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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 business line in the last quarter of the year. All in all, Valmet's order backlog is now approximately EUR 2 billion, and this gives us a good starting point for 2015.
Valmet has been able to improve its profitability in every quarter of 2014 and EBITA almost doubled in the full year of 2014. The highlight of our hard work was the last quarter of 2014, when profitability reached the targeted range. This is a result of the excellent and goal-oriented work put in by every Valmet employee at every site and location around the world. When meeting with Valmet employees around the world, I have been amazed by the determination and energy everyone has shown to reach this target. That is why I want to thank all Valmet employees for all the efforts made during the course of 2014. Our work on profitability does not, of course, end here. We still have further profitability improvement potential through savings in procurement and quality, by actions to improve project and service margin, by continuing to improve cost competitiveness, and by improving product cost competitiveness to increase gross profit.
After a good first year as an independent company, I am excited to go into 2015. We have a better starting point going into 2015 compared to a year ago, while also the acquisition of Process Automation Systems helps making Valmet even stronger than before. Through the acquisition, Valmet will become a technology and services company with full automation offering and the acquisition will help Valmet in increasing business stability and profitability.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #109123
 19.02.2015

Valmet to supply equipment for fluff conversion project at Domtar's Ashdown pulp and paper mill  (Company news)

Valmet has been selected by Domtar to supply the equipment and technical services to convert a paper machine from uncoated freesheet to fluff pulp at the mill located in Ashdown, Arkansas, USA.

The delivery is part of Domtar's USD 160 million project to re-purpose the A64 paper machine. The rebuilt machine is scheduled to begin operation in the third quarter of 2016. This order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of Valmet's delivery will not be disclosed.

"Valmet has been a trusted vendor-partner of ours, one that understands our business and delivers top-quality equipment and services that help our company succeed," says Jack Bray, Domtar's Vice President Manufacturing, Region 2. "We're glad to work with a supplier that shares our commitment to safety and sustainability, as well as performance, in creating world-class fiber products."

"Valmet has extensive experience in repurposing pulp and paper assets, especially in the production of fluff pulp. As we did during the Plymouth NC5 conversion, we worked closely with Domtar to optimize the technical solution that would meet their project objectives, including world class quality standards and high efficiency runnability," says Frank Swietlik, General Manager, Pulp Dryers and Baling, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The scope of the Valmet delivery includes a new wet end, upgrades to existing cylinder dryer section, a new fully automated reel and a new OptiWin Pulp winder. Also included is a bypass run to a new cutter-layboy with an automated bale handling line.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #110149
 10.02.2015

OptiWrap roll handling line to Metsä Board Husum mill  (Company news)

As a part of Valmet’s new folding boxboard production line delivery to Metsä Board’s Husum mill in Sweden Pesmel will supply a new kraft wrapping line and the rebuild of the existing kraft wrapping line. The lines will be delivered during 2016 alongside Valmet’s main delivery.

The fully automated roll wrapping systems are Valmet OptiWrap solutions. When installed, the wrapping department of two similar type of lines is operating with minimum supervision. Moisture tight package with superior quality is made with continuous heat sealing and overlap methods without any glue. Robotized inner and outer header applications ensure the trouble-free and high capacity operation. The wrapping lines handle rolls up to diameter 1 800 mm, width 3 700 mm and weight 10 000 kg.

Metsä Board is a long term customer of Valmet with several references and deliveries in the past. Pesmel has also previous deliveries to Metsä Board in Finland.
(Pesmel Oy)

Newsgrafik #108957
 29.01.2015

Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M boardmaking line officially launched at SCG Paper's mill in Thailand   (Company news)

SCG Paper's Valmet-supplied containerboard production line, PM 16, successfully came on stream on October 01, 2014, 11 days ahead of the targeted date, at the Siam Kraft Industry Ban Pong mill in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The official Inauguration Ceremony at the Ban Pong mill took place on January 23, 2015, with over 400 guests celebrating the new well performing production line.

