’s proven machine expertise we have the guarantee that installation of the scanner later in October will be straightforward and problem free,” says Arvidsson.
Damatic Classic, still going strong after more than 30 years

Another member of the Karlsborg team in Tampere for the factory acceptance test was Nils-Olov Ekholm, Mill Process Engineer. He joined the mill when the first Damatic DCS in the mill was less than a year old. Now known as Damatic Classic, he remembers it was very advanced for time, “The fiberline Damatic was already up and running, interfacing the instrumentation, pump motors and valves to replace the earlier panel instrumentation. When I joined the company in February 1981 the bark boiler project was just starting up. Over the years Damatic proved to be very reliable,” states Ekholm.

Bjarn-Olof Johansson, Automation Technician, looks after the machine and knows its reliability. The Damatic Classic of mid 80’s vintage still controls the steam and condensate system of the coating machine on BM1. “It is more than 30 years old but still in operation,” he says.

Joining the company fresh out of college in 1988 his first impression of Damatic was positive. “The programming language was very similar to what I had learned in school, it was very impressive that this could control the complete process.” Johansson still fondly remembers his first training session in Tampere in 1990, and today his responsibilities cover Valmet’s automation in the mill from that early Damatic Classic up to the most recently installed Valmet DNA system.
Valmet IQ - the latest technology

The QCS delivery to the BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg mill represents Valmet’s latest technology of traversing scanner with basis weight and moisture sensors accompanied by a Valmet IQ One-sided Scanner measuring moisture and temperature across the machine after the press section. Machine direction controls for moisture and basis weight as well as coordinated speed control are included. The factory acceptance test enables the mill personnel to test the functionality of the complete system including measurements, controls and operator displays prior to installation. Following the first week of October’s factory acceptance test, delivery of the system was scheduled for October 18th with installation during a short shut of about 20 hours the following week.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119003
 18.01.2018

Valmet's new moisturizer for self-adhesive laminators corrects all kinds of curl and ...  (Company news)

... cross-direction moisture profiles

Valmet has introduced a new compact moisturizer, Valmet IQ Converting Moisturizer, for self-adhesive laminating lines. This application-matched solution corrects all kinds of curl and cross-direction moisture profiles and complements Valmet's quality management system offering for self-adhesive laminators.

"With IQ Converting Moisturizer, self-adhesive label manufacturers can control curl much faster and more accurately compared with conventional steam or spray systems. Its remoistening capacity is up to five times higher compared with conventional systems, making it an excellent choice for high-speed lines, too. The new moisturizer can be connected to CD/MD controls to stabilize product quality during speed and grade changes," says Mikko Talonen, Business Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet IQ Converting Moisturizer is a compact micro droplet moisturizing system based on the industry's most advanced family of moisturizing systems. Its air-atomized micro-droplet nozzles with a 50-mm spacing are controlled with high-accuracy linear water control valves.

A comprehensive quality management solution for converting machines
Valmet offers a comprehensive quality management solution for self-adhesive laminating lines. In addition to the water spray system that controls curl and moisture levels and CD/MD controls, the solution features a wide range of online quality measurements to get accurate and fast information from the process. Included are web inspection and monitoring systems to help detect quality defects and identify their root causes.

All IQ solution components are based on Valmet's extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp and paper industry - and backed by expert services.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #119002
 17.01.2018

Valmet introduces a recovery boiler leak detector with advanced analytics  (Company news)

Valmet has introduced a predictive tool for detecting recovery boiler leaks - Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector. This innovative diagnostics application with advanced analytics enables boiler owners to detect even the smallest tube leaks in an unprecedented way, resulting in significantly improved boiler safety and reduced damage risks.

Typically, distributed control systems (DCS) have only relatively primitive tools for recovery boiler leak detection. These include simple differentials between the feedwater and the steam, or alarms for low drum level and high furnace pressure that are activated only in the case of very large and sudden leaks. With these traditional tools, it is virtually impossible to notice a minor leak in the boiler furnace. A small undetected leak may grow, rupture a tube and lead to severe damages or even to a major smelt-water explosion.

"Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector now takes leak detection a major step forward by combining advanced mass and chemical balance calculations. This makes it an invaluable diagnostics tool for detecting leaks at their early stages," says Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Recovery Analyzers and Advanced Process Controls, Valmet.

Currently, the leak detection solution is used by several pulp mills, and the results gained with it have been very positive.

Technical information about Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector
Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector typically recognizes a 0.25-0.50% difference between the feedwater and the steam in the feedwater flow. Additionally, the application features an advanced chemical balance calculation, which enables higher accuracy and identification of critical leaks and separation from non-critical leaks. The balance is typically calculated using phosphate as a tracer.

Alarm levels can be set low enough so that a leak can be diagnosed before a tube is ruptured. As boiler load swings are taken into account, there are no unnecessary alarms due to changes in load.

Leak rate monitoring and alarms can be tested safely during normal operation by using a blowout line for leak simulation. Operator instructions and training for boiler leak detection and management are included in the delivery scope.

Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector is part of the Valmet Recovery Boiler Optimizer product portfolio and can be implemented on any DCS.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118861
 28.12.2017

Control system migration, one step at a time  (Company news)

When Iggesund’s Workington board mill in the U.K. decided to replace the coating kitchen control system, they turned to Valmet for a special solution. Rather than having a complete shutdown, replacing the end of life TDC3000 control system and starting up with the new, the mill intended a step by step approach that would not interrupt production.

Andrew Hughes, Lead Project Engineer for the mill explains, “We had already done the migration of the water treatment plant two years earlier to Valmet DNA which had been successful and this was the next step on our migration roadmap. We had an intensive look into different suppliers as this was a substantial investment with impact to future plans. We also decided that downtime in the coating kitchen was unacceptable as it would also stop the board machine. The phased approach we were looking for met a lot of skepticism but the more we looked at it the more feasible it looked.”

The 60 day system migration
The batch process nature of the coating kitchen made it possible, by running certain grades for instance, to free up certain pieces of equipment and ultimately Hughes and his team came up with a plan to complete the migration in twenty-four steps with minimal interruption to production. "The plan called for the complete migration to occupy a 60 day window, migrating in stages which also allowed us to monitor each one and test it before changing over. With the big bang approach, taking maybe a two week shut, mill resources would have been stretched and any problems would have only been seen at startup."

For the phased approach a new rack room with cabinets for DNA was needed as both the old system and the new DNA would be running at the same time during the 60 days. The point of commonality to the two systems are tens of marshalling panels throughout the coating plant where signals are gathered together and passed to the rack room via trunk cables. This meant new trunk cables to each marshalling panel could then be connected as needed for each phase of the migration. "Not as simple as it sounds," continues Hughes, "as not all the cores of a particular trunk cable could be connected during the same phase, it required a lot of planning."

Web based function descriptions
Hannes Martikainen, Consultant Automation Engineer, had a key role in planning. He spent several months reworking the functional descriptions of the whole coating plant. "The functional descriptions are web based and accessible from the DNA control system, so the operator can for instance pick a pump or valve and see what its function is, interlocks and other information with one right click, also likewise access the batch sequences shown graphically with flow charts," says Martikainen.

Remote factory acceptance testing
Not only satisfied with challenging Valmet over the phased migration, the mill also decided to perform a remote FAT (Factory Acceptance Test). Rather than sending production personnel to Finland to test the functionality of the system prior to delivery a room was set up at the mill with remote desktops and direct connection to Valmet’s factory in Tampere. Hannes Martikainen was on hand in Tampere to represent Iggesund and, with the help of Skype, it enabled mill personnel to take part in a very flexible way without the risk of shift shortages at the mill.

The remote six week FAT in June and July 2016 enabled all operators and technicians to take part and contributed greatly to them taking active ownership in the system. Each functional description could be checked and comments logged into the system for attention and finally marked as accepted. "At the end of the remote FAT we had only 8 faults out of 1,800 functions checked, a really great result," says Hughes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118840
 27.12.2017

Odorless pulp mill in successful operation  (Company news)

The sulphur in the cooking process can result in bad odor in the surroundings of a Kraft pulp mill. Together with the odor, sulphur compounds can also be an environmental problem since they are released to the atmosphere. Although emissions are becoming lower as mills are upgraded, odors have continued to be a problem for people living close to the mills, because of the very low odor threshold of sulphur compounds.

Valmet has delivered a unique, practically odorless mill to CMPC Riograndese Ltda in Guaíba, Brazil. The design guidelines were to not vent odorous gases and to aim for zero smells. The gas handling system collects and controls odors from more than 100 sources and all process areas are included. Incineration of non-condensable gases is ensured through multiple, simultaneously available incineration locations.

According to CMPC it can be said that the system availability is practically 100% and there is always a system ready to handle NCG and prevent gases from being emitted to the atmosphere. This meant production losses of about 1300 Adt per year are avoided because the mill does not have to shut as it used to when the NCG incinerator could not handle the load. Also the emissions of diluted non-condensabel gases (DNCGs) and concentrated non-condensable gases (CNCGs) have been prevented 24 times in 12 months.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118870
 22.12.2017

Sofidel virtualizes DCS and QCS in tissue production  (Company news)

Faced with an automation upgrade at its Delipapier plant in Frouard, France, Sofidel took the advanced step of virtualizing the control and quality systems on tissue machine 1.

“We started on virtualization for tissue production with Valmet because of our long experience with the company and confidence in Valmet’s control and quality systems expertise to meet the many challenges of duplicating all the functions in a virtual machine,” remarks Fabrizio Lapucci, Corporate Automation Manager at Sofidel. “With the new DCS and QCS, the latest software and the advantages of virtualization, everything is going in the right direction, and we are pushing the automation as much as we can.”

A traditional upgrade would have involved a substantial investment to replace computer hardware and automation infrastructure to basically substitute a like for like, albeit newer system. Replacing the many servers or PCs in a distributed system not only alleviates questions of reliability and spare part availability but also addresses the ability of using newer software to take the latest advances of automation technology into use.

Virtualization allows the physical computer hardware to be separated from the software by creating Virtual Machines (VM) in a host server to provide a much more fault tolerant and stable environment for critical applications. This solution significantly reduced the computer hardware required in the upgrade and lowers the expense of maintaining multiple operating platforms in the mill.

The DCS and QCS upgrade at Délipapier provided Lapucci with the opportunity to realize the world’s first virtualization of a process and quality control system on a tissue machine.

Improved process visibility
For Production Manager Stephane Bonnet, the main result of the virtualization project is a new DCS and QCS, “For me, the new tools are really nice but I don’t need to be familiar with the technology behind them. Everything is fine, and there have been no problems. It looks very compact and is very reliable so for me and the operators it is transparent. After just one week, the operators were familiar with the new system and comfortable with the operation.”

New tools to improve process visibility include Valmet DNA Historian, a high-performance data management system that collects real-time process data; including all measurements, set points, controller outputs, device statuses, motor starts, alarms and operation tracking to the history database. According to Bonnet, “We have immediate access to details about a problem whether it occurred at the weekend or six months ago. We use it all the time to improve the process. Recently, during a problematical color change it made it easy to see that a small mistake had been made with consistency and in the future we will be able to avoid that. Previously this problem with a consistency set-point would not have been seen; now we know to do and have changed procedures for future color changes. Improvements like this have a big impact to our production.”

Lapucci has been really satisfied with the project, “An additional advantage is that the servers are now located in a clean and controlled environment which will maximize their service life.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118894
 21.12.2017

Valmet to supply three moisturizer systems to SCG Packaging in Thailand  (Company news)

Valmet will supply three Valmet IQ Moisturizer systems to Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd and Thai Cane Paper Public Co., Ltd. Both companies are under SCG Packaging in Thailand. Three moisturizers with moisture CD control will be installed at PM6 and PM7 at Wangsala mill and PM11 at Prachinburi mill. With the new solution, the mills will be able to improve the board quality on paper machines.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The deliveries are expected to take place during the first two quarters of 2018.

The order is a natural continuation after Valmet IQ Moisturizers' success at SCG Packaging's other paper machines.

"We expect to improve the CD moisture 2-sigma variation at least by 40%, which is quite challenging. Other mills in our group that have been equipped with the latest Valmet moisturizer solution, such as Siam Kraft's PM1, PM3, PM5, PM8, PM16, PM17 and mill at Thai Paper Glassine, have been satisfied with Valmet IQ Moisturizer's performance. We believe this latest solution will help us to improve the moisture profiles overall and increase the production," says Mr. Suteephong Sumphaophok, Manager, Plant Reliability and Engineering, Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd.

"SCG Packaging has trusted Valmet's moisturizer technology in various other projects we have done over the years. The repeat order of these three moisturizers show that our performance has met the customer need and they continue to invest in technology and service they trust," says Hannu Yrjölä, Sales & Service Manager, South East Asia, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Moisturizer
Valmet IQ Moisturizers are part of the Valmet IQ product family for monitoring and optimizing process performance and end-product quality.

Valmet IQ Moisturizer is the industry's most advanced family of moisturizing systems. The air-atomized micro-droplet nozzle, combined with a linear water control valve and an electromechanical actuator with position feedback, is an application-matched solution for all paper and board makers for moisture profile improvement, curl control and moisture level increase.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118881
 19.12.2017

Valmet to supply key solutions for three containerboard machines in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply board machine key technology and machine control systems for three new containerboard machines in China. Two of the machines will be producing liner and one will be producing fluting. The start-ups of the machines are scheduled for 2019.

Photo: OptiPress Linear press section and OptiFlo Foudrinier headbox.

The orders are included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Typically, a project of this type and scope is valued at EUR 30-40 million.

"In containerboard manufacturing, headbox and press section are one of the most important key technologies to secure high production quality. Our expertise and our smooth project execution capabilities convinced the customer to choose Valmet to supply these key technologies for its three new containerboard machines," comments Timo Saresvuo, Senior Sales Manager from Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the new containerboard machines will include altogether six new headboxes and three press sections. For the liner board machines, OptiFlo Fourdrinier headboxes were selected for improved product quality and increased productivity and two OptiPress Linear double-nip press sections with linear web run for excellent end product properties, high dewatering capacity and good runnability. The delivery for the machine producing fluting includes an OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox and a center roll based OptiPress Center press section with shoe press technology. All the delivered machinery will be equipped with Valmet DNA machine control system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118789
 12.12.2017

Valmet to supply OptiConcept M containerboard making line for Shanying International in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard making line for Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., in the city of Jingzhou in Hubei province, China. New production line (PM 21) with a wide automation package is designed to produce high-quality testliner grades. By increasing its production capacity, Shanying is aiming for bigger market shares. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for end of the year 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of order of this type is typically EUR 40-50 million.

"Valmet has a long and successful relationship with Shanying International. Shanying International has six Valmet-supplied paper and board making lines, the latest ones are the two containerboard lines in Ma'anshan. These earlier projects and our successful OptiConcept M references convinced the customer to choose our reliable and well-proven technology. I am very pleased to say that with this board machine, the number of delivered OptiConcept M machines will be more than a dozen," says Mikko Osara, Vice President of Paper Mills Business Unit at Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's delivery includes a high-speed OptiConcept M containerboard making line from broke collection to reel. PM 21 producing fluting grades will be equipped with OptiFlo Gap headbox with Aqua layering technology for two-layer sheet production with very good layer coverage using only one headbox and a forming unit, as well as OptiFormer Gap former with shoe and blade technology 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 and OptiCart Stream parent roll cart with transfer rails. The delivery will also include related ventilation equipment, runnability components and Valmet DNA machine control and process control systems, and Valmet IQ quality measurement system. The machine will be delivered with a fabrics package and an additional production and maintenance support after take over.

The 8,600-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce test liner grades. Design production values are the following: basis weight range 80-130 g/m2, design speed 1,500 m/min and daily capacity approx. 1,600 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118725
 06.12.2017

Valmet delivers new chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi's Saiccor pulp mill ...  (Company news)

...in South Africa

Valmet will deliver a new high capacity chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, Saiccor mill. The upgrade targets to increase the chipping capacity, to improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed at the end of 2018 and the start-up is planned for January 2019.

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2017 orders received.

"Valmet's high capacity drop feed chipper was found to be favourable for the new wood yard's current and future mill capacity requirement," says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

"Valmet's wood handling business continues to flourish in the South African market area. With our biggest drop feed chipper this project will be extremely important to us and we are delighted that Sappi once again trust our technology and capabilities. We look forward to working with the Sappi team," says Jussi Taskinen, Manager, R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet.

Details about the order
The order consists of a chipping line with a Camura GS1300 chipper and chip handling with storing and screening, including machinery, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation of the chipping line is also carried out by Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118509
 08.11.2017

Valmet recognized as a global leader in climate action by CDP  (Company news)

Valmet has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change by CDP, the international not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainability. Valmet maintains its leadership position in CDP's climate program ranking by achieving the second-best A- rating. The CDP's climate change program results were released on October 24, 2017.

"This year, CDP had set the threshold higher than in the previous years which makes our achievement even more significant. This is a great acknowledgement of our contribution to climate change mitigation. We are continuously developing technologies that enable the use of renewable raw materials and increase raw material efficiency. We also have a systematic program to reduce CO2 emissions in our own operations. Recently, we set new targets for this program spanning to year 2030 to drive continuous improvement in environmental performance in the long term," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of 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 September 2017, Valmet was recognized for its consistent progress in sustainability as it was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices for the fourth consecutive year. Valmet was also reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118452
 03.11.2017

Valmet will supply an automation system for Blue Paper's new SRF boiler in Strasbourg, France  (Company news)

Valmet has been selected to supply a Valmet DNA Control System for the new Solid Recovered Fuels (SRF) boiler Blue Paper SAS is building in its site (photo) in Strasbourg, France. The order was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The delivery is scheduled for early 2018, and process start-up is planned for spring 2018.

"We already use Valmet DNA system to control the major part of our Energy and Paper making processes. It will be for sure an advantage for our operators and maintenance technicians to keep the same DCS environment also for the new SRF plant. Indeed, our know-how and experience of many years with this system, as well as also our good cooperation with Valmet, will be beneficial for the project phase and later on for the ownership of the new process," says Vincent Muller, Electrical and Automation Manager for Blue Paper, in charge of the new DCS project.

"I am pleased that Blue Paper selected our Valmet DNA for their biggest investment since machine start-up. After the successful project done with the machine rebuilt in 2013, the choice of Blue Paper strengthens us in our partnership and I am proud of the work accomplished by our teams," says Patrick Rojo, Automation sales account manager, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet delivery will consist of an 800 I/O's Valmet DNA automation system that will control the new steam production plant: boiler, fuel storage and supply and utilities, with integration to the current Valmet automation system used in the paper mill and communication with the external systems like analyzers and unloading system.

Valmet's automation solution is a part of a global EUR 24 million investment. Blue Paper is currently processing to install a new 22 MW steam production plant based on Solid Recovered Fuels that will replace the two gas boilers of the mill, with the output of 30 tons/h of steam. The project is supported by French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) through the "CSR - Combustibles Solides de Récupération" (SRF) call for projects for which Blue Paper has been selected. Blue Paper is on par with the mill's strategy to continuously reduce the carbon footprint of its operations and products throughout the life cycle, with the goal to reduce gas consumption by 80% and to produce 40% of the steam needed by its operations. Blue Paper will also contribute to the local circular economy by converting part of local waste into renewable energy together with the waste coming from its own operations.

Valmet DNA automation system is a highly integrated automation system for power plant control and monitoring. In addition to offering a modern DCS system it has integrated turbine control and protection, machine condition monitoring and protection, electrical power distribution, and performance monitoring and reporting. The advanced and integrated solution improves the cost efficiency of the power plant's operation and simplifies the system maintenance.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118428
 01.11.2017

Valmet's new scanner offers corrugated board manufacturers a more economical way ...  (Company news)

... to measure liner moisture levels

Valmet introduces a new scanner, Valmet IQ Converting Scanner, for corrugated board. It is a long-awaited addition to Valmet's quality management control concept for corrugators and other board converting machines.

"IQ Converting Scanner offers corrugated board manufacturers a more economical way to measure liner moisture levels. It enables the use of Valmet IQ CD/MD controls in corrugators, resulting in higher quality as well as improved productivity," says Mikko Talonen, Business Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet IQ Converting Scanner can be easily installed in different process locations, thanks to its innovative sensor support technology. The scanner enables direct moisture measurements to be positioned in an optimum process location from a quality and performance point of view.

The new scanner with online moisture measurement enables the utilization of machine and cross-direction controls in converting machines. These control solutions improve and stabilize the end-product quality, decrease the amount of broke and allow operators to concentrate on quality management and production optimization.

A comprehensive quality management solution for corrugators
Valmet offers a comprehensive quality management solution for corrugators. The solution features a wide range of online quality measurements to get accurate and fast information from the process, web inspection and monitoring systems to help detect quality defects and identify their root causes. It also includes a water spray system to control warp and moisture levels, as well as CD/MD controls.

All IQ solution components are based on Valmet's extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp & paper industry and backed by expert services.
(Valmet Crporation)

Newsgrafik #118401
 27.10.2017

Expanded applications with new Valmet Optical Consistency Transmitters  (Company news)

Valmet Optical Consistency Transmitter (Valmet OC) has gained a deserved reputation for accuracy, reliability and ease of installation since its introduction four years ago. Now Valmet introduces three new models for applications that have been particularly challenging for inline optical consistency transmitters in the past. This includes measurement of eucalyptus pulp, recycled fiber and chemical pulps.

"Valmet's continuous development expands reliable consistency measurement applications. Sharing the same basic components and modules, each new transmitter has a probe and total consistency measurement method optimized for use in special process environment i.e. recycled fiber," says Heikki Föhr, Product Manager, Valmet.

Eucalyptus pulp applications
Eucalyptus pulp has different optical properties compared to other pulps; which has led to the design of the special optical sensor and measurement method of the Valmet OCE. Results with the new transmitter in several commercial installations have already been successful in applications where competing inline optical transmitters have failed. A typical application is the control of LC-refiner feed consistency, where improved refiner freeness results and reduced specific energy consumption have been reported.

OCC and RCF applications
OCC and RCF processes are a challenge for any measuring device, where sand, metal and other contaminants as well as non-organic fillers are present. The Valmet OCR features a robust probe to survive the harsh physical environment and a measurement that tolerates the ash variations that prevent the use of other inline optical consistency transmitters. Installations in OCC processes before coarse screening have proved the probe's robustness and the total consistency measurement accuracy is excellent throughout the stock preparation area even with wide ash variations.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118387
 25.10.2017

Valmet's Interim Review January 1 - September 30, 2017: Growth continued in the Paper business line  (Company news)

...- Valmet's profitability improved

July-September 2017: Comparable EBITA margin increased to 7.9 percent
-Orders received decreased to EUR 743 million (EUR 788 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 China and South America and decreased in North America, Asia-Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
-Net sales increased to EUR 748 million (EUR 685 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Paper, and Pulp and Energy business lines, remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line and decreased in the Automation business line.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 59 million (EUR 52 million) and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.9 percent (7.5%).
-----Profitability improved due to higher net sales and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.20 (EUR 0.17).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -6 million (EUR -2 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 78 million (EUR 122 million).

Photo: Valmet President and CEO Pasi Laine

January-September 2017: Orders received increased 11 percent
-Orders received increased to EUR 2,544 million (EUR 2,282 million).
-----Orders received increased in the Paper and Services business lines, remained at the previous year's level in the Automation business line and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
------Orders received increased in China, Asia-Pacific and North America and decreased in South America and EMEA.
-Net sales remained at the previous year's level at EUR 2,223 million (EUR 2,141 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Paper business line and remained at the previous year's level in the other business lines.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 150 million (EUR 140 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 6.8 percent (6.5%).
-----Profitability improved due to higher gross profit and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.54 (EUR 0.46).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -5 million (EUR -5 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 203 million (EUR 158 million).

Valmet reiterates its guidance for 2017
Valmet reiterates its guidance presented on April 12, 2017, in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2017 will increase in comparison with 2016 (EUR 2,926 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2017 will increase in comparison with 2016 (EUR 196 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
The global upswing in economic activity is strengthening, with global growth projected to rise to 3.6 percent in 2017 and 3.7 percent in 2018. Broad-based upward revisions in the euro area, Japan, emerging Asia, emerging Europe, and Russia more than offset downward revisions for the United States and the United Kingdom. While the baseline outlook is strengthening, growth remains weak in many countries, and inflation is below target in most advanced economies. And while short-term risks are broadly balanced, medium-term risks are still tilted to the downside. (International Monetary Fund, October 10, 2017)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook has decreased to a satisfactory level in energy (previously good level).

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

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Continued growth in the Paper business line and improvement in profitability
"The market activity has been high especially in the Paper business line, where orders received for the last 12 months exceed EUR 1 billion. Both Board and Paper, and Tissue have enjoyed exceptionally high levels of activity, and particularly China, followed by North America and EMEA, have been good markets for us. In addition to the Paper business line, we have been able to grow orders received in our stable business, meaning Services and Automation business lines. In January-September, Valmet's orders received have increased by 11 percent.

In the third quarter of 2017, Valmet's Comparable EBITA margin was 7.9 percent. This is the highest quarterly margin since becoming an independent company, and close to the lower end of our long-term margin target of 8-10 percent. However, the 6.8 percent margin for the first nine months of the year shows that there is still room for improvement.

Valmet was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth consecutive year and reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe. These achievements indicate Valmet's strong focus and consistent progress in sustainability. Inclusion in these indices is an acknowledgement to our 12,000 employees globally, as our world-leading sustainability performance is the result of their daily work. Sustainability is at the core of Valmet's business, and we will continue the systematic work through our sustainability agenda."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118252
 13.10.2017

Kemira and Valmet partner for the development of industrial internet solutions for pulp and ...  (Company news)

... paper industry

Two global leaders, chemicals company Kemira and process technology, automation and services company Valmet, have signed a partnership agreement for the development of digitalized data-based applications and services for their customers in the pulp and paper industry.

“Kemira and Valmet are leading suppliers to the industry globally and both companies are also actively developing digital solutions. Ultimately, the goal is to improve the speed, quality, reliability, predictability and performance of our customers’ business. With these synergies, it makes great sense to join forces to create value and reshape business collaboration models,” says Antti Matula, Vice President of Product Lines and Business Development at Kemira.

"Through this cooperation and the companies' complementary know-how, customers’ production process data can be integrated and optimized for the customers' benefit. This provides superior performance for the customers instead of each actor operating independently," says Jari Almi, Director of Industrial Internet at Valmet.
(Kemira Oyj)

Newsgrafik #118257
 11.10.2017

Valmet: Seeking excellence with polarized forming fabrics  (Company news)

In 2016, Valmet introduced a new generation of forming fabrics with a polarized structure. Customer experiences have shown that these polarized forming fabrics have the potential to revolutionize water removal in the papermaking process.

Picture: Polarized fabric: The machine direction yarns eliminate the straight-through channels.

SSB (sheet support binding) forming fabrics entered the paper and board industry in the mid-90s. Since then, these fabrics have been made thinner and finer to achieve higher retention, excellent paper and board quality, and to improve the runnability of the machines.

However, thinner forming fabrics started to face durability problems, and product development needed to find a new solution to meet customers’ expectations.

“In 2016, we introduced a new polarized structure in the forming fabrics. Based on the experiences we have so far, we most likely created something that will revolutionize the water drainage process in the wire section,” says Pekka Kortelainen, Product Technology Manager for Forming Fabrics at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118246
 10.10.2017

Valmet to supply a grade conversion rebuild for Sappi Lanaken Mill in Belgium  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a vast grade conversion rebuild with a wide scope of automation for Sappi Lanaken Mill in Belgium. In the project, the mill's paper machine 8 (PM8) currently producing lightweight coated (LWC) paper grades will be rebuilt to also produce lightweight and high-quality woodfree coated paper grades, which the mill will gradually start producing. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2019. The project is an EPC delivery (engineering, procurement and construction) with an extensive site operation scope.

Photo: Signing the contract at the Sappi Lanaken Mill. From left Werner Reiter, Bernhard Zottler, Günther Engelen, Wim Devens, Eric Raedts (all from Sappi), Marko Oinonen (Valmet) and Robert Mohr (Valmet).

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 60-80 million.

"Sappi has been relying solidly on Valmet in the past years, and the excellent collaboration and results from the previous projects were certainly an asset in the negotiations. In addition to this new, extensive rebuild for Lanaken, five other major ongoing or already started-up projects for Sappi are Valmet-supplied (Sappi Maastricht 2018, Sappi Sommerset 2018, Sappi Kirkniemi 2016, Sappi Gratkorn 2014 and Sappi Alfeld 2013). These projects have led into a true partnership between Sappi and Valmet. Valmet has been able to offer just the right solutions to fulfil the customer needs. To ensure the selected concept, pilot trials were run at Valmet Paper Technology Centers," says Robert Mohr, Vice President of Central Europe Sales, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes modifications to stock preparation and pulp bale de-wiring system, paper machine, air systems and major changes and improvements in the automation systems. The paper machine modifications include rebuilds in the forming section, press section, dryer section, and coating section, a new sizer, calender and reel. The re-reeler will be relocated. Automation delivery includes quality management system, machine and process control systems, as well as web inspection system. All the equipment will be delivered with installation.

PM 8 will be producing lightweight coated paper grades in the dimensional weight of 115 g/m². The mill has a total capacity of 530,000 tonnes/year.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118230
 06.10.2017

Valmet to supply a new Valmet Brown Stock Quality Analyzer for CMPC Celulosa in Chile  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a Valmet Brown Stock Quality Analyzer (Valmet Kappa Q1) for CMPC Celulosa in Santa Fe, Chile for its fiber line 1 producing ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) bleached eucalyptus pulp. To be installed in the blow line of the continuous digester, the Valmet Kappa Q1 will provide rapid and frequent Kappa number information for better digester and subsequent O2 stage control. Two larger multiline Valmet Kappa Analyzers have been successfully operating on the mill's larger fiber line 2 since startup in 2006.

Photo: The process sampling device is safely accessible without a process shutdown.

"Safety was an important factor in our decision and the design of Valmet Kappa Q1 avoids unnecessary exposure to risk when maintenance is required. We have always had good experiences of Valmet products, fast and good support, with both existing Valmet Kappa Analyzers consistently providing better uptime compared with other devices in the mill," says Patricio Montanares, Mill Technician, CMPC Celulosa.

About the Valmet Kappa Q1
The new Valmet Kappa Q1 has been developed as a stage specific analyzer to provide increased measurement frequency of Kappa number in high yield kraft pulping. Using a similar sweep measurement (pat. pending) as Valmet's very successful multi-point kappa analyzer, the advanced technology ensures exceptional accuracy and stability. The analyzer utilizes well proven sampling device technology with a new and innovative sample handling principle to the nearby compact measuring unit where it is washed and pulp Kappa number measured. Unlike single point Kappa measurements mounted directly to process piping, only the process sampling device is connected to the pressurized process, the measurement itself is thus unaffected by vibration and safely accessible without a process shutdown.

"The increased measurement frequency fulfills all pulping process control needs and safely provides the genuine pulp Kappa number in dedicated process stage applications from unbleached brown stock pulp to oxygen delignification," says Risto Rinne, Fiberline Analyzer Business Manager, Valmet.

Self-adjusting process sampling and sample transportation, optimized sample washing and pre-calibration with customer pulp samples all make commissioning exceptionally fast and easy. Two models are available with measurement characteristics optimized for Kappa ranges of 9 to 50 or 35 to 120. User safety is further improved with the built-in laboratory sample collector isolated from the process. The analyzer requires minimal maintenance and features chemical based self-cleaning for trouble free operation. With the built-in touch screen display, all analyzer operating parameters, operating sequences and diagnostics together with operating instruction are all instantly available. Remote configuration and operation as well as Industrial Internet capabilities also provide the possibilities of remote specialist support from Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118192
 05.10.2017

Valmet's IQ Moisturizers start up and improve corrugated box quality at Dunapack Mosburger ...  (Company news)

... in Austria

The three Valmet IQ Moisturizers delivered to Dunapack Mosburger's corrugated line in Strasswalchen, Austria, have been successfully started up. With the new solutions, the plant will be able to improve corrugated box quality and plant performance.

Since 2012-2013, Dunapack Packaging has invested more than EUR 30 million in its Mosburger Strasswalchen production site, including a new 2.8-meter-wide corrugated line.

"Higher quality, more diverse papers together with improved production and smaller, just-in-time orders make it more and more challenging to act against warp with standard temperature, speed and glue settings. We were looking for a device to do it. When Valmet presented its control technology that is widely proven in paper production, we were convinced that this will work on our corrugated line, too," says August Hauser, Corrugated Line Manager at Dunapack Mosburger Strasswalchen.

"Valmet's IQ quality control solutions are established on paper machines worldwide. However, it takes innovative people to adopt them in the converting and corrugated industry, too. Innovation is definitely an attitude shown by the Dunapack Mosburger team," summarizes Christian Kallich, Country Manager, Austria and Eastern Europe, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Moisturizer
The Valmet IQ Moisturizer profiler is used to correct all kinds of warping, decrease cracking tendency and optimize glue consumption by adding a fine and controlled water mist onto the liners with 60 mm or 120 mm resolution in a cross direction. IQ Moisturizer's two-stage spray head contributes to a balanced and application-matched mixture of air and water. The system is used via an IQ Moisturizer operator interface and integrated into the existing process controls.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118184
 04.10.2017

Valmet's polarized forming fabrics revolutionize water drainage in paper-making  (Company news)

Forming fabrics have an essential role in water drainage in the wire section of a paper machine. By introducing the new generation's polarized forming fabrics, Valmet revolutionized water drainage in the wire section.

Photo: Diffuse drainage with polarized fabric

"Our polarized forming fabrics have been piloted in paper-machines for over a year now. After the polarized technology entered the market in 2016, we have seen its advantages through our customers' performance. The machines run cleaner, number of breaks is reduced, retention is higher, just to mention a few. The unique polarized structure makes a big difference in the fabric performance compared to what we have seen before," says Pekka Kortelainen, Product Technology Manager at Valmet.

Polarized structure improves the machine runnability and performance
Traditionally, all SSB (sheet support binding) fabrics have had direct drainage channels. In the polarized structure, the machine direction yarns on both the paper side and the roll side are shifted to form an off-stacked structure. This special structure removes the direct drainage channels traditionally used in forming fabrics.

"The unique polarized structure allows controlled initial drainage in the paper-making process. That improves retention and helps keeping the machine clean. Good runnability and cleanliness reduce breaks and therefore increase production capacity remarkably. Cost-savings are created by for example being able to use less chemicals," explains Kortelainen.

Customer satisfaction on an excellent level
To this date Valmet has sold about 300 polarized Valmet Forming Fabrics and over 90% of the customers who have tested the new fabric type have seen its benefits and continued to run it on their machines.

"Our target was to further improve formation without losing our good dewatering, and already the first trials proved the advantages of the polarized structures. We were able to significantly improve formation as we wanted, but the cleanliness and runnability were also good, and the dry content remained excellent. Since that first trial, those polarized fabrics have become our standard Valmet design fabrics. Valmet has been Parenco's key partner in paper machine clothing for over 30 years, and we truly appreciate their support and excellent services," says Yan Vassart, Operations Manager at Parenco in Netherlands.

The polarized structure can be utilized in all SSB forming fabric types, which makes it suitable for all paper machines.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118158
 02.10.2017

Valmet will supply a new tissue production line to Crown Paper Mill in Abu Dhabi  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line, including Focus rewinder and an extensive automation package to Crown Paper Mill (CPM) in Abu Dhabi. The new Advantage DCT 200HS line will fulfill the company's demand of new capacity of high quality tissue products for the Middle East market. Start-up is planned for the second half of 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"Besides the well-known fact that Valmet is a global leader in the pulp and paper industry, Valmet ensures that their machines are equipped with the latest technology, which is why Crown Paper Mill opted for the DCT 200 tissue machine. CPM believes that after the successful completion of the factory's expansion, CPM will anchor its position as the leading tissue jumbo roll manufacturer in the region," Mr. Abdullah Al Khateeb, Managing Director of CPM.

"We are proud that our capability to supply complete tissue mill equipment with superior technology, e.g. Advantage ViscoNip press and Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system, were considered as important success factors for customer's future expansion plans. We are excited to support CPM's expansion plans and their ambition to provide high-quality products to their customers," Kent Nika, Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min and will add 65,000 tons tissue paper per year to Crown Paper Mill's current production of high-quality facial, toilet tissue and kitchen towels.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems, an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine and Focus Rewinder line. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox and Valmet cast alloy Yankee cylinder as well as the Advantage technology including ViscoNip press, ReTurne energy recovery system, AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and SoftReel reel. The delivery also includes an extensive automation package with Valmet DNA, process controls and Valmet IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, installation, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning is also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118134
 27.09.2017

Valmet's new scanner for converting lines lifts process control to a new level  (Company news)

Valmet launched a new scanner, Valmet IQ Converting Scanner, at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. It complements Valmet's quality management control concept for self-adhesive laminates and other paper and board converting machines.

"With IQ Converting Scanner, we can maximize customer benefits, namely high and stable quality as well as excellent productivity. The solution enables the use of Valmet IQ CD/MD controls to lift process control to a new level for converting lines," says Mikko Talonen, Business Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet IQ Converting Scanner can be easily installed in different process locations, thanks to its innovative sensor support technology. The scanner enables direct adhesive and silicone measurements as well as moisture measurements to be positioned in an optimum process location from a quality and performance point of view.

The new scanner with online measurements enables the utilization of machine and cross-direction controls for moisture, adhesive and silicone in converting machines. These control solutions improve and stabilize the end-product quality, decrease the amount of broke and allow operators to concentrate on quality management and production optimization.

A comprehensive quality management solution for self-adhesive laminate machines
Valmet offers a comprehensive quality management solution for self-adhesive laminate machines. The solution features a wide range of online quality measurements to get accurate and fast information from the process, web inspection and monitoring systems to help detect quality defects and identify their root causes. It also includes a water spray system to control curl and moisture levels, as well as CD/MD controls.

All IQ solution components are based on Valmet's extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp & paper industry and backed by expert services.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #118046
 14.09.2017

Valmet included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth consecutive year  (Company news)

Valmet has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth 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 320 companies are included in the DJSI World for 2017-2018.

"Being listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe Indices for the fourth time in a row is a recognition of Valmet's strong focus and consistent progress in sustainability. This is also an acknowledgement to our 12,000 employees globally, because through their work we are continuously improving our sustainability performance. Sustainability is at the core of our business, and we will continue our systematic work with our sustainability agenda," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

Valmet defined its sustainability agenda named Sustainability360º initially 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 #118001
 07.09.2017

Valmet delivers new chipper to Sappi's Ngodwana pulp mill in South Africa  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a new gravity feed chipper to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd Ngodwana. The upgrade targets are to increase the chipping capacity, to maintain or improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed in May 2018 and the start-up is planned for the beginning of June 2018.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"Valmet came up with a unique solution to 'swop' out the existing chipper with a new larger chipper by not requiring any major concrete works changes allowing for a short shut-down duration to install the new chipper, thus enabling minimal operation down time," says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

"South Africa has been a successful market area for Valmet's wood handling business and with this delivery we continue our positive trend. The Valmet sales team concentrated on optimizing the solution for a demanding raw material and minimizing the payback time for Sappi," says Jussi Taskinen, Manager R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet"

Details about the order
The order consists of a Camura GS1050 chipper with auxiliaries and a screen extension, including machinery, erection, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation is also carried out by Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117963
 31.08.2017

Valmet reshapes its internal IT services and signs a business transfer agreement with CGI  (Company news)

Valmet will start a reshaping of its internal Information Technology (IT) services to improve the operations' efficiency and business focus. The set of actions to be taken include a business transfer agreement signed with CGI. Under the agreement Valmet's internal IT Service Desk, end user support and most infrastructure services, including server management, workstation management and end user computing, will be moved from Valmet and their current partners to CGI.

The transfer agreement concerns 58 current Valmet IT employees globally, who will be offered to transfer to CGI or its partner with similar terms. The transfer is targeted to become effective on October 1 and the full transfer project is to be closed by the end of March 2018.

This reshaping of Valmet's IT services will allow more resources to focus on developing digital capabilities that support the future development of the company. Valmet IT's focus will be shifted from running current services to developing new competences and services. A global IT platform will be created to ensure a harmonized way of working, and additional focus will also be put on more effective IT services and supplier management.

"With these actions we will improve the performance and efficiency of our internal IT operations. Our IT resources will be able to increase focus on building the competences and ways to operate necessary for Valmet's future development. Transferring the IT infrastructure services, including service desk, after a thorough evaluation process to CGI is one of the key steps to enable this transformation," says Janne Puustinen, Vice President, Information Technology, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117906
 30.08.2017

Valmet completed the annual shutdown of Klabin paper mill successfully  (Company news)

Valmet has completed the annual shutdown of Klabin S.A. Monte Alegre paper mill (photo) in Brazil successfully. The agreement covered the entire shutdown project from planning and execution to a safe start-up. The shutdown took place between April 24 - May 5, 2017, and included close to 500 employees from Valmet and its sub-contractors.

Valmet and Klabin have an existing agreement for full annual shutdown services. This year's project was the second of the three-year agreement.