Photo: The Valmet OptiConcept M containerboard production line started up on October 01, 2014 for Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd. at the Ban Pong mill in Ratchaburi, Thailand.

"PM 16 showcases the cutting edge technology of paper packaging manufacturing. It combines the world's latest technologies with SCG Paper's expertise, which means our company can now manufacture the products to meet the needs of customers in all and finer details," says Wichan Jitpukdee, Managing Director of Siam Kraft Industry.
The new 7.25 m wide PM 16 is the third OptiConcept M -type containerboard production line already started up. Earlier two lines have been started-up for Liansheng Paper Industry and Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing in China. This SCG Paper's line has an annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes of high-quality 100% recycled fluting grades in the basis weight range of 90 to 150 g/m2.The design speed of the machine is 1,300 m/min.
"Siam Kraft PM 16 is one of the most successful projects in South East Asia. It proves that Valmet can offer the very efficient technology in terms of energy consumption and operating cost reduction", says Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Head of South East Asia region, Valmet, Thailand.

Energy efficient OptiConcept M board machine
Valmet's delivery included a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel including an approach flow system, steam and condensate systems, surface size preparation and supply systems, a winder as well as machine clothing. In addition, Valmet provided an extended scope of supply implementation covering complete mill engineering, installation and supervision services related to commissioning, testing and start-up. Training services were also included in the delivery.
The Siam Kraft PM 16 containerboard production line combines high productivity with low energy usage per produced ton of paper. The real-time energy consumption monitoring shows that the production line is performing as expected in energy efficiency. "One important driver for this project was to achieve the efficient energy consumption level, which means we could optimize the operating costs yet, remain competitive", says Sompob Witworrasakul, Director of Engineering Division, SCG Paper.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108911
 26.01.2015

Valmet to supply key board machine solutions for Zhejiang Long Chen Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply Zhejiang Long Chen Paper with a new headbox, press section and sizer for its new PM7 containerboard machine to be located in the company's Dushan mill in Jiaxing City in China. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2015.
The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Valmet's key technologies for containerboard
Valmet's delivery for the new containerboard machine will include a new OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox for improved product quality and increased productivity, a center-roll based OptiPress press section with modern shoe press technology for lighter basis weights, as well as a new OptiSizer Film sizing section utilizing film application.
"In containerboard manufacturing, headbox, press section and sizer are key components in order to secure production quality. That's why also Long Chen chose Valmet to supply those parts for their PM7 machine," comments Kari Räisänen, Area Sales Director of Valmet.

The 7250mm wide (wire) PM7 will produce containerboard grades at maximum speed of 900 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108767
 20.01.2015

Valmet Advantage DCT tissue line successfully started up at Syktyvkar Tissue Group in Russia  (Company news)

A Valmet-supplied tissue line recently started up at Syktyvkar Tissue Group's new site in Semibratovo, Yaroslavl region, Russia. The new Advantage DCT 100HS machine adds 30,000 tons of tissue per year to the company's current production of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades.
Valmet has previously delivered an Advantage DCT 100 production line to Syktyvkar's mill in the republic of Komi, which started up in 2008, as well as a major rebuild of their PM1 at the same mill in 2011.
"Valmet and Syktyvkar Tissue Group have developed a strong relationship during our previous deliveries. Excellent teamwork and big efforts from both sides combined with our well proven technology made the start-up very smooth and efficient. We are looking forward to continuing our long-term partnership in future projects," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director EMEA, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The tissue machine has a width of 2.7 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min and is optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality.
Valmet's delivery included a complete tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine. The tissue machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder and an AirCap hood. The project scope also included basic and detailed engineering, process equipment, as well as the supervision of the installation and training of the new tissue line.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108796
 15.01.2015

Valmet acquires Process Automation Systems business from Metso: Valmet becomes stronger, ...  (Company news)

... more stable and more profitable as a result of the acquisition

Photo: Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation

Valmet Corporation and Metso Corporation have signed an agreement on the sale of Metso's Process Automation Systems business to Valmet on January 15, 2015. The enterprise value of the acquisition is EUR 340 million. The acquisition will be financed with committed long-term financing. It is estimated that the acquisition will be completed by April 1, 2015. The completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities.
The acquired operations supply process automation and information management systems and related applications and services to the pulp, paper, energy and other process industries. The purchased operations employ about 1,600 people. Net sales for 2013 amounted to approximately EUR 300 million.