"We have co-operated with Valmet since 2009 and the current partnership was a natural follow-up of the relationship we have been able to build over the years," says Arnaldo Jasinski, Klabin's Maintenance Manager.

Good results in safety and quality
The usual procedure for mill shutdowns is to reserve several months for planning and preparation such as spare part and tool deliveries.

"We were able to deliver everything as planned and promised. During the ten days of shutdown we made everything we could to ensure smooth operation for our customer's machines to run 24/7 for the rest of the year," says Rodolpho Quadros, Field Service Engineer from Valmet.

"We have had good results in the execution of our work in annual shutdown, both in safety and quality. Since the planning, where the focus was also to seek the optimization of resources to reduce costs, Valmet's expertise was essential to help us making decisions, says Leandro Caetano da Silva, Klabin's Maintenance Planning Coordinator.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117904
 29.08.2017

Valmet's technology in a key role at Metsä Group's newly started Äänekoski bioproduct mill  (Company news)

Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Äänekoski was started up on August 15, 2017. Valmet's delivery to the mill included a recovery boiler, pulp drying line, gasification plant, lime kiln, sulfuric acid plant, and mill-wide Valmet DNA automation system.

Photo: Äänekoski bioproduct mill. Photo Metsä Group

All the equipment delivered by Valmet represent the latest technology and are highly energy-efficient. The gasification technology and recovery boiler will maximize the use of bioenergy and make the pulp mill totally fossil fuel-free. The recovery boiler, pulp drying line and lime kiln are the largest in Europe.

The construction of the mill was started in April 2015. The project proceeded as planned and was started up exactly on schedule. Safety was one of the special focus areas in the project. Valmet also emphasized safety onsite with special HSE experts and in contractor cooperation. As a result, Valmet's safety performance onsite was on a very good level for a project of this magnitude.

"This project has been important for us both from the technology and employment perspective. Majority of the technology provided by Valmet was engineered and manufactured in Tampere, Jyväskylä, Ulvila and Raisio. It is our pleasure to rise to the challenge, when a customer like Metsä Group is taking the industry forward with investments of this magnitude. Success in a project like this is made possible by close cooperation between the two parties. Our cooperation has been open and constructive, and we have worked together to find the right solutions," says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.

"We have a long experience of co-operating with Valmet in our pulp mills in Finland. Throughout the project Valmet has been a good and innovative partner when building the world-class bioproduct mill in Äänekoski," says Timo Merikallio, Project Director, Metsä Group.

Largest investment of the forest industry in Finland
The new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Metsä Group's total investment amounted to approximately EUR 1.2 billion. The mill will achieve its nominal capacity approximately a year after start-up. The mill will produce 1.3 million tonnes of pulp per year, along with other bioproducts such as tall oil and turpentine. New bioproducts that already complement the product concept include product gas from bark, sulphuric acid from the mill's odorous gases, and biogas and biofuel pellets from sludge.

Details about Valmet's technology delivery to Äänekoski bioproduct mill

Physically the largest of the Valmet delivered equipment is the recovery boiler. The boiler is designed for a capacity of 7,200 tds/d (tonnes dry solids a day). The Äänekoski recovery boiler has multiple high-power features, including patented heat recovery from flue gas to combustion air, enabling the mill to produce 260 MW of electricity and sell 1.4 times more electricity to the grid than it needs for its own operation.

The produced pulp is dried in the pulp drying line, where the pulp web is formed, pressed and dried before being cut into bales.
Individual 250 kg bales are wrapped and consolidated into 2,000 kg units for transportation.

Valmet DNA automation system is the process control and information system for the whole bioproduct mill, and has machine and drive controls for the drying machine. It is also possible to expand the system with additional control and Industrial Internet systems.

At the biomass gasification plant bark is dried using a patented double-layer drying process with material recirculation. Dried bark is gasified to make product gas, which is then used as the fuel in the lime kiln.

Active lime is regenerated in the lime kiln using biofuels. A stationary product cooler is setting new standards for recovering process heat.

The sulfuric acid plant represents Valmet's latest innovations and has been specially developed for this kind of mill. The new technology, which produces sulfuric acid from odorous gases, will enable the bioproduct mill to be nearly self-sufficient in sulfuric acid.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117727
 10.08.2017

Valmet's Half Year Financial Review January 1 - June 30, 2017: Orders ...  (Company news)

... received increased - profitability at the previous year's level

April-June 2017: Orders received more than doubled in the Paper business line

- Orders received increased to EUR 796 million (EUR 692 million).
-- Orders received increased in the Paper and Automation business lines, remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
-- Orders received increased in China and South America, remained at the previous year's level in Asia-Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and decreased in North America.
- Net sales remained at the previous year's level at EUR 803 million (EUR 804 million).
-- Net sales increased in the Paper business line, remained at the previous year's level in the Automation and Services business lines, and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
- Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 57 million (EUR 57 million) and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.1 percent (7.1%).
- Earnings per share were EUR 0.22 (EUR 0.21).
- Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -1 million (EUR -1 million).
- Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 31 million (EUR 33 million).

January-June 2017: Orders received increased more than 20 percent

- Orders received increased to EUR 1,802 million (EUR 1,495 million).
-- Orders received increased in the Paper, Automation and Services business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Pulp and Energy business line.
-- Orders received increased in China, Asia-Pacific, North America and EMEA and decreased in South America.
- Net sales remained at the previous year's level at EUR 1,475 million (EUR 1,456 million).
-- Net sales increased in the Paper business line and remained at the previous year's level in the other business lines.
- Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 91 million (EUR 88 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 6.2 percent (6.1%).
- Earnings per share were EUR 0.34 (EUR 0.28).
- Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR 2 million (EUR -3 million).
- Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 125 million (EUR 36 million).

Valmet reiterates its guidance for 2017

Valmet reiterates its guidance presented on April 12, 2017, in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2017 will increase in comparison with 2016 (EUR 2,926 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2017 will increase in comparison with 2016 (EUR 196 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
The mood in the global economy has brightened during the past year, with confidence indicators and industrial production increasing, and investment and trade improving in most economies. Global growth is projected to rise modestly from 3 percent in 2016 to just over 3.5 percent by 2018. However, financial stability risks persist and could affect the modest recovery. Geopolitical shocks and trade protectionism could catalyze snap-backs in asset prices and realize downside risks through a variety of channels. Current market expectations imply a rising divergence in short-term interest rates between the major advanced economies in the coming years. This creates risk of sharp exchange rate movements, or other instabilities in financial markets. (OECD Economic Outlook, June 7, 2017)

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

President and CEO Pasi Laine: High customer activity continued and orders received increased
"The first six months of 2017 were characterized by high market activity, and since the beginning of the year, Valmet was able to increase its orders received over 20 percent. In the capital business, the tissue, board and paper, and energy markets have been active. Orders received in the Paper business line increased almost 90 percent during the first half of the year, while the orders in the Pulp and Energy business line remained at the previous year's level. In the stable business, orders received in the Automation business line increased 10 percent and the order growth in the Services business line was 7 percent.

Despite the success in orders, we need to continue to focus on improving profitability. Comparable EBITA margin in the second quarter remained at the previous year's level at 7.1 percent, and for the last 12 months we now stand at 6.8 percent. There is still some way to go to reach our long-term margin target of 8-10 percent. It is an ambitious target, but I strongly believe we can get there.

In June, we launched our new Industrial Internet offering. With our new offering of reliability and performance services, and by opening a Performance Center for each of our four customer industries, we are taking our Industrial Internet services to the next level. Valmet is the leading process technology, automation and services provider for the pulp, paper and energy industries globally, and our Industrial Internet applications and services are built on the experience and know-how we have gained from this unique offering over the years."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117659
 01.08.2017

Changes in Valmet's Executive Team  (Company news)

Valmet changes the responsibility areas of some of its Executive Team members to support continuous individual and business development.

The following appointments are made as of October 1, 2017. Jukka Tiitinen (photo) is appointed Area President, Asia Pacific. Jukka is currently holding the position of Business Line President, Services at Valmet. Aki Niemi is appointed Business Line President, Services Business Line. He is currently working as the Area President, China at Valmet. Both have a long background in different management positions at Valmet, and they will continue reporting to President and CEO Pasi Laine as Executive Team members.

Hannu T. Pietilä, currently working in the position of Area President, Asia Pacific returns from his six year assignment period back to Finland and is appointed Vice President Sales, Asia Pacific reporting to Jukka Tiitinen.

"I am happy that we were able to create this rotation within our Executive Team utilizing the strong experience and competences of the members for the benefit of their new organizations while giving them opportunities for renewal and growth. Jukka Tiitinen is known for his results orientation and has made an excellent contribution to growing our services business steadily. Aki Niemi has been instrumental to building our China business reaching good results and created a committed and capable organization close to our customers. With these characteristics, and track records they both are excellent fits for their new positions. At this point, I also want to thank Hannu T. Pietilä who has created strong customer relationships and developed our business in the AP area since 2012. In his new role Hannu will continue supporting our Asia Pacific business to serve our customers in the best possible way," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO, Valmet.

The recruitment of Aki Niemi's successor as Area President, China has started.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117606
 27.07.2017

Maximum performance with modular service solutions  (Company news)

Valmet's modular service solutions offer pulp and papermakers clearer choices for the maintenance of rolls and equipment for fiber production. This helps fiber, board, paper and tissue makers to make wise maintenance choices, for efficiency and maximum performance.

Photo: Modularity streamlines maintenance lead time, makes our services more flexible and lets us meet each customer's service needs in an optimum way.

Valmet serves over 2,000 mills and plants worldwide from over 100 service locations. We want to serve our pulp and paper customers efficiently and transparently which has led to modularizing our maintenance services for rolls and equipment for fiber production.

Reaching improved performance together
Pulp and paper makers are constantly aiming at improving productivity, and for that reason the focus of the modular services is on maximizing performance. Mills can be actively involved in decision making and the choices have been made easy and clear.

Valmet can provide expert customized recommendations of optimal service solutions. Arne Wessbladh, Director of Workshop Services explains that Valmet experts will "work with mill personnel to find out what real issues they are facing and help find applicable solutions and answers to these specific needs." In this way, the mill can make an informed choice of what options suit their immediate and future needs the best. Additionally, upgrades and modernizations can be suggested as well as identification of processes and equipment where there is room for improvement in availability or performance.

Valmets technology and global expertise can complement the mill in its operations. The aim is that the mill gets the best out of Valmet as the partner. The customers do not have to worry about paying for unnecessary activities.

Modular service solutions
The modular maintenance of rolls and equipment for fiber production is divided into three modules. The MaintAce maintenance services include the basic services activities for keeping operations up and running. The ReconAce reconditioning services will bring equipment back to as-new levels. RunAce upgrade services bring additional benefits through tailored modernizations.

The modular approach means that the mill knows what to expect from each service solution. This also ensures purposeful service actions and best possible use of assets. Mill personnel can ensure the best availability and safety and save on maintenance costs.

Moreover, through RunAce upgrades and value-adding repairs, benefits can be seen through extended running time, better energy efficiency and runnability, and improved end product quality.

Uniform quality all over the globe
A globally uniform high quality is the core of Valmet's service operations. This is achieved through agreed standards and practices all around the world.

Timo Karonen, Global Technology Manager for Roll Maintenance Services, explains how mills will benefit from modular service solutions: "The modularity clarifies service-related communication between the mill and Valmet and minimizes the chances of any misunderstandings. It also streamlines maintenance lead time, makes our services more flexible and lets us meet each customer's service needs in the optimum way."

RunAce upgrade services - Upgraded performance
RunAce offers updates to existing products with modern features, based on customer data, for performance and productivity enhancements.
ReconAce reconditioning services - As good as new

ReconAce ensures that components meet their original requirements - proposing and performing agreed additional work and component replacements to bring them to as-new condition.

MaintAce maintenance services - Keep running smoothly
MaintAce makes sure components are in acceptable operational condition, saving on longterm maintenance costs.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117526
 14.07.2017

Goals achieved with coater section rebuild in Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo  (Company news)

With good planning, suitable equipment and professional personnel, good results are achieved as planned – even in challenging board machine rebuild projects.

Photo: Rok Sustar from MM Kolicevo (left) and Timo Nurmiainen from Valmet know the importance of pilot trials; they give the opportunity to test the papermaking process and coating chemistry

All the targets for the project were achieved. Runnability is better than before, and the efficiency is better, too,” says Rok Sustar, Technologist and Assistant to the Production Manager at Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo mill in Slovenia. After more than a year, this positive atmosphere has not changed: the mill personnel are content with and confident about the improved coating section.

Before the rebuild, board machine BM 3 of Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo Karton was facing challenges with runnability and efficiency. The coating section required improvements since the speed of the board machine was going to be increased and the existing coating technology was not suitable any longer. This resulted in the decision to rebuild the coating section.
Pilot trials before the decision

Before the rebuild decision was made, the coating concept, coating color chemistry, and performance were tested at the Paper Technology Center in Järvenpää, Finland. Rok Sustar is convinced that finding the correct solution is easier with the chance to run a pilot. The decision does not have to be based on assumptions and conjecture when there is concrete proof before your eyes. “You can see the benefits and witness the good runnability,” Rok Sustar says.

Professional project

With clear targets in mind, a multilayer curtain coater and a blade coater started up after a very short shutdown period in the summer of 2015. A supply system for the two layers of the curtain coater was also installed. Sustar explains that the Valmet personnel were really professional. He continues: “The installation went according to plan. It was a short installation time, and there was a lot to do – like building it and testing it with water – but everything went well. The compact size of the curtain coater was also a real advantage in the rebuild.”
“In ten minutes, it was working”

When everything is well planned, you are likely to get good results quickly. All the movements and hydraulics were tested at the workshop before the equipment was sent to the customer site. “In ten minutes, the board was saleable,” Sustar states.

The coating section has been easy to operate and more reliable since the rebuild. Curtain coating has a contactless coating application, which is good for runnability and reduces web breaks. “There is less second-rate board and fewer breaks at the coating section. Also, the day-to-day handling is a lot easier than before,” says Sustar.
High coating color quality with supply system

To achieve high coating color quality, curtain coating requires a completely airless coating. This sets high standards for the OptiSupply machine circulation and its degasser. “The degasser in the supply system is working very well. We always reach the pressure we want to,” says Sustar. The maintenance requirements are relatively moderate: “We clean the degassers every two months in the longer shutdowns. They’re quite easy to clean. It takes less than two hours to open them, clean them with high pressure water, and close them – this includes everything.” A short, automatic cleaning sequence is used during the briefer shut-downs.
Asking for better and better

The Kolicevo mill has noticed that their customers are ever more demanding for higher quality and lower prices. Continuous improvement must be a constant state of mind for each producer.

A cost-effective rebuild with fast results is the only alternative. Any shutdown is a direct loss of income for the board producer. For good results, you need the correct concept choice, good planning, and proper raw materials to achieve the desired targets. A rebuild is always a challenge, but the risks are minimized with a good and reliable partner. “Valmet personnel are really professional,” summarizes Sustar.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117429
 30.06.2017

Valmet receives a repeat order of two more containerboard machines from Nine Dragons in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply two more containerboard production lines with related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd., China. The new production lines will be located in Hebei (PM 41) and Shenyang (PM 42) and are similar to the previous orders of PM 39 and PM 40 announced in March 2017.

Photo: Industrial design with led lighting and video screens increase safety and usability and have a positive effect on the customer's brand

At this point, Nine Dragons also purchased steam and condensate systems for these new lines and for the previous board making lines (PM 39, PM 40, PM 41 and PM 42). All the board making lines will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-ups of PM 41 and PM 42 are scheduled only a few months apart for late 2018 and early 2019. The start-ups of the two previous production lines are also scheduled a few months apart starting from the middle of 2018.

The orders are included in Valmet's second quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type and scale is typically valued around EUR 100-120 million.

"Paper industry market in China is very active and our customers value sustainable and innovative paper and board making technology. The high activity is well demonstrated by this Nine Dragons' decision to purchase four-in-a-row energy and resource efficient containerboard machines within a very short time. Modern industrial design played an important role in this case, too," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's deliveries for PM 41 and PM 42 container board making lines are similar to the two previous ones. The deliveries will include steam and condensate systems, pulpers for stock preparation, a board machine from headbox to winder including a full scope automation package, chemical systems and process ventilation equipment.

As in the previous orders of PM 39 and PM 40, the full scope automation packages comprise 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 include also an extensive package of modern analyzers from pulping and wet end to laboratory testing. "In addition to smoother project execution, integrated automation and process technology solutions enable faster start-up and faster optimization phase in terms of end-product quality and energy consumption," says Arto Rohola, Sales Manager, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

PM 41 and PM 42 will produce testliner grades with a basis weight range of 75-140 g/m2.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117392
 29.06.2017

Valmet to supply a complete tissue production line to ICT Iberica in Spain  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line with an extensive automation package to ICT Iberica in Spain. The new Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line will be installed at the company's mill in Burgo and will fit the company's intention to adopt state of the art technology for their highest quality tissue production. The start-up is planned for the third quarter of 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter orders received 2017. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Valmet has previously delivered four tissue lines to ICT companies in Italy, France and Poland. The latest started up at the Kostrzyn mill in Poland in December 2015.

"The results from our most recent tissue machine installation in Poland have convinced us that the Advantage DCT with the ViscoNip press technology is the solution also for the Burgo mill. We expect to reach the same high production efficiency and target to supply ULTRA quality tissue products to the Spanish market," says Riccardo Baccelli, Executive Director, ICT.

"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. This will be Valmet's 43rd ViscoNip installation and we are happy to work together with the ICT team for the fifth time and make this a successful project," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise of a complete tissue production line including a stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine with the latest technology for highest quality consumer tissue. The production line will be optimized to save energy and enhance final product quality.

Complete engineering, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery. The delivery will also include an extensive Valmet automation package.

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.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117383
 28.06.2017

Valmet receives its sixth tissue line order from Hayat Kimya  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an Advantage DCT machine including the flexible ViscoNip press and an extensive automation package to Turkish tissue producer Hayat Kimya. The company has decided to invest in a second machine at their mill in Yelabuga in Tatarstan, Russia, to meet the increasing demand for their high-quality tissue products. The new line will add 70,000 tons of tissue to Hayat Kimya's current production of facial, toilet and towel tissue.

Photo from left: Massimiliano Corsini, Paolo Vezil (Valmet), Lütfi Aydin (Hayat), Björn Magnus, Jan Erikson (V), Yahya Kigili (H), Haluk Arican (V), Avni Kigili, Ibramih Güler, Kemal Arslan (H)

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

This will be the seventh project where the Valmet's and Hayat's teams are working together. Previously Valmet has delivered five Advantage DCT 200TS tissue production lines to Hayat, which have started up at Hayat's mills in Turkey 2010 and 2015, Iran 2013, Russia 2014 and Egypt 2016. Furthermore, Valmet conducted an extensive rebuild of their TM1 machine in Turkey during 2015.

"We feel very comfortable with Valmet by our side and are convinced that we will be successful together. We also feel that Valmet has trust in our own technical people and our company. This is a good base for future cooperation," says Lütfi Aydin, Director, Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.

"Hayat Kimya have clearly set at new quality standard for Russian tissue products, manufactured by the Advantage DCT technology. The results from the Advantage ViscoNip press installations as such and the rebuild of Hayat's TM1 including the new AirCap Heli hood, have met all expectations regarding efficiency and quality. We are convinced that the new tissue machine TM7 will further strengthen Hayat Kimya's market leading position," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

Technical information
The new tissue machine TM7 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 and 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 Focus 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.

The order also includes upgrade of Hayat Kimya's Advantage ViscoNip presses, to next generation, for TM1, 5 and 6.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117320
 20.06.2017

Valmet to supply an Advantage NTT tissue production line to Sofidel S.p.A in Spain  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line to Sofidel's Ibertissue mill in Buñuel, Navarra, in Spain. The delivery includes an Advantage NTT 200 tissue production line, stock preparation equipment and automation system. Start-up of the new line is scheduled for third quarter 2018.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

The up-coming new line in Spain will be Sofidel's fourth Valmet Advantage NTT tissue line in Sofidel's machine fleet. Previously the company has bought one NTT machine to their Delitissue mill in Poland and two NTT machines to their new site, Circleville in Ohio, USA. All in all, this is the 15th tissue machine supplied by Valmet to Sofidel.

"What we have seen from the performance of the Advantage NTT lines started up so far, we are more convinced than ever that this is the technology for the future. It will give us the flexibility we need to get a competitive advantage in the market," says Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel

"We are of course excited that Sofidel once again decided to go for the Advantage NTT technology to support their path toward future tissue making. It is a perfect match for Sofidel's ambition to produce high quality tissue products with low energy consumption supporting their goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," says Jan Erikson, Vice President, Sales, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

Technical information of the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a design speed of 1,800 m/min in textured mode and 2,000 m/min in plain mode. The production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as add possibilities for product differentiation and increased capacity of premium quality products.

Valmet's scope of supply comprises a complete tissue production line including an Advantage NTT tissue machine, with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including, an AirCap hood with Air system, WetDust system and a SoftReel B reel. Valmet will also deliver detailed mill engineering, stock preparation equipment as well as an automation package including DCS (distributed control) and QCS (quality control) systems.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117284
 16.06.2017

Valmet launches new Industrial Internet offering and starts partnership with Tieto  (Company news)

Valmet takes its Industrial Internet services to the next level by launching a new offering and opening four Performance Centers for energy, pulp, paper and board and tissue customers. At the same time, Valmet has signed a partnership agreement with Tieto, which is the first step in building a leading Industrial Internet ecosystem bringing the key players together.

"Valmet is the leading process technology, automation and services provider for pulp, paper and energy industries globally. The technologies we provide to our customers are equipped with advanced sensors and measurement devices that gather important data from machines and processes. Furthermore, Valmet's automation systems that many of our customers have provide a solid data source. Combining the data from these sources with data from customers' other mill and plant systems creates an enormous amount of data. The core benefit to our customers is that our experts know which data to analyze and how to utilize it. This know-how is built into our Industrial Internet applications and services," says Jari Almi, Director, Industrial Internet, Valmet.

Industrial Internet offering for reliability and performance
Valmet's Industrial internet applications and services are built to improve the reliability and performance of customers' processes. The Industrial Internet enabled reliability services consist of online monitoring, predictive diagnostics and data analysis to improve mill and plant efficiency, to help to plan right-timed maintenance and to prevent unplanned shutdowns. Valmet's Industrial Internet enabled performance services concentrate on integrating data from different systems together with production data to optimize mill and plant level operations. They also include both individual process and the whole machine fleet optimization services.

Four Performance Centers to provide Industrial Internet services
Valmet has established four Performance Centers that are the customer's channel to all Valmet Industrial Internet applications and services. Customers can contact the Performance Centers and get real-time support from Valmet experts and the customer's processes can also be monitored remotely. Moreover, the Performance Centers offer data discovery and big data analysis services based on agreed targets. Performance Centers have been established for pulp, energy, paper, board and tissue industry customers and the Valmet experts work in them both physically and virtually where ever they are through a remote connection.

Solution ecosystem with leading industry players
To provide comprehensive Industrial Internet offering to its customers, Valmet is building an Industrial Internet solution ecosystem that brings leading industry players together. The purpose of the ecosystem is to create new value-adding applications and services to pulp, paper and energy industries. This will offer superior performance for Valmet's customers, compared to each actor operating independently. The now signed partnership with Tieto is a significant step in building the ecosystem.

"This partnership with Tieto is an important step towards creating a strong Industrial Internet ecosystem and comprehensive services for our customers. Through this cooperation and the companies' complementary offerings, production process and business data can be integrated and optimized for the customers' benefit," says Jari Almi.

"We are pleased to be part of new data-driven ecosystems and to deepen our partnership with Valmet to innovate new services and solutions around supply chain and processes optimization. The collaboration starts around Enterprise Resource Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems, and we are looking forward co-creating new opportunities around industrial internet and data to our customers," says Satu Kiiskinen, Executive Vice President, Tieto.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117248
 14.06.2017

Valmet to rebuild Alas Dorada's tissue machine in Alas Doradas, El Salvador  (Company news)

Valmet has been trusted as supplier for the rebuild of Alas Dorada's PM4 in El Salvador. The main target for the rebuild is to raise production capacity by increasing press dryness, and enable improved paper quality as a second stage. This will be achieved by installation of an Advantage ViscoNip press (photo) combined with an Advantage ReDry web heater. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for end of the year 2017.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"We have evaluated several options carefully and found that Valmet's Advantage ViscoNip technology will provide the press dryness, capacity and product quality we are aiming for. We are also convinced that Valmet's technology, process skills and experience will ensure an efficient installation and reliable future operations," says Carlos Jerez, Technical Director, Alas Doradas.

"We are excited to support Alas Doradas in their technology upgrade to increase their production. We are also proud to have been chosen as supplier after their long and careful evaluation and we see this as a start of a long-lasting relation," says Kent Nika, Sales Manager, Tissue Mills unit, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the machine rebuild includes a replacement of a current suction press roll with an Advantage ViscoNip press for increased production, improved product quality and decreased energy consumption. A new Advantage ReDry web heater will further enhance the targets by utilizing exhaust air and humidity from the hood, to heat the web and thereby increase post pressure consistency.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117253
 13.06.2017

Valmet and Södra Cell sign mill-wide Learning Agreement  (Company news)

Valmet and Södra Cell in Sweden have signed a three-year agreement for web-based training via the Valmet Online Learning portal. Valmet will provide online courses for all main mill processes to about 600 employees at all three Södra mills in Sweden; Värö, Mörrum, and Mönsterås.

Previously, Södra has purchased Valmet's online training as part of the Värö mill expansion project. Based on excellent training results and positive feedback from the trainees, Södra is now extending the agreement to all three mills over a period of three years.

"Developing the skills of our employees, both our current and newly employed, is of utmost importance. Having effective methods and tools for education is an important prerequisite. We truly believe that together with our skilled intern teachers, the Valmet Online Learning Portal will be an important part of a strong concept," says Stefan Sandberg, Mill Manager at Södra Cell Mörrum, Sweden.

Valmet Online Learning is a fully-featured Learning Management System (LMS), offering individual and group level reporting and a diversity of collaboration features, available from computers and mobile devices. It provides 24/7 access to a large online course library for operators, maintenance staff, and other personnel in the pulp, paper, energy, and other process industries. Assessments, evaluations, and certificates are integrated in the portal and can be easily customized.

"Valmet Online Learning is an efficient tool to get our customers' new employees quickly up to speed in their new roles. For experienced operators, the online courses are a time-saver when preparing for re-certification tests. We also see that our customers value the extensive reporting features which support each employee's individual competence development," says Lisa Månsson, Global Manager, Valmet Online Learning.

Information about Valmet Learning Services
Valmet Online Learning is part of the company's recently launched customer training offering - Valmet Learning Services. The renewed offering is designed to help improve the reliability and performance of the customers' processes.

Valmet Learning Services offers organization-wide training solutions tailored to the customers' needs. Find out more about our offering at www.valmet.com/services/learningservices

"Increased mobility and digitalization create new opportunities, but also poses new challenges to businesses when it comes to developing and retaining talent. Employees expect learning to be available anywhere, at any time. Valmet Online Learning offers the features and flexibility needed to continuously build and maintain skills and expertise for individuals, teams, and organizations. Helping our customers to develop their people is a key factor in our commitment to move our customers' performance forward," says Emmeli Olén, Director, Valmet Learning Services.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117215
 09.06.2017

Valmet to supply an upgrade of the washing process area for Stora Enso's Heinola fluting mill ...  (Company news)

...in Finland

Valmet will supply an upgrade of the washing process area for Stora Enso's Heinola fluting mill in Finland with the TwinRoll Evolution wash press (TRPE) (photo). The upgrade will improve the Heinola's Neutral-Sulfite Semi-Chemical (NSSC) line washing, which will result in a better product quality and strengthened competitive position.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The installation is scheduled to start up during spring 2018.

"This will be the first fifth generation Valmet TwinRoll wash press delivery to Finland. The press will give more flexibility in production and ensure an improved washing of the NSSC pulp before the board machine, and in that way, improve the quality of the final product," says Lari Lammi, Senior Process Manager at Valmet.

"We want to improve the pulp washing efficiency with moderate washing water volumes. A TwinRoll Press showed to be a compact solution when the alternative washers were more in numbers or bigger in size. We are waiting the start-up with great interest to see the TwinRoll Press operation and washing efficiency," says Timo Riuttanen, Process Development Manager at StoraEnso Heinola mill.

Information about Valmet's delivery
The scope of delivery includes the Valmet Twinroll evolution wash press (TRPE) with basic engineering, training and site services as well as spare parts. The TRPE wash press features displacement washing and pressing to 30-32% consistency at 2.5-10% feed consistency. The TRPE wash press is ideal for applications where high washing efficiency and capacity are required.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117162
 02.06.2017

Valmet to supply a moisturizer system to Schumacher Poledno's corrugated line in Poland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a moisturizer system to Schumacher Poledno's corrugated line in Bukowiec, Poland. The Valmet IQ Moisturizer (photo) with two beams will enable the mill to improve corrugated board quality and reduce production losses caused by warped board. The system will be started up in July 2017.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. 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.

The order was preceded by a successful trial of the Valmet moisturizer beams in late 2016 on the customer's 2.8-meter-wide production line.

"We had good experience with re-moisturizing high-grammage 5-ply boards with another device. However, the patented nozzles of the Valmet IQ Moisturizer provide a fine water mist instead of a water jet onto the board and thus offer better controllability. We can now use the device for all board grades without having the negative impact of water stripes," comments Slawomir Kubinski, Maintenance Manager at Schumacher Poledno.

"We are very pleased that the Schumacher team gave us the opportunity to present the advantages of Valmet IQ quality controls for the first time in Poland. Poland has a strong corrugated board market, consisting of both liner production and a high number of corrugated lines. It was great to get positive feedback from the Schumacher team about the improvements already during the first trials," states Christian Kallich, Country Manager, Central and Eastern Europe, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Moisturizer
Valmet IQ Moisturizer is the industry's most advanced family of moisturizing systems. The air-atomized micro-droplet nozzle, combined with a linear water control valve and an electromechanical actuator with position feedback, is an application-matched solution for corrugated board makers to correct all kinds of warping, decrease cracking tendency and optimize glue consumption.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #117084
 24.05.2017

Valmet to supply an off-machine coater rebuild for Hansol Paper in South Korea  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an off-machine coater rebuild for Hansol Paper Co., Ltd., at its Shintanjin site in South Korea. The target of the rebuild is to convert the paper mill for thermal paper production, and to increase production and market share of high quality thermal grades. Today the off-machine coater is producing coated wood-free paper grades. The mill will gradually decrease the portion of printing papers and other low-profit products. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically EUR 10-20 million.

"The making of thermal paper is quite challenging. Thermal coating color is very expensive and requires very sensitive drying. Valmet has a long history of providing successful thermal coating machines - our technology and process knowhow is on a very good level. The references and the knowhow about thermal process convinced Hansol Paper to choose Valmet", says Senior Sales Manager Pekka Jernberg from 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 coverage even with thin layers, thus the amount of expensive thermal coating color can be kept low. The delivery includes also two calenders, a reel and coating air dryers. The capacity and the temperatures of the air dryers 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 5,300 mm wide (reel) off machine coater will produce fine paper and thermal grades. The design speed for the new parts is 1,500 m/min. After the rebuild, the thermal paper production capacity of Hansol Paper will be approximately 320,000 tonnes/year.
(Valmet Coproration)

Newsgrafik #117048
 22.05.2017

Valmet and Orora's Botany Mill renewed the services agreement  (Company news)

Valmet and Orora Limited have signed a multi-year agreement to continue the supply of maintenance and technology services for board making line 'B9' at Orora's Botany Mill in New South Wales, Australia.

The value of the agreement will not be disclosed. The agreement will be effective as of July 1, 2017.

Photo: Valmet and Orora signed an agreement to continue the journey forward

Continuation of good cooperation
Valmet supplied the complete B9 containerboard line in 2012 and took full responsibility for establishing the maintenance operations, mill maintenance services, management of several improvement projects and the mill utilities since start-up.

"Valmet is one of our key partners and supports B9's operation as a world class paper mill. Orora and Valmet have worked closely together over the past five years and we have renewed the maintenance agreement to continue our cooperative relationship. The new agreement offers our business many benefits and we look forward to working with Valmet to maintain and enhance the high performance of the B9 facility," says Scott Beckett, Maintenance & Engineering Manager, Botany Mill, Orora Limited.

"We are fully engaged and integrated into one B9 team and have been working side by side to deliver steady results in all areas since the machine's start-up. The renewal of this maintenance agreement is the best acknowledgement of what we have achieved over the years together with Orora. We're happy to share the journey forward with the B9 team to continuously improve the performance of the equipment and process, and keep B9 as a safe and stimulating place to work," says Pierre De Villiers, General Manager for Valmet in Australia and New Zealand.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Extended scope in the renewed maintenance outsourcing agreement includes a 'Booster Package' targeting clear and systematic development of planned and unplanned downtime to best in class levels. The maintenance agreement also includes comprehensive automation services, enabling the maintenance team to monitor the process, perform troubleshooting and corrections remotely, and utilize the acquired data to optimize the process operation through the Valmet Industrial Internet.

Other complementary agreements with Orora and its B9 facility include a Cooperation Agreement in which Valmet process experts and board makers work together to optimize various processes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116985
 17.05.2017

Valmet to upgrade evaporator train at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp & paper mill in Sweden  (Company news)

Picture: Evaporation plant at the BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden

Valmet will supply an upgrade of the evaporation plant at BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön pulp and paper mill in Sweden. The evaporation plant in a mill concentrates black liquor from the pulp cooking process. The installation of the new equipment is scheduled for spring 2018.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A project of this type and scope is typically valued below EUR 15 million.

In this project, the existing evaporation train will be converted, from using medium-pressure steam as today's heating media, to become essentially low-pressure steam driven. This will optimize the overall steam balance at the Gruvön mill by making medium pressure steam available for the mill's new liquid board machine that will be installed at the mill.

"Valmet delivered the original evaporator train in 2001 and we are happy to cooperate with BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön also for this important plant modification. This upgrade will be beneficial in many ways for Gruvön mill. Besides ensuring medium pressure steam for the new board machine, we are adding washable heating surfaces in order to improve the availability and flexibility of the upgraded evaporation plant," says Thomas Norrgård, Product Sales Manager EVAPS at Valmet.

Details about the delivery
From the evaporation plant the evaporated water is brought back to the pulp process in order to minimize mill's water consumption. After evaporation the concentrated black liquor is fired in the recovery boiler for steam generation and recovery of cooking chemicals.

New equipment to be installed includes a TUBEL evaporator, two Tube Evaporators, two liquor preheaters, and Valmet's patented LP-steam boosting system. A substantial upgrade of the piping system will also be performed as part of the plant upgrade.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116991
 16.05.2017

Valmet's Advanced Process Control application improves combustion at ...  (Company news)

... WestRock's Covington mill in Virginia, USA

Picture: Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager protects the combustion process against variations in production, fuel amount, fuel quality and combustion circumstances

Valmet's Advanced Process Control (APC) application, Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager, has improved combustion for the biomass boiler at WestRock's Covington mill in Virginia, USA.

By optimizing combustion, the mill has been able to maximize and increase the main steam output of the biomass boiler beyond the maximum continuous rating (MCR). Other benefits include more stable and controlled boiler steam output as well as improved operational uniformity across shifts, furnace symmetry and spray valve control. Valmet's APC application estimates the British thermal units (BTU) of the biomass fuel in real time and ensures a consistent optimum fuel power-to-air ratio.

The application has lowered the average O2 by about 0.3 percentage points, which improves boiler efficiency, reduces NOX emissions and subsequently minimizes NH3 consumption. Additionally, Valmet's advanced load controller now properly allocates the fuel demand between the feeders, taking into account any control and/or mechanical process limitations.

"This improvement has enabled us to run a higher, more stable load, resulting in a record-setting steaming average the following month," says Barry Hensley, Powerhouse Superintendent, WestRock.

The combustion control application is part of the boiler plant's Valmet DNA automation system. In 2012, Valmet was chosen as the automation supplier for the new biomass bubbling fluidized bed boiler at the Covington mill. The scope of the system included the boiler, Balance of the Plant, auxiliaries and a training simulator. Valmet's strong project execution team and close cooperation with Covington personnel made it possible to meet the challenging project deadlines.

"Valmet's commitment to a shared journey forward together with the Covington mill is how the APC project came about. The ROI for the project was less than six months. With our solution and biomass expertise, and working together with the mill's personnel, we were able to exceed all the project targets," says David Eapen, Solution Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet's Advanced Process Control
Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager is an advanced control application for the optimized combustion of both bubbling and circulating fluidized bed boilers. The purpose of the application is to protect the combustion process against variations in production, fuel amount, fuel quality and combustion circumstances.

As a result, Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager provides several environmental, operational and financial benefits, including a stabilized combustion process, increased boiler efficiency, a wider boiler operation range, minimized flue gas oxygen content, as well as minimized NOX and CO emissions.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116946
 10.05.2017

Valmet to supply new bleaching plant to CENIBRA's pulp mill in Brazil  (Company news)

Picture: CENIBRA's pulp mill in Belo Oriente in Brazil

Valmet has been selected as supplier for a new bleaching plant to be installed at CENIBRA's pulp mill in Belo Oriente in Brazil. The new plant will have the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes of pulp per year. Start-up is scheduled to be in April, 2018.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2016 orders received. A typical value for this scope of supply is around EUR 30-50 million.

The new bleaching plant, equipped with Valmet's modern TwinRoll press technology, will replace the original plant, dated from 1977, that is based on vacuum filter technology. The bleach plant renewal utilizing the most advanced existing washer technology, is part of CENIBRA's project for fiberline modernization.

"Along the years, CENIBRA has searched the balance between the production activities and environmental performance, always looking for the process improvement of pulp production through implementation of environmentally sustainable projects and technological innovations, as this new bleaching plant," mentioned the Industrial Director and Technician, Róbinson Félix from CENIBRA.

"By upgrading individual key process parts in chemical pulping to latest technology, it is possible to reach significant reductions in environmental impacts, and at the same time, increase the performance of the production process. We are very pleased that CENIBRA appreciates our bleach plant technology and that we got their confidence to deliver this important project," says Stefan Mattson, Vice President, Fiber Processing, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116916
 28.04.2017

Valmet's Interim Review January 1 - March 31, 2017: Orders received increased - ...  (Company news)

...especially in the Paper business line

January-March 2017: Order backlog at a record-high level following the increase in orders received
-Orders received increased to EUR 1,005 million (EUR 803 million).
-----Orders received increased in all business lines.
-----Orders received increased in Asia-Pacific, North America and EMEA, remained at the previous year's level in China and decreased in South America.
-Net sales remained at the previous year's level at EUR 671 million (EUR 652 million).
-----Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy business line and remained at the previous year's level in the Automation, Paper, and Services business lines.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 35 million (EUR 31 million) and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 5.1 percent (4.8%).
-----Profitability improved due to higher gross profit and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.12 (EUR 0.08).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR 3 million (EUR -2 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 94 million (EUR 3 million).

Guidance for 2017
On April 12, 2017, Valmet revised upwards its net sales guidance for 2017. According to the revised guidance, Valmet estimates that net sales in 2017 will increase in comparison with 2016 (EUR 2,926 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2017 will increase in comparison with 2016 (EUR 196 million).

Photo: President and CEO Pasi Laine

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
Global economic activity is picking up with a cyclical recovery in investment, manufacturing, and trade. World growth is expected to rise from 3.1 percent in 2016 to 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.6 percent in 2018. Stronger activity, expectations of more robust global demand, reduced deflationary pressures, and optimistic financial markets are all upside developments. However, structural impediments to a stronger recovery and a balance of risks that remains tilted to the downside remain important challenges. (International Monetary Fund, April 18, 2017)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook has increased to a good level in services (previously satisfactory level) and decreased to a weak level in pulp (previously satisfactory level).

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

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Strong start to the year due to high order activity
The high customer activity in the last quarter of 2016 continued through the first quarter of 2017. Both the Services and Paper business lines had a record-high quarter in orders received, while also the Automation and Pulp and Energy business lines were able to increase orders received compared to last year. In Pulp and Energy, especially the energy market has been active.

Due to the positive development in all business lines, Valmet's orders received for the last twelve months now stand at EUR 3.3 billion, which is an all-time high level for the company. Following the high order activity, the order backlog has increased 18 percent from a year ago. The record-high order backlog of EUR 2.6 billion gives Valmet a strong start to the year.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116771
 13.04.2017

A Valmet supplied demonstration scale plant for second generation sugar extraction ...   (Company news)

... officially opened at Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa

In 2016 Sappi and Valmet agreed on a joint development project to deliver a demonstration plant to Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa in order to explore and optimize the extraction of biorenewable chemicals.

Photo: The opening ceremonies of the second generation sugar extraction demonstration plant were conducted by Sappi and Valmet representatives at the Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa

The demonstration plant was officially opened on April 5, 2017. Guests from all over the world participated in the opening ceremony which included speeches from Sappi and Valmet management representatives.