Combination of Valmet and Process Automation Systems creates unique customer offering
As a result of the acquisition, Valmet will become a stronger and unique technology and services company in its field, with a full automation offering. The acquisition strengthens Valmet's competitiveness by combining paper, pulp and power plant technology offering, services, process know-how and automation into one customer value-adding entity. Approximately 80 percent of Process Automation Systems sales comes from Valmet's current customer industries and the rest from other process industry clients.

Process Automation Systems is a strong, established business
The business being acquired is a strong business, with established customer relations and a high level of technology and know-how. About 1,600 automation professionals work close to customers at approximately 80 locations around the world. The share of services business in the acquired business is significant, accounting for approximately 45 percent of net sales in 2013, and is based on large installed automation base and a captive business model. The acquired business has a good financial track record and stable cash flow.

The acquisition makes Valmet more stable and more profitable
Net sales of the Process Automation Systems business is approximately EUR 300 million, of which Valmet has accounted for approximately 10 percent. Therefore the acquisition increases the share of stable high-margin business of Valmet's net sales by approximately EUR 270 million.

Process Automation Systems has a solid financial track record, with slight growth and relatively stable margins during the last 10 years. EBITA margin (earnings before interest, taxes and amortization) for Process Automation Systems has been approximately 10-12 percent.

Through the acquisition, Valmet strengthens its offering and continues to develop its business. Significant cost synergies are not expected to be achieved.

Valmet's balance sheet remains strong also after the acquisition. To illustrate, if the acquisition had taken place at the end of September 2014, Valmet's gearing after the acquisition would have been be approximately 23 percent and equity ratio approximately 35 percent, based on illustrative figures of the acquired business at the end of September 2014.

Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation: With the acquisition we create a unique customer offering and strengthen further our leading market position
"Through the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, Valmet will become a technology and service company with full automation offering. The acquisition will help Valmet in increasing its business stability, while also improving profitability. By combining paper, pulp and energy technology, process know-how, services and automation, we can serve our customers even better than before and move our customers' performance forward. This transaction has an excellent fit with our existing strategy and the timing is right for Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108702
 05.01.2015

Valmet to invest in a new services center in Asia-Pacific  (Company news)

Valmet has decided to build a new services center in Indonesia, which is one of the key markets in Asia-Pacific for Valmet's products and services. The new service center will be located in the Jakarta area on the island of Java, and it will be fully operational at the beginning of 2017.
"We see good opportunities for services growth in the Asia-Pacific area. After the investment, we'll be able to provide our Asia-Pacific pulp, paper and energy customers with a much wider services offering. Our offering will expand to include roll services, boiler services, fiber workshop services, mill improvement solutions, paper machine clothing, and filter fabrics," says Jukka Tiitinen (photo), Business Line President, Services at Valmet.

Strengthening local presence
"This investment supports Valmet's activities in the area to a great extent. We are present close to where our customers operate. We deliver environmentally sound technologies and services and promote sustainable development in every way. Customers' performance improvements and competitiveness are key issues for us," points out Hannu T. Pietilä, Area President, Asia-Pacific at Valmet.
The center will serve Valmet's pulp, paper and energy customers throughout the Asia-Pacific area. Valmet has a large installed base in the area, providing a good platform for services to grow.
Today, Valmet operates Asia-Pacific service centers in Thailand, South Korea and Australia.
"The new service center in Indonesia will bring us significantly closer to the customers in the area," concludes Tiitinen.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108591
 16.12.2014