The event was opened by Alex Thiel, Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Southern Africa and followed by SW Engelbrecht, General Manager Sappi Ngodwana Mill, who gave a mill perspective. Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President Pulp and Energy, Valmet, highlighted the good cooperation between Sappi and Valmet and finally Luis Kruyshaar, leader of Sappi Biotech division, introduced the biotechnology concept.

"The plant continues Sappi's strategic move into the biomaterials and bio-energy business fields to extract more value from the production processes and in response to the global demand for renewable materials with a lower carbon footprint," commented Andrea Rossi, Group Head Technology from Sappi.

"The development of solutions to replace fossil materials with renewable ones and to produce new high-value end products is one of Valmet's research and development focus areas. This project is a concrete example of new opportunities. By working together, we have been able to combine Valmet's leading technology knowledge with Sappi's process and market insight," said Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy from Valmet.

"New revenue opportunities include possibilities to extract biobased materials from the cooking plant such as hemicellulose sugars and lignin for beneficiation to higher value biochemicals. The products under development will expand Sappi's renewable biomaterials offering which include nanocellulose, biocomposites and lignosulphonate," said Louis Kruyshaar, leader of the new Sappi Biotech division.

The plant is close to industrial size and makes it possible to study the next generation dissolving cooking process and test new ideas in mill scale.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116758
 12.04.2017

Valmet to supply process automation and quality control systems to Jiangxi Taison Paper's ...  (Company news)

... four tissue machines in China

Valmet will supply Valmet DNA automation systems and Valmet IQ quality control systems to Jiangxi Taison Paper's four new tissue machines, TM7, TM8, TM9 and TM10, at its greenfield mill in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, China. By installing Valmet's advanced automation technology in these tissue machines, the mill will be able to optimize machine performance and end-product quality.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Typically, the order value of these kinds of automation system deliveries ranges from below one million to three million euros.

"Valmet is one of the top suppliers for the Chinese pulp and paper industry. The company has very good tissue machine and automation technologies, wide experience and many successful references in China. It's also very important for us that Valmet has a professional local service team close to us. We trust in Valmet," says Wu Jianxiong, General Manager, Jiangxi Taison.

"Jiangxi Taison can count on highly efficient project management, on-time delivery and a successful startup when working with Valmet. Our proven technology for tissue making, such as non-nuclear measurements and the reliable Valmet DNA platform, will enable the mill to succeed and move its performance forward," says Andy Zhang, Area Sales Manager, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery will include Valmet DNA distributed control systems (DCS) to control the four tissue machines and Valmet IQ quality control systems (QCS) with scanning measurement sensors.

One of the QCS highlights is Valmet IQ Fiber Measurement, which simultaneously measures fiber weight and moisture. It was specially developed to replace traditional nuclear basis weight sensors. Today, close to 200 sensors are in use on the machines with a furnish that ranges from virgin pulp to 100% recycled fiber. The combination of the two measurements in one sensor - fiber weight and moisture - considerably reduces investment and life-cycle costs as well as eliminates the need for nuclear licenses, safety training and handling procedures.

Jiangxi Taison Paper Ltd., a subsidiary of Taison Group, is located in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province. It will build a new plant with an annual production capacity of 480,000 tons of tissue paper. The new hygiene product lines will be capable of making 1.8 billion sanitary pads and diapers per year.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116737
 11.04.2017

Valmet received a repeat order for Advantage THRU-AIR tissue line from First Quality Tissue, USA  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete Advantage ThruAir tissue line to First Quality Tissue (FQT) in USA. The new production line is planned to be started-up in the second quarter of 2018 and it will add 70,000 tons of ultra-premium quality tissue to the company's annual production.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Valmet has previously delivered three Advantage ThruAir lines to FQT's Anderson mill. They were started up in 2011, 2012 and 2016.

"Once again we have been awarded with the opportunity to continue to support FQT on their expansion plans in the ultra-premium tissue category. The fact that this is the fourth machine shows that we can deliver according to very high expectations and we are excited to continue the very good partnership with FQT ", says Jan Larsson, Director of Tissue Technology Sales, North America at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116719
 10.04.2017

Valmet to supply an Advantage ThruAir tissue production line to Irving Consumer Products  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a new Advantage ThruAir (TAD) machine for Irving Consumer Products. The new machine increases Irving's capacity for premium household paper products. The machine will be delivered in 2018, and will support Irving's ambition to provide premium products to the North American market.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Valmet and Irving share a long history of partnership and this will be their fifth project together. Valmet has previously delivered ThruAir machines to Irving in Fort Edward, New York, and Toronto, Ontario, as well as major rebuilds of TM1 and TM2 tissue machines in Saint John, New Brunswick.

"The new TAD machine will help Irving Consumer Products continue to grow and deliver premium quality tissue paper products to our customers," said Robert K. Irving, President of Irving Consumer Products.

"We are happy to continue our relationship with Irving Consumer Products, working together to continuously improve their operations and performance. This new Advantage ThruAir Drying machine will increase Irving's production capacity for bath tissue with superior bulk and softness, and for towel products with excellent performance strength and absorbency," says Jan Erikson, VP for Sales, Tissue mills business unit, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will comprise 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 delivery also includes mist and dust systems, automation systems, basic mill engineering, and advisory services.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116692
 05.04.2017

First Valmet Advantage NTT machine in Europe successfully started at Renova in Portugal  (Company news)

In late January Portuguese tissue manufacturer Renova produced its first jumbo roll on the first Valmet Advantage NTT tissue line in Europe. The Renova 2 mill, near Torres Novas, Portugal, will utilize the flexibility of the hybrid machine to produce both plain and textured tissue for their typical tissue products in bold colors.

"We are welcoming the production of a new generation of appealing paper at our new PM 7. Now we are eager to discover what we can achieve with the combination of Renova's proactive approach to innovation and Valmet's sustainable Advantage NTT technology. We believe its flexibility can provide us with endless possibilities to produce specially designed textured tissue products," says Mr. Paulo Pereira da Silva, Renova, CEO.

"It's been an exciting project and we are happy to support Renova in taking their tissue products to the next level. Advantage NTT technology is recognized as providing great opportunities to develop premium products with very high softness. We are excited to follow Renova's journey forward," says Jan Erikson, VP Tissue Sales, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machine has a design speed of 1,800 m/min in textured mode and 2,000 m/min in plain mode. The production line is optimized to save energy and fiber, as well as to add the possibility for product differentiation and increase the capacity for premium-quality products.

Valmet's scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line, including an Advantage NTT tissue machine, with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It also features Advantage tissue technology, including an AirCap hood with a WetDust system. The delivery also included basic and detailed mill engineering, complete stock preparation, process and a Valmet DNA Automation system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116651
 31.03.2017

Valmet to supply a fine paper line for Ittihad International Investment in United Arab Emirates  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a fine paper line for Ittihad International Investment L.L.C. in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The new greenfield production line (PM 1) with a wide automation package will be producing high-quality printing and writing paper grades for the growing domestic markets and the Middle East and North Africa region. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the end of year 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 45-70 million.
The order was placed by China Light Industry International Engineering Co., Ltd, an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction work) company, which will be responsible for the complete turnkey delivery of the mill site.

"Ittihad enters the papermaking business for the first time with this new OptiConcept M machine. By guiding and supporting from the very beginning of the sales process, Valmet wanted to ease Ittihad in the complex investment puzzle. We were also able to display well our papermaking concept with good references. The OptiConcept M line enables high productivity and resource efficiency, excellent quality and low operating cost," says Antero Kunnari, Sales Director, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a complete fine papermaking line from a stock preparation line and headbox to a reel followed by a parent roll cart and two winders. The delivery includes also a wide scope of automation. The selected technology and automation improve runnability, quality, and the cost, material and energy efficiency. It is possible to lower basis weight still maintaining stiffness and opacity, which results in raw material savings.

The 7,100 mm wide (wire) paper machine will produce uncoated woodfree paper (WFU) grades. The design speed of the machine will be 1,700 m/min with daily capacity of 1,200 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116584
 27.03.2017

Valmet to supply a winder for Shandong Chenming Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a new winder for Shandong Chenming Paper Ltd. at its Zhanjiang site in Guangdong province, China. The board machine BM 4 producing folding box board (FBB) will be equipped with a new winder to increase winding capacity. The new winder will be started-up in 2018.

Photo: OptiWin Drum two-drum winder similar to one to be delivered for Chenming

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of orders of this type and scope is typically around EUR 5-10 million.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for BM 4 includes a high-capacity OptiWin Drum two-drum winder. The winder is easy to operate, has excellent web separation and its set changes are reliable and fast.

"The high-capacity winder with the latest two-drum technologies is designed for the widest and fastest paper and board machines. This is the third winder with same modern sub-floor concept for Shandong Chenming. The customer has been very happy with the previous two. In this winder model, the winding drums are located below floor level and special attention has been paid to the dynamical behavior of the winder ensuring excellent runnability," comments Senior Technology Manager Jaakko Haapanen from Valmet.

9,620 mm wide (trimmed web width) BM 4 produces folding box board grades with a basis weight range of 175-450 g/m2. The design speed for the winder is 3,000 m/min. The daily production is about 1,670 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116429
 13.03.2017

Valmet to supply two containerboard machines for Nine Dragons in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply two containerboard production lines and related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd. in China. The new production lines (PM 39 in Quanzhou and PM 40 in Chongqing) are planned to produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-ups of the machines are scheduled for 2018.

Photo: Led lighting and video screens increase safety and usability and have a positive effect on the customer's brand

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type and scale is typically valued around EUR 110-130 million.

"The order is a continuation of the long and good cooperation between Nine Dragons and Valmet. We have done business together for many years. In a project of this magnitude, the customer needs to have a reliable partner to ensure fast start-up and good capabilities for continuous services and production support", says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the both board machines will include pulpers for stock preparation, two OptiFlo Fourdrinier headboxes to ensure higher productivity, OptiFormer Multi forming section, a center-roll based OptiPress press section, a dryer section with OptiAir high humidity hood combining systems for ventilation, runnability and heat recovery, OptiSizer Combi, a sizer with film and pond application, coating air dryers, OptiCalender Hard nip calender, OptiReel Center driven linear reel and OptiWin Drum two-drum base winder. The delivery includes also process ventilation equipment for the board machine and Valmet DNA machine control system.

With OptiReel center driven linear reel, the parent reel is moved and built up on solid rails. This new technology increases productivity and improves safety and usability. OptiWin Drum two-drum base winder has a high capacity to meet the production needs and it is also easy to operate. The winder is equipped with Dual Unwind enabling the parent roll change in only one minute. PM 39 and PM 40 will produce testliner and fluting grades with a basis weight range of 75 - 140 g/m2.
(Valmet Corporation)
"The modern industrial design of the board machines proved to be important decision making criteria as well. The delivery will include led lighting and video screens located at the both ends of the machine. In addition to increasing safety and usability, they have a positive effect on the customer's brand. The board machines are also very energy and resource efficient and suitable for high-speed production", comments Senior Sales Manager Pekka Turtinen from Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116411
 08.03.2017

Valmet-supplied fine paper making line for Asia Symbol (GD) Paper started-up ahead of schedule...   (Company news)

...in China

Valmet-supplied fine paper production line for Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd. was successfully started up one month ahead of schedule on January 29, 2017. The new production line PM 12 produces top quality fine papers and it increases the company's capability to produce value-added products. All the produced paper has been saleable from the very start.

"The cooperation with the customer has been excellent. It has been a pleasure to work with the highly motivated and professional teams of both the customer and Valmet. These teams and the outsourced installation company worked well together to meet the revised start-up schedule. The start-up itself was smooth: the machine is operating well and the number of web breaks has remained very low. The start-up curve has proven to be excellent with high daily tonnages," comments Senior Project Manager Jari Laine from Valmet.

Producing high quality fine paper
The project is representing the long-lasting and good cooperation between Asia Symbol and Valmet. Paper making line 11 (start up in 2012) has been producing fine paper at top speeds and maximum efficiency, and has also become a leading fine paper producing machine in China.

For the PM 12, Valmet's delivery includes a complete fine paper making line from stock preparation to reel with an approach flow system, white water systems, air systems, and clothing for the whole machine line as well as a winder. A comprehensive automation package comprises Valmet DNA process, machine and drive controls and conditioning monitoring as well as Valmet IQ quality control system and profilers. The delivery will also include wet end analyzers. With these automation solutions, the entire production process and the end product quality can be optimized for maximized business results.

The new 9.35 m-wide (wire) machine produces wood free uncoated paper grades in the basis weight of 80 g/m2. The production capacity of the machine is approximately 1,700 tons per day and the design speed 1,800 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116364
 03.03.2017

Valmet to supply an evaporation line to Sappi's pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an evaporation line to Sappi Southern Africa Limited to be built at the company's pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa. The new evaporation line 3 will replace the existing line 1, and will meet the future needs of the mill's ongoing pulp production capacity expansion, together with existing evaporation line 2 that was upgraded by Valmet in 2013. The overall steam economy of the mill will also improve with this investment.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2016 orders received. The value of an order of this type is typically valued below EUR 10 million. The new evaporation line is planned to be started up during latter part of 2018.

"The number 1 evaporator plant at Sappi's Ngodwana Mill was commissioned when the mill was built in 1966. Recent upgrades to the mill's product line and production expansions provided an opportunity to replace the original evaporator plant with a modern state of the art plant. Various companies submitted proposals for the expansion project and Valmet was successful in their submission for various reasons, including offering the best technical solution," says SW Engelbrecht, General Manager, Sappi Ngodwana Mill.

"Valmet's global teams, including South African organization, have worked together with Sappi teams to create a new high efficiency evaporation line for dissolving pulp liquor, an application where we have many good modern references globally," says B Syamsundar, Sales Director, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery
Valmet will supply a 6-effect evaporation line tailor-made for dissolving pulp liquor application. The delivery covers main evaporator effects, a surface condenser, flash tanks, platforms and main supporting structures, a vacuum system, as well as vapor ducting and liquor circulation piping.

The new evaporation line 3, will feature same REVAP Concentrator technology as that used for recent evaporation line 2 upgrade, as well as five Tube Evaporators. The new evaporator line includes Valmet's patented ICT (Internal Condensate Treatment) for producing more clean condensate for recycling in the mill. Line 3 will have a design capacity of 310 tons of water per hour, producing heavy liquor at 70% dry solids.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116321
 28.02.2017

Valmet to supply a paper machine rebuild for Sappi Maastricht in the Netherlands  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a paper machine rebuild for Sappi Maastricht in the Netherlands. With the rebuilt paper machine 6 (PM 6), Sappi will be able to improve the existing graphical board products and move into producing high quality solid bleached board (SBB) and folding box board (FBB) grades. Today PM 6 is producing coated woodfree (CWF) paper grades. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for early 2018.

Photo: Signing the contract. Back row from the left Marco Duschak (Valmet), Iiro Luostarinen (Sappi), Kari Sorsa (Valmet), Peter Pijpers (Sappi), front row from the left Rob de Koning (Sappi), Marko Oinonen (Valmet) and Peter Loubele (Sappi)

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"All the technical ideas were tested in pilot conditions at our Paper Technology Centers. With the results from the pilot trials and in close partnership, Sappi and Valmet were able to develop a new concept for Sappi Maastricht - a concept with some unique solutions", says Sales Manager Kari Sorsa from Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the PM 6 will include a new type of OptiFlo headbox and OptiCalender Metal Belt calender. With the headbox, an optimal sheet structure with improved paper properties can be achieved.

The calender ordered by Sappi Maastricht will be the ninth OptiCalender Metal Belt to be supplied by Valmet. With this unique technology, bulk of the produced board can be increased significantly. The surface smoothness, topography and printability of the calendered end products are excellent.

PM 6 will be producing graphical board, SBB and FBB in the basis weight range of 220-450 g/m². The mill has a total capacity of 280,000 tonnes/year.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116208
 16.02.2017

Valmet introduces a new online analyzer for wood chip and bark moisture measurement  (Company news)

The Valmet Chip 'n' Bark Moisture Analyzer (Valmet CBA) (photo) offers pulp mills a new tool to advance productivity and efficiency. Continuously measuring wood chip moisture provides the means to accurately control cooking liquor to chip mass ratio for improved digester operation. When applied to monitor biomass moisture, better boiler efficiency is enabled by the continuous indication of heating value to optimize fuel feeding control and supplementary fuel use.

Improved process performance by innovative analyzer
Valmet CBA replaces time consuming oven dry laboratory measurements by utilizing microwave technology to continuously measure chip, bark, forest residue biomass or recycled wood moisture. A sample flow is taken from the conveyer chute, pushed through the unobstructed measurement chamber and then returned to the chute. Disturbances that affect conveyor mounted instruments have been eliminated with the innovative design and measurement concept.
"As chip and biomass moisture have such a great effect on productivity and efficiency, the continuous measurement provided by Valmet CBA can be effectively used in real time control and provide a rapid return on investment. Together with Valmet's other successful analyzers and controls, it is another tool for the complete optimization of the pulp mill and power plant", says Antti Kokkonen, Product manager, Automation business line, Valmet.

Robust, continuous measurement of wood chip or biomass moisture from 0 to 70%
The robust construction of Valmet CBA, equipped with an integral screw feed sampling unit, is designed for trouble free and straightforward installation. A combination of microwave resonance, Q-value and sample temperature is used to accurately measure moisture content from 0 to 70% and optional heated screw tubes are available where the possibility of ice or frozen material exists. With Industrial Internet functionality, measurement data, alarms and diagnostics are all remotely accessible. Not requiring any special certification or safety procedures, Valmet CBA is applicable to all wood species and forest biomass moisture measurements.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116139
 10.02.2017

Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine rebuild for Sappi North America  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an extensive rebuild for Sappi North America at its Somerset paper manufacturing facility in Skowhegan, Maine, USA. As a result of the rebuild, the paper machine (PM1) will be able to produce both coated paper and a variety of consumer packaging products. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for early 2018.

Photo: The happy sales and project teams from both companies

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically EUR 60-70 millions.

"Valmet has been a long-standing technical resource and solutions-oriented equipment supplier to Sappi. Working together, we recognized the manufacturing potential of PM1 at Somerset and, with Valmet's collaborative technical support, will further advance Sappi North America's diversification into packaging," comments Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi North America.

"We are very happy to have been selected by Sappi North America for this important project. In many ways this project represents the strong and mutual commitment that has been established between Sappi and Valmet based on the good results achieved together during the previous projects. We look forward to strengthening our relationship further while working hard to help Sappi reach their project goals and business objectives," comments Valmet's Dave King, Area President, North America.

Technical information about the project
Paper machine (PM1), currently producing woodfree coated paper grades (WFC), will be rebuilt using some of the most advanced packaging manufacturing technology to produce a variety of both packaging and coated paper products.

Valmet's delivery will include a number of modification and new machine parts in the existing machine to meet the requirements of the new packaging grades.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #116049
 01.02.2017

Four Valmet supplied tissue lines started up within three months at Lee & Man ...  (Company news)

... Paper Manufacturing in China

Four Valmet supplied tissue lines has been successfully started up at Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing's Chongqing mill in China within three months. The new lines, which are designed for production of high quality tissue products with low energy consumption, were all producing sellable paper from the very start.

Photo: Lee & Man tissue line start-up team

Previously Valmet has installed an Advantage DCT 200 tissue line at the same mill in 2015. All five machines are equipped with advanced tissue technology to reach high quality with lowest possible energy consumption.

"The new lines bring a welcome contribution of 240.000 tons of new capacity to our production of consumer products. They will fulfill our requirements for new capacity. The Valmet Advantage DCT Technology's capability to produce high quality tissue with low energy consumption will also support our targets of environmental efficiency and providing high quality tissue products on the market" says Raymond Lee, Chairman, Lee & Man Paper.

"To start-up four machines in three months was a big challenge and is a record hard to beat. Thanks to the well proven technology, great team work and hard effort from everyone involved the machines started up efficiently and even ahead of schedule," says Svenerik Olsson, Director China Tissue, Valmet.

Technical information
Valmet's scope of delivery comprised four complete tissue production lines featuring stock preparation systems and Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machines. The machines are equipped with OptiFlo headboxes and cast alloy Yankee cylinders. They are also featured with the well proven Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, steam heated AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and a SoftReel P reel. Stock preparation equipment, basic engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning were also included in the delivery. The delivery also included an automation package with Valmet DCS and QCS process control systems.

The new tissue machines have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. They will have an annual production of 60.000 tons each of toilet and facial tissue per year, using virgin wood pulp and bleached bamboo fiber as raw material.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115992
 27.01.2017

Valmet enhances its Valmet IQ solutions by introducing a completely revised version of the ...  (Company news)

... Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System

Valmet has introduced a completely renewed version of its Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System, which is an integral element of the Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision System. The web monitoring system is now more compact in size. Its enhanced features provide pulp and papermakers with higher-quality images than before for analysis purposes, enabling them to take virtually instantaneous corrective measures. These features maximize production line efficiency and product quality.

"We have made major changes to our web monitoring system when it comes to its camera, LED light and system structure. These improvements enable papermakers to focus faster on specific web problems and avoid profitability losses," says Aki Torvinen, Business Manager, Machine Vision, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

Compact and modular camera
The web monitoring system camera is compact in size and has a modular structure. Modularity allows the use of different kinds of cameras and optics, such as a manual or motor zoom, or pinhole optics. Furthermore, a separate washer can be added if the camera is located in a challenging environment where cleanliness might present a problem.

The camera is equipped with the latest high-sensitivity Sony CMOS sensor. It is also possible to use a color camera.

New efficient LED light
Unlike the previous model, the Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System has a separate compact LED light module that is synchronized with the camera. This allows better optimization of the light pattern and its direction (patent pending). In total, 140 LEDs are included that feature the latest LED technology. A light output of 45,000 lumens is reached with only 35 watts of power.

Easy to install, use and maintain
The renewed web monitoring system is fully compatible with older generation systems. Data is transferred through standard 1 gigabyte Ethernet components. Due to the low number of components, the system is easy to install, use and maintain.

Technical description of the Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System
The Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System is one of the two elements of the Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) System, a comprehensive machine vision solution. The other element in the PQV system that Valmet launched in 2015 is the Valmet IQ Web Inspection System.

The Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System records video images of the crucial events in the process, such as web breaks, tail feeding and defects triggered by the IQ Web Inspection System. Recorded images are available for playback, enabling operators to quickly find the origin of the event and correct the problem. This shortens downtime after breaks and improves runnability. Optimized machine efficiency delivers fast payback on investment.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115970
 24.01.2017

Valmet to supply three board machine rebuilds in North America  (Company news)

Valmet will supply three board machine rebuilds in North America. The customers remain confidential. The goals of the rebuilds are e.g. to increase production and the use of recycled and non-bleached fibers. The start-ups of the rebuilt board machines are scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

The orders are included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2016 orders received. The value of the orders will not be disclosed. The combined value of these types of orders is typically valued at EUR 20-30 million.

"Due to large installed base of paper and board machines in North America and their ageing technology, the need for machine modernizations is quite constant. In number of cases, important reason for the modernizations is to increase energy and resource efficiency. This is also linked to the growing trend of lightweighting in board production. Additionally our customers want to increase the use of recycled and non-bleached fibers," comments Sales Director Jari Siitonen from Valmet.

All together these three deliveries will include modifications to two stock preparation systems and a modification to approach flow system, a number of modifications to the wet ends of the board machines, including a new headbox, and a rebuilt forming section, a new press section, a press section rebuild and modifications to two dryer sections.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115940
 20.01.2017

Valmet to supply an evaporation plant to Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper mill in Russia  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a new evaporation plant, a combustion plant for gases generated in the production process and related automation systems for Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper mill in Novodvinsk, Russia. The delivery will be part of execution of the second stage of the mill`s priority investment project Reconstruction of Board Production.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2016 orders received. The value of an order of this type is typically valued around EUR 40 million.

The delivery will include two new evaporation trains for liquors from kraft pulp cooking and semi-chemical pulp cooking processes, systems for collection, handling and combustion of gases and a new automation system to control the processes. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled for 2019.

"The new evaporation plant construction, as well as other projects within the scope of the priority investment project, will be performed in order to optimize existing technologies and implement best available technologies (BAT) to reduce the formation of pollutants in the process cycle. As a result of long-term close and fruitful cooperation of the two companies' experts, all possible options were considered, and an optimal process concept was developed taking into account specific operating conditions with different liquors, possible difficulties and risks, and allowing flexible and uninterrupted process flow," says Dmitry Zylev, General Director, Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill.

Technical details about the delivery
The new evaporation plant will enable the evaporation of waste red and black liquors based on their formation rate at the maximum capacity of semi-chemical and kraft pulp cooking plants of the board production to provide two board machines with raw material after their reconstruction.

"The combustion plant for gases generated in the production process will completely eliminate the emissions from the new evaporation plant and semi-chemical pulping," says Sami Kervinen, Senior Sales Manager, Energy Sales and Services, EMEA, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115828
 09.01.2017

HC bleaching success at Rottneros  (Company news)

A Valmet cost-effective HC (High Consistency) bleach plant was the natural choice when Rottneros invested to increase its competitiveness in market pulp sales. Results after the start up show that it was the right choice.

The long term target at Rottneros is to increase total production at the plant from 150,000 to 200,000 tons/year and at the CTMP plant from 80,000 to 120,000 tons/year.

Building a HC bleach plant with improved washing on the existing CTMP line was the first step.

Project
The contract was signed during October 2015. During January 2016, work began on the building. The first machine was delivered in July. In mid-September, the bleach plant was started up and has operated flawlessly since then. Completion of the project called for holding to a ridged schedule. And it was kept. Less than two weeks were required for the final inspection and startup. Part of the success can be attributed to the training maintenance and operating staff received before start up.

Results
-Chemical consumption has been reduced by about 20% - which contributes to a very favorable ROI.
-Production has increased From 270 to 330 tons/day
-Refiner production has increased from 12.5 to 14 tons/hour
-Daily production record has been exceeded several times and now the target is a new monthly record
-Reduction of the COD content of the pulp has been achieved
-Availability has been close to 100%.

The operationally reliable equipment Valmet supplied has contributed to lower production costs and higher quality of the final product. And now the initial target at Rottneros calling for increased competiveness in the future has been achieved.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115803
 03.01.2017

Valmet to supply a white liquor pressure disc filter to Daio Paper Co. Ltd. in Japan  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a white liquor pressure disc filter to Daio Paper Co. Ltd's Mishima pulp mill in Japan. The new filter is scheduled to start-up in September, 2017.

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2016 orders received. The value of this kind of an order is typically less than EUR 5 million.

"Daio Paper planned for a new white liquor filter to be installed in parallel with the existing two lines of white liquor filters. This investment is done in order to be able to increase the white liquor production, which was limited in the existing lines. Daio selected the Valmet OptiDisc WL filter as the preferred technology for this de-bottlenecking project," says Jiro Nakamura, Product Sales Manager at Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
White liquor filters are used at pulp mill's chemical recovery process to secure a consistent quality of the white liquor, with an optimal strength suitable for the plant. Modern digesters need a high and consistent quality of white liquor to produce the optimal pulp quality and yield in cooking.

Valmet's delivery includes a new OptiDisc WL filter, pumps piping, valves, platforms, erection and start-up services. The OptiDisc WL filter produces completely clear white liquor and washes the lime mud. The very high white liquor yield increases upstream capacity and eliminates the potential process disturbances that increased amount of dregs, and other non-process elements (NPE's) in the white liquor, can cause in the pulp cooking process.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115714
 19.12.2016

Valmet to supply key technology for Sun Paper's new dissolving pulp mill in Laos  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver key technology for a new green field dissolving pulp mill to Sun Paper's new investment in Laos. The mill site, Muang Phin, is located in the southern province of Savanakhet. The target is to start pulp production during the 2nd quarter of 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is around EUR 20 million.

"This is our first international investment where we are expanding beyond China. Laos has shown to be a good location for this mill from where we will supply high profit dissolving to China. China is an important market for dissolving pulp and we expect to gain higher profits from dissolving pulp compared to kraft pulp in China," says Liu Yanbo, Mill Manager at Sun Paper.

"We are very pleased to start this dissolving pulp mill project together with Sun Paper. Valmet has long experience and a wide scope of technologies in supplying equipment and processes for the production of dissolving pulp for various end products. Together with our customer we will create a mill producing pure high-quality pulp," says Pasi Mäkelä, Vice President, Pulp Mill Sales at Valmet.

Valmet has strong market position and is systematically increasing its presence at the Asia Pacific region. All of Valmet's businesses are present in the area and in 2015 it represented about 13% of Valmet's net sales, excluding China that represented another 10 % of Valmet's net sales. Valmet has 10 service points in the area and is opening a new services center in Indonesia in 2017.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet delivery to Sun Paper's new 250 kt/year dissolving pulp mill in Laos includes key technology for various process areas. Valmet's scope of supply includes batch cooking (photo) with engineering package, brown stock and bleaching presses for the fiber line, wood powder firing, belt dryer and lime kiln. Valmet also establishes site services for all goods delivered.

The batch cooking is an ideal fit for this kind of dissolving pulp production. In batch cooking the process can utilize raw materials with varying quality. The wood powder firing solution provides fuel for the lime kiln solution and reduces the need for fossil fuels. This wood power firing implementation is first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115693
 16.12.2016

Valmet to supply a capacity increase project for Matías Gomá Tomás' board mill  (Company news)

Valmet has received an order for a board machine capacity increase upgrade and a three year paper machine clothing agreement from Matías Gomá Tomás S.A.'s board mill in La Riba, Catalonia, Spain. The delivery of the capacity increase project is scheduled to take place by the end of 2016 and the start-up to be in the end of February 2017.

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2016 orders received. The value of an upgrade of this scope is usually valued around EUR 4 million excluding the paper machine clothing agreement.

The target of the rebuild is to increase production capacity and production speed by improving runnability, reducing breaks and increasing drying capacity.

"Valmet's wide offering and good work during the study phase, providing our mill a suitable technical solution according to our requirements, made us to choose Valmet as the key supplier to our project. I want to highlight the great collaboration with Valmet team. Our needs were fully taken into account in the solution. Having Valmet as a main partner we are confident this rebuild will to be a success," says Josep Mª Grau, Mill Manager from Matías Gomá Tomás.

"In this kind of an improvement project which has a wide scope we can really show our expertise in helping customer to improve their performance and reaching their targets," says Eduardo Ruiz, Senior Product Sales Manager, Spain.

Technical information of the delivery
Matías Gomá Tomás, S.A. produces corrugated board and linerboard with 5.0 m wide board machine with the top speed of 350 m/min.

Valmet's delivery for the capacity increase includes a new pick-up felt loop, perforated uhle box covers, hood ventilation upgrade, steam and condensate system upgrade and additional drying cylinders.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115615
 09.12.2016

Valmet to supply automation technology to Nepa Limited in India  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver automation technology to Nepa Limited in India for its two refurbished paper machines and new deinking plant. The solutions enable the paper mill to increase productivity and improve product quality. The startup of the new system is scheduled for the end of February 2017.

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2016 orders received. Typically the order value of this kind of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"Cooperation with Valmet will significantly improve the performance of our mill and the equipment, also enabling us to optimize our resources and boost sustainability. With Valmet's advanced technologies, we will be able to improve quality and increase productivity," says Mr. R. Alagesan, General Manager, Projects & Works, Nepa Limited.

"The customer's decision to have only one platform for the process and quality controls provides us with an excellent opportunity to show our expertise in paper industry automation. This decision enables a good start for the mill's development plans and will take our cooperation forward," says Pravin Tripathi, Head of Sales & Service, India, Automation business line, Valmet.

Technical details of the delivery
Valmet's delivery to Nepa Limited includes a mill-wide Valmet DNA automation system to control the two paper machines, PM 1 and PM 2, as well as the deinking plant.

The delivery also includes a complete Valmet IQ quality control system with scanning measurements and state-of-the-art multipredictive cross direction and machine direction controls. The scanning system includes new scanners with basis weight, moisture, caliper and ash measurements. Valmet IQ X-Ray Ash Measurement represents a new generation in ash measurement and is the first one to be delivered to India.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115569
 02.12.2016

Valmet to adopt 3D printing technology in its manufacturing processes  (Company news)

Valmet has become one of the first technology suppliers to the global pulp and paper industry to adopt 3D printing technology in its manufacturing processes to shorten lead times.

Photo: 3D printer can be used to produce molds with customer-specific refiner segment patterns

"3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is an excellent example of an emerging technology that has huge potential to be exploited widely in Valmet in the future. We have taken a big step towards offering next-generation products without being limited by yesterday's production processes," says Ari Saario, R&D Director at Valmet.

At its new 3D Competence Center, which was opened earlier this year in Sundsvall, Sweden, Valmet has to date successfully used this breakthrough technology to manufacture molding patterns and selected spare parts. The printing materials include aluminum, Inconel and type 316L steel. The center continuously runs trials with various printing materials and explores ideas for products that can be printed with a 3D printer.

Cutting lead times and time to market
The benefits of 3D printing for pulp and paper mills lie in shorter lead times when a new mold is needed for a customer-specific pattern. It will also be possible to print parts on demand for rapid delivery.

For Valmet, adopting this new production method means cutting the time to market for new products. With this technology Valmet will be able produce patterns and parts regardless of shape, and tool requirements will no longer present any restrictions.

Information about 3D printing or additive manufacturing
The terms "3D printing" and "additive manufacturing" both refer to the same process: using digital 3D design data to build up a component by depositing material layer by layer.

Additive manufacturing is, in fact, a more accurate term, as it describes a professional production technique. Instead of milling a piece from a solid block, for example, components are built up layer by layer using materials that are available in fine powder form, such as a variety of metals, plastics and composite materials.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115427
 16.11.2016

Valmet enters into a strategic partnership for power and process industry automation in ...  (Company news)

... Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia

Valmet has signed a strategic value-added reseller (VAR) agreement for power and process industry automation with Globetech Pty Ltd based in Australia and Globetech Asia based in Vietnam. The agreement covers Australia, New Zealand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore and possibly other South East Asian countries later on.

Photo: Shaking hands over Valmet's new strategic value-added reseller (VAR) agreement for power and process industry automation. Pictured from left: Florentino Chicharo, CEO, Globetech Pty Ltd; Kari Heikkilä, Director, Partner Business, Automation, Valmet; Gerry Cardozo, General Manager, Globetech Asia; and Hannu Yrjölä, Manager, Sales & Services, Thailand and Vietnam, Automation, Valmet.

"By having an experienced automation partner by our side, we will be able to better serve our customers in the power and process industries. Valmet's system reliability and upgradability are important factors when our customers make decisions about their investments," says Florentino Chicharo, CEO, Globetech Pty Ltd.

"This agreement is in line with our strategy to strengthen our global presence. We see high potential in expanding our power and process automation system business together with the help of Globetech's local presence," explains Kari S. Heikkilä, Director, Partner Business, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet's role in the partnership is to supply its Valmet DNA automation and information platform for process control, whereas Globetech is responsible for project execution and resources. Valmet DNA is already being used in thousands of power plants and industrial processes around the world.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115425
 15.11.2016

Valmet receives a repeat order for process and quality vision system from Stora Enso Sunila Mill...   (Company news)

...in Kotka, Finland

Valmet has received a repeat order for a Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision system (PQV) from Stora Enso Sunila Mill in Kotka, Finland. By monitoring dirt and shives on the mill's pulp drying line 6, the system optimizes both end product quality and line efficiency. The new system will be started up in November 2016. Valmet supplied a similar PQV system for the mill's pulp drying line 4 in 2015.

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2016 orders received. Typically the order value of this kind of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"The results reached with the traditional dirt count method on a light table and the PQV correlate well. Additionally, we now have access to real-time dirt count data in the control room without any delay, and this helps us to control our process faster and more precisely than before," says Henrik Antila, Fiber Line Operations Manager, Stora Enso Sunila.

"This solution features excellent dirt count calculation thanks to its highly advanced defect analysis methods that allow constant, real-time detection of small dirt specks and shives on a fast moving web in the pulp drying processes," says Jukka Paananen, Product Manager, On-Line Quality Management Solutions, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's PQV delivery to Stora Enso Sunila Mill features a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) that consists of a high-definition matrix camera system and a matching light source to capture crystal clear images of defects in the sheet. Located on the pulp drying machine after the drying section, utilization of the PQV system gives the mill efficient and continuous online quality control.

Sunila's operators can follow dirt count numbers on process control system displays in the control room. Also, they can check dirt distribution on a defect map that is available on a separate screen. The PQV provides online proof of Sunila's typically low dirt counts as dirt count quality control is based on measurements traceable to each bale table. Average dirt counts can be included in each customer delivery.

Unlike other web inspection systems, four matrix cameras allow the LED light beam to use an extremely short duration flash for sharp images unaffected by web speed. The camera system is flicker free and safe for human eyes, the short-duration flash requires little power and avoids heat buildup. Image analysis software with advanced detection algorithms detects and classifies even the smallest dirt specks and shives on the web.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115404
 11.11.2016

Valmet and Kotkamills sign an extensive automation service agreement  (Company news)

Valmet and Kotkamills Oy have signed an extensive automation service agreement. In addition to supporting production processes, the agreement will secure high availability of automation at the entire Kotkamills mill and especially on the new consumer packaging board machine BM 2. This is one of Valmet's most extensive service agreements for automation in Finland to date.

Kotkamills recently converted its printing paper machine PM 2 into BM 2 to produce high-quality barrier board and folding boxboard. The machine was started up in July 2016. Valmet supplied key technology and automation solutions, including automation, information and quality management systems, analyzers, profilers, a machine vision system as well as process and control development services for the grade conversion project.

"We had a limited service agreement with Valmet earlier. With our new BM 2, we felt we now needed more advise and support, since there is still a lot of development work to be done on the new board machine. And Valmet has strong know-how in automation and boardmaking," says Jan Lousa, Project Manager, Electrical Automation, Kotkamills.

"With the comprehensive services, we will help Kotkamills manage the processes in their entirety, speed up startups, as well as optimize production and end product quality. These services will ensure that the mill can now get everything out of its processes. The service agreement well reflects Valmet's new service approach - the Shared Journey Forward. This offering covers reliability and performance services as well as the introduction of new technologies," points out Emilia Torttila-Miettinen, Customer Service Manager, Services, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's service agreement
According to the new service agreement, there will be an on-site Valmet service engineer at the Kotkamills mill most of the time. He will participate in mill-wide automation-related maintenance, development and coordination in cooperation with the mill and other partners named by the mill. When needed, the mill will have access to services provided by Valmet's application experts.

Additionally, the agreement includes process performance monitoring and process control upkeep, 24-hour on-call service, spare parts, annual condition check-ups of the automation, quality control as well as process and quality vision systems, analyzer maintenance, antivirus service, regular follow-up and development meetings with the mill, along with reporting through the Valmet portal. Valmet and Kotkamills also signed a development agreement that covers the advanced controls at the digester and causticizing plants.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115342
 07.11.2016

Valmet to supply a headbox upgrade for Green Forest (QingXin) Paper Industrial Limited  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a headbox upgrade and two headbox recondition service packages to Green Forest (QingXin) Paper Industrial Limited paper mill in Qingxin County, Qingyuan, China. The delivery is scheduled to take place in September 2017, and the start-up to be in October and November 2017.

Photo: Board machine at the Green Forest (QingXin) Paper Industrial Limited paper mill in Qingxin County, Qingyuan, China

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2016 orders received. The value of an upgrade of this scope is usually valued around EUR 1 million.

"Valmet has proven technology, products and services bringing us reliability and performance. This upgrade turns our slice controlled headbox into a dilution-controlled headbox and we expect this to improve our board quality," says Mr. Wu Guixing, Production Director, Green Forest paper mill.

"This RetroDilution headbox upgrade will bring better controllability of the headbox and improved end product quality with improved basis weight profile and fiber orientation to the customer. We are happy to bring this new technology to China and thank Green Forest for the excellent cooperation and mutual trust," says Kevin Jiang, Director, South Sales, China.

Technical information of the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes RetroDilution headbox upgrade to Green Forest (QingXin) Paper Industrial Limited's board machine 2 and headbox recondition service packages to paper machine 1 and board machine 2. This RetroDilution headbox upgrade delivery is first of its kind in mainland China.
The RetroDilution for headbox is a dilution control retrofit that provides a cost-effective way of modernizing an existing slice lip controlled headbox into a dilution controlled one.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115358
 04.11.2016

Change in Valmet's Executive Team  (Company news)

Mr. David (Dave) King (B.Sc. (Eng), photo) has been appointed Area President of Valmet's North America area as of 15 November, 2016. He will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

David King is currently employed at Valmet as Senior Vice President, Pulp and Energy, North America. During his career David has gained vast leadership experience in several management positions covering services, sales and business development in Valmet, Metso and ABB. He has gained extensive experience in the power generation industry, in customer relationship management and in team leadership.

Mr. William (Bill) Bohn, the current Area President, North-America has decided to retire in March, 2017.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Dave King to our Executive Team to develop Valmet's North America operations and customer relations further. Dave is known for his ability to bring out the best in people, and for his result and target oriented way of working. With these characteristics, I believe he is in excellent position to strengthen our North American business even further. I also want to thank Bill Bohn for his long and successful career at Valmet and for his strong dedication to the company's success. We wish Bill all the best for his well-earned retirement," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115326
 02.11.2016

Valmet's Interim Review January 1 - September 30, 2016: Orders received increased and ...  (Company news)

... profitability improved

Automation has been consolidated into Valmet's financials since April 1, 2015, when the acquisition of Automation was completed.

Photo: Valmet President and CEO Pasi Laine

July-September 2016: Comparable EBITA margin at 7.5 percent
-Orders received increased to EUR 788 million (EUR 725 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 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), South America and Asia-Pacific and decreased in China and North America.
-Net sales decreased to EUR 685 million (EUR 734 million).
----Net sales increased in the Services business line, remained at the previous year's level in the Automation business line and decreased in the Paper and Pulp and Energy business lines.
Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 52 million (EUR 47 million) and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.5 percent (6.4%).
----Profitability improved due to the higher level of net sales in the Services business line.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.17 (EUR 0.14).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -2 million (EUR -4 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 122 million (EUR 16 million).

January-September 2016: Orders received increased and profitability improved
-Orders received increased to EUR 2,282 million (EUR 2,085 million).
----Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy and Services business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Paper business line.
----The Automation business line contributed to orders received with EUR 221 million.
----Orders received increased in South America and EMEA, remained at the previous year's level in Asia-Pacific and decreased in China and North America.
-Net sales remained at the previous year's level at EUR 2,141 million (EUR 2,074 million).
----Net sales remained at the previous year's level in the Services, Paper and Pulp and Energy business lines.
----The Automation business line contributed to net sales with EUR 196 million.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 140 million (EUR 120 million) and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 6.5 percent (5.8%).
----Profitability improved due to improved gross profit and the acquisition of Automation.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.46 (EUR 0.33).
-Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -5 million (EUR -16 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 158 million (EUR 14 million).

Valmet reiterates its guidance for 2016
Valmet is reiterating its guidance presented on February 9, 2016 in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2016 will remain at the same level with 2015 (EUR 2,928 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2016 will increase in comparison with 2015 (EUR 182 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
Global growth is projected to slow to 3.1 percent in 2016 before recovering to 3.4 percent in 2017. The forecast, revised down by 0.1 percentage point for 2016 and 2017 relative to April, reflects a more subdued outlook for advanced economies following the June U.K. vote in favor of leaving the European Union (Brexit) and weaker-than-expected growth in the United States. These developments have put further downward pressure on global interest rates, as monetary policy is now expected to remain accommodative for longer. (International Monetary Fund, October 4, 2016)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook has increased to a good level (previously satisfactory) in tissue and in energy and decreased to a satisfactory level (previously good level) in board and paper.
Valmet reiterates the satisfactory short-term market outlook for services, automation and pulp.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Orders received increased and profitability continued to improve
Orders received has increased 9 percent since the beginning of the year, supported by the stable business but also by the good progress in our energy business. In 2016, orders received in the Services business line has increased 5 percent and the Automation business line has contributed with over EUR 220 million in orders. In energy, orders received has more than doubled. We have received several large energy orders and also expanded to new geographical areas. For example, we have received our first order for a waste to energy boiler plant delivery to China.

In the third quarter of 2016, Valmet reached a Comparable EBITA margin of 7.5 percent, which is the highest figure since becoming an independent company. For the last twelve months, the margin stands at 6.8 percent. The improvement in profitability is the result of the systematic work that we have put into, for example, procurement costs. We will continue to focus on improving profitability also going forward.

Valmet has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the third consecutive year. This means that we maintain our position among the world's sustainability leaders, which is an excellent achievement. It shows that we have been able to improve our sustainability performance year by year, which is a key criteria for inclusion in the index. Sustainability is very important for us and sustainability is at the core of Valmet's business strategy and operations.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115299
 27.10.2016

A Valmet supplied high consistency bleaching system started up at Rottneros pulp mill in Sweden  (Company news)

A new high consistency bleaching system was started up according to plan at Rottneros pulp mill in Sweden on September 19, 2016. The start-up was smooth and the 48 hours test run was approved.

Photo: A part of Valmet's team during start-up in front of the screw presses. From left: Zhi Ping, Technical Sales Manager, Lars Spjuth, Start-up Manager and Kim Rökman, Service Engineer showing pulp samples before and after the new bleaching tower.

The bleaching system is the first step in a larger rebuild project, called Agenda 500, at the mill. The long term goal is to increase both availability and the total production volume of Rottneros two pulp mills to reach a capacity of 500,000 ton per year.

"The check-out and start-up of the plant went beyond expectation, as you want it to do, and we have already been able to lower the peroxide charge. We are very satisfied with the equipment we have bought and it looks promising for the future. We will now continue to ramp up production," says Jan Viper, Project Manager at Rottneros mill.

"This has been a great project, well organized by Rottneros. Having all instruments and surrounding connections prepared made a fast start-up possible. Commissioning took only three days. When we started the project, the time table was very tight, but in the end we were actually ahead of schedule. This is the first installation of the FKC screw presses in Europe, so this is a good reference case for us," says Lars-Olof Larsson, Project Manager at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115286
 26.10.2016

Valmet included in CDP's Climate A list for climate change actions  (Company news)

Valmet has been recognized for its actions and strategy to mitigate climate change and awarded a position on the 2016 Climate A List by CDP, the international not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainability.

This year's A list includes the 193 best companies globally that have publicly reported on their actions on climate change mitigation. Valmet was ranked among the top 9 % of all the included companies. From the Nordic countries a total of 14 companies were included in the list. The results were published today, October 25, 2016, in the CDP Global Climate Change Report 2016.

"Valmet has a comprehensive approach to sustainability. We contribute to climate change mitigation by developing technologies that enable the use of renewable raw materials and increase raw material efficiency. We also have a systematic program to reduce CO2 emissions in our own operations. Valmet's listing in both 2016 CDP's Climate A List and in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index indicates that our sustainability work is concentrating on the right issues," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. Valmet's Sustainability360º agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship. In the action plans for 2016-2018, special focus continues on ensuring a globally sustainable supply chain and continuous improvement of safety culture.

"CDP congratulates the 193 A List companies that are leading the charge towards our low carbon future. Companies are key actors in enabling the global economy to achieve its new climate goals, and the leadership of this group points the way for others to take bold action and capitalize on the many opportunities that await," says Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of CDP.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115208
 18.10.2016

Valmet launches new quality management solutions for corrugators at SuperCorrExpo 2016  (Company news)

Valmet has developed a totally new concept for quality oriented process control of corrugating machines. This includes cost- and space-efficient Valmet IQ Multipoint Moisture Measurement system and a new camera based Valmet IQ Warp Measurement for the combined board flatness control.

Previously, corrugating machine process control has been based on sheet temperatures due to a lack of suitable moisture sensors built for the tight confines of corrugating machines. Valmet's experience from paper machine processes has shown that temperature measurements alone are not sufficient when controlling fiber based web processes and moisture measurements are needed to maximize productivity and decrease quality defects.

"We are now challenging the methods of traditional corrugator control with new technology, methods and concepts in an area that has previously been somewhat ignored by higher level automation. We have found out that efficient moisture control in addition to temperature control improves gluing, reduces fluting defects or washboard and eliminates warp in the final product. Our approach, which emphasizes the cost effectiveness of solutions, is being met with enthusiasm across the industry," says Mikko Talonen, Business Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Combining new innovation with experience from other processes
The Valmet IQ Multipoint Moisture Measurement sensor, a key component in the new system, has been developed to meet the need for a simple, small and cost effective moisture measurement in the tight confines of the corrugating machine. The corrugating process features up to ten drying and re-wetting cycles which, in addition to disturbances such a speed changes and raw material changes, increase variability and suboptimal process situations.

The Valmet IQ corrugator control system can utilize steam and moisture profilers and scanning sensors developed for, and utilized over many years in the paper and board industry. As well as the IQ Multipoint Moisture a new camera based warp measurement has been developed to meet user needs. Valmet's continuous development efforts, now extended to corrugating operations, promise to provide more innovation for future process and quality improvements.

Valmet IQ is quality management solution designed and built with the experience of thousands of system deliveries by Valmet over more than half a century. Designed for pulp, paper, board and tissue production, it is a customizable quality control, information and management solution that has been further developed to meet the needs of converting operations such as corrugated board and self-adhesive laminate production.

The application and its use is demonstrated at the SuperCorrExpo, the largest corrugated industry trade show in the Western hemisphere. The 4 day event is held from October 17 to October 20, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, USA.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115199
 17.10.2016

Valmet to supply two Advantage NTT tissue production lines to Sofidel America's new mill in USA  (Company news)

Sofidel America is continuing its expansion in USA and recently announced their plans for a new greenfield plant in Circleville, Ohio. Valmet will deliver two Advantage NTT tissue lines including stock preparation equipment and automation systems to the new mill. Both lines will be started up during 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

Valmet and Sofidel share a long history of partnership including eleven conventional tissue machine installations in various countries. Earlier this year Sofidel decided to invest in their first Advantage NTT line which will be started up at Delitissue mill in Poland in the second half of 2017.

"The Advantage NTT technology fits very well in our expansion plans for North America. We have a strong focus on the most innovative and high performance technologies and see this as an investment for the future which allow us to take the next step into the premium quality segment," says Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel.

"We are excited to continue our shared journey forward together with Sofidel, and are proud to support their expansion plans into new markets and segments. We are convinced that the innovative Advantage NTT lines with its flexibility, product quality and energy saving capabilities is the solution for the future," says Anders Björn, Vice President, Tissue Mills, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's scope of supply comprises two complete tissue production lines including Advantage NTT tissue machines, with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinder. The machines will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including AirCap hoods with Air systems, WetDust systems and SoftReel B reels. Valmet has also deliveres detailed mill engineering, stock preparation equipment as well as automation packages including DCS (distributed control) and QCS (quality control) systems.

The new tissue machines will have a design speed of 1,800 m/min in textured mode and 2,000 m/min in plain mode. The production lines are optimized to save energy and fiber as well as add possibilities for product differentiation and increased capacity of premium quality products. Each line will have an annual production capacity of 70,000 tons.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115161
 14.10.2016

Valmet launches world's first application for monitoring filter cloth performance  (Company news)

Valmet launched its newest Industrial Internet application at the FILTECH exhibition in Cologne, Germany on October 11, 2016. The application is used for monitoring the performance of filter cloth in filter presses. The application has been piloted in customer filtration processes with good results, and the first customer orders have been received with implementation still in 2016.

Photo: Report examples from Valmet's new application for monitoring the performance of filter cloth in filter presses

Pending on the size of the process, a filtration process may consume thousands of filter cloths per year. By gathering information with RFID technology, the application can analyze the performance of filter cloths and filters.

"We are able to utilize the information on cloth lifetimes, the reasons for cloth removal and cloth consumption to optimize the whole filtration process. In addition, this information helps process operators to better monitor the filter itself," explains Sanna Uusitalo, Product Manager, Filtration at Valmet.

Seeing inside the filtration process contributes to savings

Valmet's application is based on special equipment and RFID tags that submit information to be used in the follow-up and analysis of the whole filtration process. An optimal process leads to remarkable savings.

"Savings can be achieved through planned maintenance and reduced filter downtime. The filter cloths and filters will be developed further as more information is gathered about their performance. The application also enables remote support from our filtration experts. By enabling us to see inside the process, the application helps us and our customers to optimize the whole filtration process," Uusitalo continues.

RFID technology has been in use for decades, but Valmet is the first to utilize it for filter cloths. Valmet has developed the application in co-operation with customers and filter manufacturers. At this stage, the application is first being used in the mining industry, but there are already plans to broaden its use to filtration processes in the pulp and paper industry.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115141
 11.10.2016

Valmet's advanced boiler control application for optimized combustion successfully commissioned...  (Company news)

... at Catalyst Paper's Rumford Mill in Maine, USA

Valmet's advanced boiler control application for optimized combustion has been successfully commissioned at Catalyst Paper's Rumford Mill in Maine, USA. The new combustion management application optimizes the performance of the paper mill's fluidized bed boiler units 6 and 7.

"Valmet's experts have been able to provide us with a cost effective solution that has demonstrated concrete improvements in overall boiler control and have helped us to obtain considerable reduction in process variation," says Scott Alley, Utilities General Superintendent, Rumford Mill, Catalyst Paper.

The application has been integrated into the mill's existing automation system. It enables the mill to improve boiler steam output control and optimize limestone use, steam output variability and grid temperature variability. Additionally, it's now possible to operate both boiler units in fully automatic control for varying compositions of coal and biofuel. The application also provides the tools to improve operational uniformity across shifts.

"Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager is a powerful tool to control combustion variables simultaneously," says David Eapen, Performance Improvement Engineer, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet's delivery included a complete Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager application, engineering, boiler base control logic enhancements, commissioning, tuning and training. Valmet also provided a Valmet DNA Fuel Power Compensator application that compensates for disturbances caused by fuel quality and amount variations by regulating fuel feeding respectively.

"The project to implement Valmet's advanced boiler controls at the Rumford Mill was a big success. From initial control logic design, to hardware and software commissioning, to operator training, Valmet performed as promised," says Steve Day, Process Control Engineer and Project Manager, Rumford Mill, Catalyst Paper.

Technical information about Valmet's solution

Valmet DNA FBB Combustion Manager is an advanced control application for the optimized combustion of both bubbling and circulating fluidized bed boilers. The purpose of the application is to protect the combustion process against variations in production, fuel amount, fuel quality and combustion circumstances. As a result, DNA FBB Combustion Manager provides several environmental, operational and financial benefits, including a stabilized combustion process, increased boiler efficiency, a wider boiler operation range, minimized flue gas oxygen content as well as minimized NOx and CO emissions.

Valmet DNA Fuel Power Compensator is based on the estimation of fuel power input to the boiler. No additional sensors or transmitters are needed. The application calculates the fuel power online and compensates it by regulating the fuel flow accordingly. Valmet DNA Fuel Power Compensator is especially applicable for combusting multiple fuels with different fuel-specific heat values. A combustion process with changing solid fuel mixtures or a single fuel with varying dryness can also benefits from the application.

The solution is part of Valmet's Industrial Internet offering that makes the customer's processes more efficient.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115082
 10.10.2016

Valmet to supply paper machine modifications and a new winder to Laakirchen Papier in Austria  (Company news)

Valmet will supply paper machine modifications and a new winder to Laakirchen Papier AG in Austria. Laakirchen Papier will convert its paper machine 10 (PM 10) to produce lightweight containerboard. Currently PM 10 is producing publication paper. The start-up of the paper machine and the winder is scheduled for the autumn of 2017.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically EUR 5-10 million.

"With this investment, the product range of Laakirchen Papier will be widened into a growing market sector. Valmet's technology and vast reference list of high speed containerboard winders convinced us," comment project manager Johann Stadlmayr and production manager Jan Reibert from Laakirchen Papier.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a press section upgrade, relocation and modification of the existing reel and one OptiWin Drum two-drum winder. The winder is equipped with Dual Unwind, which is Valmet's new two-unwind system. This new feature makes it possible to change the parent roll in only one minute.

"Grade conversion projects often include a production change from two winders to one high capacity winder to increase mill's automation level. This also the case in Laakirchen PM10. A Valmet high capacity winder with two-unwind will do the demanding job," says Kenneth Åkerlund, Product Manager, Winders and Reels from Valmet.

The 7,500 mm wide (reel) PM 10 will produce containerboard products with a basis weight range of 70 g/m2 upwards. After the full extension, the annual production of PM 10 will reach 450,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115110
 07.10.2016

SOFIDEL IS TO START UP TWO NEW VALMET ADVANTAGE NTT 200 MACHINES IN ...  (Company news)

... CIRCLEVILLE (OHIO) WITHIN Q3 2018

The announcement was made last week by Sofidel CEO Luigi Lazzareschi in his speech at the Tissue Seminar during the RISI North American Conference currently under way in San Diego, USA

Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel Group, announced yesterday during his opening speech at the Tissue Seminar at the RISI North American Conference currently under way in San Diego, USA, that within Q3 2018 Sofidel America - Sofidel's US subsidiary - will be starting up two new Valmet Advantage NTT 200 tissue technology machines in the plant currently under construction in Circleville (Ohio).

In his speech, the CEO briefly recalled some of the milestones in the history of the Group, and then outlined what are to be the key elements in Sofidel's growth strategy in the United States.

The Advantage NTT 200 machine produced by Valmet, leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries, is designed to manufacture both conventional tissue as well as textured paper. The technology will enable Sofidel to increase its production capacity significantly, further to enhance the quality of its product offering and also to improve its energy efficiency further still.

With a 5.5 m size, a speed of 2,000 m/min and a production capacity of 70,000 tons per annum each, the two machines will be operational at two different points in time. The first by Q1 2018. The second within Q3 of the same year.

"With the implementation of the two new Valmet NTT machines, we will increase our production capacity in the United States significantly. This is a necessary and vital step in our growth strategy. This decision is also consistent with Sofidel's unwavering focus on the most innovative and high-performance technologies” stated Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel Group.

“Our fruitful relationship with Sofidel goes back many years and covers eleven conventional tissue machine installations. We are now excited to continue our journey together and are convinced that the Advantage NTT technology is the key to the future which will help Sofidel succeed in the premium market segment” added Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Valmet.
(Sofidel Group)

Newsgrafik #115104
 07.10.2016

Valmet optimizes solutions with Savcor Wedge  (Company news)

Valmet is optimizing their automation solutions for their clients of the pulp, paper and energy industries. Co-operation agreement with Savcor includes the use of the Savcor Wedge, a process diagnostics tool. The software enables huge amount of process data from different sources for analysis and diagnosis of the root cause of the problem.

Valmet’s automation solutions are designed to maximize the profitability of our customers’ businesses by improving their production performance and their cost, material and energy efficiency. The collaboration of Valmet Automation and Savcor will improve the customers businesses.
(Savcor Forest Oy)

Newsgrafik #115116
 06.10.2016

Valmet to supply an extensive board machine rebuild for Arkhangelsk in Russia  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an extensive board machine and automation rebuild for Arkhangelsk Pulp & Paper Mill (PPM) in Russia. The project for the board machine 2 (BM 2) is a continuation to the pre-engineering project executed by Valmet earlier this year.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter of 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically valued around EUR 50-60 million. The rebuild is a part of Arkhangelsk's investment project "Reconstruction of board department" with total value of 8.8 billion rubles (about EUR 125 million).

The delivery will include a new Valmet OptiConcept M board machine wet end, a number of improvements to the drying section, a completely new dry end and a machine control system upgrade. Target of the rebuild is to increase production by 30%. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second half of 2018.

"Valmet's OptiConcept M board making line focuses on low operating costs combined with energy-efficient and flexible production of high-quality board grades. We have a number of excellent references verifying the targeted outcome. Furthermore, our uniquely wide scope of offering differentiates us from the competitors. The project continues our good cooperation with Arkhangelsk - we have earlier delivered several pulp and paper technologies to them, latest being the pulp mill upgrade and two modern refiner lines," says Vesa Simola, EMEA Area President of Valmet.

Technical details of the delivery

Valmet's extensive board machine and automation delivery for the rebuild includes pulpers for broke collection, equipment for approach flow systems for top and back plies, two OptiFlo Fourdrinier headboxes, OptiFormer Multi forming section, OptiPress Linear press section, a start-up package of paper machine clothing, dryer section rebuild, OptiCalender Compact calender, OptiReel reel, automatic transfer rails, OptiWin Drum two-drum compact winder and related air systems. The automation upgrade comprises Valmet IQ quality measurement system, Valmet DNA process control system and a moisturizer. The delivery will also include a semi-automatic reels spool return system and a roll conveying system.

"The customer valued the fact that there is no need for cantilevering beams with OptiConcept M and that there are only minor changes required for the foundations. Space requirement will also be smaller compared to the traditional wet end concepts. The 'plug and play' feature of OptiCalender Compact was also appreciated by the customer," comments Senior Sales Manager Pekka Turtinen from Valmet.

The 7,000 mm wide (wire) BM2 produces fluting and kraftliner grades with a basis weight range of 90 - 200 g/m2. The design speed for the new parts is 1,000 m/min. The annual production will be about 330,000 tonnes.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115100
 05.10.2016

First Advantage NTT tissue production line in USA successfully started up at ...  (Company news)

...von Drehle Corporation's Natchez mill in USA

The von Drehle Corporation is the first tissue maker in the USA to produce tissue with Valmet's innovative Advantage NTT technology. The new line was started up at the company's mill in Natchez, Mississippi, USA.

This is Valmet's third tissue machine delivery to von Drehle. Since earlier von Drehle operates two Advantage DCT tissue lines in the Cordova mill, North Carolina in the USA. The Advantage NTT technology is designed for maximum production flexibility, energy efficiency as well as enhanced product quality.

"We are very pleased with the equipment and systems as well as the support provided by Valmet to us and our contractors, both in the past and continuing", says Joe Pankratz, Vice President of Manufacturing, von Drehle Corporation.

"We are delighted to announce our first Advantage NTT start up in USA. This is the fourth successful NTT start-up since the first machine start-up in 2013. We want to thank von Drehle for the good cooperation and team effort to make this project a success and a benchmark in the industry. This high capacity NTT installation will provide von Drehle with excellent flexibility and capability for a wide product quality range in its operations for years to come," says Soren Eriksson, Sales Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Technical information
The new tissue machine has a width of 2.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min in plain mode and 1,800 m/min in textured mode. The raw material for the new line is recycled fiber and the production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as add possibilities for product differentiation and increased capacity of premium quality products.

Valmet's scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line including an Advantage NTT 100HS tissue machine. The tissue machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It also features the Advantage tissue technology including, an AirCap hood and a SoftReel L reel. Furthermore, the delivery included an automation package with process control system. Valmet was also responsible for installation supervision, training and commissioning as well as product development support.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115098
 05.10.2016

Valmet to supply a rewinder to Roto-cart in Italy  (Company news)

The Italian tissue converting company Roto-cart Spa has selected Valmet as supplier for their new rewinder to be installed at the greenfield converting plant in Castelminio di Resana in Italy. The new site will be one of the biggest in the country.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2016, orders received. The new Focus Reelite 20 ENS rewinder is planned to be in operation during the first quarter of 2017.

"Our target is to always invest in cutting-edge technology to be able to fulfill our customers' and consumers' requirements. Roto-cart has served this business for 35 years and we immediately recognized the Focus electromechanical rewinder's ability to provide outstanding paper properties preservation," says Giuliano Gelain, CEO of Roto-cart Spa.

"The Valmet Focus with offline printers has a long record of successful installations and we are excited to be part of Roto-cart's expansion plans and support their production of excellent tissue products," says Massimiliano Corsini, Vice President, Rewinder Technology, Valmet.

Technical information
The new installation includes a Valmet Focus Reelite 20 ENS Rewinder with two unwind stands. The machine is pre-disposed for the installation of an offset printer. The offset printer can be by-passed. In by-pass mode the rewinder has a design speed of 1,800 m/minute depending on the paper characteristics and winding spool diameter. With the offset printer in operation the design speed is 900 m/min. Installation supervision services are included in the scope of supply.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115059
 04.10.2016

Valmet carried out the first maintenance shutdown of CMPC Guaíba's new pulp line in Brazil  (Company news)

Valmet was given an important role in the first maintenance shutdown of CMPC Guaíba's new pulp line in Brazil. The executed shutdown is one of the biggest shutdowns managed by Valmet. The facility's pulp line 2, also called G2, invested in planned maintenance in order to reach its annual capacity of 1.5 million tons/year of bleached eucalyptus pulp. The maintenance shutdown was carried out by Valmet and it took place between July 31 and August 10, 2016.

"We made careful planning with the customer for several months, and thanks to this work we were able to start the line again faster than planned. The geographical location of CMPC Guaíba's pulp mill demands special attention on safety and environmental issues as well as good cooperation with local community. In this respect, our role is not only to ensure that the equipment is running well, we also need to take care of the overall aspects which are part of the mill's operation", says Rogério Duarte, Valmet's Mill Sales Manager.

"Valmet contributed to the successful shutdown of G2 with its personnel's technical skills and organization, and its planning, safety and environmental state-of-the-art criteria. There is no doubt, Valmet and CMPC reinforced their partnership and I believe the company will be a strong candidate for future planned shutdowns," says Fernando Pereira, Maintenance Manager at CMPC.

Working towards a common goal
Valmet's expertise was the key for a well-planned shutdown. "We avoided rework during G2 maintenance as both Valmet and CMPC teams worked together focusing on the same goal," says Paulo Ormeneze, Valmet's Services Manager in South America.

Valmet was in charge of the overall maintenance of the core equipment delivered to this Southern Brazilian pulp mill including cooking, the fiber line, drying machines, causticizing, the evaporation plant and the recovery boiler. All maintenance activities were performed in line with Valmet's and CMPC's safety, quality and environmental criteria.

The first shutdown at CMPC Guaíba G2 was executed by Valmet's Service and Project Execution teams. Taking into account third-party companies and suppliers, Valmet managed altogether over 600 people at the site during 10 days.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115016
 30.09.2016

Calle Loikkanen appointed Director, Investor Relations at Valmet  (Company news)

Calle Loikkanen (M.Sc.Econ) has been appointed Director, Investor Relations (IR) at Valmet. He starts in his new position on September 20, 2016 and reports to Kari Saarinen, CFO at Valmet.

Calle has previously worked as Investor Relations manager at Valmet and as Portfolio manager and Investment advisor at Aktia.

"Calle has worked in our Investor Relations team for several years ever since Valmet became an independent, stock listed company. This background and his previous experience provide a good basis to continue Valmet's strong investor relations work," says Kari Saarinen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #115007
 26.09.2016

Valmet to rebuild Metsä Tissue's tissue machines in Raubach in Germany and Pauliström in Sweden  (Company news)

Metsä Tissue has selected Valmet as supplier for the upgrades of tissue machine TM3 in Raubach, Germany and the tissue machine in Pauliström, Sweden.

The orders were included in Valmet's second quarter 2016, orders received. The value of the orders will not be disclosed.

Earlier this year Metsä Tissue started up its tissue machine TM1 in Raubach, Germany after Valmet's extensive rebuild of the wet section, where a new OptiFlo II TIS headbox and an Advantage ViscoNip press were installed. The target of this rebuild was to enhance the product qualities as well as energy efficiency and process performance in a sustainable way.

TM3 in Raubach will be equipped with the same headbox as TM1 while Pauliström will replace its existing shoe press and Yankee dryer with Valmet's Advantage ViscoNip press and cast iron Yankee cylinder.

"We are impressed by the results of the new OptiFlo headbox and the Advantage ViscoNip press, but also by the great team work we had in the TM1 project at our Raubach mill. Altogether it has convinced us to extend our cooperation with Valmet also for the new projects in Germany and Sweden," says Guido Bröcker, Senior Vice President Technology from Metsä Tissue.

"With this kind of upgrades the performance and product quality of existing tissue machines can be increased significantly without major investments. We are proud to continue the excellent teamwork we have developed with Metsä Tissue also in the coming projects. We are looking forward to working together to improve their production assets as well as energy efficiency and product quality with Valmet's state-of-the-art technology," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit from Valmet

Technical information
The machine rebuild to be delivered by Valmet for TM3 in Raubach includes a new OptiFlo II TIS headbox, upgrade of the approach flow system and new screens. The Pauliström tissue machine rebuild consists of an Advantage ViscoNip press and a cast iron Yankee cylinder as well as installation services.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114952
 22.09.2016

Supply of yankee cylinder as part of PM modernization project  (Company news)

As part of PM modernіzatsion project we are going to replace the existing drying cylinder with a new one, manufactured by Valmet, Sweden.

According to the company information, the equipment was shipped from the city of Karlstad (Sweden) August 31, 2016, a month before the scheduled date. Expected delivery time of the drying cylinder with internal bearings and snap - the middle of October 2016. Entering the cylinder is scheduled for the end of October 2016.

Installation of a new Yankee cylinder will increase productivity and significantly improve the quality of the tissue paper made by Kiyv CPM.
(Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill JSC)

Newsgrafik #114960
 22.09.2016

Valmet's automated paper testing laboratory convinces paper and board makers ...  (Company news)

... - nine new orders received

Valmet has recently received all together nine orders for its automated paper testing laboratory from various paper mills around the world. Three of the Valmet Paper Lab units will be delivered to North America, four to Europe and two to Asia. The deliveries will take place later this year.

"Valmet Paper Lab pro­vides papermakers with tools to manage quality and optimize the pa­permaking process. In addition to laboratories, today paper testing is increasingly carried out by operators, right next to the production line. By receiving rapid, reliable test results, operators are able to quickly make necessary adjustments and get back to running paper production on-spec. This is directly linked to optimal raw material and energy utilization as well as minimized environmental impact," tells Jukka Nokelainen, Business Manager of Valmet Paper Analyzers.

Bringing laboratory next to the paper machine
"An increasing number of papermakers have been convinced of the ability of the Valmet Paper Lab to match their needs and requirements in today's paper making. Our solution gives papermakers freedom to move - from the lab right out next to the line - to give them the instant interactivity and real-time communications they need for faster results," Nokelainen adds.

One of the reasons why papermakers choose Valmet Paper Lab is its user friendliness. Valmet's unit is easy to use all the way from sample cutting, measurements through to getting the analyses.

To present the system in action and enable paper and board makers test its performance in their own mills, Valmet has a trial lab unit available for test use.

Technical information about the Valmet Paper Lab
Valmet Paper Lab is a modular and scalable automated paper testing system with the widest selection of industry stan­dard tests on the market to test over 400 proper­ties in all kinds of grades from 15 up to 650 g/m2 and even up to 800 g/m2.

The testing system is based on over 30 years of world's leading experience in automated paper testing. The latest Valmet Paper Lab represents the third generation in the product range. Up to this point, approximately 300 units have been delivered to paper mills around the world, many of which have replaced their older Valmet Paper Lab units with new ones.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114965
 19.09.2016

Valmet to deliver a quality control system to Tembec Tartas SAS in France  (Company news)

Tembec's specialty dissolving pulp mill in Tartas, France, has ordered a Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) and an expansion of its existing Valmet DNA distributed control system (DCS) for its pulp dryer. By complementing its current control system with this investment, the mill is targeting to improve process stability and reduce lost time during transition phases such as start-ups, breaks and speed changes. Start-up of the new QCS is scheduled for October 2016.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. Typically the order value of this kind of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"We decided to change our DCS and QCS according to our obsolescence management plan. The choice was done between our existing supplier and Valmet. We chose Valmet because of better reactivity and potential quality benefits," says Ludovic Berdinel, Project Department Director at Tembec Tartas SAS.

"The mill was convinced about our capability to improve their pulp dryer performance through our automation solution and process skills," says Boris Hosteins, Sales Manager, France & North Africa, Automation, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Replacing an obsolete third-party QCS, Valmet's delivery includes a Valmet IQ scanner with basis weight and moisture sensors, machine-direction controls and reporting. Valmet IQ is a comprehensive quality monitoring and control system. The solution combines all of the key elements of a QCS system from measurements, controls and profilers to condition monitoring and machine vision into one scalable system. Guaranteed compatibility between different generation Valmet products helps to future-proof investments and maximizes the effectiveness of existing equipment.

Valmet will also expand the mill's Valmet DNA distributed control system that has controlled the pulp dryer processes for the past four years. The delivery includes additional 650 I/Os to replace outdated programmable logic controllers.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114909
 16.09.2016

Valmet included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index   (Company news)

Valmet has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the third 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 company's performance with regard to social, environmental and financial factors. In total 316 companies were included in the DJSI World for 2016-2017.

"Maintaining our position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is an excellent achievement for Valmet. It proofs that we have been able to improve our sustainability performance year by year, which is a key criteria for inclusion. We have systematically proceeded with our sustainability agenda, and by doing so achieved many concrete results. We will now continue this work by implementing our updated sustainability action plans for the next three years," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation.

Valmet defined its sustainability agenda named Sustainability360º initially 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. In the action plans for 2016-2018, special focus continues on ensuring a globally sustainable supply chain and continuous improvement of safety culture.

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 #114906
 15.09.2016

Valmet to supply key technologies for Cheng Loong's new board machine in Vietnam  (Company news)

Valmet will supply Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company with key process technology for its new BM 1 containerboard machine to be located in the company's Ben Cat mill in Binh Duong Province in Vietnam. Valmet's delivery includes a headbox, forming and press sections, a winder and quality measurement system.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically EUR 15 - 20 millions.

Cheng Loong decided to invest in this new recycled containerboard mill and box plant aiming to tap into Vietnam's growing packaging demands. The start-up of the greenfield machine is scheduled for the beginning of 2018.

"The containerboard market is growing globally driven by increasing e-commerce and new packaging applications. Valmet has developed a number of excellent solutions to meet the market needs. Energy efficiency, high board quality and very good productivity are among the most important highlights of Cheng Loong's board machine," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Technical details of the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the new containerboard machine will include equipment for approach flow system, a new OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox to ensure higher productivity, OptiFormer Hybrid forming section with blade technology and a center-roll based OptiPress press section with modern shoe press technology for high dryness to improve energy efficiency. Forming section is equipped with a VacuMaster high-vacuum suction box to significantly improve dryness, thus, energy efficiency. OptiWin Drum two-drum base winder has a high capacity to meet the production needs of BM 1 and it is also easy to operate. The delivery will also include Valmet IQ quality measurement system (QCS) to optimize production process and to maximize production.

"Cheng Loong wanted to have a reliable supplier with high-level technology for its greenfield machine. Technology-wise, a headbox, forming and press sections are key solutions in order to secure high energy and production efficiency in containerboard manufacturing. A reliable winder with high capacity is essential for such a containerboard machine. With earlier successful deliveries to Cheng Loong (the latest in Taiwan), Valmet has proven to be able to respond to Cheng Loong's needs," comments Petteri Soini, Senior Sales Manager of Valmet.

The 6,250 mm wide (wire) BM 1 will produce recycled fluting with a basis weight range of 90 - 180 g/m2 at maximum speed of 1,000 m/min. The annual production of BM 1 is 260,000 tonnes.

Information about the customer Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company
Cheng Loong Binh Duong Paper Company is part of Cheng Loong Corporation, which was established in 1959. The company has four paper mills, seven box plants and a business form plant. It has also established manufacturing and sales sites in China, Vietnam, Japan, and the United States. Its annual production capacity is 2.12 million metric tonnes in paper and paperboard and nearly 2 billion square meters in converting products.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114976
 13.09.2016

Valmet to introduce a new quality management system for the self-adhesive laminating process  (Company news)

Valmet will launch a new quality management system application at the Labelexpo Americas exhibition to be held on September 13 - 15 in Rosemount, Illinois. New sheet quality measurements, innovative moisture profiling as well as web monitoring and inspection systems for self-adhesive laminating processes are now combined in the Valmet IQ quality control system.

Patented sensor technology
While adhesive coat weight control has been available for several years, successful control of the silicone release layer has lacked a suitable online sensor until now. The Valmet IQ Silicone and Adhesive Measurement is designed especially for demanding paper and self-adhesive laminating applications to measure silicone coated release liners. Mounted on a single sided scanning frame to provide continuous cross direction measurement profiles of the silicone coat weight, a second sensor after the adhesive application measures the adhesive coat weight. The accurate scan averages and high-resolution CD profiles measured by the new sensor provide a solid foundation for Valmet IQ's machine- and cross-direction silicone and adhesive controls.

Curl control with moisturizer sprayboom
The Valmet IQ Moisturizer sprayboom is used to control final laminate curl and the moisture profile of the release liner to improve laminate uniformity and runnability. IQ Moisturizer sprays a fine mist to the paper in a controlled way, providing a very high degree of control and very fast response to quality destroying conditions.

Online quality control
Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) provides web inspection and monitoring tools for online defect inspection, detecting coating streaks and voids and video monitoring of key process operations. Defect inspection at unwinding, for instance, helps identify raw material problems like holes or other serious defects that can cause streaks and quality issues not originating in the laminating machine itself. Printing surface inspection at the reeler provides the final quality assurance step. Production and quality parameters can be easily monitored with the system providing a clear view into process and product quality at all times.

Comprehensive quality management with Valmet IQ
Valmet IQ is a quality management solution designed and built with the experience of thousands of system deliveries by Valmet over more than half a century. Designed for pulp, paper, board and tissue production, it is a customizable quality control, information and management solution that is now further developed for the converting industries such as corrugated board and self-adhesive laminates.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114889
 12.09.2016

Valmet supplied tissue machine started up ahead of schedule at Hengan, Wuhu, China  (Company news)

Hengan's 19th tissue machine, an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line supplied by Valmet, successfully started up in August at the company's mill in Wuhu, Anhui province in China. The installation and commissioning were performed in record time and the start-up went very smoothly. The new tissue machine adds another 60,000 annual tons of tissue products to Hengan's current production of more than one million tons per year.

PM 19th is Valmet's fifth tissue machine delivery to Hengan. The previous four Valmet Advantage DCT machines are located at Jinjiang, Changde and Weifang mills and were installed in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Currently the installation of a sixth Valmet delivered tissue machine PM 20 is ongoing, and it will start up later in 2016.

"Joint effort and great work from the joint Valmet and Hengan team ensured a successful start-up of our new PM19 at exactly 10:48, August 8. The new machine will raise Hengan Group's total production capacity to 1,080,000 annual tons of tissue and reduce the current production shortage," says Cui Jiantong, Project Manager, Hengan Group

"This start-up is a good example of what can be achieved by the efficient combination of the well proven Valmet Advantage DCT technology and excellent team work. Thanks to very good and transparent cooperation and joint efforts from the teams involved, we finalized the installation and commissioning in record time. It has been a pleasure to work with Hengan's project and production team and we are looking forward to next start-up," says Svenerik Olsson, Director, China Tissue Business from Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems, Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine and an automation package from Valmet with Valmet DCS and QCS process control system. The tissue machine has a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min and is equipped with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinder. The machine is also featured with the well proven Advantage tissue technology including gas heated AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and a SoftReel P reel. Basic engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning were also included in the delivery.

Information about the customer Hengan
Hengan International Group Company Limited is an investment holding company mainly engaged in the trading of personal hygienic products. The Company and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of personal hygiene products, including sanitary napkins products, disposable diapers products and tissue papers products, food and snacks products and others in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and certain overseas markets.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114841
 02.09.2016

The rebuilt paper machine successfully started up at VPK Paper's Oudegem mill in Belgium  (Company news)

Picture: Paper machine 6 (PM6) at VPK Paper's Oudegem mill in Belgium

After a comprehensive rebuild supplied by Valmet the rebuilt paper machine PM6 at VPK Paper's Oudegem mill in Belgium has been successfully started. The rebuild in the forming, drying and reeling sections will lift up PM6's production capacity from approximately 185,000 t/a to some 200,000 t/a of high quality packaging grades.

The rebuild was executed in spring 2016 with 148 workers on site during 11 days. Safety is top priority in Valmet's projects, and the rebuild was carried out with no accidents.

"The rebuild project went very well. The whole PM6 crew and Valmet experts worked towards the same target: safe and on-time start-up," says Jaakko Kerttula, Project Manager at Valmet.

Technical details of the delivery
The target of this rebuild was to improve machine speed, safety and efficiency. Valmet delivery for the forming section included among others mist eliminators, vacuum foil boxes and top wire lengthening with additional drive. For the drying section, Valmet delivered UnoRun S runnability boxes, new lead rolls and mechanical drive modification and, additionally, FoilForce tail threading after the dryer section. Also, a complete oil lubrication center including piping, tail threading equipment for the reel area, three sets of forming fabrics and spare parts were part of the delivery.

In spring 2015, Valmet had successfully installed a new Quality Control System (QCS) which has proved excellent performance. "We have achieved high availability and remarkably increased production with automatic grade change, improved process monitoring, and faster paper specifications after web break. Working together with Valmet in these two projects has truly moved our performance forward," states Alexis Zenner, Business Unit Manager at the Oudegem Mill.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114702
 19.08.2016

First jumbo roll from converted PM2 at Parenco  (Company news)

At exactly 12.00 hrs on August 12 the first jumbo roll of 100 grs paper was produced on PM2 at Parenco BV in Renkum, The Netherlands. During the past 13 months PM2, an idled newsprint machine, has been converted into a machine producing Testliner 3 and Fluting.

The production of the first jumbo roll marked a memorable moment for Parenco and machine builders Voith and Valmet. Voith has been responsible for the major part of the project scope: the conversion of the 8,4 meter wide PM and the construction of the pulp line and starch preparation. Valmet has been responsible for the construction of the new fully automated winder.

The conversion of PM2 – an investment of 100 million Euro - was an important step in the investment program at Parenco that started almost four years ago when investment firm H2 Equity Partners acquired all shares. Goal: to guarantee the long term growth and continuity of the paper producer.

The PM2 products will be sold under the brand names parLiner and parFlute to corrugators throughout Europe, with an emphasize on the surrounding countries. Weights vary from 70 – 160 grs. Total capacity of PM2 is 385.000 tonnes.
(Parenco B.V.)

Newsgrafik #114726
 19.08.2016

Valmet-supplied key technology and automation for Kotkamills started up in Finland  (Company news)

The start-up of Kotkamills' rebuilt board machine 2 (BM2) in Finland took place on July 22, 2016. Valmet supplied key technology and automation package for the extensive paper machine grade conversion project. The printing paper (MFC) production line was converted to produce a range of folding boxboards and food service boards.