Valmet to supply the new machine for folding boxboard production at Metsä Board's Husum mill in ...  (Company news)

... Sweden

Metsä Board Corporation has selected Valmet as the supplier for its new folding boxboard production line at Husum mill, Sweden. The new machine will produce high-quality folding boxboard with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.
The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2014 orders received. The value of this size of an order is typically around EUR 60-70 million and it is part of Metsä Board's EUR 170 million investment in the mill.
"We selected Valmet as the technology provider for this strategic project because of their advanced and competitive solutions for high-quality folding boxboard production and our long history of working with Valmet," says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.
"This important order from Metsä Board is a good continuation for the active order year for Valmet. I am delighted that Metsä Board trusted us on this significant strategic project. It is a strong token of the competitiveness of our new OptiConcept M paper and board machine concept. The order has an important employment impact for us especially in Jyväskylä, Finland," says Pasi Laine, the President and CEO of Valmet.

Technical information of Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a wet end of the latest OptiConcept M design with 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 features innovative OptiConcept M frame construction without the need for cantilever beams for fabric changes. The fabric changes will be carried out by means of fabric insertion units, which Valmet has sold 120 units globally so far.
"The wet end area introduces newest design which also adds safety and machine usability. The winder will be rebuilt with our unique dual unwind station for maximum capacity," summarizes Mikko Tani, Area Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Valmet.
The 6660 mm-wide (trim) machine, BM 1, will produce folding boxboard (FBB) grades in the basis weight range of 180-350 g/m2 at a design speed of 1000m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108572
 12.12.2014

Valmet's second OptiConcept M boardmaking line successfully started up at Lee & Man in China  (Company news)

On June 18, 2014, Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd. started up their new Valmet-supplied containerboard production line, paper machine 20 (PM 20), at their Chongqing site in Sichuan Province in China. The new production line produces high-quality board grades from recycled raw material with excellent strength properties. PM 20 is the world's second start-up of Valmet's OptiConcept M -type production line. The line combines high productivity with low operating costs.

Valmet's OptiConcept M production line delivery
Valmet's delivery included a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel with related air systems.
The new 6.65 meters wide (reel) PM 20 production line has a daily production capacity of approximately 1,160 tonnes of recycled testliner grades in the basis weight range of 50 to 160 g/m2. The design speed is 1,100 m/min.
OptiConcept M production line stands for economy of total investment, occupational safety and machine usability as well as reduction of environmental load. The production line optimizes the machine investment in line with the mill's capacity needs and ensures optimized productivity at minimal operational cost.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108436
 02.12.2014

Changes in Valmet's Executive Team  (Company news)

Mr. Bertel Karlstedt (MSc, age 52, photo) has been appointed President of Pulp and Energy business line at Valmet as of 1 February, 2015. He will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to the President and CEO Pasi Laine.

Bertel Karlstedt joins Valmet from Nordkalk Corporation, where he is currently employed as the President and CEO. During his career he has gained vast experience in line management and sales roles. Furthermore, he has a strong background in R&D both in Finland and internationally, having previously worked for Valmet and Metso (1988-2005).

Mr. Jyrki Holmala, the current President of Valmet's Pulp and Energy business line, leaves on Valmet 28 November 2014.
"It is a pleasure to get Bertel Karlstedt to our Executive Team with his strong industrial experience and established relations with many of our customers," says Valmet's President and CEO Pasi Laine.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108416
 01.12.2014

Two Valmet-supplied boardmaking lines successfully started up at Anhui Shanying Paper in China  (Company news)

Valmet has supplied two high quality containerboard machines for Anhui Shanying Paper Industry Co., Ltd in the City of Ma'anshan in Anhui Province, China. Both machines, paper machine 5 (PM 5) and paper machine 6 (PM 6), were recently successfully started up.

Record speed right after start up
The PM 5 and PM 6 start-ups were successful with good results. The new PM 6 machine set its 24 hour average machine speed record of 1,398 m/min already 12 days after the start-up.
"The Valmet board machine is very well equipped and has first-class performance. Our start-up has been very smooth. Valmet and Shanying have arranged targeted board machine training for the operators, which is also of great help for us," says Mr. Wang, Production Manager of Anhui Shanying PM6.

Lightweight containerboard with gap- and hybrid forming concepts
"Making lightweight containerboard using gap forming technology is new for Chinese containerboard makers. The most efficient European containerboard lines, making high quality lightweight end products, utilize gap forming concepts with excellent results. Now Anhui Shanying has taken this step with Valmet's technology and we are very pleased to cooperate with this forward-looking company," says Mark Singler, Director of Process Technology, Valmet.
Valmet's delivery for PM 6 included a complete 8.60-m-wide (wire) containerboard machine from headbox to winder. The delivery also included machine clothing and a wide range of process systems. This kind of an extensive overall delivery package from the same supplier enabled the design of highly energy-efficient production line.
The new PM 6 is equipped with a gap forming technology, OptiFormer Gap, which enables a new, higher production speed category for lightweight, high quality containerboard making. The production line also includes two winders. PM 6 produces fluting and testliner grades in the basis weight range of 50 -110 g/m2 and with design production speed of 1,500 m/min.
Valmet's delivery for PM 5 included a complete boardmaking line from headbox to reel with chemical systems, winder and roll handling equipment. The new PM 5 is equipped with three headboxes, multi-Fourdrinier forming section, center roll -based press section, sizing with film application as well as hard nip calender. The production line is completed with two-drum winder. The delivery also included machine clothing and a wide range of process systems.
The new 7.92-m-wide (reel) PM 5 produces recycled testliner and kraft top liner grades in the basis weight range of 90 to 175 g/m2. The design speed is 1,200 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108386
 26.11.2014

Valmet and Nokianvirran Energia sign a letter of intent regarding a boiler plant delivery to Nokia  (Company news)

Valmet and Nokianvirran Energia Oy have signed a letter of intent for a delivery of a biomass-fired boiler plant to a new steam heating station in Nokia, Finland. The new heating station will supply process steam to SCA Hygiene Products' paper mill, Nokian Tyres' factory, and district heat to Leppäkosken Sähkö's customers.

Photo: Valmet's boiler solution HYBEX that utilizes fluidized bed technology (BFB)

The investment enables the currently used natural gas to be replaced with more cost efficient biofuels, such as forest residue and wood chips. In addition, it is possible to utilize peat and sludge from the paper mill.
The installation work is scheduled to start in May 2015. The start-up of steam production is scheduled for the spring of 2016. The total value of the investment by Nokianvirran Energia is approximately 45 million euros, out of which the share of Valmet's delivery is slightly more than a half.

The new boiler plant will use local fuels
"With this investment we will be able to reduce the CO2 emissions and to secure competitive energy production for the owners of the company. We trust Valmet's long experience in combustion of demanding biomasses and their ability as a local company to deliver the plant within the very tight schedule," says Leppäkosken Sähkö Oy's Managing Director Juha Koskinen. "This investment will create wellbeing within the entire Pirkanmaa area. Employment created during the building work is estimated at 200-300 man-years. After the plant start-up fuels for the power plant will be acquired in the Pirkanmaa area," Koskinen continues.
"Replacing fossil fuels, such as natural gas and coal with domestic biofuels is an essential factor in several ongoing energy production projects in Finland. Fuel flexibility is an essential factor in this type of investment decisions. This concerns also the boiler plant that will be delivered to Nokia. The design also takes into consideration a situation in which the boiler needs to be integrated to a steam turbine in order to enable combined electricity and heat production," says Jari Niemelä, Sales Director, Valmet.
Valmet's delivery includes a HYBEX fluidized bed boiler, the steam value of which is 68 megawatt, flue gas cleaning equipment, electrification and Metso DNA automation system. The boiler plant will be built in an existing boiler building, in which a coal-fired boiler delivered by Tampella and in operation since 1963, will be disassembled.