Photo: Kotkamills personnel at start-up on July 22, 2016. Kotkamill's CEO Markku Hämäläinen the third from left and Project Director Stefan Fors in the front row kneeling (the second from right). Photo by Johanna Mäkelä.

"Our BM2 is the first machine in the world to have the capability to produce dispersion barrier coatings directly on the machine, producing barrier boards that can be recycled with normal paper waste due to having zero plastic content. The interest in our new sustainable products has been massive. The new machine offers a wide range of interesting possibilities for converters, brand owners and designers alike," says Markku Hämäläinen, Chief Executive Officer of Kotkamills.

"The project schedule was really tight; from the change of the ownership of Kotkamills to start-up in less than sixteen months. That is extremely fast. I am very pleased with cooperation with Valmet and how well-prepared Valmet's project organization was for such an extensive project," says Stefan Fors, Project Director of Kotkamills.

About Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery included equipment for stock preparation, a new coating section with two layering curtain coating stations, a blade coating station with roll application, a sizing section with film application and all related coating air dryers. A wide scope of equipment for coating color kitchen and machine circulation for sizing and coating was included. The delivery also included a center driven reel, a two-drum compact winder, modernization of dryer section and calender.

An extensive automation package for BM2 included Valmet DNA machine and drive controls with integrated condition monitoring, and Valmet IQ quality management solution including QCS, several profilers and web runnability monitoring and inspection system. Automation deliveries for the pulp mill and the Chemithermomechanical pulp (CTMP) plant include a number of analyzers and measurements including optimizing process controls for various process stages. CTMP plant and the coating kitchen are also equipped with Valmet DNA automation system.

A performance agreement between Kotkamills and Valmet was made to continuously develop BM2 coating process to qualify as high class coated board. The agreement involves both on-site support and troubleshooting support via remote connection to speed up problem solving.

"The Valmet-delivered equipment has worked well without any major setbacks. We have also made the first barrier coating run with success," says Petri Aspholm Senior Project Manager from Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114658
 15.08.2016

Valmet to supply a moisturizer system to Zhejiang Dongda Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a moisturizer system to Zhejiang Dongda Paper Co. Ltd. in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. The new solution, Valmet IQ Moisturizer, will enable the mill to improve board quality on its paper machine PM2.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. The delivery will take place in September 2016.

"IQ Moisturizer is very important for our PM2. Before our decision, we visited another mill where it has been installed and were very impressed by its performance. We expect the solution to solve our current curl issue and help us to increase the machine speed to the targeted level," says Sun Guanfa, General Manager, Zhejiang Dongda Paper Co. Ltd.

"We have earlier supplied a Valmet DNA distributed control system, a Valmet IQ quality control system and a Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision (PQV) system for Zhejiang Dongda Paper's PM2, and the mill has been very satisfied with their good performance and stable runnability. IQ Moisturizer will now provide the mill with easy and fast curl control without any other curl control measures," says Guo Zhutuan, Sales Director, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Moisturizer
Valmet IQ Moisturizer is a moisturizing system with applications for moisture cross-direction profiling, curl control and smooth moisture level increase. It features an air atomized spray nozzle, a linear water control valve and a mist removal system.

The solution is part of the Valmet IQ product family for monitoring and optimizing process performance and end product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114383
 13.07.2016

Valmet to supply advanced process controls and analyzers for Nippon Paper in Japan  (Company news)

Valmet has received repeat orders of advanced process control (APC) systems and analyzers from Nippon Paper in Japan. The solutions will be delivered to three of the Nippon Paper mills and consist of Valmet Advanced Process Control (APC) systems and Valmet Kappa Analyzers for the mills bleaching and lime kiln processes. The solutions will provide Nippon Paper with savings in chemicals and in energy consumption, as well as reduce end product quality variability. The new, latest technology kappa analyzers replace Nippon Paper's existing analyzers. The new advanced process controls and kappa analyzers will be in operation in 2016.

Additionally, Valmet will provide Nippon Paper with performance services which will sustain the results and savings long term. The services contain expert support and consultation, and the processes will be improved further in in close cooperation with the customer as part of the services.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received.

Excellent results from an earlier delivery
The order is based on excellent results from an earlier delivery to Nippon Paper's Akita mill. In 2015, a performance improvement project was successfully delivered for Nippon Paper Akita mill.

"The highlight of the project is the speed in which Akita mill was able to achieve significant savings," comments Mr. Kameda, Senior technical manager of automation department, Akita Mill, Nippon Paper. This was achieved by delivering a holistic solution consisting of APC, analyzers as well as process consultation. The savings were delivered on schedule and clearly exceeded all targets.

The Akita mill now enjoys bleaching chemical savings of 7 %, 28% decrease in final brightness standard deviation, 5.5% saving in specific energy at the lime kiln, and has entered into Performance Sustainability agreement with Valmet to maintain and improve those savings long term.

"Through our proven automation and analyzer technology, and with our global and local professionals, we deliver concrete benefits and move the customers operations to a whole new level," says Atsushi Yamamoto, Sales Manager, Japan, Automation, Valmet.

Record high kappa analyzer deliveries in the past 12 months
In the past 12 months, Valmet has received a record number of orders for kappa analyzers. This has further strengthened Valmet's leading position on the global kappa analyzer market and increased its market share.

All greenfield pulp mills started up in the 2000s are equipped with Valmet's kappa analyzers. Since its introduction in 1992, Valmet has installed over 430 Valmet Kappa Analyzers in pulp mills around the world. Today, all leading chemical pulp producers worldwide use this technology in their processes.

Proven performance solutions through advanced process control and optimization
Valmet's performance solutions are part of comprehensive services offering and are designed to provide sustained performance improvement to pulp and paper producers. Valmet is a market leader of advanced process control (APC) with its 320 installations globally. The solutions combine advanced process control and optimization technology and expertise, and utilize Valmet's process measurements and analyzers. The solutions are scalable from one department to a line or mill level optimization.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114312
 08.07.2016

Change in Valmet's investor relations  (Company news)

Hanna-Maria Heikkinen (photo) will leave her position as Vice President, Investor Relations latest in 26 September to take up a new position outside Valmet. She has been employed by Valmet since September 2013. The recruitment process for her successor is under way.

"Hanna-Maria has had an important role in preparing the demerger from Metso in 2013 and in creating the new Valmet's investor relations function during the first years as an independent, stock listed company. I wish Hanna-Maria all the best, when she now moves into new challenges outside Valmet," says Kari Saarinen, CFO of Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114285
 05.07.2016

Valmet to supply a biomass-fired boiler plant to Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill in Russia  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a biomass-fired boiler plant and related automation and environmental systems to Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill (Segezha PPM) in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. The boiler will produce steam for the mill's production processes and enables the mill to use wood residues and sludge as fuel and thus reduce the use of heavy fuel oil and lower its emissions and environmental impact. Valmet's delivery is scheduled for 2017.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"We selected Valmet's multi-fuel boiler after comparing a number of supplier offers. We took into account the reliability of the equipment and its operation, and the price/quality ratio. The decisive criteria that determined our decision were the technological factors and successful boiler references in numbers of industry enterprises. We see that a modern multi-fuel boiler can efficiently burn waste from wood processing with high and variable humidity, as well as sludge from our effluent treatment," comments Sergei Pondar, Vice President of Production for Segezha Group.

The new order strengthens Valmet's position as the leading supplier of bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boilers with electrostatic precipitator based flue gas cleaning on the Russian market. This is the third boiler delivery featuring Valmet's bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology to Russia in the past three years.

"Over decades Valmet has delivered numerous biomass-fired boilers as well as chemical recovery boilers to Russia. We have an established supplier network in Russia and significant part of the delivery for Segezha will be manufactured in Russia. We look forward to delivering our competitive technology to Russia's market also in the future," remarks Nikolay Doroshenko, Director of Energy Sales and Services Operations, Russia and CIS, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a 90 MW HYBEX boiler utilizing BFB combustion technology, Valmet electrostatic precipitator based flue gas cleaning equipment, electrification and a Valmet DNA automation system to control and operate the plant.

The HYBEX boiler developed by Valmet features wide fuel flexibility, high combustion efficiency, high reliability, excellent controllability and low emissions. Its main advantage is the possibility to use fuels with high moisture content and a low thermal value.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114227
 28.06.2016

Valmet selected to replace automation system at Papeterie du Bourray in France  (Company news)

Arjowiggins' Papeteries du Bourray graphic papers mill in France has ordered a Valmet DNA distributed control system (DCS) for PM1 to replace an earlier control system that is reaching end-of-life. The new Valmet DNA system will replace an old system from another supplier.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. Typically the order value of this kind of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"Our Valmet DNA is based on more than 30 years of developing distributed control systems ranging from micro-sized systems to mill- and plant-wide systems that support global organizations. In this project we are replacing an old distributed control system from another supplier. The limited space in the mill's cross connection room meant that a major requirement for the mill was our ability to install the new system in the existing cabinets. Meeting both the ergonomic and performance expectations of the mill were keys to winning the replacement," says Boris Hosteins, Valmet Sales Manager in Bordeaux.

Technical details of the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes engineering, installation supervision, training and commissioning. The start-up of the new system scheduled for September 2016.

Valmet DNA is a single automation system for all applications - process, machine, drive and quality controls. It can also cover information management functions along with mechanical and field device condition monitoring. Guaranteed compatibility between different generation Valmet products helps to future-proof investments and maximizes the effectiveness of existing equipment.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114183
 24.06.2016

Valmet to supply a demonstration scale plant for next generation dissolving pulp cooking to ...  (Company news)

... Sappi in South Africa

Valmet will supply a dissolving pulp cooking demonstration plant to Sappi in South Africa to explore and optimize the extraction of biorenewable chemicals. The plant will be close to industrial size and is located at Sappi's Ngodwana mill (photo). The demonstration plant will make it possible to study the next generation dissolving cooking process and test new ideas in mill scale. Start-up of the new plant is scheduled for the beginning of 2017.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

In this project Sappi and Valmet will together take the next step in dissolving pulping and explore new revenue possibilities in the dissolving pulp production. These new revenues include possibilities to extract bio-based materials from the cooking plant pre-hydrolysate stream such as sugars and lignin to beneficiate to higher value bio-chemicals.

"This investment in new technology continues to support Sappi's strategic direction of seeking new bio-based opportunities and at the same time will generate a platform with associated benefits for further increased volumes and quality of dissolving wood pulp," noted Andrea Rossi, Sappi's Group Head Technology.

"We are very pleased that Sappi has selected Valmet as the supplier of the Ngodwana mill dissolving cooking demo plant. Our common target is to create the next generation dissolving pulp cooking concept which has the potential to be a game changer for our industry the coming years. The main features with the new concept are higher dissolving pulp quality, lower operating cost and a new optimized hydrolysate revenue stream. This project is in line with our R&D targets to provide advanced technologies and promote the use of renewable material. This will also further strengthen our market leadership position within dissolving pulp technology," says Lars Sjödin, Director at Valmet's Fiber Processing business.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114189
 23.06.2016

Valmet targets to grow with improved profitability  (Company news)

Valmet's Board of Directors has confirmed Valmet's strategy and higher financial targets. The strategy is a continuation of the previous strategy, which was reconfirmed on June 24, 2015.

Strategy
Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. The company develops and supplies competitive process technology, services and automation to the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet is committed to moving its customers' performance forward with its unique offering.
Valmet's vision is to become the global champion in serving its customers. Valmet seeks growth with improved profitability in pulp, paper and energy industries.

Financial targets increased
Valmet's financial targets are the following (previous targets in brackets):
-Net sales for stable business to grow over two times the market growth (net sales growth to exceed market growth)
-Net sales for capital business to exceed market growth (net sales growth to exceed market growth)
-Comparable EBITA: 8-10% (6-9%)
-Comparable return on capital employed (pre-tax), ROCE: 15-20% (minimum of 15%)
-Dividend payout at least 50% of net profit (40%)

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

Strategy implementation through Must-Win initiatives
Valmet implements its strategy through four Must-Win initiatives: customer excellence, leader in technology and innovation, excellence in processes, and winning team.

In customer excellence Valmet has launched its new service concept, Valmet Way to Serve. Further it targets to grow with new customers and regions and strengthens ongoing sales management initiatives. In leader in technology, Valmet continues to develop leading technology and to reduce product costs.

Valmet's comprehensive industrial internet solutions and focused R&D work enhance its technological leadership. Valmet invests in a new ERP (Enterprise resource planning) system to support process improvements aiming at operational excellence. Nurturing shared values and continuing globalization of its capabilities are important factors in building winning team.

Comment from Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet:
"Since the demerger, we have strengthened our offering and market position. We have also succeeded to reach good results in our internal efficiency programs. As a result of our actions, we reached our EBITA-margin target range in 2015 and we have decided to set higher, more demanding financial targets.
We will continue to implement our strategy with our four Must-Win initiatives. We are focusing on improving our customer excellence further with our new service concept. We also continue to concentrate on process improvement, and our ongoing ERP investment is a good example of that. We are aiming at becoming the global champion in serving our customers," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114129
 17.06.2016

Valmet to deliver Valmet IQ to new extrusion coating line at Metsä Board Husum  (Company news)

Metsä Board has ordered Valmet IQ quality control systems (QCS) for the new extrusion coating line to start in the first half of 2017 at its Husum mill. This order follows the recent startup of Valmet IQ QCS on Husum's new BM1 board machine and off-line coater.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. Typically the order value of similar automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

"The new quality control system, supplied by Valmet, will support our work at different production stages. In their daily work, the machine operators can monitor products using one single system and combine different views to guarantee efficient and consistent production," says Kai Vikman, Vice President for Technology in Metsä Board.

"The delivery of the third quality control system to Husum is a significant opportunity to show again that Valmet can deliver a complete quality measurement and control system for both coated or uncoated qualities," says Mikael Jonzon, Sales Manager for Valmet's on-line quality management solution.

Technical details of the delivery
The delivery includes two scanners, the first measuring basis weight, moisture and caliper before coating with the second to measure and control the extrusion coating-thickness on both sides of the board. Additionally machine and cross direction controls are included in the delivery.

Extrusion coating thickness will be measured by a variant of the successful Valmet IR Coat Weight sensor with the patented technology offering a direct correlation to extrusion coat weight. The same sensor also makes a direct measurement of moisture.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114066
 10.06.2016

Valmet to supply two spray moisturizer systems to SAICA's corrugated board converting plants in ...  (Company news)

... Spain and France

Valmet will supply two Valmet IQ Moisturizer systems to SAICA's corrugated board converting plants in El Prat, Spain, and Beaulac, France. By installing Valmet's advanced moisturizing technology in their corrugators, SAICA's plants will be able to reduce corrugated board warping and consequently reduce waste and improve productivity in their converting processes.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A moisturizer is usually valued below EUR 1 million. The deliveries will take place during the third quarter of 2016.

"After many years of successful experiences working together with Valmet's automation solutions on paper production, Saica Group celebrates Valmet movement towards the introduction of automation technology on corrugators to ensure board quality as well as line production efficiency. The collaboration of the two companies' innovation technology teams is resulting on reliable control systems working on line and this order is a proof of our satisfaction," says Federico Asensio, Saica Group, Director, R&D and innovation.

"Entering paper and board converting with the Valmet IQ quality control solutions is one of Valmet's growth initiatives. We have earlier supplied a moisturizer system to SAICA's converting plant in Viana, Spain. A repeat order from SAICA is now proof that we are on the right track for delivering proven, value-adding quality control solutions also for the converting industry," states Jari Almi, Director, Quality Management Solutions, Automation, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet IQ Moisturizer
Valmet's delivery includes two Valmet IQ Moisturizers that are part of the Valmet IQ product family for monitoring and optimizing process performance and end product quality.

Valmet IQ Moisturizer is a moisturizing system with applications for moisture cross-direction profiling, warp (curl) control and smooth moisture level increase. It features an air atomized micro droplet spray nozzle, a linear water control valve and excessive spray mist removal system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114049
 09.06.2016

Valmet receives repeat order for a new Advantage DCT tissue production line from ...  (Company news)

...Papel San Francisco in Mexico

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 start-up is planned for the second half of 2017.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

Continuation of good cooperation
The new tissue line will fulfill Papel San Francisco's need of new capacity for standard tissue products. Valmet has previously delivered three tissue machines to the company. Two Advantage DCT machines started up in 2006 and 2009 and one Advantage NTT started up in 2013 which fulfills the company's demand of textured tissue.

"Our previous installations are running very well. The Advantage DCT machines are operating at high speed and made the world speed record of 2160 m/min already in 2009. The Advantage NTT machine has reached record high production capacity in conventional mode and the textured products are well received on the market. Due to the need to increase our capacity of standard tissue we decided to go for the cost and energy efficient Advantage DCT technology equipped with the Advantage ViscoNip press," says Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Operational Director, Papel San Francisco.

"Our relationship with Papel San Francisco is a showcase for how a supplier and customer cooperate to achieve continuous performance improvements with a win-win result. During the years Papel San Francisco has managed to break several records regarding speed and operation performance. Our relationship is built on respect, strong trust and cooperation with professional and technical focus," says Jan Larsson, Sales Director 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 and 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 #114030
 08.06.2016

Valmet invests in press felt production  (Company news)

Valmet develops its paper machine clothing production plant in Tampere, Finland by investing in press felt production. The investment is done in order to improve the product technology and production capacity of seamed press felts for the paper, board, tissue and pulp drying machines.

Photo: Final felt inspection before packing at Valmet's Tampere fabric

The investment includes a new wide weaving loom, updating of some existing weaving looms and a new fiber opening and blending machinery. The total value of the investment is several million euros and the investment project will be finalized during the first quarter of 2017.

Seamed felts improve safety and efficiency
The investment is done in order to meet the growing market needs as customers are willing to move away from endless felts in older machines. The seamed felt market is growing, especially in North America, where over 70% of the felts used in paper and board machines are endless. Also in Europe, the market of seamed felts is growing. The change from endless felts to seamed ones improves occupational safety and production efficiency at mills. The seamed felt installation is faster and takes much less manpower than installing an endless felt.

"This investment gives us the necessary assets to further develop our leading technology for the growing and demanding seamed felt market. It also ensures our capacity for the coming years to deliver felts that respond to customer needs for optimized production performance. This is also an investment in Valmet's renewed services approach," says Jari Stålhammar, Vice President, Fabrics, Services Business Line at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114018
 07.06.2016

Valmet renews its services approach  (Company news)

Valmet has renewed its services offering and unified its way to serve to enable better customer experience and growth in the services business.

Photo: Valmet's service personnel work close to customer both on-site and by utilizing Industrial Internet possibilities

"Our vision is to become the global champion in serving our customers. We constantly challenge ourselves to improve both our services offering and also the way we actually meet our targeted customer service level. After adding automation and related services to our offering in 2015, the natural next step was to start unifying our services offering and way to serve our customers. We see that our new approach, called "Shared Journey Forward", is a concrete step towards our vision," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

After the renewal, Valmet's whole services offering is easy to understand and to choose from. The services are restructured under three categories: reliability services, performance services, and new technology upgrades. Furthermore, Valmet develops further its global expertise network and way to serve the customers both online and close by.

The core commitments Valmet is making to its customers are keeping safety as number one priority, being close to the customers, serving customers with solutions meeting their needs and having people to whom customers can trust.

"The commitments we give to our customers reflect also our priorities. We never compromise safety and continuously develop our safety culture and procedures. Being close to customers means both that we are globally present with over 100 service centers and we utilize industrial internet in helping our customers remotely. We listen to our customers in order to find the best solution for particular customer needs and we work hard every day to earn our customers' trust," says Jukka Tiitinen, President of Services Business Line.

Valmet's services offering is built to improve reliability and performance of customers' processes and also bring in new technology to keep the processes up-to-date in the changing business environment.

"In addition to strong individual services products our solutions are built to bring concrete benefits to our customers. Our reliability services keep the equipment and processes running smoothly. We can even take responsibility for maintenance and on-site services and inventory management. With performance services our customers can achieve reduced energy and raw material costs, reduced process variability, optimized quality and production, and enhanced environmental performance. Furthermore, adding new technology to the process at the right time keeps production competitive and helps to take the production to the next level," describes Jukka Tiitinen Valmet's renewed services offering.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #114008
 06.06.2016

Fatal accident at Valmet's project site in Sweden  (Company news)

On Thursday, June 2, 2016 a serious workplace accident occurred in Valmet's installation activities in the pulp mill expansion project at Södra Cell's Värö mill in Sweden. An employee of Valmet's subcontractor was seriously injured in a lifting operation and later died in hospital whilst receiving treatment for injuries sustained during the accident.

"Our thoughts are with the deceased's family and colleagues. We have informed the personnel working with the project on site and are giving them the needed support. Valmet is committed to protecting the health, safety and environment (HSE) of our people, customers, partners and the communities where we operate. Everyone has the right to a safe work environment. Investigation of the accident has been started and corrective actions will be implemented to continuously improve our processes and routines to ensure safety," says Stefan Mattsson from Valmet.

Valmet has initiated an incident investigation, in co-operation with the customer and contractor. The incident is also under investigation by the police and the Swedish Work Environment Authority.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113952
 02.06.2016

Valmet to supply an extensive board machine rebuild for ITC Bhadrachalam mill in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an extensive board machine rebuild and automation solution for machine and quality control to the ITC Bhadrachalam mill in India. The rebuilt production line (PM1) is planned to produce high-quality lightweight coated board with a wide range of produced grades. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. Typically, a project of this type and scope is valued at EUR 30 - 40 million.

Photo: Contract signing ceremony between ITC and Valmet

"ITC has been the pioneer in Indian paper industry for introducing folding box board of international quality standards. Our investment in a state of the art paperboard machine PM 4 from Valmet way back in 1997 changed the experience of Indian printing industry. Selecting Valmet as partner for the new PM1 rebuild project is in line with our focus on enhancing the customer experience while aligning with the philosophy of "triple bottom line" i.e. for improved environmental, economic and social factors. With the support from Valmet, we will be introducing globally best available technology into this machine. I am sure that our customers are going to benefit immensely out of this project," says Sanjay Singh, CEO of ITC Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division.

"Long term relationship with the customer forms a solid base for this project - another machine PM 4 at the site is Valmet-delivered and Bhadrachalam values it as their flagship board machine. Energy and raw material savings were among the most important issues that were discussed in the negotiations of this new rebuild project. High quality furnish combined with our latest technology and automation and with the competence of ITC personnel give a good base for enabling an excellent end product. The rebuild will enable ITC to be among the best folding boxboard producers globally when it comes to lightweighing or improving bulk - leading directly to raw material savings," comments Petri Paukkunen, Vice President, Sales and Marketing from Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet's delivery for the ITC Bhadrachalam PM1 board making machine rebuild includes all the key technologies from headbox to reel and automation for machine and quality control. The machine features number of leading technologies delivered exclusively by Valmet.

OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox, OptiFormer Multi Fourdrinier forming section and OptiPress Linear shoe press with linear web run are important in high-quality board production. They enhance e.g. the end product surface and strength properties and productivity. Compared to other coated board machines in India, the machine is not equipped with Yankee cylinder, which often limits production. In the calendering section, a new type of a calender from Valmet OptiCalender Compact delivers reliable calendering results.

Valmet DNA machine control and Valmet IQ quality control systems give accurate and reliable real-time data, which enables the optimizing of the entire production process and the end product quality.

The 4250-mm-wide (wire) PM 1 will produce mainly cup board, but also solid folding box board (FBB), bleached board (SBS) and art board grades with the basis weight range of 150 - 320 g/m2. The design speed for the rebuilt machine parts is 600 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113923
 31.05.2016

Valmet to supply upgrades for recovery boiler and evaporation line at Södra Cell Mönsterås ...  (Company news)

...pulp and paper mill in Sweden

Valmet will supply Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp and paper mill in Sweden a recovery boiler upgrade and an evaporation line upgrade. The delivery is scheduled for the fall 2016.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. The value of an upgrade of this scope is usually valued below EUR 6 million.

"Recovery boilers need consistent upgrades at regular intervals. This kind of upgrade needs to be done due to the erosion and corrosion of the recovery boiler tubes based on third party inspection evaluation findings. We have been a trusted services partner for this replacement work with Södra Cell Mönsterås for several years and we are happy to continue good co-operation with them," says Marcus Grundevik, Sales and Project Manager from Valmet.

Technical information of the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes replacement of several recovery boiler and evaporation line parts and additionally a new concentrated non-condensable gases (CNCG) burner system.

As part of this upgrade the evaporation line 2 will be equipped with new Valmet TUBEL heating surface area in one of the effects. In a Valmet TUBEL Concentrator liquor is evaporated on the outside of the tubes for easy on-line washing and to avoid chemical or mechanical off-line washing.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113905
 27.05.2016

Valmet launches new sustainability action plans for 2016-2018   (Company news)

Valmet has defined new action plans for its sustainability agenda for 2016-2018. The action plans include detailed actions and targets for each sustainability focus area. The new action plans were defined based on an extensive agenda review conducted in early 2016.

Valmet defined the sustainability agenda initially in early 2014, and has systematically worked to implement the actions set for each of its focus areas. The agenda is called Sustainability360º and it takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability in our operations. The agenda focuses on five core areas: sustainable supply chain; health, safety and environment; people and performance; sustainable solutions, and corporate citizenship.

"Our systematic execution of the previous action plans has led to many concrete results. We have for instance established Valmet-wide processes for managing the sustainability of our supply chain, improved occupational safety year by year and realized a significant increase in employee engagement. On top of this, Valmet has been recognized as one of the world's sustainability leaders in Dow Jones Sustainability Index. As we have now reached many of our current targets, this was a natural phase to review the agenda and define actions for the next three years," says Anu Salonsaari-Posti (photo), SVP, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability at Valmet.

In 2016-2018, special focus continues on ensuring a globally sustainable supply chain and continuous improvement of safety culture. More information on the agenda and roadmaps is available at www.valmet.com/sustainabilityagenda.

Comprehensive sustainability reporting
Valmet strives to have globally consistent and transparent management and reporting practices so that all its stakeholders can reliably assess the company's sustainability performance and development. Valmet reports annually on its sustainability performance according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The company also reports to selected third-party sustainability ratings. In 2015, Valmet was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the second consecutive year. Valmet also reported to CDP's Climate Change program with a score of 97/100.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113890
 24.05.2016

Valmet to supply recausticizing upgrade to Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper mill in Russia  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a recausticizing upgrade to Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper mill in Novodvinsk, Russia. The upgrade includes both technology and automation deliveries. Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper is rebuilding the plant to increase capacity and replace obsolete equipment. The start-up of the delivery is scheduled for the fall 2017.

The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An upgrade with this scope of supply is usually valued below EUR 10 million.

"The project is the second stage of bleached pulp production upgrade in order to increase the capacity. The first stage included the replacement of old drum washers and installation of three Valmet TwinRoll presses was successfully completed in 2015. The goal of the rebuild is to increase white liquor production, which will be followed by installation of an oxygen delignification plant in the future. The obsolete equipment will be replaced as well during the project", says Pavel Smirnov, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Arkhangeslk Mill.

"The rebuild will make possible to increase the capacity of the plant and reduce the considerable maintenance that is required today. The delivery is especially exciting since it is the first time we deliver our new generation lime mud disc filter - OptiDisc. The design will increase work safety and ensure mill runnability", says Thomas Malmqvist, Sales Manager at Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
The delivery includes technology for the recausticizing plant consisting of cooling, slaking, white liquor filtration and lime mud washing & drying. In addition to main machinery and auxiliary equipment, the order also includes automation instruments related to machinery motors and a DCS process control system. The new design of the lime mud disc filter gives access to bearings and seals from outside the vessel, which makes maintenance easier and improves safety. With the new design the lifetime of the main shaft is doubled.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113837
 23.05.2016

Valmet to supply a sulfuric acid plant to the Metsä Group bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a sulfuric acid plant to Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Äänekoski for in-house sulfuric acid production. By means of the new sulfuric acid plant of its own the bioproduct mill can utilize the chemicals in the odorous gases of the pulp manufacturing process. This will help to reduce the wastewater load considerably. The start-up of the plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.

Valmet's delivery is part of Metsä Group's sulfuric acid plant investment that is valued at roughly EUR 20 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"The sulfuric acid plant producing process chemicals from sulfur compounds from odorous gases is a remarkable step towards closed chemical circulation and further improves the environmental performance of the bioproduct mill," says Timo Merikallio, Project Director of bioproduct mill at Metsä Group.

"More efficient utilization of the raw materials and putting circular economy into practice within the industry increases the need for new innovations. The sulfuric acid plant technology that will be delivered to Äänekoski is developed by Valmet. We have developed also multiple new biotechnology processes for pulp and energy industries including lignin and bio-oil production," says Risto Hämäläinen, Director, Environmental Systems at Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The order includes a sulfuric acid plant developed by Valmet. The plant consists of a concentrated non-condensable gas (CNCG) incinerator and a sulfuric acid converting plant. The production capacity of the plant will be approximately 35 tons of sulfuric acid per day. This will be the world's first larger scale sulfuric acid plant that will be in operation at a pulp mill.

The new plant will enable the bioproduct mill to become nearly self-sufficient in sulfuric acid, as the odorous gases produced in the pulping process can be converted into sulfuric acid. This will bring significant environmental advantages. The amount of sulfate lead to the mill's effluent treatment plant will be reduced and the sulfate load in the nearby waterways will be smaller compared to the current mill in Äänekoski. The CNCG incineration plant can be used as a back-up boiler for producing process steam by incinerating CNCG, tall oil pitch or liquid methanol.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113835
 20.05.2016

Valmet adds new capabilities to the fiber image analyzer  (Company news)

Valmet adds new measurement capabilities to Valmet Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5). These features take the laboratory testing of pulp and paper fiber samples to a new level.

Launched in 2013, more than sixty Valmet FS5 analyzers are now in use, continuing Valmet's 30 year fiber analytics history with more than 1000 fiber property measurements delivered. Fully meeting the ISO fiber length measurement standard requirements, the analyzer is simple to use with no lengthy training needed. Easily measuring the fiber properties of 100 samples in an eight hour shift, the automatic consistency adjustment eliminates operator error by allowing samples to be inserted without any special preparation.

Analyzers are individually customizable, equipped with only the required measurements and easily programmable for customized analysis and reporting. Maintenance requirements are minimal and no on-site calibration is required as each unit is calibrated with an accredited calibration tool at Valmet's production center in Kajaani, Finland.

New measurements predict end product quality better
The strength potential of the pulp can now be predicted easily from the process samples. Better understanding of the characteristics of the fibers helps papermakers to manage better the process and get targeted end product quality by optimizing the blend and using less energy, for example, in grinding.

"The new gravimetric coarseness feature in Valmet FS5 has been accepted very well by our customers. The true coarseness value is an important value which predicts the paper structure and now it is possible to get this result easier and faster than ever before without tedious and time consuming sample preparation. Our approach of combining both optical and gravimetric coarseness values is a result of out-of-box thinking by our R&D - helping our customers to save time and money," says Tuomo Kälkäjä, the product manager of Valmet FS5.

Cell wall thickness and cross sectional area, available in a previous generation of Valmet's analyzer, is also now derived by the Valmet FS5 which reports average values for the whole sample. Results provide a better understanding of the paper making potential of the pulp.

Improvements to the operator interface
Based on user feedback Valmet has implemented improvements to the operator interface, including customizable measurement templates and reports. Valmet FS5 is now easier than before to use in regular mill testing, and it also meets the requirements of research laboratory use. The increased capabilities offered by these new measurements and improved interface are also available as upgrades for existing users.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113703
 10.05.2016

Valmet and Biochemtex to collaborate in developing technology for lignin derived biochemicals  (Company news)

Valmet and Biochemtex will start to cooperate in the field of conversion of lignin into biochemicals. The development project will combine and adapt LignoBoost (photo) and Moghi technologies. LignoBoost is Valmet's proprietary technology for the extraction of purified lignin from black liquor produced by pulp mills. Moghi in turn is Biochemtex's proprietary technology for the conversion of lignin into biofuels and biochemicals.

This collaboration will create a high value market for lignin while providing the biochemical industry a consistent lignin stream to be used as a sustainable feedstock for the production of bioPET (bio based thermoplastic polymer).

"Valmet's industrially proven LignoBoost technology for lignin extraction plays an important role in this project. We are continuously developing new sustainable technologies for increasing the value of lignin. Combining LignoBoost and Moghi technologies is one of the very promising solutions we are looking into when developing biochemical technologies," says Rickard Andersson, Vice President for Valmet's Biotech and Environmental Systems.

"For us this partnership is an additional opportunity to provide the market with second generation biochemicals. We are already working with our own and Beta Renewables technologies. The cooperation with Valmet will allow to increase the feedstock available to produce bioPX, a key raw material for the production of PET made 100% from renewable sources. Existing pilot plant facilities, and the dedicated demo plant under construction in Italy, combined with the skills and know-how in both organizations, will provide a solid base to deliver fast and positive outcome for this exciting opportunity," says Giovanni Bolcheni, CEO of Biochemtex.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113700
 09.05.2016

New Valmet-delivered pulp drying lines started up at Klabin in Brazil  (Company news)

Two new pulp drying lines, delivered by Valmet, have been started at Klabin's new pulp mill located in Ortigueira city, Paraná state in Brazil. The first pulp bale was produced according to schedule on March 4th, 2016.

Klabin's new pulp mill will have the capacity to produce 1.5 million tons of pulp per year, with 1.1 million tons of bleached hardwood pulp (BEK) made of eucalyptus and 400,000 tons of bleached softwood pulp (BSK) made of pine. Part of the softwood will be converted into fluff pulp, making the mill the world's only pulp mill designed to produce the three fibers.

"The hardwood pulp drying machine that we delivered to Klabin produced the first bale according to the contract schedule. This is a great achievement to our team who has worked hard to build one of the biggest drying machines in the world, with 9.5 meters width. Now the two biggest drying machines in the world are running in Brazil, both supplied by Valmet," says Norbert Schwarz, Project Manager at Valmet.

"Klabin thanks its financers, suppliers, partners and employees for their effort in ensuring the feasibility and realization of this project, which is the largest investment in its history," the company stated in a notice to the market after the first pulp bales had been produced.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113591
 02.05.2016

Valmet AB to deliver brown washing plant to Södra Cell Mörrum  (Company news)

In February 2016, Södra's Board of Directors decided to invest SEK 1 billion in a new evaporator and modernisation of the brown washing plant in the dissolving pulp line, where textile pulp is produced. Södra has now awarded Valmet AB the contract to supply the new brown washing plant.

Södra is growing together with its customers. During the 2014-2020 strategy period, Södra Cell Mörrum will gradually begin to offer larger volumes and increase production capacity from 380,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes, of which 200,000 tonnes will consist of high-quality dissolving pulp.

"The successful cooperation with Valmet AB on the dissolving pulp line that started in 2011 now continues with the next step. The investment will enable increased production and opportunities to further enhance the product quality of dissolving pulp", said Martin Säll, Project manager at Södra Cell Mörrum.

The startup of the new upgraded pulp line is scheduled for the fourth quarter 2017.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #113586
 28.04.2016

Valmet's Interim Review January 1 - March 31, 2016: Orders received, net sales and ...  (Company news)

... profitability increased

Due to new regulation by the European Securities and Market Authority concerning alternative performance measures, Valmet has decided to replace the performance measure 'EBITA before non-recurring items' with 'Comparable EBITA'. The content of items affecting comparability, i.e. items previously disclosed as non-recurring, remain unchanged and therefore 'Comparable EBITA' equals previously disclosed 'EBITA before non-recurring items'. Items affecting comparability consist of income and expenses arising from activities that amend the capacity of Valmet's operations or are incurred outside its normal course of business. Valmet discloses alternative performance measures to describe the underlying business performance and to improve comparability between reporting periods.

January-March 2016: Orders received, net sales and profitability increased
-Orders received increased to EUR 803 million (EUR 580 million).
---Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, Paper, and Services business lines.
---Automation contributed to orders received with EUR 66 million.
---Orders received more than doubled in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and South America.
-Net sales increased to EUR 652 million (EUR 561 million).
---Net sales increased in the Paper and Services business lines and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
---Automation contributed to net sales with EUR 58 million.
-Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 31 million (EUR 19 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 4.8 percent (3.5%).
---Profitability improved due to the higher level of net sales in Paper and Services business lines, improved gross profit, and the acquisition of Automation.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.08 (EUR 0.05).
Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -2 million (EUR 0 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 3 million (EUR -20 million).

Valmet reiterates its guidance for 2016
Valmet is reiterating its guidance presented on February 9, 2016 in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2016 will remain at the same level with 2015 (EUR 2,928 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2016 will increase in comparison with 2015 (EUR 182 million).
Due to new regulation by the European Securities and Market Authority, Valmet has decided to replace the performance measure 'EBITA before non-recurring items' with 'Comparable EBITA'. The content of items affecting comparability, i.e. items previously disclosed as non-recurring, remain unchanged and therefore 'Comparable EBITA' equals previously disclosed 'EBITA before non-recurring items' (EUR 182 million in 2015). Items affecting comparability consist of income and expenses arising from activities that amend the capacity of Valmet's operations or are incurred outside its normal course of business.

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
The baseline projection for global growth in 2016 is a modest 3.2 percent, broadly in line with last year, and a 0.2 percentage point downward revision relative to the January 2016 World Economic Outlook Update. The recovery is projected to strengthen in 2017 and beyond, driven primarily by emerging market and developing economies, as conditions in stressed economies start gradually to normalize. But uncertainty has increased, and risks of weaker growth scenarios are becoming more tangible. The fragile conjuncture increases the urgency of a broad-based policy response to raise growth and manage vulnerabilities. (International Monetary Fund, April 12, 2016)

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

President and CEO Pasi Laine (photo): Solid start of the year with increase in orders received, net sales and profitability
Valmet had a solid start of the year 2016 with an increase in orders received, net sales and profitability. Orders received increased in Pulp and Energy, Paper, and Services business lines. As a result of both customer activity and good work in all parts of the organization, the orders received development has been trending upwards in all business lines. The orders received were at an all-time high level in the Services business line. Profitability improved in the first quarter of the year compared to the first quarter of 2015.
Automation has now been a part of Valmet for a full year, and I am very pleased with the development. Summing up the year from the Automation perspective, the integration was a success. Both customers and employees are pleased and energized, we launched new automation products during the year, strengthened Valmet's position in Industrial Internet and, in financial terms, we can be satisfied with the development of the Automation business line. Furthermore, our four business lines have found a good and continuously improving way to cooperate in the customer interface and to bring benefits of our unique and market's widest offering to our customers.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113446
 18.04.2016

Valmet to supply a new screening and washing plant to Smurfit Kappa Cellulose ...  (Company news)

... Du Pin Biganos in France

Valmet will supply Smurfit Kappa Cellulose Du Pin Biganos pulp and paper mill in France with a new screening and brown stock washing plant for kraft liner pulp production. The new plant will replace old equipment and make the mill meet today's environmental requirements. The delivery is scheduled for the beginning of 2017, and the start-up for later the same year.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an upgrade of this scope is usually valued below EUR 10 million.

"Valmet has proven technology for high kappa pulp production, based on a unique cooking, refining and washing concept. This order is a token of our leading position within the area of fiber lines for kraft liner. We are looking forward to an interesting project together with Smurfit Kappa," says Peter Rummel, Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical information of the delivery
The order includes a new screening plant with a reject refiner and a washing stage consisting of a filter stage followed by two TwinRoll presses. The screening and brown stock washing plant will have a capacity of 1250 adt/d.

About the customer Smurfit Kappa
Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin, is one of the leading European producers of paper made from virgin fiber for packaging. Based in Facture, Aquitaine (South-West of France), its production unit is specialized in the manufacture of coverage Kraft paper corrugated board.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113420
 12.04.2016

Valmet to deliver a new white liquor filter to Rottneros Vallvik pulp mill in Sweden  (Company news)

Picture: Rottneros' Vallvik pulp mill

Valmet will deliver a white liquor filter to Rottneros Vallvik pulp mill located on the east coast of Sweden. White liquor filter is part of the pulp mill's chemical recovery process.

This investment is part of Rottneros AB's larger rebuild project called Agenda 500, which aims to increase availability and the total production volume at both of Rottneros AB's pulp mills, Rottneros Mill and Vallvik Mill, and with a target to reach a capacity of 500,000 tons per year.

The new white liquor filter will replace an existing filter delivered by Valmet in 1990. A larger filter is needed to handle the capacity increase at the mill. Start-up of the new filter is scheduled for autumn 2016.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A white liquor filter is usually valued below EUR 5 million.

"Vallvik has great confidence in Valmet as a supplier and despite a very tough schedule, we have a good reason to assume that Valmet will deliver on time. In addition, I personally look forward to working with Valmet again because this is my third project with Valmet regarding installation of pressurized disc filter," says Per-Arne Nilsson, Project Manager at Vallvik mill.

"Despite being a trusted partner with Vallvik for more than 40 years in the white liquor area, the tight schedule of this project was a challenge when pursuing this project. All people involved in the sales phase participated in the strategic and proactive work to compress the delivery time, and they deserve big thanks for their efforts. We are very pleased and look forward to a good and safe project implementation phase," says Thomas Malmqvist, Sales Manager at Valmet.

Valmet will also deliver a new bleach plant to Rottneros pulp mill, which was published earlier this year.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a new PDW-type white liquor filter, erection, start-up services, basic engineering for piping, for instrument and for electrical and process control. The PDW pressure disc filter produces completely clear white liquor and washes the lime mud. The very high white liquor yield increases upstream capacity and eliminates the potential process disturbances that increased amount of dregs and other non-process elements (NPE's) in the white liquor can cause.

About the customer Rottneros and the Vallvik mill
The Rottneros Group produces paper pulp at two pulp mills. Chemical pulp is produced at the Vallvik Mill, while mechanical pulp is produced at the Rottneros Mill. Vallvik mill produces two grades of long-fiber sulphate pulp: fully bleached sulphate pulp - ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) and unbleached sulphate pulp - UKP (Unbleached Kraft Pulp). The mill has recently received a permission to produce 255 000 tons per year.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113457
 11.04.2016

SKF extends global agreement with Valmet  (Company news)

SKF’s long-term collaboration with Valmet continues, through the supply of bearings and lubrication system solutions

SKF has signed an agreement that extends its long-term collaboration with Valmet. SKF will supply bearings, units and lubrication systems to Valmet, the global supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries.

Erik Nelander, President, Industrial Sales, Europe and MEA, says: “We have been working with Valmet for over 60 years. Our commitment to adopting a design-to-cost approach in our product development also supports Valmet in maximising the efficiency of their own investments in technology development. Our manufacturing and R&D presence across Finland, Sweden and China provides the local knowledge and short lead-times that Valmet requires. By combining our expertise around the rotating shaft, end-users are able to maximise usage of their machinery.”

SKF’s tailored bearing and units solutions have been developed with a focus on reducing design and manufacturing costs for Valmet and decreasing operating costs for machine owners and operators.

SKF’s patented Flowline circulating oil systems provide accurate lubrication, whilst at the same time reducing the amount of circulating oil needed, reducing costs and environmental impact.
(SKF GmbH)

Newsgrafik #113349
 01.04.2016

Valmet to supply board machine key technology for two container board machines in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply board machine key technology and machine control systems in two new containerboard machines in China. The customer remains confidential. Valmet's delivery includes headbox and press section technology and a machine control system.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Typically, an upgrade of two lines of this scope is valued at EUR 20-30 million.

"In containerboard manufacturing, headbox and press section are one of the most important key technologies in order to secure high production quality. Our expertise and references convinced the customer to choose Valmet," comments Kari Räisänen, Area Sales Director from Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet's delivery for the new containerboard machines will include all together five new OptiFlo Fourdrinier headboxes for improved product quality and increased productivity, two OptiPress Linear double-nip press sections with linear web run for excellent end product properties, high dewatering capacity and good runnability. All the delivered machinery will be equipped with machine control systems.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113198
 21.03.2016

Valmet Advantage NTT tissue line is producing 100% textured tissue at Forestal y Papelera ...  (Company news)

... Concepcion mill in Chile

A Valmet-delivered Advantage NTT tissue line has started up at the Forestal y Papelera Concepcion (FPC) millin Chile. The new line fulfills FPC's target of producing 100% textured tissue, differentiating the company's product offering, and to produce high-quality tissue with low energy consumption. This is so far the widest installed Advantage NTT machine with a width of 5.5 meters. The delivery also included an automation package.

Image: Valmet's Advantage NTT 200 tissue machine

"Our strategy is to provide something different to the market. To succeed, we had to look for a new and innovative technology, so the choice fell on the Valmet Advantage NTT concept. We are also using 100% virgin pulp, and all in all, it has paid off. Today, we are producing great tissue products with very high bulk and softness," says Marco Monsalve, Operations Manager of FPC.

"Our Advantage NTT tissue line is specially designed to produce textured tissue with high quality and low energy consumption. This has been an exciting and interesting project. Valmet's scope of supply was large and the mill had to be designed to resist earthquakes, which are a risk in the area. The cooperation between Valmet and the mill team has been great, and we enjoyed working with the people in FPC," says Gunnar Söderqvist, Project Manager, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's scope of delivery comprised a complete tissue production line, including a complete stock preparation system and an Advantage NTT 200 tissue machine with the latest technology for high-quality consumer tissue. The 5.5-meter-wide machine is equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox and a cast iron Yankee cylinder. It is also features the well-proven Advantage tissue technology, including the AirCap Yankee hood, a SoftReel reel and the WetDust dust management system. The delivery also features a Valmet Focus Rewinder and an extensive automation package including Valmet DNA, dilution control, and quality control systems.

The production line is optimized for the highest flexibility, with the capability to swing between production of plain and textured tissue with low energy and fiber consumption. The design speed is 2,000 m/min in plain mode and 1,800 m/min in textured mode. The line has a capacity of 70,000 tonnes per year of bath, towel and napkin tissue grades.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113162
 15.03.2016

Valmet receives repeat order for two new tissue production lines from Lee & Man ...  (Company news)

... Paper Manufacturing in China

Valmet will supply two Advantage DCT tissue production lines and related automation systems to one of China's leading paper and pulp producers, Lee & Man Manufacturing Ltd. The new lines will be installed at Lee & Man's mill in Chongqing and start-up is planned to take place in late 2016.
The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

Continuation of good cooperation
The Valmet's Advantage DCT 200HS tissue lines to be delivered are designed for production of high quality tissue products. The new tissue lines will fulfill the high requirements for effective technology and sustainability set by Lee & Man. Previously the company has ordered three Advantage DCT 200HS tissue lines of which one started up at the Chongqing mill 2015 and two will start up this year.

"Our first installation in Chongqing is running very well and we are convinced that the Advantage DCT technology and the partnership with Valmet will support our market expansion in China," says Raymond Lee, Chairman of the Board, Lee & Man.

"It's an honor that Lee & Man have again decided to extend the cooperation which already includes three tissue machine deliveries to the Chongqing mill. As seen from the earlier installations, it is possible to reach significant drying energy savings and highest paper quality by our innovative combination of flexible pressing, casted Yankee and steam heated hood. With this combination we are able to bring concrete benefits to our customers and to take their performance forward," says Svenerik Olsson, Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet China.

Valmet's Advantage DCT concept is well established on the market and has proven to enable cost- and energy-efficient production of high quality tissue products.

Technical information about the delivery
The new tissue machines will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. Each machine will produce 60.000 tons of toilet and facial tissue per year, using virgin wood pulp and bleached bamboo fiber as raw material.

Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise complete tissue production lines featuring stock preparation systems and Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machines. The machines will be equipped with OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinders. The machines will also be featured with the well proven Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, steam heated AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and a SoftReel P reel. Basic engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included

The delivery will also include Valmet's proven automation package including Valmet DNA machine and process control system (DCS) as well as Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) and Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler. The automation package provides a single source solution, utilizing only one system to perform all the essential measurements and controls for tissue production.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113152
 14.03.2016

Valmet to supply new white liquor plant to CMPC Celulosa S.A., Laja pulp mill in Chile  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a new white liquor plant to CMPC Celulosa S.A.'s Laja pulp mill in Chile. The new white liquor plant will replace the existing one and will comply with new environmental permits coming into force in 2018. Furthermore it will give higher white liquor plant production rate and increase flexibility of the lime cycle management within CMPC Corporation. Start-up of the new plant is scheduled to be in February 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A new white liquor plant with this scope is usually valued between EUR 70-80 million.

"We have selected Valmet to supply this project due to the company's solid performance in carrying out different projects for us, while maintaining excellent environmental and safety standards during the construction phase. We trust that the new white liquor plant will not only improve Laja's environmental performance, but will also help to reduce our operational costs", says Neil Chablani, Director of Projects & Technology at CMPC Celulosa S.A.

"We have shown that our white liquor plant technology is competitive both from a capital as well as an operational point of view, and confirms our position as a leading technology supplier in South America region," says Carl Mikael Stål, Technical and Operational Manager at Valmet in Andes Region.

Technical information of the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a white liquor plant with causticizing and lime kiln for efficient chemical recovery. The new white liquor plant will have a capacity of 5,500 m3 of white liquor per day and a lime kiln capacity of 450 tons per day. Valmet's reliable Recovery Analyzer is a key element for the process control of the white liquor plant. This implementation will be the first Recovery Analyzer reference for Valmet in the Andes region.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113106
 09.03.2016

Valmet receives two new orders for automation technology from Kotkamills in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet has received two orders for automation technology from Kotkamills Oy in Finland to complement the paper machine technology and automation system orders received in April and July 2015 for a paper machine conversion project. Kotkamills is currently rebuilding its magazine paper production line PM 2 and converting it to produce high-quality barrier board and folding boxboard grades. The rebuilt machine will start up during the second quarter of 2016. Valmet's automation system deliveries will take place in April 2016.

Photo: Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP)

The new orders are included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received and the fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the orders is not disclosed.

"Valmet has long experience and a lot of know-how in automation solutions for the paper industry. We are confident that we will be able to increase efficiency and make the most of the process with Valmet's solutions. The products now ordered match well with and complement the automation concept that we have chosen. We have been using Valmet's automation earlier, so our operators and maintenance staff know it well," says Jari Mäkelä, Manager, Automation and Electrification, Kotkamills.

"Our solutions will enable Kotkamills to improve board quality management as well as the management of the whole production process. Using this technology, the mill will be able to produce high-quality board and improve machine runnability," points out Harri Kohonen, Sales Manager, Automation business line, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The orders include two automation systems, analyzers, measurements, consistency transmitters and optimizing process controls for various process stages in board production.
Valmet will supply Valmet DNA automation systems for the thermomechanical pulp (TMP) plant and the coating kitchen to replace Valmet's earlier-generation systems. For the TMP plant, Valmet will also deliver an online Valmet Pulp Analyzer (Valmet MAP) and optimizing process controls with which the plant can control low-consistency grinding and reach its desired board properties.

Additionally, the delivery includes over 20 consistency transmitters for the TMP plant and the board machine. The latter will be equipped with a Valmet Retention Measurement (Valmet RM3) and a Valmet Wet End Analyzer (Valmet WEM) to control whitewater consistency and chemistry. In connection with the delivery, Valmet will upgrade the mill's existing automatic Valmet Pulp Expert analyzer.

All the solutions will be integrated with the Valmet DNA automation and Valmet IQ quality management systems that are included in the orders announced earlier. One seamless automation system for the process and machine controls from a single supplier ensures that the solutions are a seamless match.

Kotkamills already has an automation service agreement with Valmet, including remote service support. In case of disruptions, Valmet's experts have access to the mill's automation systems through a remote connection.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #113057
 03.03.2016

Valmet to supply an Advantage NTT tissue production line to Sofidel S.p.A in Poland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete automated tissue production line to Sofidel's Delitissue mill in Ciechanóv, Poland. The delivery includes an Advantage NTT 200 tissue production line (photo), stock preparation equipment and automation system.

The order was included in Valmet's 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

Sofidel and Valmet have a long history in working together and Valmet has previously delivered eleven tissue lines to Sofidel mills in various countries in Europe. The up-coming new line in Poland is the first Valmet Advantage NTT tissue technology based line in Sofidel's machine fleet. Start-up of this new line is scheduled for fourth quarter 2017.

"We see this as an investment of the future for several reasons. Sustainable production with low energy and fiber consumption is a success factor where the new line fits well in line with our targets to reduce environmental impact. The energy and fiber saving Valmet Advantage NTT technology will support Sofidel's environmental strategy. The Advantage NTT technology also allows us to take next step into the premium quality segment and differentiate our product offering in the tissue market," says Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel

"We share a long history with Sofidel, and are proud that they have selected our Advantage NTT technology for their path forward. We are facing an increasing interest in this technology from all markets, due to its flexibility to produce both conventional and premium products with low energy and fiber consumption. And we are convinced that it will be a success also for Sofidel," says Jan Erikson, Vice President, Sales, Valmet.

Technical information of the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a design speed of 1,800 m/min in textured mode and 2,000 m/min in plain mode. The production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as add possibilities for product differentiation and increased capacity of premium quality products.
Valmet's scope of supply comprises a complete tissue production line including an Advantage NTT tissue machine, with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including, an AirCap hood with Air system, WetDust system and a SoftReel B reel. Valmet will also deliver detailed mill engineering, stock preparation equipment as well as an automation package including DCS (distributed control) and QCS (quality control) systems.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112953
 24.02.2016

Pro-Gest signs with Valmet  (Company news)

Pro-Gest Group signed an important contract with Valmet, the Finnish leading manufacturer of machinery for paper production.

The agreement signed includes a new state of the art machine and for the production of lightweight recycled case material for Pro-Gest’s new plant in Mantova. The high speed machine will have a 7,6 mt width with an installed capacity of 550.000 tons of recycled paper.

The supply also includes a new high capacity winder from Valmet, machine auxiliaries, and Valmet’s mill-wide DNA technology.

Pro-Gest wishes to thank its engineering team, Valmet’s sales and technology team, and the legal team from Studio Alberto Mascotto that have worked hard to make this agreement possible.
(Pro-Gest S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #112959
 23.02.2016

Valmet to supply paper machine wet end rebuild for Khanna Paper Mills in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a paper machine wet end rebuild to Khanna Paper Mills Private Limited located in Amritsar, India. The main targets of the rebuild are to improve end product quality, increase production and add paper grades by extending the basis weight range. The start-up of the rebuilt paper machine PM 5 is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.

Photo: Signing ceremony in Finland on February 8th 2016. In front from left: Mikko Osara, Vice President, Paper Mills, Valmet and Varun Jain, CEO, Khanna Paper Mills. Behind from left: Kari Lamminmäki, Product Manager, Forming sections, Valmet, Nandkumar DM, General Manager, Sales & Technical Support, Valmet and Arun Sharma, Senior General Manager, Khanna Paper Mills.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. A project of this type and scope is typically valued at approximately EUR 5-7 million.

Valmet's delivery includes rebuild of forming section into Valmet OptiFormer Hybrid as well as headbox measurement, inspection and service and press section runnability improvements.

"Khanna Paper Mills decided to invest in new, high technology regarding the upcoming rebuild of PM5. We selected Valmet as a supplier of the rebuild due to their ability to provide solutions that are flexible also for future needs. After the rebuild we will have flexibility to make also packaging grades according to future market demands," says Varun Jain, CEO of Khanna Paper.

"Valmet offers key technologies for challenging rebuilds. Forming technologies are good demonstrations of our core know-how. Modern forming technologies help our customers to achieve better formation, higher end product quality and significantly decrease energy consumption," says Petri Paukkunen, Vice President, Paper Mills Sales and Marketing, Valmet.

Technical details
Valmet OptiFormer Hybrid with shoe and blade technology uses a unique dewatering technology to boost the output quality and capacity of both new and rebuilt paper machine over a broad range of machine speeds and basis weights. It enables easy operation within a wide operating window, superior and controllable dewatering and improved paper quality, especially formation. It also delivers a potential for fiber cost savings.

The 7060-mm-wide (wire) PM 5 produces newsprint and uncoated woodfree (WFU) grades with the basis weight range of 45 - 80 g/m2. The design speed for the rebuilt machine parts is 1250 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112882
 18.02.2016

Valmet to supply a paper machine wet end rebuild for Sappi's Kirkniemi mill in Finland   (Company news)

Valmet will supply a paper machine wet end rebuild for the Kirkniemi mill of Sappi Finland Operations Oy in Finland. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. A project of this type and scope is typically valued at approximately EUR 10-15 million.

"We have worked with Valmet for a long time, and the cooperation has been very good. Valmet is familiar with our paper machine and they know its potential. These are important factors when choosing a supplier. We wanted to have a reliable partner with good technical solutions," says Martti Savelainen, Mill Manager from Sappi.

"This new project is the third major rebuild for Sappi (Alfeld PM 2 and Gratkorn PM 11) in just a few years. Our personnel is very familiar with the Kirkniemi machine, and our knowhow on the process and technical solutions are optimal for printing grades. By combining our experience and expertise, we were able to come up with a solution that met the customer's targets well, and we are pleased that Sappi chose Valmet for this rebuild project," says Petri Paukkunen, Vice President, Paper Mills Sales and Marketing, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112808
 09.02.2016

Valmet supplied folding boxboard production line for Metsä Board Husum mill started up in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet supplied coated board production line for Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started up at the company's Husum mill in Sweden. The new machine produces high-quality folding boxboard with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons with a basis weight range of 185 - 350 g/m2.

"During the project Valmet has operated professionally and we are satisfied with their ability to deliver. We also trust that the new production line will come up to our expectations," says Ari Kiviranta, SVP, Production and Technology in Metsä Board.

"Metsä Board is well known for its high-quality, lightweight folding boxboards, used widely in packaging globally. Thanks to the new production line and our recent product development, we are now able to respond to demand better than ever before," comments Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

About Valmet's delivery
This new machine with an off-coater process underlines that Valmet has vast know-how and masters the technique of coated board. Valmet's delivery included a board machine featuring the latest modular design of headboxes, forming section and press section, as well as a rebuild of the off-machine coater, winder and the roll wrapping line. The wet end area of the machine is based on innovative OptiConcept M frame construction without the need for cantilever beams for fabric changes.

"We are very happy about the start-up of this new production line and the overall fluent cooperation with Metsä Board. With this project we have expanded Valmet's OptiConcept M family to cover also coated board production. Technologies and know-how related to coated board are one of our strategic focus areas in Valmet", says Sami Anttilainen, Vice President, Technology of Paper Mills, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112780
 05.02.2016

Uutechnic Group Delivers Drying Cylinders to Valmet  (Company news)

Plc Uutechnic Group Oyj ´s subsidiary AP-Tela Oy, has received the largest order in its history from Valmet. The order includes design and manufacturing of 27 massive size drying cylinders. The delivery to the customer takes place in the fourth quarter of 2016. Value of the order is not disclosed.
(AP-Tela Oy)

Newsgrafik #112736
 01.02.2016

Valmet's new calendering technology introduced at Stora Enso's Ingerois Board Mill  (Company news)

Valmet's new aqua cooling calendering technology has been taken into use first time at customer site at Stora Enso Ingerois Board Mill in Finland. Stora Enso decided to modernize the precalender of its board machine BM 4 to improve the quality of the produced board and lighten the board - i.e. increase its bulk - without compromising its properties. BM 4 produces folding boxboard for the consumer packaging industry.

The new aqua cooling technology has now been successfully used in production for a few months. The technology has made it possible to lower the basis weight of the end product at BM 4 while maintaining the functional and visual properties of the board.

"The new aqua cooling technology enables developing and optimizing the machine's operating method to achieve bulk saving potential. This brings significant energy and raw material savings throughout the value chain of the product," says Taisto Nevalainen, Mill Director of Stora Enso's Ingerois Board Mill.

"Cooperation with Stora Enso was excellent from the very first contact to the start-up and the whole process was exceptionally fast. Using the new aqua cooling equipment in practice has confirmed the earlier results from our pilot machine. Installation of the equipment itself went well, and thanks to its compact structure, the equipment fits in perfectly despite the narrow space available," says Mika Viljanmaa, development manager from Valmet's Paper Mills Business Unit.

A result of focused R&D work
Valmet focuses in its research and development work on three areas: 1) ensuring advanced and competitive technologies and services, 2) enhancing raw material, water and energy efficiency, and 3) promoting renewable materials. The now introduced aqua cooling technology focuses especially on improving the material and energy efficiency in paper and board making process.

The idea of aqua cooling is that the paper web is cooled down by evaporating moisture from the web. The effect can be enhanced by adding a small amount of water on the web surface before cooling. The cooler the web is before it reaches the calender, the more quality improvement and raw material savings can be obtained.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112717
 29.01.2016

Valmet to supply new high consistency bleaching system to Rottneros pulp mill in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a new high consistency bleaching system to Rottneros pulp mill in Sweden.
This is the first step in a larger rebuild project, called Agenda 500, at the mill. The longtime goal is to increase both availability and the total production volume of Rottneros two pulp mills to reach a capacity of 500,000 ton per year.

Planned delivery time for the bleaching system is in July 2016.The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Typically an order of this scale is valued at around euro 2-4 million.

"In our investment project we aim to increase capacity and lower our chemical consumption. We have had a long and good relation with Valmet over the years, which is one of the reasons for choosing them as supplier," says Nils Hauri, Production Manager at Rottneros mill.

"Valmet's bleaching system offers high availability with low operational cost, including energy and chemical consumption and maintenance costs. We are convinced that this bleaching system will live up to all expectations in this project," says Johan Eurenius, Sales Manager at Valmet.

Details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes machinery and erection, training, commissioning and start-up services. The new high consistency bleaching system consists of a chemical mixer and a bleaching tower, two washing stages with screw presses and mc pumps. This project aims to lower the peroxide consumption, increase capacity and keep maintenance costs to a minimum.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112810
 22.01.2016

Advantage NTT tissue technology is a winner at Papel San Francisco  (Company news)

Both the operations and sales people at Papel San Francisco in Mexicali, Mexico are happy with their first Advantage NTT textured tissue machine from Valmet.

Being the first in the world with any major papermaking technology is never easy. The money involved is big, as are the risk and the pressure. However, if there are any questions about Papel San Francisco’s decision to install the world’s first NTT textured tissue machine, the following statements from the company’s Operations Director and Sales Director certainly address them.

“We have no regrets at all with our decision to go with NTT,” states Dario Palma, Operations Director at Papel San Francisco (PSF). “In fact, I am quite confident that NTT is the design of the future for conventional tissue, due to the high productivity that comes with it. This is an extremely energy-efficient machine, with high dryness going into the Yankee and hood, which gives us previously unheard of productivity. We get conventional products at low energy, and textured tissue as an extra bonus if the market needs it, with a quick and easy changeover. For these reasons, I believe NTT could replace the crescent former as the new standard for conventional tissue-making in the future.”

From the market side, Sales Director Juan Helu is equally pleased, but for different reasons.
“The biggest contribution NTT has made is that our customers now see us as a complete supplier. The market perceives a company as a reflection of the products it sells, and people really like the new NTT products we are offering under our Level brand. So by raising quality with the introduction of our Level products, we’ve enhanced our reputation. We have been able to set prices between conventional and TAD premium grades, with people realizing that the Level brand gives them really good quality at a fair price.”

Energy was the primary focus
Truth be told, PSF originally had no intention of adding an NTT machine, and in fact they didn’t even know what the technology was. Dario Palma explains the background further.

“We needed to add conventional capacity and, due to continuously changing energy prices, we decided that our main focus for a new machine was on reducing energy consumption. We already had four tissue machines, and we were talking with Valmet about a new conventional machine with low energy consumption.”

“At that point, although we had not heard of it, we were told that the new NTT configuration gave the most energy-efficient tissue production in the world. That certainly caught our attention. We clearly required conventional capacity, as our sales department needed product. So when we heard the energy numbers for NTT in conventional mode and were told it could also make textured tissue, this was an additional ‘bonus’ for us that clearly made it interesting. The risk was very low and the upside very positive.”

Running well for over two years now
The machine, known as Mexicali 6, had a good start-up in July 2013, making salable paper in the first couple of days. Of course, says Dario Palma, “it was not a perfect start-up, as none ever is, but it was smooth and we rapidly achieved very high speeds.”

The PM 6 tissue machine started in conventional mode because the company needed that grade for its main market. Eventually the machine moved into textured runs, and Dario Palma says he is pleased to report that, “the machine has been completely full for a while now. As of mid-2015, we have been making about 11% in textured mode and the remainder in conventional, which is traditionally our market and what the sales department demands most, at this point. This is no surprise, as it was always the plan.”

Market niche just below premium TAD
PSF has changed from previously being basically a 100% recycled-based conventional tissue company, to one that also offers a textured tissue quality near the premium grades. Filling this gap has given it the important advantage of presenting the company as a complete supplier to the main retail players in the Mexican market, with good results.

Juan Helu says the timing of NTT has been great since, due to some market adjustments in Mexico, demand for textured tissue has moved up just as the NTT tonnage was becoming available. “Our sales department here is extremely happy that we have the Level brand, and the sales numbers for this new textured product have been very strong. Right now, the textured grades – meaning Level – make up 6% of our bathroom tissue sales. It has rapidly found its place with retailers, including the very biggest ones, at the top of the market, just below the premium grades like Kleenex and Charmin. But NTT is not a premium TAD grade and was never meant to be.”

Limitless potential for belt design
Exactly what more NTT can become is open to speculation, but the early signs are positive. Dario Palma says he sees lots of possibilities: “One of the nice things about NTT is that it basically has limitless potential with regards to the belt design. Lots of new products can be produced by changing the belt design, so that offers high potential for the market. I wish we had more time to experiment and play around with the potential of this machine, but the reality is that our sales department needs the tonnage, so we are limited in our ability to experiment. Eventually, we expect to have more time to work on new product development, which we are sure will give us even more advantages in the market.”

“That will, of course, be for the future. For us right now, the bottom line is that we got a very energy-efficient conventional machine, with textured tissue as a bonus. Working closely with Valmet, I’m happy to say we have achieved all the goals and guarantees that were set up for the project. There is really not much more to be said, as the results speak clearly for themselves.”
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112565
 18.01.2016

Valmet to supply grade conversion rebuild for Kruger Packaging in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada  (Company news)

Valmet will modernize a paper machine (PM10) at the Kruger paper mill in Trois-Rivières (Québec), Canada. Currently producing newsprint, PM10 will be rebuilt using some of the most advanced containerboard manufacturing and automation technology to produce 360,000 metric tonnes (MT) per year of 100% recycled lightweight and high strength linerboard. The rebuilt production line will start up in 2017.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. The value of paper machine rebuilds depends on the scope of the delivery. This kind of rebuild is typically valued around EUR 30 million.

"Kruger selected Valmet based on its innovative technology and track record of successful rebuilds, as well as their knowledge of North American recycled linerboard requirements," declared Project Manager, Christian Lemay of Kruger Packaging L.P.

Modernization project will generate significant growth opportunities
The solution for this ~8.4-meter-wide (wire) machine will be fully modernized from headbox to winder to produce linerboard with industry-leading high strength to basis weight properties, and with sheet formation and surface characteristics suitable for high-quality graphic printing for corrugated box plants.

In addition to the machinery improvements, the delivery will include Valmet DNA automation system with remote servicing capabilities for machine and process control as well as MD/CD controls. Valmet will deliver also Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler that contributes to improved sheet quality and minimized variability. To be delivered Valmet Pulp Analyzer will provide fast and precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties.

"To be able to reach the targets, grade conversion modernizations require thorough expertise. Valmet is one of the few suppliers who can design, manage and deliver this kind of vast grade conversion projects. Additionally, Valmet's pilot plant played a substantial role since we could demonstrate the technologies to the customer in real life conditions," says Mike Gray, Valmet's Area Vice President in North America.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112525
 15.01.2016

Ari Saario appointed Director, Research & Development at Valmet  (Company news)

To strengthen Valmet's R&D operations Mr. Ari Saario (D.Sc. Tech.) has been appointed Director, R&D at Valmet as of January 18, 2016. He will report to Juha Lappalainen, Senior Vice President of Valmet's Strategy and Operational Development corporate function.

The aim of Valmet's research and technology development work is to ensure an advanced and competitive offering of technologies and services, enhance raw material and energy efficiency, and to promote the use of renewable raw materials. The R&D director position is new in the company, and Ari Saario will concentrate on ensuring an effective R&D process and commercialization of new innovations, right R&D project portfolio and a clear R&D road-map to secure Valmet's technological leadership also in the future.

"Valmet's strong R&D infrastructure is built around our 16 own R&D centers and pilot facilities. We have over 400 R&D professionals around the globe and around 1,800 protected inventions. As a result of our R&D work, we have continuously improved our products and services and brought new innovations to market. With this new position we aim to create an even more focused R&D process and portfolio, and accelerate the commercialization of new innovations," says Juha Lappalainen, Senior Vice President of Valmet's Strategy and Operational Development.

Ari Saario moves to this new position from Valmet's Pulp and Energy business line's R&D function. He has a strong background in technology and R&D from Oilon, Metso and Valmet. He has versatile experience of more than 10 years in research and technology development, R&D team leadership and R&D funding.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112370
 05.01.2016

Juha Lappalainen appointed SVP, Strategy and Operational Development at Valmet  (Company news)

Mr. Juha Lappalainen (MSc. Eng., born 1962, photo) has been appointed Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operational Development at Valmet as of January 4, 2016. Juha Lappalainen will succeed Kari Saarinen, who was appointed Valmet's CFO in November. In his new position as SVP, Strategy and Operational Development, Juha Lappalainen will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

Juha Lappalainen has been employed by Valmet since 2013, and is currently working as Vice President, Procurement. He has a strong, international background in global telecommunications with versatile experience in sales, technology and business development, and in leading strategic projects including mergers and acquisitions.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Juha Lappalainen to our Executive Team to develop our operations forward. As company we have taken big leaps regarding strategy execution, procurement, quality, and health and safety results. I am convinced that under Juha's leadership we will continue to strengthen these areas further," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

Juha Lappalainen's CV:
Juha Lappalainen has been appointed Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operational Development at Valmet as of January 4, 2016. Since October 2013 he has been Vice President, Procurement at Valmet. Between 1994 and 2012 Juha Lappalainen held several positions in Nokia and NSN. In 2012 he was Head of Technology for NSN's Europe and Africa Customer Operations, and in 2009-2012 the Head of Sales, Mobile Broadband. Between 2003 and 2009 he worked in several business management, integration and M&A activities. Between 2001 and 2003 he was Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Mobile Networks in North America. Before that he worked in several product, marketing and business management jobs in Nokia. After graduation from Helsinki University of Technology Mr. Lappalainen worked for IBM and two years at CERN, European Laboratory for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. Mr. Lappalainen holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112417
 23.12.2015

Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M board making line started up at Pratt Industries in the USA  (Company news)

Pratt Industries' Valmet-supplied containerboard production line, PM 16, successfully came on stream on October 04, 2015 at their greenfield paper mill in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA. This is Valmet's first OptiConcept M installation in North America.

"PM 16 is one of the industry's most efficient paper mill, employing 120 people to make 370,000 tons a year - twice the productivity of many competitor mills. It is the world's most environmentally-friendly paper mill and a showcase for the latest in 21st Century paper-making technology," says Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries.

Valmet OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials. "That's important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging." says Pratt.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112215
 09.12.2015

Valmet's headbox technology awarded first prize at ATIP Innovation Contest  (Company news)

Valmet won this year's prestigious 'Palme d'Or' Innovation Award with its OptiFlo headbox with Aqua layering technology. The award was given by the French Paper Industry Technical Association (ATIP). The innovation contest was arranged in connection with the ATIP Conference and Exhibition in Grenoble, France on November 24-26, 2015.

Photo: Award ceremony from left Rémi Poirson, Mill Manager of Smurfit Kappa Saillat-sur-Vienne, Jean-Nicolas Bailly, Mill Improvement Manager from Valmet, Marc Bortolotti, Senior Sales Manager from Valmet, Hugues Leydier, President of ATIP and Daniel Gomez, Director of ATIP

The ATIP Innovation Award rewards innovative equipment and solutions for pulp and paper industry. The award is highly regarded among the European pulp and paper industry and it is divided into three categories: Gold - Palme d'Or, Silver - Palme d'Argent and Bronze - Palme de Bronze. The ATIP Innovation Award winners are selected by a committee consisting of Paper Mill Managers, R&D Directors, Technology Directors and Production Managers from the French paper industry. The ATIP Innovation Award was established already in 1995.

Raw material savings with Aqua layering technology
Valmet's OptiFlo headbox with new innovative Aqua layering technology makes it possible to produce a two-layer sheet with very good layer coverage using only one headbox and one forming unit. A thin layer of water is used as a headbox wedge to separate different stocks fed into the headbox. Previously this separation has been done with mechanical elements like vanes and solid wedges.
The layer separation with water delivers excellent layer coverage without mixing of the layers. It enables lower grammages on top ply of the paper and significant raw material savings. Besides delivering excellent layer purity, the separating water layer can also act as a carrier for different additives enabling a totally new dosage point for chemicals. This delivers the same end product strength with less raw materials or with raw materials of poorer quality. Cost efficiency of papermaking can be further improved by for example feeding reject stock through the water layer together with additives. This reject stock would normally be used as landfill.

Innovation is a result of seamless team work
Valmet's technology development aims at ensuring advanced and competitive technologies and services, enhancing raw material and energy efficiency and promoting renewable materials.
"We would not have been able to present this innovation without the hard work and contribution of several teams in Valmet. We have a long history of bringing new innovations to the market and we focus on solutions that improve energy and raw material efficiency. The pilot facilities that Valmet has play a crucial role in both testing and demonstrating the value of new technology for our customers in realistic process conditions," says Sami Anttilainen, Vice President, Technology at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112173
 04.12.2015

Valmet-delivered TwinRoll press installed at Södra Cell's Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden  (Company news)

A Valmet-delivered TwinRoll Evolution press (photo) was successfully installed at Södra Cell's Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden during the yearly shutdown in the end of September. This is the 85th TwinRoll Evolution press Valmet has delivered since the model was launched in 2009.

"The new wash press will play an important role in our process to secure a grade of pulp that meets customer requirements and to achieve improved availability," says Olof Hellström, one of Södra's project managers.

Fast commissioning
Lars Harrysson, project leader at Södra, said that the installation and commissioning were highly successful, and that the schedule was maintained throughout the project. "Everything has worked out, and everyone has done their utmost to get the new press installed and running," says Harrysson.

"The shutdown in Mönsterås was well planned which created the best possible conditions and enabled the efficient installation. Slightly more than one day after the start-up the press was up and running in nominal production of soft wood pulp, with a dryness that was well above the promised. The training was an important piece in the success. Committed and interested operators enabled a quick knowledge transfer," says Mikael Johansson, Project Manager at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #112161
 03.12.2015

Valmet to supply key technology to SCA's Östrand pulp mill expansion project in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet has received a major order to deliver cooking, fiber line and evaporation plant to SCA's Östrand pulp mill located in Timrå, Sweden. This delivery is part of SCA's investment to upgrade the production of bleached softwood kraft pulp at the Östrand mill from today's capacity of 430,000 tons to 900,000 tons per year. The last start-up of the renewed pulp mill is scheduled for May 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"This major agreement with SCA is a strong continuation of Valmet's and SCA's long term cooperation and an important achievement for our pulp technology business. The project has a significant employment impact to Valmet in Sweden, since a significant part of the equipment to be delivered in this project, will be engineered and produced in our Swedish units," says Bertel Karlstedt, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.

The estimated employment impact of the order is about 150 man years mainly in Sweden. A large part of the order will be delivered from Valmet's Swedish units: the cooking plant from Karlstad, fiber line from Sundsvall, and evaporation plant from Gothenburg.

Valmet has earlier delivered both pulp and tissue technology to SCA and has also extensive services contracts with SCA. The most recent delivery was the new Compact Cooking G2 for the SCA Obbola kraftliner mill.

Details about Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a Compact Cooking G2 (photo) together with a TwinRoll press based fiber line for both ECF and TCF pulp production at a capacity of 2,850 air dry tons per day (adt/d). The evaporation plant consist of 7 effects with a TUBEL superconcentrator for high dry solids and has a capacity of 1,150 tons of evaporated water per hour. The total package is optimized for superior water and energy efficiency.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111991
 17.11.2015

Valmet started up new coaters at Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo board machine in Slovenia  (Company news)

Valmet has successfully started up new coating technology, featuring multilayer curtain coating, at Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo board machine 3 (BM 3) in Slovenia. Valmet's delivery included a new OptiCoat Layer curtain coater with supply system and a new OptiCoat blade coater.

Compared to other curtain coating solutions OptiCoat Layer is compact in size and straightforward to install. This enables lower investment cost and shorter shut-down time. The start-up was very smooth, thanks to the pre-assembly and pre-testing. This and the good cooperation between Valmet and experienced Kolicevo mill resulted in high-quality production right after the start-up.

"The assembly was finished on time and the start-up was done by just pushing the button. We are happy that the high targets set for this project have been met. The cooperation with Valmet was very good, on an open base during the whole project and startup phase, preventing all possible disturbances, before they even could occur," says Technical Mill Manager Rado Kunavar from Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo.

Benefits with curtain coating
Mayr-Melnhof has been using curtain coaters from different suppliers for several years. Due to the compact design of Valmet's coater, the coating trials performed in Järvenpää and the good cooperation during the sales phase, they decided to choose Valmet this time. The selected coating concept including the 2-layer curtain coating makes it possible to reduce coat weight resulting in cost savings.

OptiCoat Layer uses slide dye curtain coating, which enables versatile use of coating color substances and layer thicknesses. The method also provides flawless coating coverage. The supply system includes the necessary degassing equipment. Effective degassing is essential in curtain coating since even the smallest air bubbles affect the stability of the curtain.

"2-layer coating has been tested with dry edges, and equipment works as expected. It has proven to be very good that we chose the degassing system from Valmet. We are very pleased with it," says Production Manager Aljaz Hafner at Mayr-Melnhof Kolicevo.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111928
 13.11.2015

Valmet brings its expertise to a Finnish innovation program aiming at energy system flexibility  (Company news)

Valmet brings its process control expertise to the FLEXe (Flexible Energy Systems) program coordinated by CLIC Innovation, a new open innovation cluster in Finland. The program creates novel technological and business concepts that enhance the transition from current energy systems towards sustainable systems that combine smartness, flexibility, environmental performance and economic success.

Photo: According to Maria Nurmoranta, Development Manager, Power Automation Development, Valmet's focus in the FLEXe (Flexible Energy Systems) program is on studies related to the optimal operation and control strategies of power plants in a new flexible operating environment.

There are 17 companies and 10 research institutions or universities participating in the program. The participants cover a broad spectrum of competences and the whole value chain in the energy system.

"Valmet's focus is on studies related to the optimal operation and control strategies of power plants in a new flexible operating environment. We assess current plant flexibility capabilities and limitations by means of advanced controls," says Maria Nurmoranta, Power Automation Development Manager from Valmet.

Additionally, Valmet studies the control potential and restrictions of the district heating networks as part of the future energy system. "Combined heat and power plants are an important link between the heat networks and the electricity grid. System level flexibility can be increased by developing plant level and heat network control solutions to work seamlessly," Nurmoranta adds.

The FLEXe program started on January 1, 2015 and will end on April 30, 2016.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111943
 12.11.2015

Valmet's Interim Review January 1 - September 30, 2015: Strong development in orders ...  (Company news)

...received in China - profitability in the targeted range in Q3/2015

July-September 2015: Orders received increased - solid performance in Automation
-Orders received increased to EUR 725 million (EUR 466 million).
-Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line.
-Automation contributed to orders received with EUR 70 million.
-Orders received more than doubled in China.
-Net sales increased to EUR 734 million (EUR 590 million).
-Net sales increased in the Paper, and Services business lines and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
-Automation contributed to net sales with EUR 66 million.
-Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 47 million (EUR 32 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 6.4 percent (5.5%).
-Profitability improved due to the higher level of net sales, improved gross profit, and the acquisition of Automation.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.14 (EUR 0.11).
-Non-recurring items amounted to EUR -4 million (EUR -1 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 16 million (EUR 117 million).

January-September 2015: EBITA more than doubled
-Orders received decreased to EUR 2,085 million (EUR 2,590 million).
-Orders received increased in the Services business line and decreased in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines.
-Automation contributed to orders received with EUR 156 million.
-Orders received increased in China and North America.
-Net sales increased to EUR 2,074 million (EUR 1,697 million).
-Net sales increased in the Paper, and Services business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Pulp and Energy business line.
-Automation contributed to net sales with EUR 134 million.
-Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 120 million (EUR 58 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 5.8 percent (3.4%).
-Profitability improved due to the higher level of net sales, improved gross profit, and the acquisition of Automation.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.33 (EUR 0.14).
-Non-recurring items amounted to EUR -16 million (EUR -7 million), of which costs related to acquisition of Automation amounted to approximately EUR 12 million.
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 14 million (EUR 206 million).

Valmet reiterates its guidance for 2015
Valmet is reiterating its guidance presented on February 6, 2015 in which Valmet estimates that, including the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, net sales in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 2,473 million) and EBITA before non-recurring items in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 106 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
Global growth for 2015 is projected at 3.1 percent, 0.3 percentage point lower than in 2014, and 0.2 percentage point below the forecasts in the July 2015 World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update. Prospects across the main countries and regions remain uneven. Relative to last year, the recovery in advanced economies is expected to pick up slightly, while activity in emerging market and developing economies is projected to slow for the fifth year in a row, primarily reflecting weaker prospects for some large emerging market economies and oil-exporting countries. (International Monetary Fund, September 28, 2015)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook for board and paper has decreased to a satisfactory level (previously good level).
Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for pulp, the satisfactory short-term market outlook for services, automation, and tissue, and the weak short-term market outlook for energy.

President and CEO Pasi Laine (photoo): Profitability in the targeted range for the second consecutive quarter
We have been working hard to improve our profitability and to reach our EBITA margin target. In the third quarter of 2015, we reached this target - for the second consecutive quarter. During the last four quarters, we have been in the targeted range for three quarters.

The integration of the automation business has been a success. It has now been six months since the acquisition was completed, and I still get a lot of positive feedback from both customers and employees. By combining process know-how, services and automation, we can serve our customers even better than before. As a result of the acquisition, Valmet's stability and profitability have increased. The share of stable business, meaning Automation and Services, was about half of the net sales in the third quarter.

From a geographical point of view, Valmet's orders received developed especially well in China. In the third quarter, orders received increased also in North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa). A balanced geographical exposure increases stability of the overall business.

Going forward, Valmet continues to develop new advanced and competitive technologies and services. Good examples of the results of our research and development process are the OptiConcept M board and paper production machine, and the Advantage NTT tissue production machine. Both machines offer customers a cost-efficient, energy-efficient and flexible way to produce high-quality products, with significant raw material savings. The machines have been well received by the markets - in total, Valmet has so far sold ten OptiConcept M machines and five Advantage NTT tissue machines.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111910
 11.11.2015

Change in Valmet's Executive Team  (Company news)

Mr. Kari Saarinen (MSc., age 54, photo) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Valmet as of November 15, 2015.

Kari Saarinen is currently working at Valmet as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operational Development. In his new CFO position he continues as the member of Valmet's Executive Team and reports to the President and CEO Pasi Laine.

Mr. Markku Honkasalo, the current CFO of Valmet, has been instrumental to Valmet's creation phase which started in 2013. Since this stage is now completed, Markku Honkasalo has decided to leave Valmet at the end of November, after a thorough handover phase to his successor.

"I thank Markku for his contribution to Valmet during a very interesting and demanding time. Markku has been a great support in these first years as an independent, stock listed company", says Valmet's President and CEO Pasi Laine.

"Kari Saarinen has a strong background in finance and business controlling in large, international organizations in addition to his expertise in the field of strategy and operational development. Through his four years at Valmet Kari knows the company well and is the perfect person to take over the CFO position from the good foundation built by Markku," continues Pasi Laine.

Kari Saarinen's CV
Kari Saarinen
born 1961
MSc. (Accounting and Finance)
CFO starting from November 15, 2015
Finnish citizen

Kari Saarinen leads currently Valmet's Strategy and Operational Development.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111906
 09.11.2015

Valmet to supply press section technology for Marusumi Paper Co., Ltd. in Japan  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a paper machine rebuild to Marusumi Paper's Ohe mill in Japan. The rebuild includes a new press section utilizing Valmet's modern shoe press technology.

The main target of the rebuild is to decrease energy consumption at the plant. The rebuilt machine will be started up during fourth quarter of 2016.

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"The trend in newsprint production has recently been towards lighter paper weights, driven by resource and energy savings. To further meet this lighter weight tendency, Marusumi Paper has decided to proceed with a press rebuild project in order to improve productivity and end product quality. We chose Valmet as a supplier for this rebuild for several reasons. The original supplier of the machine is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Valmet has acquired the company's paper machinery technology. We have also had good experience with Valmet in an earlier project when installing a sizer for Ohe mill's PM 3 in 2005. We are expecting great performance from Valmet also with this project", says Toru Shinohara, Director and Mill Manager, Marusumi Paper Co., Ltd.

"Valmet can offer key technologies for challenging rebuilds, and pressing technology is one of our core know-how areas. Modern pressing technology can help our customers to achieve higher end product quality and significantly decrease energy consumption," says Petri Paukkunen, Vice President, Paper Mills Sales and Marketing, Valmet.

Key features of the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a new center roll based press section with modern shoe press technology as well as related runnability solutions, new press section frames, installation, motors and electrification. The existing press section at PM 2 will be rebuilt into Valmet's OptiPress Center press section. With this tri-nip solution, the new 1st press, the 2nd press and the 3rd press shoe nip maximizes the dry content, decreases steam consumption and increases the wet strength of the paper.
The 9000-mm-wide (wire) PM 2 produces newsprint grades at the design speed of 1200 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111809
 30.10.2015

Valmet to supply a pulp cooking plant to Siam Cellulose's Ban Pong mill in Thailand   (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a pulp cooking plant to Siam Cellulose Co., Ltd's Ban Pong pulp mill in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The mill will produce 70,000 ton per year of eucalyptus pulp, and the start-up of the new cooking plant is scheduled to be in December 2016.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"This will be our third cooking system from Valmet within 5 years, and after this Ban Pong installation, all our pulp production units in Thailand will have the same CompactCooking G2 system. The efficient utilization of raw material is vital from sustainability perspective and the pulp properties are excellent for our paper and packaging products," says Surasak Amawat, Managing Director, at Siam Cellulose Co., Ltd.

"We are very pleased to continue our successful cooperation with Siam Cellulose. The new cooking plant will replace the existing tube digesters and will utilize the raw material more efficiently, improve pulp quality, save chemicals and all in all improve the environmental performance of the mill", says Patrik Lidbäck, Sales Manager at Valmet.

Details about the delivery
The Valmet developed two-vessel CompactCooking G2 system has several benefits. It mainly consists of an ImpBin for impregnation and a digester for cooking of chips and is characterized by its simple, yet sophisticated design, a flexible system that is easy to operate. The ImpBin technology with its unique features enables higher kappa level still with low reject content. Using a 2-vessel design ensure well defined impregnation as well as cooking zones. Effective impregnation in combination with the benefits of the CompactCooking process produce pulps with high yield and excellent pulp quality.

Valmet has a long standing customer relationship with Siam Cellulose. This is the third CompactCooking system delivered to Siam Cellulose's mills in Thailand.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111684
 15.10.2015

Valmet to deliver its 200th online fiber analyzer to New-Indy Containerboard  (Company news)

New-Indy Containerboard, LLC will start to predict and control sheet strength with Valmet's fiber analyzer solution. The Valmet Pulp Analyzer, also known as Valmet MAP, and a Valmet Pulp to Paper Optimizer advanced process control solution will be installed at New-Indy Containerboard's 1,000 tons per day containerboard machine in Ontario, California, USA. The project will be implemented during the fourth quarter of 2015.

This will be the first 100% recycled furnish containerboard machine in the world to employ the prediction of important linerboard and corrugating medium sheet strength tests through online fiber analysis. It's also the 200th online fiber analyzer delivered by Valmet globally.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

Better prediction with modelling
Kris Anderson, Production Manager at New-Indy, explains the multiple benefits the mill staff foresees: "With strength prediction and model-based controls we expect that we will get more speed from the board machine and run lower basis weights, hence fiber savings on some grades. That is where the return of investment is. We will get a better model of our sheet strength properties and that will improve our quality variability in terms of STFI, Concora and Mullen tests. This modeling capability was a key factor in our decision to buy from Valmet."

Kevin VanPembrook, Valmet's North American Product Manager, says: "This order not only represents the 200th Valmet MAP sold since it was launched in 2005, but it is the first of our newly re-designed Pulp to Paper Optimizer Solution for low-consistency refining at the paper machine. This solution gives additional benefits for our customers, because it continuously predicts their final paper or board strength, and offers a multi-variable control platform to optimize it.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet Pulp Analyzer's fiber imaging module is equipped with technology that enables the analysis of fiber fibrillation created during refining as well as many other fiber properties important for predicting board sheet strength tests. The fiber furnish samples are taken by Valmet SD 103 process sampling devices at multiple points in cycles of a few minutes. In addition, the analyzer is equipped with the CSF freeness module.

Valmet's Pulp to Paper Optimizer Solution is a multi-variable advanced process control that manages low-consistency refining conditions to consistently achieve final paper or board functional specifications.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111624
 09.10.2015

Valmet celebrates the 50th Kappa Analyzer start up in South America  (Company news)

The 50th Valmet Kappa Analyzer in South America was successfully started up in May 2015 at the CMPC Guaíba pulp mill in Rio Grande do Sul state, south of Brazil. Installed in the mill's second fiber line, a greenfield project supplied by Valmet, the Kappa Q analyzer measures Kappa and brightness from 6 points starting at the blow line through to bleaching.

According to Andrea R. S. Busnello, Fiber Line Process engineer, "The Kappa Q analyzer provides us with fast and reliable information. Based on the analyzer measurements it is possible to get a better process understanding, calculate the right amount of chemical, reduce the raw material variation impact and it also helps to achieve the final pulp quality".

The Valmet Kappa Q utilizes patented sweep technology to measure kappa and brightness with a unique two-point calibration method. Capable of measuring critical properties - lignin content, brightness, pulp fiber and shives, the analyzer is easily expanded according to measurement needs and the number of sampling points.

CMPC Celulose Riograndense Ltda is part of the Chilean group, CMPC, one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America. Its mills in Chile and Brazil produces around 4.3 million tonnes of pulp per year (Hardwood and Softwood).
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111583
 08.10.2015

Valmet-supplied LignoBoost plant now handed over to Stora Enso's Sunila mill in Finland  (Company news)

Stora Enso's Sunila mill is now running the Valmet-supplied LignoBoost lignin separation plant. As the last part of the handover process, the lignin dryer, was taken over by the Stora Enso team on September 15, 2015. The LignoBoost plant is integrated with the pulp mill to separate and collect lignin from the black liquor. This is a significant step in transforming the Sunila mill towards an innovative and customer focused biorefinery. The plant has been running since January 2015 and production has been ramped up during the year.

"Through the lignin extraction process we have replaced a great amount of natural gas with the dried lignin produced in the new LignoBoost plant, and by doing that reduced our carbon dioxide emissions. We are developing this new product and working together with our customers to start external sales," says Sakari Eloranta, Senior Vice President, Operations and Investment Projects, Stora Enso Biomaterials.

"This is the second commercial scale LignoBoost plant in the world. We continue to develop this technology, as we see a great potential in utilizing lignin in various uses. Lignin powder can be used as raw material at the mill for firing or it can be converted into other materials and products. Lignin separation will at the same time improve the environmental performance of the mill," says Anders Larsson, Director, Bio materials, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

LignoBoost lignin separation technology
LignoBoost is one of Valmet's biotechnology solutions that responds to the growing interest for utilizing bio-based raw materials. LignoBoost is Valmet's patented method of extracting lignin from Kraft Pulp process' spent cocking chemicals, the black liquor. By treating the black liquor with carbon-dioxide and a strong acid the lignin is precipitated, which is then washed and dried. Lignin is an organic polymer and has a heating value similar to carbon. Lignin is besides cellulose and hemi cellulose the most common material in wood.

In addition to LignoBoost, Valmet has several bio initiatives including products such as bio coal, solutions for second generation ethanol, pyrolysis oil as well as direct and indirect gasification of biomaterials.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111562
 07.10.2015

Valmet to deliver new pulp cooking system to Clearwater Paper's Lewiston Mill in the USA  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver key technology to Clearwater Paper's Lewiston, Idaho, Mill upgrade project. Valmet's delivery includes a CompactCooking G2 pulp cooking system, a new plant for generating polysulfide and a minor upgrade of existing bleach plant.

Construction of the upgrade project is planned to begin in October 2015 and expected to be completed in September 2017. The order was included in Valmet's second quarter orders received 2015.The value of the order will not be disclosed.

This delivery is part of Clearwater Paper's USD 160 million project to install a continuous pulp digester that will replace 12 batch digesters. Benefits from the project include significant reduction in air emissions, improved pulp quality, increased production and a more efficient utilization of wood chips.

"The efficient utilization of raw material is a vital part from a sustainability perspective. We decided to base our new cooking process on polysulfide to optimize yield. The concept and process included in the CompactCooking system from Valmet was a perfect match to our targets," says John Deuser, Project Manager in Lewiston.

"This is our second new cooking system project in North America in recent times, and confirms the capabilities of our CompactCooking G2 process. We are proud to be given the trust and opportunity to be the main process supplier for both the cooking plant as well as polysulfide generation plant in this important project. We are prepared and confident that the systems will meet all the expectations of this project," says Mona Henderson, Business Manager at Valmet.

Technical details about CompactCooking G2
The cooking plant is the first stage in a chemical pulping line where lignin is chemically separated from the fiber. CompactCooking G2 is Valmet's 2-vessel continuous cooking system mainly consisting of an impregnation system and a digester for cooking of chips. It is characterized by its simple, yet sophisticated design, a flexible system that is easy to operate. Valmet's ImpBin impregnation technology with its unique features enables higher kappa level operation with low reject content. Using a 2-vessel design ensures well defined impregnation as well as cooking zones. Effective impregnation in combination with the benefits of the CompactCooking process produce pulps with high yield and excellent pulp quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111543
 02.10.2015

Composition of Valmet's Nomination Board  (Company news)

Valmet's four largest registered shareholders according to Euroclear on September 1, 2015, have named the following persons as their representatives in Valmet's Nomination Board:

Kari Järvinen, Managing Director (Solidium Oy)
Martin Oliw, Partner (Cevian Capital Partners Ltd)
Roger Hagborg, Investment Advisory Professional (Triton)
Risto Murto, CEO (Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company)

Bo Risberg, Chairman of Valmet's Board of Directors, will serve as the Nomination Board's expert member.

Valmet's Annual General Meeting decided on March 26, 2014 to establish a Nomination Board for the time being. Nomination Board will prepare proposals on members of the Board of Directors and their remuneration for the Annual General Meeting. The next Annual General Meeting is planned to be held on March 22, 2016.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111423
 24.09.2015

Valmet to supply a tissue production line to Renova in Portugal   (Company news)

Valmet will supply an Advantage NTT tissue production line and an automation system to the European tissue brand Renova. Renova is the first tissue producer in Europe to invest in Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue technology for the production of textured and plain tissue products.

The new line, to be installed at the Torres Novas mill in Zibreira, Portugal, will allow Renova to increase its paper production capacity with 50%. The start-up is scheduled for the end of 2016.

The order was included in Valmet's second Quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"We are eager to see the result from the combination of Renova's proactive innovativeness and Valmet's sustainable Advantage NTT technology. Its flexibility provides endless possibilities to produce special designed textured tissue products," says Mr. Pereira da Silva, CEO of Renova

"Our Advantage NTT technology has established a strong market position in high efficiency innovative and flexible tissue production. We are excited to support Renova to bring their tissue products to the next level. We are looking forward to working with Renova and making this project a benchmark on the European tissue market," says Jan Erikson, VP Tissue Sales, Valmet.

Technical information of the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a design speed of 1 800 m/min in textured mode and 2,000 m/min in plain mode. The production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as add possibilities for product differentiation and increased capacity of premium quality products.

Valmet's scope of delivery comprises a complete tissue production line including an Advantage NTT tissue machine, with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including, an AirCap hood with a WetDust system. Basic and detailed mill engineering, complete stock preparation and process ventilation are also included in the scope. Furthermore, the delivery will include a Valmet DNA Automation system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111424
 24.09.2015

Valmet to supply a tissue production line to Renova in Portugal   (Company news)

Valmet will supply an Advantage NTT tissue production line and an automation system to the European tissue brand Renova. Renova is the first tissue producer in Europe to invest in Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue technology for the production of textured and plain tissue products.

The new line, to be installed at the Torres Novas mill in Zibreira, Portugal, will allow Renova to increase its paper production capacity with 50%. The start-up is scheduled for the end of 2016.

The order was included in Valmet's second Quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"We are eager to see the result from the combination of Renova's proactive innovativeness and Valmet's sustainable Advantage NTT technology. Its flexibility provides endless possibilities to produce special designed textured tissue products," says Mr. Pereira da Silva, CEO of Renova

"Our Advantage NTT technology has established a strong market position in high efficiency innovative and flexible tissue production. We are excited to support Renova to bring their tissue products to the next level. We are looking forward to working with Renova and making this project a benchmark on the European tissue market," says Jan Erikson, VP Tissue Sales, Valmet.

Technical information of the delivery
The new tissue machine will have a design speed of 1 800 m/min in textured mode and 2,000 m/min in plain mode. The production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as add possibilities for product differentiation and increased capacity of premium quality products.

Valmet's scope of delivery comprises a complete tissue production line including an Advantage NTT tissue machine, with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including, an AirCap hood with a WetDust system. Basic and detailed mill engineering, complete stock preparation and process ventilation are also included in the scope. Furthermore, the delivery will include a Valmet DNA Automation system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111402
 21.09.2015

Valmet launches Valmet IQ product family for pulp and paper quality control and monitoring  (Company news)

Picture: Valmet IQ Quality Control System

Valmet launches renewed Valmet IQ product family to the pulp and paper industry customers. Valmet IQ is a scalable, on-line quality management solution to optimize the production processes and the end product quality.

Valmet IQ is designed with the experience of thousands of system deliveries by Valmet over longer than half a century. The renewed solution consists of a quality control system (QCS), profilers, web monitoring (WMS) and web inspection systems (WIS).

"The launch of Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution marks a new milestone in pulp and paper quality management featuring a number of innovations like on-line softness measurement for tissue. The new Valmet IQ is a beneficial solution whether our customer is looking to replace aging or obsolete quality control systems or to build up an entirely new quality management solution," says Jari Almi, Director, Quality Management Solutions at Valmet.

Valmet IQ provides innovative solutions in paper quality management

Valmet IQ product family features a number of innovations as well as evolutionary product improvements. New first-in-the-market measurements include: an on-line softness measurement for tissue; a non-nuclear basis weight measurement for pulp drying; camera-based measurements and control for fiber orientation, and a topography-based surface properties and printability prediction.

The profilers, WIS and WMS are renewed in many areas as well: innovations in air-water spray nozzles for re-moisturizing, fully removable diffuser plate with advanced steam injection technology, new advanced solutions for improved image quality, detection and classification.

New Valmet IQ user interface with integrated performance reporting takes the user experience to a new level revealing a clear view of the past, present and the future of the process and product quality through intuitive navigation. It also allows for easy grade management.

The Valmet IQ MD Optimizer brings all process and quality measurements into a single controller for maximizing production efficiency and achieving optimum product quality. Advanced tools for process analysis and adaptive scanning make the life of the operators easier.

Valmet IQ helps to move business performance forward
All Valmet IQ products are based on vast process knowledge and long experience in the pulp and paper industry supported by local expert services to assure lifelong performance at the lowest total cost of ownership. Valmet expertise is also available remotely for all customer mills through remote connections.

All components of Valmet IQ solution are designed to work together. The forward and backward compatibility helps to future-proof the investment and maximize the effectiveness of existing equipment. The products are designed to work seamlessly also with other automation systems and all paper machines regardless of manufacturer. The easy connectivity with any system allows replacements even piece by piece.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111401
 18.09.2015

Valmet's breast roll shaker improves board and paper quality  (Company news)

Picture: FormMaster 120 provides the best stroke length on the market for a large range of breast roll weights

Valmet has introduced its new FormMaster 120 for board and paper machine forming sections. It has proven to offer better board and paper quality with a smoother surface and better printability with reduced raw material costs and lower power consumption.

Improved formation and strength properties

Valmet's new FormMaster 120 improves paper and board formation through even longer strokes and higher shaking force than its predecessor. This self-balancing breast roll shaker can achieve the same strength properties with a lower basis weight, improving the visual appearance of the final product.

With an axial shaking force of 120 kN - double that of the original FormMaster - the new FormMaster 120 improves strength properties and formation by optimizing fiber web structure on the wire. FormMaster 120 makes it possible to use less refining energy, minimize starch usage and reduce calendering, while still achieving the same final quality of board and paper.

Best stroke length on the market

"FormMaster 120 is an excellent tool for paper machine operators to optimize the properties of their board and paper. The extended stroke length, achieved with this new breast roll shaker, is key to improved formation and available with a wide range of shaking frequencies," says Pekka Hirsilä, Product Sales Manager at Valmet.

Maintenance issues were also addressed in the design of FormMaster 120 by improving access to the main maintenance points. Customers all over the world have found FormMaster 120 safe, easy and reliable to use and maintain.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111403
 17.09.2015

Valmet receives repeat order for two new tissue production lines from Lee & Man ...  (Company news)

... Paper Manufacturing in China

Valmet will supply two Advantage DCT tissue production lines and related automation systems to one of China's leading paper and pulp producers, Lee & Man Manufacturing Ltd. The start-up of the two new lines is planned to take place in late 2016.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

The Valmet's Advantage DCT 200HS tissue lines to be delivered are designed for production of high quality tissue products. The new tissue lines will fulfill the high requirements for effective technology and sustainability set by Lee & Man. In 2014, the company ordered an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line which is planned to start up at the Chongqing mill later this year.

"We see Valmet as strategic partner in the development of our tissue business. Their position as market leader in tissue machinery made us confident to repeat our previous order with Valmet", says Raymond Lee, Chairman of the Board, Lee & Man.

"We are very pleased that Lee & Man have decided to extend the cooperation we started with the delivery of the first tissue machine to Chongqing mill. As seen from earlier installations, it is possible to reach significant drying energy savings and highest paper quality by combining the Advantage ViscoNip press with a cast alloy Yankee cylinder and steam heated Advantage AirCap hood. We also see this order as confirmation of the winning concept," says Svenerik Olsson, Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet China.

Valmet's Advantage DCT concept is well established on the market and has proven to enable cost- and energy-efficient production of high quality tissue products.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111382
 16.09.2015

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 second consecutive year. The DJSI is a sustainability index family which includes the global sustainability leaders across industries. Valmet was listed both in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices.

"Being included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the second year in a row is an excellent achievement for Valmet. It shows that we have been able to constantly improve our sustainability performance. We have systematically proceeded with our sustainability agenda and continued to nurture our shared values and global operating principles which serve as a strong foundation for all of us at Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation.

The annual evaluation conducted by a Swiss investment specialist RobecoSAM comprehensively reviews the company's performance with regard to social, environmental and financial factors. In total 317 companies were included in the DJSI World for 2015-2016. In addition to Valmet, three other companies from Finland are included in the World index this year.

About the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The DJSI is the world's leading sustainability index family. It serves as a benchmark for investors who are committed to ethical investing and review companies' sustainability performance as part of their analyses. 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.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111373
 14.09.2015

Valmet and Stora Enso Kvarnsveden sign multi-year consumables and roll service agreement  (Company news)

Valmet and Stora Enso Kvarnsveden have signed a five-year (three plus two) agreement on the supply of paper machine and fiber line consumables including clothing, doctor blades, refiner segments, winder consumables and selected roll covers. The agreement also includes local roll maintenance operations next to Kvarnsveden's site at Borlänge. The agreement is valid as of July 1, 2015.

Technical support for maintenance and production is part of the agreement. The performance of consumables is optimized by taking advantage of remote analytics and the skills of Valmet's technology experts. In addition, Valmet will keep a ready stock of consumables for Kvarnsveden. This total cost of ownership agreement (TCO) is an exclusive agreement with a fixed monthly fee. The value of the agreement has not been disclosed.

Optimizing consumable performance and simplifying daily operations
The agreement provides a framework for long-term collaboration between Kvarnsveden and Valmet. The aim is to improve the efficiency of daily operations and decrease costs for both partners. Fixed monthly invoicing increases cost predictability.

"With our advanced services offering Valmet's goal is to continuously simplify our customers' daily operations, reduce the consumption of consumables and find cost efficient solutions. I am convinced that we will exceed Kvarnsveden's expectations of us," says Per Holm, Vice President, Sales, Scandinavia at Valmet.

Information about the customer Stora Enso and the Kvarnsveden Mill
Stora Enso is the global rethinker of the paper, biomaterials, wood products and packaging industry. The company produces chemical pulp, paper and board, corrugated packaging and sawn wood products. The Kvarnsveden Mill produces improved newsprint and magazine paper on three paper machines. The production capacity is approximately 720,000 tons per year.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111340
 04.09.2015

Valmet to supply a tissue production line to Resolute Forest Products in the United States  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. has selected Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue production technology and Valmet's automation solution for the new facility it is building in the United States to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. The new machine will be installed at the company's mill in Calhoun (Tennessee), and start-up of the tissue production line is planned for early 2017.

Image: Valmet Advantage NTT tissue machine

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"We are very proud to work with Resolute on this important project, and we will deliver first-class tissue technology to their state-of-the-art facility," says Soren Eriksson, Director of Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Valmet's Advantage NTT tissue production technology is designed for maximum flexibility as well as enhanced product quality and can easily change between production of conventional tissue and textured tissue in just a few hours. It has been well received by the market, and this will be the fifth NTT machine to be delivered. The first Advantage NTT line was started up in Mexico in 2013, the second line started up in the second quarter of 2015 in Chile, a third NTT line will be started up in Abu Dhabi in 2015, followed by a fourth NTT line in the U.S. in early 2016.

Technical information
The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.2 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber, and the production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as provide flexibility and product differentiation for premium quality products.
Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line, including an Advantage NTT 200HS tissue machine. The tissue machine will be equipped with a layered OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology, including an AirCap hood and a SoftReel -B. Basic mill engineering, process equipment and process ventilation are also included in the scope.
Furthermore, the delivery includes an integrated automation solution with Valmet DNA process control system, Valmet IQ scanner with IQFibre & Moisture sensor, as well as IQProfilers and a state-of-the-art web camera system for quality and reliability control. Installation supervision, training and commissioning as well as product development support are part of the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111221
 25.08.2015

Valmet to supply analyzers and quality control system for Stora Enso's Varkaus Mill in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply pulp mill and board machine quality management solutions for Stora Enso's Varkaus Mill in Finland. The orders are an addition to the extensive rebuild of the Varkaus mill's PM 3 fine paper machine supplied by Valmet to produce lightweight containerboard grades announced on May 13, 2014.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. Typically, the order value of automation system deliveries ranges from below EUR 1 million to EUR 3 million.

"After the upgrades of both pulp mill and board machine quality management systems, the Varkaus mill will be able to fully exploit the rebuilt machine's performance potential," says Aki Korhonen, Director of Analyzers, Measurements and Performance Solutions from Valmet.

The Valmet delivery includes a Valmet Kappa Analyzer for the pulp mill and Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) for the rebuilt board machine.

Technical details of the automation delivery
The Valmet delivery includes a Valmet Kappa Analyzer for the pulp mill. The analyzer will provide all the necessary measurements of fibers, shives and kappa number, for brown unbleached kraft production. Sampling capacity of the mill's Valmet Pulp Expert automatic pulp laboratory will also be expanded with 5 new samplers to accurately follow pulp property development in stock preparation.

The delivery also includes a new Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) for the rebuilt board machine. With sensors for basis weight, moisture, caliper ash content and color; the IQ system features state-of-the-art machine and cross direction controls. Additionally four Valmet RM3 sensors will be supplied to measure wet end consistencies with the exclusive ability to monitor both total and true ash consistency from the process for active fines retention management. New modules will also be installed to the mill's existing Valmet Paper Lab and provide automated laboratory testing for key board quality parameters.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111196
 24.08.2015

Valmet to supply tenth OptiConcept M paper making line for Lee & Man in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete OptiConcept M containerboard production line for Lee & Man in Jiang Xi in China. The new production line is planned to produce high-quality containerboard grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order of this scope is typically valued around EUR 40-50 million.

"OptiConcept M has really made its breakthrough as an industry standard for paper and board manufacturing, which is proven by this repeat order from Lee & Man", says Juha Kivimaa, Director, Sales Technology in Valmet's Paper business.

"This repeat order to Valmet strengthens our long partnership in this business area. With good combination of local and imported know how Valmet has shown its capability in earlier projects. Lightweighting is a trend in containerboard business and Valmet's technology is very suitable for these grades", says Edmond Lee, CEO of Lee & Man.

The line ordered by Lee & Man will be the tenth OptiConcept M production line to be supplied by Valmet since the first delivery in 2012. In addition to Asia, Valmet has delivered OptiConcpet M lines also in North America and Europe. The compact and efficient OptiConcept M production line concept covers grades from recycled containerboards to cartonboards and fine paper.

Valmet's delivery will comprise a complete board machine with related process automation solutions, air systems and winder. The annual production capacity of the new machine will be approximately 300,000 tonnes and the design speed 1,200 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111193
 21.08.2015

Valmet to rebuild Metsä Tissue's tissue machine in Raubach in Germany  (Company news)

Metsä Tissue has chosen Valmet's Advantage DCT concept including the Advantage ViscoNip pressing technology for the upgrade of their tissue machine TM 1 in Raubach, Germany. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the first half of 2016.
The order was included in Valmet's second quarter, 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"Metsä Tissue is one of the leading suppliers of tissue paper products to households and professional users in Europe. We continuously develop our products, operations and production units to be able to supply high-quality tissue products and to ensure reliable deliveries to our customers. Through this tissue machine renewal in Raubach mill, we aim to enhance the product qualities as well as energy efficiency and process performance in a sustainable way. We have chosen Valmet as our partner because of Valmet's excellent reputation and strong technology know-how in tissue manufacturing," says Christoph Zeiler, Senior Vice President Tissue West Europe, Metsä Tissue.

"The most important benefits of using Valmet's Advantage ViscoNip technology are both the considerable savings in drying energy consumed and improved tissue paper quality. We are proud that Metsä Tissue has selected our well proven Advantage technology for the upgrade of TM1 in Raubach and look forward to working in close partnership to make this a successful project," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, EMEA, Valmet.

Technical information
The machine rebuild to be delivered by Valmet includes a new Advantage DCT wet end section with an OptiFlo Tis II headbox and an Advantage ViscoNip press for improved product quality and decreased energy consumption. A new tail threading system and sheet transfer will further advance runnability and performance. The delivery also includes key stock preparation equipment such as an Optislush Pulper and a OptiScreen machine screen.

An extensive package of services including engineering, installation of the tissue machine, supervision, training, commissioning and start-up is also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111138
 19.08.2015

Valmet and Australian Paper sign a multi-year maintenance technical support agreement for ...  (Company news)

... Maryvale Mill

Valmet and Australian Paper have signed a multi-year agreement for Valmet to provide maintenance technical support at the Maryvale Mill in Victoria, Australia. The new technical support agreement (TSA) which will focus on providing onsite maintenance technical advice and expertise to the mill's maintenance organization, replaces the old maintenance agreements between Valmet and Australian Paper. The agreement came into effect on August 1, 2015.

Photo: Peter Williams, COO of Australian Paper, and Pierre de Villiers, Vice President Sales, Australia and New Zealand from Valmet.

The Maryvale Mill has three pulp lines, five papermaking machines, an elemental chlorine free bleach plant, pulp lapping machine, deinked pulp line, finishing facility and a waste paper processing plant. Valmet's TSA resources will be located within the mills power and recovery, fibre lines, paper mill and central maintenance areas.

"The new agreement builds on the partnership between Australian Paper and Valmet, providing long term technical input into Australian Paper's maintenance operation allowing for continuous improvement and development programs to be identified and implemented along with specific Pulp & Paper knowledge and knowhow," says Peter Williams, COO of Australian Paper.

"Australian Paper has developed continue to develop the Maryvale Mill to ensure its long term sustainability and profitability as a domestic producer of fine paper and packaging grades. The Technical Service Agreement provides the needed alignment to meet these objectives, reinforces the high level cooperation and commitment between our organizations and provides the platform to move our customer's performance forward," says Pierre de Villiers, Vice President Sales, Australia and New Zealand, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111158
 18.08.2015

Valmet supplies main equipment to the pulp mill project of Huanggang Chenming Pulp & Paper ...  (Company news)

... Co. Ltd. in China

Valmet will supply main equipment to Huanggang Chenming Pulp & Paper's new pulp mill located in the city of Huanggang in Hubei province, China. The pulp mill is designed for flexible production to respond to market developments. The pulp line can be run to produce softwood kraft pulp and dissolving pulp depending on the market needs. The new mill is expected to start up in 2017. Valmet's delivery includes the main equipment excluding only some specific process parts.

The value of the order is about EUR 110 million. The order is included in Valmet's third quarter orders received.

"Huanggang will be our new business location, where we plan to have a three-phase investment. This pulp mill investment is the first phase. We have been cooperating with Valmet close to 20 years. Our people trust Valmet's know-how and its service spirit. We are happy to select Valmet as the main equipment supplier to this project," says Mr. Chen Hongguo, Chairman of Chenming Group.

"Huanggang pulp mill project offers both our engineering and production personnel work in the Nordics, Asia Pacific and China. This pulp mill will be the world's largest dissolving pulp producer, and the order shows the customer's trust on Valmet's know-how in pulp and dissolving pulp technology," says Bertel Karlstedt, President of Valmet's Pulp and Energy Business Line.

Details of Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery presents state-of-the art technology in optimizing mill production, tailor making of dissolving grades, maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing environmental impact. The delivery includes specific equipment and services for wood handling and pulp drying areas, hardwood and softwood multi-grade fiber line (excluding cooking), high dry solids evaporation plant, high power recovery boiler with integrated crystallization system, biomass gasification, lime kiln and recausticizing.

In addition to the delivered equipment, the delivery includes process and basic engineering, detail engineering services and virtual site training simulator for selected areas as well as installation and start-up advisory services.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #111076
 12.08.2015

Valmet to acquire tissue rewinder business from Massimiliano Corsini srl. Italy to strengthen ...  (Company news)

... its product portfolio

Valmet and Massimiliano Corsini srl. have signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement of MC Paper Machinery and Focus Rewinding business to Valmet on July 31, 2015. The acquisition is estimated to be completed by August 6, 2015.
The acquired operations mainly supply rewinders for tissue and non-woven machines. In the past years the net sales of the acquired business has been around EUR 10 million. The operations employ 33 people and are located in Pescia, close to Lucca, Italy.

Combination of Valmet and MC Paper Machinery creates complete customer offering
As a result of the acquisition, Valmet will have a more extensive product portfolio and becomes a stronger technology and services company in its field. The acquisition strengthens Valmet's competitiveness by combining tissue making equipment from stock preparation to rewinding, process know-how, automation and services into one customer value-adding entity.
Valmet and MC Paper Machinery have had a long-term partnership and a large amount of MC Paper rewinders have been installed in connection to Valmet tissue machines.
The company being acquired is a strong business, with established customer relations and a high level of technology and know-how, including the successful Focus technology. During the last 20 years MC Paper Machinery has become world leading in designing and manufacturing rewinding plants specifically devoted to the field of non-woven and tissue paper.
Through the acquisition, Valmet strengthens its offering and continues to develop its business.

Strengthened tissue market position
"Valmet and MC Paper Machinery share the same determination to offer leading technologies, with highest customer satisfaction. Through the acquisition, Valmet will become a technology and service company with a wider offering of high technology equipment for tissue production. By combining tissue paper and re-winding machinery with process know-how, automation and services and global presence from both companies, we can serve the tissue producers even better than before and move our customers' performance forward," says Anders Björn, Vice President of Valmet's Tissue Mills Business Unit.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110892
 24.07.2015

Resolute Selects State-of-the-Art Tissue Machine  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the selection of a state-of-the-art tissue machine for the project at its Calhoun mill, in Tennessee. Supplied by Valmet, the Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) machine will produce premium quality tissue products for the consumer market.

This machine is part of the previously announced $270 million project to build a facility to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. Preparation work has begun at Calhoun, and the machine is expected to start making tissue in the first quarter of 2017.

"This is the first time we will produce products directly for the consumer market," stated Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "The selection of the Advantage NTT tissue machine is in line with our promise to retailers to install equipment that will offer the highest quality and the differentiation they seek for their store brands."

The move into the tissue market represents an important step forward in Resolute's corporate growth strategy, and the company will continue to evaluate opportunities to expand its presence in this growing market segment.
(Resolute Forest Products)

Newsgrafik #110830
 16.07.2015

Kotkamills Oy to manufacture high-quality folding boxboard and barrier board  (Company news)

Kotkamills Oy signed agreements totalling EUR 70 million on equipment deliveries for paper machine 2 to be upgraded in the summer of 2016. The deliveries will be divided between Valmet Paperikoneet Oy and Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery Oy. This investment of more than EUR 100 million is aimed to convert the paper machine product from magazine paper to packaging boards. The capacity of the board machine will be 400,000 t/a, with the basis weight area of the end product being 150 – 500 g/m2. Primary products include a high-quality Nordic folding boxboard and recyclable barrier board for the food industry. By converting the paper machine product to packaging boards, Kotkamills Oy will secure its position as a globally significant manufacturer of forest industry products.

More and more attention is paid to environmental friendliness when selecting packaging materials. With this investment published today, Kotkamills Oy responds to the far-reaching requests of end customers of the packaging business to introduce high-quality recyclable barrier board to the market. The new product includes the protection layers required to prevent grease, liquids or moisture from absorbing into the package. The versatility of the board is increased by its heat sealing capacity, cleanness, lightness and first-class printing surface. In the manufacturing process, special attention will be paid to the effective utilisation of wood raw material, and the minimisation of energy, bleaching chemicals and water consumption per each produced ton. A patent is pending for innovations associated with the manufacturing process.

Unlike other generally used plastic-coated boards, the barrier board of Kotkamills can be recycled without any special measures. Only printing ink, if any, will be removed in recycling. If unprinted, the board can be reused by re-pulping it and using it directly in the paper or board mill's processes. The innovative manufacturing process of the new machine enables the recyclable and environmentally friendly board used in consumer packages to be manufactured cost-efficiently and flexibly without the price of the recyclable product being any obstacle to its use.

The next-generation packaging board with zero plastic content facilitates the recycling activities of consumers as well as food producers and cafeteria and fast food chains that use large volumes of board packages, as there is no need to sort plastic separately. This directly reduces the total costs of the packaging solution.

The construction of the investment will be started at the beginning of 2016. Until then, Kotkamills Oy's paper machine 2 will produce high-bulk printing paper Solaris, the delivery of which will be continued normally until the end of the second quarter of 2016. The company will also increase its production volume of Absorbex laminating paper and Imprex products through new investments. What is more, the sawn goods produced at the Kotka sawmill will comprise a significant part of the company's product range.
(Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery Oy)

Newsgrafik #110741
 08.07.2015

Valmet delivers white liquor handling system to BillerudKorsnäs's pulp mill in Skärblacka, Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a white liquor handling system to BillerudKorsnäs's pulp mill in Skärblacka, Sweden. The start-up of the rebuilt plant is planned in June 2016.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received and the value of the order will not be disclosed.

"Previously Valmet has delivered a recovery boiler rebuild and a new evaporation plant to the Skärblacka mill. This upgrade will enable a production capacity increase, as existing equipment has become too small and is in a need of extensive maintenance," says Thomas Malmqvist, Sales Manager Pulp and Energy, from Valmet.

Details about the delivery
The new equipment that Valmet will install are a white liquor filter of type PDW and a causticizer tank. The white liquor filter produces a clear white liquor which increases the efficiency and availability in the pulping process. The separation of white liquor from lime mud is done by pressure filtration. After the rebuild the white liquor plant will have a capacity of 5 200 m3 per day.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110722
 06.07.2015

Valmet to supply winding technology for Parenco's paper machine grade conversion rebuild  (Company news)

Valmet will supply Parenco B. V. with high capacity winder for company's containerboard making line PM2 in Renkum, Netherlands. The PM2 was shut down in 2009 by mill's earlier owner due to declining demand of newsprint paper. Now, the machine will be converted to produce testliner and fluting grades, which are used in containerboards. The converted PM2 is scheduled to start-up during the third quarter of 2016.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"Valmet's winding technology enables high capacity and reliable production of lightweight packaging board. The proof of this is our strong reference base in Europe. Our OptiWin two drum winders are well suited for multiple grades and models are available for all machine widths", says Kenneth Åkerlund, Product Manager, Winders and Reels, from Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Parenco's PM2 has a trim width of 8.5 m. After the conversion it will produce testliner and fluting grades at a capacity of around 385,000 tonnes/yr.
Valmet's delivery includes a fully automated OptiWin two-drum winder comprising core feeding, automatic set change and an end gluing device. Valmet's delivery also includes parent roll handling system, fully automatic roll marking and roll conveyor system, automatic core cutting and core handling system as well as related pulper and air systems and machine control system.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110687
 01.07.2015

Valmet to supply OptiConcept M fine paper making line for APRIL in Indonesia  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M fine paper production line for APRIL Group's Pangkalan Kerinci site in Riau Province in Indonesia. The new production line is planned to produce top quality digital-ready fine papers and it will increase the company's capability to produce value-added products from renewable resources. The start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The first Valmet OptiConcept M line designed for fine paper production
OptiConcept M is Valmet's modular board and paper making concept, which enables significant savings in energy, water and raw material usage. The concept has been acknowledged in Finnish Design competition in 2014.
The new PM3 for APRIL is Valmet's first OptiConcept M delivery in Indonesia. This is also the first time when the latest OptiConcept M technology is utilized in fine paper production.

"This technology investment increases our ability to meet the growing global demand for premium PaperOneTM products, APRIL Group's flagship paper brand. The deployment will enable new product diversification in response to consumer demand for high-value digital paper products in particular," says Tony Wenas, Managing Director of APRIL Group Indonesia Operations.

"Valmet OptiConcept M focuses on low operating costs combined with energy-efficient and flexible production of high-quality paper grades. The technological innovations we have made, play a key role in achieving the overall efficiency of the production line," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

Valmet's delivery includes a complete fine papermaking line from stock preparation to reel with related automation systems. A new winder is also included in the delivery. The new 7.1 m-wide (wire) machine will produce woodfree uncoated paper grades in the basis weight range of 40-120 g/m2. The production capacity of the machine will be approximately 900 tonnes per day and the design speed 1,400 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110616
 30.06.2015

Valmet's strategy and financial targets unchanged and reconfirmed by the Board of Directors  (Company news)

Valmet's strategy and financial targets, which were announced on September 3, 2013 and reconfirmed on July 31, 2014, have been reconfirmed by Valmet's Board of Directors, and thus remain unchanged.

Strategy
Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. The company continues to focus on developing and supplying competitive technology and services to the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet is committed to moving its customers' performance forward.
Valmet seeks to achieve its strategic targets by pursuing the following Must-Win initiatives: customer excellence, leader in technology and innovation, excellence in processes, and winning team. Valmet's vision is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

Financial targets unchanged
Valmet's financial targets remain unchanged and they are the following:
-Net sales growth to exceed market growth
-EBITA before non-recurring items: 6-9%
-Return on capital employed (pre-tax), ROCE: minimum of 15%
-Dividend payout at least 40% of net profit

Comment from Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet:
"Valmet has proceeded systematically in the implementation of its strategy. The EBITA margin target of 6-9 percent is still valid, and we continue the work to reach that level. The acquisition of Automation business was an important step and now we can offer unique benefits for our customers. Valmet is committed to moving our customers' performance forward," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110661
 29.06.2015

Valmet receives two more orders from Kotkamills in Finland, both for automation technology  (Company news)

Valmet has received two orders for automation technology from Kotkamills Oy in Finland to complement the major order for key technology for a paper machine conversion project announced in April. The first new order includes wet end automation solutions for Kotkamills' magazine paper production line PM 2 that will be rebuilt and converted to produce packaging board. The second order includes analyzers and advanced process controls for the pulp mill.

Photo: Valmet Kappa Analyzer and Valmet Recovery Liquor Analyzer

The startup of the rebuilt paper machine with new wet end automation is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. The pulp mill quality improvement project, with new automation solutions is ongoing.

These orders are included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the orders is not disclosed. Typically, the order value of automation system deliveries ranges from below EUR 1 million to EUR 3 million.

"One automation platform, from quality, process and machine controls to sectional drive controls, helps us get a good start-up for the project and high availability after the project phase. Our existing know-how of the Valmet DNA system, common spare parts and our service contract with Valmet provide us with many benefits. Having one supplier for the automation system, application and field engineering of the board machine will streamline our work during the project," says Jari Mäkelä, Automation Project Manager, Kotkamills Oy.

"Today, automation solutions are very important tools for the operators and maintenance staff in ensuring maximum line availability and efficiency. Valmet's automation system and know-how enable fully integrated machine controls from headbox to reel. We have had many successful projects with Kotkamills in the past, and this delivery further strengthens our long cooperation," says Ari Pinjamaa, Vice President, Nordics, Valmet's Automation business line.

Technical information about the delivery
The automation delivery for the paper machine PM2 includes Valmet DNA machine and drive controls as well as a Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler. The latter is a profile control system for advanced positioning of the headbox valves to achieve the best possible weight profiles. All the solutions will be integrated within the Valmet DNA automation system, which is included in the order earlier announced.

The automation delivery for the pulp mill includes Valmet Continuous Cooking Optimizers for both digesters, a Valmet Kappa Analyzer, Valmet Causticizing Optimizer and a Valmet Recovery Liquor Analyzer. All thesse solutions enable the mill to improve pulp quality and provide significant economic benefits.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110560
 26.06.2015

Valmet to upgrade evaporators at Södra Cell, Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden   (Company news)

Picture: TUBEL replacing damaged lamellas at Mönsterås mill

Valmet will supply an upgrade of the evaporation plant at Södra Cell's Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden. The upgrade will unload the capacity of the existing evaporation line No 1 and improve steam economy by increasing the capacity of the existing evaporation line No 2. The delivery is scheduled for autumn 2016.

The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this type and scope is typically valued at around EUR 10 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received.

The new order follows a similar major evaporation plant upgrade of the Södra Cell, Värö mill, which was awarded to Valmet last year together with upgrades of most process areas in the same mill.

"We are looking forward to this project and are satisfied with the technical concept Valmet has offered us. This will improve the function of the evaporation plant, increase the energy efficiency and increase our profit," says Jonas Olander, Project Leader at Södra Cell Mönsterås.

"We see this evaporator upgrade bringing many benefits for Mönsterås mill. Besides improving the steam economy of the plant, we are implementing dry solids content control of the firing liquor to the recovery boiler. We will also add additional washing possibility of existing heating surface areas to improve plant availability. We are happy to continue our good co-operation with Södra Cell," says Fredrik Vedin, Product Sales Manager EVAPS at Valmet.

Details about the delivery
The evaporation plant in a mill concentrates black liquor coming from the digester. In the evaporation process the evaporated water is brought back to the pulp production process in order to minimize mill's water consumption. After evaporation the concentrated black liquor is fired in the recovery boiler for steam generation and recovery of cooking chemicals.

The new Valmet equipment to be installed will be two Tube Evaporators, a Falling Film Reflux Condenser and four liquor preheaters. A substantial upgrade of the piping system and an integration and upgrade of an existing condensate treatment system will also be performed.

Over the years Valmet has assisted Mönsterås mill by making several smaller and larger upgrades of the existing evaporators. The co-operation started in 2001 when Valmet replaced damaged lamellas with TUBEL and also installed a new TUBEL Super Concentrator.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110606
 24.06.2015

Valmet has received a repeat order for two energy recovery systems from Sofidel in Italy and Poland  (Company news)

In order to increase energy efficiency of its tissue production lines, Sofidel SPA in Italy has ordered two Advantage ReTurne energy recovery systems from v. The system does not only recover energy from the headbox jet power, but also returns it back to the process as electrical energy.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

This will be Sofidel's second and third installation of the innovative energy saving solution and will be installed at Delicarta mill's TM2 in Italy and Delitissue mill Poland.

For Sofidel it is important to find new innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of its production. The company has joined Climate Savers, the international program promoted by WWF, to voluntarily adopt plans to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases using innovative strategies and technologies.

"The first installation of Valmet's Advantage ReTurne energy saving system has been a positive experience for us. Its energy saving capabilities turned out to be better than we hoped for. Therefore we have decided to improve the energy efficiency in two more of our tissue machines," says Simone Capuano, Vice Chief Technical Officer, Sofidel.

"Energy saving is high on our customers' agendas, and we are working hard to develop energy efficiency in our new and existing tissue making solutions. Our high expectations on the first Advantage ReTurne system were substantially exceeded. We are thus convinced that the two new installations will be as successful as the first one, and will help Sofidel reach its environmental targets," says Johan Björn, Sales Director EMEA, Valmet.

Technical information
The Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system is installed in the forming section. It is unique in that sense that it recovers 50% of the energy from the headbox drainage water and via a generator converts it into electrical power which is supplied to the sectional drives. The Advantage ReTurne does not affect the formation of the paper or the tissue making process, it is easy to handle and has low maintenance need. This new innovation is very efficient in both new and existing tissue machines.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110540
 23.06.2015

Procurement of evaporation equipment complete  (Company news)

One step in the investment programme for Södra Cell Mönsterås is to invest in two new evaporators, which are scheduled for completion in October 2016. Procurement of the evaporators and refurbishment of Evaporation 2 has now been completed. The contract was awarded to Valmet.

The aim of the project is to increase energy efficiency, reduce electricity consumption and obtain a cleaner condensate. Evaporation capacity will increase in Evaporation 2, while the load on Evaporation 1 will be reduced. The investment will give Mönsterås a cleaner condensate, thereby increasing the purity of the finished pulp. A cleaner condensate will also reduce the need for bleaching chemicals, which will have a positive impact on pulp strength.

The upgraded plant will be started up during scheduled maintenance downtime in 2016, but some groundwork will be done during the 2015 stoppage.

Another part of the project is the replacement of control systems for the tall oil department and Evaporation 2. The former will be carried out during the 2015 stoppage, while the replacement for Evaporation 2 will take place during the 2016 stoppage.

In the evaporation plant of a pulp mill, more than 90 percent of the water contained in incoming black liquor, or "weak black liquor", is extracted, to obtain heavy black liquor. Extracting water raises the heat value of the heavy black liquor for its subsequent combustion in the recovery boiler.
(Södra Cell AB)

Newsgrafik #110533
 22.06.2015

Valmet supplied Cogeneration system inaugurated at the Lucart Castelnuovo tissue mill   (Company news)

Picture: Valmet delivered Cogeneration system at the Lucart Castelnuovo tissue mill

The Lucart Castelnuovo di Garfagnana tissue mill, part of the Lucart Group, has officially inaugurated its first Cogeneration system with Integrated EcoRecovery system, developed and supplied by Valmet. The installation is part of Lucart Group's about 4 million EUR investment for upgrading the mill.

The Cogeneration system integrates a gas turbine with a yankee hood air system and a waste heat steam generator, covering all the electricity and steam needs of the site. This way the gas turbine flue gases are used to dry the paper without any further gas consumption. The system improves the energy efficiency and reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly. In addition, drying costs in the tissue production are decreased significantly.

Valmet's solution was a perfect match with Lucart Group's objectives. "The Integrated Cogeneration technology is totally consistent with our company mission, which focuses on environmental sustainability and respect. Furthermore, we have appreciated Valmet's capability in finding and sharing possible solutions - Valmet people were always there when we needed it and this made a difference," says Franco Pasquini, Engineering Director of Lucart.

In his introduction speech at the opening ceremony Luigino Furlan, Vice President DCD Technology Unit of Valmet, highlighted how the success of this project is due greatly to the teamwork between Lucart and Valmet. "The people who envisioned, shared, built and implemented this project and the special relationship established between the teams, represent the corner stones for this achievement. Mutual trust between Lucart and Valmet has been established and the path to continued partnership is paved," Furlan said in his speech.

Technical description
The Cogeneration equipment supplied by Valmet includes a new air system with fans, burners, dampers, ducting and instrumentation for the existing hood. Furthermore the delivery comprises a heat recovery steam generator, an air/air heat recovery and an air/water heat recovery system.

The results of the installation are remarkable: using its exhaust fumes, the cogeneration gas turbine performs all the drying for the entire tissue production, covering the thermal energy of the hood air system (with burners off) and producing the steam needed for the Yankee cylinder.

The Cogeneration system will reduce the natural gas consumption by 15-20% per year which correlates to an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions by 7,000 tons /year as well as NOx to air by 3.5 tons / year.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110073
 12.05.2015

European paper industry welcomes Valmet as a new partner  (Company news)

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is happy to announce a new partnership with Valmet. CEPI and Valmet have already collaborated in the past, notably on the European Paper Week. The new status will deepen an established good relationship, to include areas of common interest.

More specifically, Valmet will gain a clear and in-depth insight of the issues the pulp and paper industry is facing, with the opportunity to be part of CEPI’s activities with its stakeholders. CEPI will gain knowledge and expertise, building on its ever-strong eco-system around industry suppliers with the ultimate goal of strenghtening its innovation agenda. “Valmet and CEPI have a lot to gain from this partnership. It is a priviledge to collaborate with such a highly-valued industry supplier and we are very excited to see where this partnership will lead us”, says Marco Mensink, CEPI’s Director General.

Valmet Corporation is the leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet’s services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Their strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production.
(Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI))

Newsgrafik #110099
 11.05.2015

New Valmet-delivered tissue line started up at PT Suparma Tbk's mill in Indonesia  (Company news)

PT Suparma Tbk's new tissue line came on stream in Surabaya, Indonesia two days ahead of the schedule, on April 8. The Advantage DCT 100 tissue machine, supplied by Valmet, increases the company's production of bathroom tissue, towel and diaper tissue for the Indonesian market, by 25,000 tonnes per year. The new tissue line fulfills the company's ambition to produce sustainable products of high quality in a cost-efficient way.

"Working together with Valmet has been a priceless experience, and we learned a lot during the project. Valmet is known to be the leader in paper machinery and we are proud to own one of their machines. It is undeniable that Valmet managed to deliver a state of the art machine. During the initial run we managed to produce commercial grade tissue on the second day. It was a pleasure to work together with Valmet's team and we are pleased with the result," says Edward Sopanan, Director, PT Suparma Tbk.

"It is a pleasure to work with PT Suparma. The PT Suparma's team is skilled and determined, and they take pride in what they accomplish. The good interaction between our teams, from project start to installation and start-up, was the key to success," says Stefan Ziegel, Project Manager, Valmet Tissue Mills business unit.

Technical information of the new line
Valmet's delivery included a complete high-speed tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100 tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, a cast iron Yankee cylinder and an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood. Valmet has also supplied part of the stock preparation equipment as well as basic engineering, installation services and start-up of the machine.
The new line has a width of 2.75 m and an operating speed of 1,600 m/min. Raw material for the new production line is virgin fiber and recycled fiber.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110019
 08.05.2015

Successful start-up of the Valmet delivered pulp line at the CMPC Guaíba mill in Brazil   (Company news)

After two years of work, the new pulp line of CMPC Celulose Riograndense Ltda (CMPC) has been started-up according to schedule on May 3rd, 2015. The delivery agreement of the key technology for the new pulp line was signed by CMPC and Valmet in June 2013.

The new pulp line is an expansion to the existing Guaíba pulp mill in Rio Grande do Sul state, south of Brazil. The new line has a capacity of 1.3 million tonnes per year and can be upgraded to reach 1.5 million tonnes per year with minor investments. This is an addition to the existing capacity of the mill of 500,000 tons per year.

"Valmet's commitment was to deliver to CMPC sustainable technologies to create a world reference in efficiency and low environmental emissions. The mill is located very close to the city of Guaíba and one of the most important prerequisites was to minimize all possible impacts to the community. The project execution was a great success. This showcase demonstrates our capacity and competence to deliver a complete pulp plant in the right time and quality," says Celso Tacla, Valmet's Area President for South America.

Valmet's delivery in detail - best technologies for high yield and low operational costs

Valmet's delivery covered the main process islands of the pulp line, from the cooking plant to the bales that are shipped to final users, including the complete fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, recovery boiler, causticizing, lime kiln and an integrated automation solution and operator training simulator for all mill process areas. In addition, Valmet has also delivered a state-of-the-art non-condensable gas treatment system.

Valmet's solutions for the Guaíba project were based on the best technologies available. The capacity of the evaporation plant is the largest in operation in the world. The stationary cooler of the lime kiln brings significant savings in the fuel oil. The recovery boiler is designed for high power generation. The fiberline features industry-leading operational costs, combining high pulping yield, low chemical consumption and reduced water consumption with low effluent levels. The pulp dryer utilizes the most reliable technology to provide low steam consumption, and is equipped with high-speed baling lines.

Very good safety results at the construction phase
"We are pleased with the outstanding results in Health and Safety during the project. This sets a new benchmark for the industry. In the peak of construction Valmet had over 4,000 employees and contractor workers at the site. Since we had such a large amount of people on site and tight time schedule, safety was a top priority during the whole construction phase," says Francisco Gervasoni, Valmet's manager for Guaíba expansion project.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109894
 06.05.2015

Valmet's Interim Review January 1 - March 31, 2015: Orders received increased in Services - ...  (Company news)

...focus continues to be on profitability improvement

January-March 2015: Good performance in Services
-Orders received decreased to EUR 580 million (EUR 1,101 million).
-Orders received increased in the Services business line and declined from the high levels in Q1/2014 in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines.
-Net sales increased to EUR 561 million (EUR 519 million).
-Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Services business lines and decreased in the Paper business line.
-Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 19 million (EUR 4 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 3.5 percent (0.7%).
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.05 (EUR -0.04).
-Non-recurring items amounted to EUR 0 million (EUR -6 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR -20 million (EUR 43 million).

Photo: President and CEO Pasi Laine

Valmet reiterates its guidance for 2015
Valmet is reiterating its guidance presented on February 6, 2015 in which Valmet estimates that, including the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, net sales in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 2,473 million) and EBITA before non-recurring items in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 106 million).

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
Global growth remains moderate, with uneven prospects across the main countries and regions. It is projected to be 3.5 percent in 2015, in line with forecasts in the January 2015 World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update. Relative to last year, the outlook for advanced economies is improving, while growth in emerging market and developing economies is projected to be lower, primarily reflecting weaker prospects for some large emerging market economies and oil-exporting countries. (International Monetary Fund, April 15, 2015)

Short-term market outlook
Due to increased customer activity in the pulp market, the short-term market outlook for pulp has increased to a good level (previously satisfactory level). Following, among others, increased uncertainty in the energy markets, the short-term market outlook for energy has decreased to a weak level (previously satisfactory level).
Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for board and paper, and the satisfactory short-term market outlook for services, and tissue.
As of April 1, 2015, Valmet has a fourth business line, called Automation, and therefore begins to announce a short-term market outlook also for the automation business. Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook for automation is satisfactory.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Performance in Services and announced acquisition the highlights of the first quarter
The year 2015 started well in the Services business line. The increased focus that we started to put on this business line during 2014 is starting to show results. We can be pleased with the increase in both orders received and net sales, but we need to continue with the good work. Looking at the way our service professionals have taken on this challenge to begin with, I am confident that we will continue to be successful also in the future.
Even if profitability increased in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the first quarter of 2014, the profitability is below our targeted range. We have successfully developed our business model to be more flexible and we will continue to focus on controlling costs.
An important step in shaping Valmet's future was announced on January 15 and closed on April 1: The acquisition of Process Automation Systems. The acquisition, which has an excellent strategic fit, will make Valmet a technology and service company with full automation offering. We will have a unique customer offering and can serve our customers even better than before. This is a big step towards our vision - to become the global champion in serving our customers. I warmly welcome the 1,600 Automation employees to the Valmet team.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109864
 05.05.2015

Two new Valmet-supplied tissue lines started up at Hayat Kimya in Turkey and Russia  (Company news)

Hayat Kimya's new Advantage DCT 200TS tissue line, PM5, was started up in March 2015 by a joint Valmet and Hayat Kimya team. The new line, at the Mersin mill in Turkey, came smoothly on stream according to schedule and produced sellable paper from the very start.

Photo: Hayat Kimya and Valmet team celebrating the PM5 start-up at the Mersin mill in Turkey

This was the second start-up for the same team in three months, as Hayat Kimya's PM4 at the new Alabuga mill in Tartarstan, Russia was started up in December 2014. The time schedule was very tight but the paper was on reel as expected with good paper properties.

"This was for most of us, the third and fourth tissue line installation we have started together. During the years we have developed a mutual respect and high confidence in each other, which makes the coordination of the assembly and all commissioning activities very smooth and together we make things happen," says Rolf Tellack, Project Manager, Valmet.

"We share the same excitement with everyone who has contributed with patience and determination to make these projects successful. Even though the conditions were very different between the Russian and the Turkish installations both machines started up on time and are now producing top quality paper at high speed," says Lütfi Aydin, Director Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.

Hayat Kimya has now four tissue lines supplied by Valmet in their machine fleet and one more to start up in 2016. Recently the company announced the rebuild of their PM1 which means that all their tissue lines will be operating with the Advantage DCT technology from Valmet.

Technical information
Both tissue machines have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The design capacity for each machine is 70,000 tonnes a year. Both machines will produce high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades from virgin fiber and are optimized to save energy and enhance final product quality.
The two tissue production lines feature stock preparation systems and Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machines. The machines are equipped with OptiFlo headboxes and Valmet cast alloy Yankee cylinders as well as the Advantage technology including ViscoNip press, AirCap hood prepared for co-generation, WetDust sytem, sheet transfer system and SoftReel reel. The delivery also included an extensive automation package with Valmet DNA, process controls and Valmet IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning was also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109791
 27.04.2015

Valmet introduces new online tool for choosing optimal roll covers  (Company news)

Valmet has launched a new and intuitive roll cover online tool in April 2015. This interactive application enables users to locate and select the correct roll cover for any paper, board or tissue production line roll positions, as well as for pulp drying machines.
The new online tool will serve Valmet's customers even more efficiently by collating Valmet's entire roll cover and coating product range and presenting the products in one user-friendly view along with all related product information. You can find the application at www.valmet.com/rollcovers.

Easily browse through the entire Valmet roll cover range
"As an industry-leading roll cover supplier, we wanted to make it easy to search for and select a roll cover for each position. In addition to looking at roll cover options and qualities, this is also a quick way to open and download product datasheets", explains Samppa Ahmaniemi, director of Roll Covers at Valmet. The user-friendly online tool can be conveniently accessed even from tablet devices.

Fit-for-purpose roll covers for all applications
Valmet's roll cover portfolio contains a wide range of high technology solutions for all applications. For decades, Valmet has utilized the latest technology and research results in the development of roll covers. This work has resulted in modern roll cover materials and innovative coating solutions.
Regardless of the paper grade or machine brand, Valmet offers its customers a comprehensive selection of roll covers to suit their particular needs. Valmet has developed long-lasting, compliant covers ranging from rubber and polyurethane all the way to ultra-hard carbides and ceramics. These materials provide excellent wear resistance and long, disturbance-free run times. As a result, mills can increase their machine efficiency, extend roll running times and reduce their maintenance costs.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109770
 24.04.2015

Valmet launches new IQ Process and Quality Vision solution  (Company news)

Valmet launched its next generation machine vision solution, Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision, at PaperCon 2015 event in Atlanta. The new solution contains the key elements of advanced process and quality vision system; Valmet IQ Web Inspection System and Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (photo). It features a number of new advanced solutions combined with high-resolution matrix-cameras providing the sharpest quality images that allows the pulp and paper producers to see the defects that have never been seen before.

"Our process knowledge combined with spearhead machine vision technology now provides tangible benefits to pulp and paper producers. The solution optimizes both end product quality and line efficiency. It allows customers to increase machine speed while simultaneously reducing disturbances. It is not only the pixel size that matters, it is possible to really see the difference," says Jari Almi, Director, Quality Management Solutions, Valmet.

The Web Inspection System detects quality defects and flaws across the entire width of the sheet, pinpointing any issues in real-time. The Web Monitoring System is designed to monitor production and web break events, seamlessly tracing them back to their root causes.

Both functionalities have a common, simple and easy-to-use user interface. All Valmet IQ solution components are based on our extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp & paper industry, and backed up by our expert services.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109769
 23.04.2015

Valmet and Metsä Fibre finalized the order agreement for key technology to Äänekoski bioproduct mill  (Company news)

Valmet and Metsä Fibre have signed the agreement for the supply of key technology to Metsä Fibre's new Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Finland. Valmet announced the letter of intent of the delivery on February 13, 2015.

Valmet delivery includes recovery boiler, pulp drying line, gasification plant, lime kiln and a mill wide Valmet DNA automation system. The estimated value of Valmet's delivery, which includes only the core equipment supplied by Valmet, is about EUR 125-150 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received.

The construction of the bioproduct mill will start immediately and the production at the new mill is scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2017.

"The bioproduct mill will strengthen Metsä Group's leading position in northern softwood pulp market and will improve our profitability. We have had long term and successful cooperation with Valmet which is a strong supplier of equipment of this scale," says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre.

Technological innovations and important employment impact
Valmet delivers leading technology for the Äänekoski bioproduct mill. The recovery boiler, pulp drying line and lime kiln will be the largest in Europe. All the equipment will have high energy efficiency.
"Our gasification technology and recovery boiler maximize the use of bioenergy and makes the pulp mill totally fossil fuel free. Valmet delivers a modern gasification plant, where bark is dried and gasified to product gas which is then used as fuel in the lime kiln. The Valmet delivered recovery boiler has multiple high power features including patented heat recovery from flue gas to combustion air enabling the mill to sell outside 1.4 times more electricity than it needs for its own operation," says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.
Valmet's delivery for the bioproduct mill will have an important employment impact on Valmet and its subcontractors. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery is expected to be around 250 man years, out of which half in Finland mainly in Tampere, Jyväskylä, Ulvila and Raisio.

Details about Valmet's technology delivery to Metsä Fibre Äänekoski bioproduct mill
The new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Metsä Fibre's total investment will amount to approximately EUR 1.2 billion and the mill's annual pulp production will be approximately 1.3 million tonnes.
Valmet's delivery includes engineering, procurement, supply and construction management of a recovery boiler, a pulp drying line, a lime kiln and a gasification plant. The recovery boiler will have a capacity of 7,200 tds/d (tonnes dry solids a day). It provides steam to a turbine with 260 MW electrical capacity, which makes Metsä Fibre's recovery boiler plant the largest renewable energy production unit in Europe. The pulp drying line will have a trimmed width of 8.25 meters and a capacity of 2,700 Adt/d (air dry tonnes a day). The lime kiln will have a capacity of 1,200 t/d and will be operated by renewable fuel provided by 87 MW product gas capacity biomass gasification plant.
Valmet's automation delivery includes an extensive Valmet DNA automation and process information system covering the entire pulp mill and Valmet IQ quality control system for the pulp drying machine.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109727
 21.04.2015

Valmet to supply key technologies for paper machine grade conversion to Kotkamills in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply key technologies for extensive grade conversion for Kotkamills Oy in Finland. The target is to convert the existing printing paper (machine finished coated paper, MFC) production line to produce high-quality folding boxboard and barrier board grades. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. Valmet delivery is a part of customer's total EUR 70 million equipment order.

"Kotkamills is very pleased to have the know-how of Valmet's advanced coating technologies available for the important rebuild project from magazine paper to innovative packaging boards," says Markku Hämäläinen, CEO of Kotkamills Oy.

Key technologies for grade conversion
"Valmet delivers key technologies for the grade conversion to enable cost efficient and flexible production of recyclable and sustainable packaging materials. Our advanced coating solutions are a good fit for this demanding project," says Petri Paukkunen, Vice President of Paper Mills Sales and Marketing from Valmet.
Valmet's delivery includes different kind of coating units, new center driven OptiReel as well as new OptiWin two-drum compact winder. The delivery also includes modernization of dryer section and calender as well as related automation-, air- and chemical systems. Automation delivery includes Valmet DNA machine and process control, condition monitoring and machine vision systems.
The 5970 mm-wide (wire) machine will produce folding boxboard (FBB) grades in the basis weight range of 150 - 500 g/m2. The production capacity of the machine will be approximately 400,000 tonnes per year and the design speed 750 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109711
 17.04.2015

Valmet to introduce new aqua cooling calendering technology for board and paper machines ...  (Company news)

... - first delivery to Stora Enso

Valmet has launched a new and patented calendering technology to the market. The new aqua cooling technology improves the calendering results compared to usual paper production conditions.

In most cases the best calendering results are achieved when the web is cool and stiff, like in pilot trials for example. With aqua cooling technology, pilot-type environment is brought to production-level, by cooling down the web before the calendering nip. This is enabled by applying a small amount of water with a moisturizer, and evaporating it with an air dryer.

Aqua cooling calendering is aimed for making the end-product more lightweight, without compromising functional and visual properties. This will lead to substantial reduction of energy and raw material usage. Aqua cooling calendering technology will complement Valmet's bulk-saving calendering offering, which includes the revolutionary metal belt calendering as the ultimate lightweighting solution. Valmet has a pilot machine with aqua cooling technology available for customer trials.

"Improving energy, water and raw material efficiency are the key targets in Valmet's research and development work. Our innovation in aqua cooling calendering technology is a good example of how we can improve the customer's product quality and raw material efficiency. With aqua cooling calendering technology it is possible to get almost half of the metal belt calendering benefits with significantly lower investment costs," says Mika Viljanmaa, Calendering Technology Development Manager from Valmet and 2012 Marcus Wallenberg Prize winner for his ground-breaking development of metal belt calendering technology.

First delivery to Stora Enso's Ingerois mill in Finland
Stora Enso has decided to invest in this new aqua cooling calendering technology at their BM 4 packaging board machine in Ingerois, Finland. The target of the rebuild is to improve board quality, while also increasing bulk saving potential. The rebuild includes new web moisturizing and evaporation cooling equipment. The rebuilt production line is scheduled to start up in September 2015.
The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109608
 10.04.2015

Change in Valmet's Executive Team  (Company news)

Mr. Vesa Simola (M.Sc. (Eng), age 47, photo) has been appointed Area President of Valmet's EMEA area as of 1 August, 2015. He will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.
Vesa Simola joins Valmet from Stora Enso, where he is currently employed as Senior Vice President, Consumer Board Division. During his career Vesa has gained international experience in general management covering sales, production, R&D and supply chain by working in a global paper company. He has vast experience of managing international customer relationships, leading organizations, generating sales and driving profitability.
Mr. Hannu Mälkiä, the current EMEA Area President has decided to retire in June 2015.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Vesa Simola to our Executive Team to increase customer-centricity and develop our EMEA operations further. Vesa has a strong and versatile experience in leading international sales in one of our most important customer segments. I also want to thank Hannu Mälkiä for his long and successful career at Valmet and for his dedication in moving Valmet forward by serving our customers," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109559
 08.04.2015

Valmet has completed the acquisition of Process Automation Systems  (Company news)

Valmet has completed the acquisition of Process Automation Systems business from Metso, announced on January 15, 2015. Valmet has received the necessary approvals from the competition authorities. The enterprise value of the acquisition is EUR 340 million, and it is financed with committed long-term financing.

Photo: Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet

Automation is Valmet's fourth business line
According to Valmet's new organizational structure, the acquired business forms Valmet's fourth business line, Automation. Valmet will continue to report its financial results as one segment, and Automation business line will be included in reporting starting from April-June 2015 Interim Review. Orders received, net sales and personnel will be reported for all business lines and areas. Mr. Sakari Ruotsalainen, M.Sc in Engineering, has been appointed President of Automation business line.

Guidance remains unchanged
The completion of the acquisition of Process Automation Systems has no effect on Valmet's guidance for 2015, which was given on February 6, 2015. Valmet estimates that, including the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, net sales in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 2,473 million) and EBITA before non-recurring items in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 106 million).

Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet: Valmet is a unique combination of technology, process know-how and automation
"The acquisition was completed according to our plan, and we welcome approximately 1,600 new colleagues to Valmet. We are now a technology and service company with full automation offering. The unique combination of Valmet's technology, process know-how and automation offers good possibilities to move our customers' performance forward and serve our customers even better," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109567
 07.04.2015

Valmet Tissue Technology Award granted to modification of hard wood pulp for tissue production   (Company news)

The winner of Valmet Tissue Technology Award was announced at the Tissue World Conference, Barcelona, Spain, on March 17, 2015. The award and the USD 25,000 prize amount was granted to Abdus Salam, Graduate Student from North Carolina State University, USA.

The purpose of the Valmet Tissue Technology Award is to promote university students' or scientists' work to develop environmentally sound products applicable to the tissue making processes. The award is granted every second year and the winner is selected by a panel of jurors representing universities, scientific organizations and Valmet.

The focus area for the award this year was environmental efficiency. Mr. Salam is awarded for his work on modified hardwood pulp for tissue production. The objective of Mr. Salam's work has been to develop a method to provide unique tissue characteristics using only natural materials. By modifying hardwood pulp, it can be cross-linked with a biodegradable product to greatly improve absorbency properties. The modified fibers are elastic, very soft, highly porous and durable, and also have microbial properties.

"We are constantly searching for new innovations to make the tissue process more sustainable and environmentally efficient. Mr. Salam's innovation is well in line with our strategy and shows how biomaterials can be utilized to add new and improved properties to tissue products. This is an excellent example of how scientists and the academic world can contribute to the important work of developing sustainable solutions for the future of tissue-making," says Anders Björn, Vice President, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

"I greatly appreciate the award committee's selection of my research for Valmet Tissue Technology Award of 2015. This is my first international award which has truly inspired me to develop new products and ideas for tissue and paper towel applications. I believe the research developments related to modifying hardwood pulp can significantly contribute to the personal health care sector as well as the global economy," says Abdus Salam, the winner of the Valmet Tissue Technology Award.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109500
 30.03.2015

Valmet to rebuild Turkish Hayat Kimya's tissue machine for improved product properties and ...  (Company news)

... runnability

The Turkish tissue producer Hayat Kimya has previously ordered five tissue machine lines from Valmet in the past eight years. Valmet-supplied tissue machines TM 2, 3, 4 and 5 are already producing high quality paper with high capacity and speed, while TM 6 will start-up in 2016.

Hayat Kimya has decided to rebuild their first tissue machine TM1 with the well performing Valmet Advantage DCT technology. This means that all production assets in their machine fleet will be equipped with Valmet's technology. The rebuild will increase energy efficiency, improve product properties as well as performance, runnability and work environment. TM1 is located at Hayat Kimya's mill in Yeniköy, near the city of Izmit in Turkey. The start-up of the rebuild machine is scheduled for November 2015.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter, 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"We are very satisfied with the operations of our previous Valmet machines so it was a natural decision to go with Valmet also this time" says Lütfi Aydin, Director, Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.

"Through the years Hayat Kimya has achieved excellent results with the Advantage DCT technology. We are proud to continue our good relationship and convinced that also this project will be a success," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, EMEA, Valmet.

Technical information
The machine rebuild includes the replacement of existing press section with an Advantage ViscoNip press for improved product quality and decreased energy consumption. To further increase energy efficiency the tissue line will be equipped with a new Advantage AirCap hood as well as an upgrade and optimization of the Cogen Airsystem. The existing dust system will be upgraded to Advantage WetDust to improve the work environment and safety. A new tail threading system and sheet transfer including Advantage Run will further advance runnability and performance.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109424
 20.03.2015

Valmet to supply key technology to Metsä Fibre's Äänekoski bioproduct mill project  (Company news)

Valmet and Metsä Fibre have signed a letter of intent according to which Valmet will deliver key technology to Metsä Fibre's planned Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Finland. The letter of intent covers recovery boiler, pulp drying line, gasification plant, and lime kiln deliveries. The delivery also includes a mill wide Metso DNA automation system.

Photo: Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet

The contract is subject to Metsä Fibre's investment decision. Metsä Fibre has announced that if the prerequisites for the investment are met, the decision on the construction of the bioproduct mill will be made during this spring, meaning that production at the new mill would begin in 2017.
The estimated value of Valmet's anticipated delivery, which includes only the core equipment supplied by Valmet, is about EUR 125-150 million.
"This technology delivery for the Metsä Fibre Äänekoski project is a good sign of Valmet's competiveness and technological innovativeness. We are delighted to be able to continue our good and long cooperation with Metsä Group and Metsä Fibre," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

Important employment impact
Valmet's anticipated delivery for Metsä Fibre's planned bioproduct mill will have an important employment impact on Valmet and its subcontractors. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery is expected to be around 250 man years, out of which half in Finland.
"In projects like Äänekoski, we can utilize our know-how in pulp and bioproduct technology. In addition to bringing work to us our delivery also employs many other suppliers in the Nordics and Europe for engineering, manufacturing and installation. This delivery would employ Valmet employees especially in Finland, in the cities of Tampere, Ulvila, Jyväskylä and Raisio," says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.

Details about Valmet's technology delivery to Metsä Fibre Äänekoski project
If materialized, the approximately EUR 1.1 billion bioproduct mill planned by Metsä Fibre would be the largest ever investment in the forest industry in Finland. The mill would have an annual pulp production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes.
Valmet's delivery would include engineering, procurement, supply and construction management of a recovery boiler, a pulp drying line, a lime kiln and a gasification plant.
The planned recovery boiler has a capacity of 7,200 TDS/d (tonnes dry solids a day). The planned pulp drying line will have a trimmed width of 8.25 meters and a capacity of 2,700 Adt/d (air dry tonnes a day). The planned lime kiln has a capacity of 1,200 t/d and will be operated by renewable fuel provided by 87 MW product gas capacity biomass gasification plant. The gasification plant dries bark and gasifies it to product gas.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109261
 04.03.2015

Valmet receives order from Holmen for softwood line rebuild at Iggesund mill  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver equipment and services for a rebuild of the soft wood pulp line at Holmen's Iggesund mill in Sweden. The rebuild will improve production stability, cut variable costs and increase pulp production capacity by 15 percent equally to 50,000 tonnes. The works will be implemented in two stages during 2015 and 2016.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"We have a good experience since we have had Valmet presses in our mill for many years. This rebuild will eliminate bottle necks in the process and increase pulp capacity. We will also cut variable costs which will strengthen our competitiveness", says Olov Winblad von Walter, Mill Director, Iggesund.

"This rebuild is the first step towards a press based bleach plant. The high outlet consistency makes the process easier to control and the volume of effluent will be less than for washers with lower discharge consistencies. Also water and chemical consumption will be minimized. We are looking forward to a good co-operation in this project", says Mikael Gustafsson, Sales Manager, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet's delivery
The scope of the Valmet delivery includes main machinery, basic engineering and erection. In the first stage, two pressure diffusers will be rebuilt, one in the cooking plant and one in the brown stock washing, where also a new TwinRoll press, will be installed. In the second stage, the oxygen delignification stage will be extended into a two-stage OxyTrac system, which will make it possible to still reach lower kappa numbers in case of a further production increase. In the bleach plant two new TwinRoll presses will be installed.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109247
 03.03.2015

Valmet to supply OptiConcept M containerboard line for Yuen Foong Yu Packaging, Inc. in Taiwan  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for Yuen Foong Yu (YFY) Packaging Inc. for the company's Xin Wu site in Taoyuan County in Taiwan. The new production line will produce high-quality fluting grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Energy efficient high quality production with Valmet's OptiConcept M
"We selected a machine concept that emphasizes environmental efficiency especially in terms of energy saving. Our target is to produce high quality containerboard. In order to be competitive, we want to operate with the latest proven technology. Valmet's OptiConcept M has the features which align well with our expectations," says Mr Chia-Feng Yeh, Project Director of Yuen Foong Yu Packaging.

"This high efficient containerboard making line ordered by YFY Packaging will be Valmet's seventh OptiConcept M production line to be supplied globally. The new production line will be able to reduce both carbon footprint as well as energy consumption significantly. The annual production capacity of the new machine will be approximately 300,000 tonnes of board and the design speed will be 1,200 m/min," says Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper Business Line, Valmet.

The operating profitability of the OptiConcept M is based on the concept's overall efficiency covering energy- and resource-efficient processes and high speed. The production line ensures optimized productivity at minimal operational cost.

Valmet's delivery includes complete boardmaking line from headbox to reel. A new winder is also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109132
 20.02.2015

Valmet's Financial Statements Review January-December 2014: Profitability in the targeted range ...  (Company news)

... in Q4/2014 - good orders received in Services

Photo: President and CEO Pasi Laine

Valmet has formed a separate legal group as of December 31, 2013. The financial information for the year 2014 and the Statement of Financial Position as at December 31, 2013 presented in this Financial Statements Review are based on actual figures. The Statement of Income and Statement of Cash Flow for the year 2013 and all other comparison figures are based on financial carve-out data. Figures in brackets, unless otherwise stated, refer to the comparison period, i.e. the same period of the previous year.

October-December 2014: Profitability in the targeted range
-Orders received increased 12 percent and amounted to EUR 480 million (EUR 428 million).
-Orders received increased in the Paper and Services business lines, and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
-Net sales increased 17 percent to EUR 777 million (EUR 666 million).
-Net sales increased in Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line.
-Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 48 million (EUR -25 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 6.1 percent (-3.7%).
-EBITA margin reached the targeted range of 6-9 percent in Q4/2014.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.17 (EUR -0.41).
-Non-recurring items amounted to EUR -5 million (EUR -34 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 30 million (EUR -38 million).

January-December 2014: EBITA almost doubled
-Orders received increased 41 percent and amounted to EUR 3,071 million (EUR 2,182 million).
-Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines, and remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line.
-Net sales decreased 5 percent to EUR 2,473 million (EUR 2,613 million).
-Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy business line, remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line, and decreased in the Paper business line.
-Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 106 million (EUR 54 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 4.3 percent (2.1%).
-Profitability has improved in every quarter of 2014.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.31 (EUR -0.42).
-Non-recurring items amounted to EUR -12 million (EUR -86 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 236 million (EUR -43 million).

Dividend proposal
The Board of Directors proposes for the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.25 per share be paid. The proposed dividend equals to 81 percent of the net result.

Guidance for 2015
Valmet estimates that, including the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, net sales in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 2,473 million) and EBITA before non-recurring items in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 106 million).
The completion of the acquisition of Process Automation Systems is subject to approval by the competition authorities.

Short-term outlook
General economic outlook
Global growth in 2015-16 is projected at 3.5 and 3.7 percent, downward revisions of 0.3 percent relative to the October 2014 World Economic Outlook. The revisions reflect a reassessment of prospects in China, Russia, the euro area, and Japan as well as weaker activity in some major oil exporters because of the sharp drop in oil prices. The United States is the only major economy for which growth projections have been raised. The distribution of risks to global growth is more balanced than in October. The main upside risk is a greater boost from lower oil prices, although there is uncertainty about the persistence of the oil supply shock. Downside risks relate to shifts in sentiment and volatility in global financial markets, especially in emerging market economies, where lower oil prices have introduced external and balance sheet vulnerabilities in oil exporters. Stagnation and low inflation are still concerns in the euro area and in Japan. (International Monetary Fund, January 20, 2015)

Short-term market outlook
Valmet is reiterating its short-term market outlook presented on July 31, 2014. Valmet estimates that activity in board and paper markets will remain on a good level. The activity in the services, pulp, energy, and tissue markets is estimated to remain satisfactory.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: A good first year as an independent company
Valmet had a good first year as an independent company. While the focus was strongly on improving profitability, we were also succesful in receiving orders. We received over EUR 3 billion of orders during 2014, which clearly indicates that customers appreciate and trust Valmet and that we have the skills and technology to move our customers forward. It was also pleasing to notice the increase in orders received in the Services busi