Valmet's boiler solution
Valmet's boiler solution that utilizes fluidized bed technology (BFB) is called HYBEX. Due to its good fuel flexibility, high combustion efficiency, reliability, operability, and low emissions it is one of the leading boilers in the market. Valmet has delivered more than 200 HYBEX boilers and boiler conversions worldwide.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108342
 21.11.2014

Valmet receives its fourth tissue line order from ICT to Poland  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line to ICT Poland. The new Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line will be installed at the company's mill in Kostrzyn, Poland and will fit ICT's intention to adopt state of the art technology for their tissue production. The start-up is planned for the fourth quarter of 2015.
The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Valmet has previously delivered three tissue lines to ICT companies in Italy and France. The latest, an Advantage DCT 200+ line, started up at the Montargis mill, France, in July 2011.
"Our team is very pleased and eager to work with Valmet on our machine number three in ICT Poland. We look forward to a real success story from every point of view," says Riccardo Baccelli, Executive Director, ICT.
"We have a long and fruitful relation with ICT and are happy to have been trusted to deliver our fourth tissue line, this time to Poland. We are looking forward working together as a team to 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 part of the delivery. The delivery will also include an extensive automation package from Metso.
The new line will add 70,000 tons a year of high-quality toilet and towel grades for the European market. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108328
 20.11.2014

Valmet to supply a press section rebuild for Mondi Štêtí in Czech Republic  (Company news)

Valmet will rebuild a sack kraft paper machine at Mondi's Štêtí mill in Czech Republic. Valmet's delivery for the paper machine 5 (PM5) will include the modernization of the press section. The targets of the rebuild are increased production efficiency and improved machine runnability, while ensuring safe working environment. The rebuilt production line will start-up during the fourth quarter of 2015.
The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"Our target was to have a reliable high performing press concept for our PM 5. Valmet was able to offer their OptiPress concept which provides a balance of a well proven technology with innovative technical solutions. The further development of this press type provides also for the operators the possibility to operate and maintain the press in a safe and efficient way," says Lars Mallasch, Technical Director Packaging Paper, Head of Capital Expenditure Mondi E&I.

The existing press section at PM5 will be rebuilt into 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 entering the dryer section and increases the wet strength of the paper. The resulting boost in dryness thus fully benefits web runnability in the open draw and in the beginning of the dryer section. Felt conditioning is done effectively with uhle boxes equipped with perforated covers. This results in improved dewatering and lower energy consumption.
The simplified frame construction of modular press section design means low load to foundation, space savings, shorter shutdown and faster installation. Fabric changes are possible with the help of a fabric insertion unit, as there is no cantilevering. User friendly design like new walkways emphasize safety and easy maintenance.

The rebuild also includes a new press pulper and modifications at the dryer section.
"We have strong track record on modularly designed and built paper and board lines and the same modular approach can be utilized in rebuilds too. For customers, this means resource saving solutions that are fast to install and safe to use and maintain," says Reijo Koivuranta, Press Sections Product Manager at Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108296
 14.11.2014

Valmet's new innovative energy recovery system exceeded expectations at Sofidel SPA in Italy   (Company news)

In order to increase energy efficiency of tissue production lines, Valmet has developed the Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system. This system does not only recover energy from the headbox jet power, but also returns it back to the process as electrical energy.

The first installation of Valmet's new innovation was recently started up at Sofidel's mill Delicarta Valdottavo, Italy and has already proved to fully meet the expectations.

Sofidel is the first Italian company and the first toilet paper and household tissue company in the world to have joined Climate Savers, the international program promoted by WWF, to voluntarily adopt plans to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, using innovative strategies and technologies. It is therefore important to find new innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of their production.

"The first installation of the 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 and well in line with our target to further reduce our CO2 emissions before the end of 2020," Simone Capuano, Vice Chief Technical Officer, Sofidel.

"We had high expectations of the results from the first installation of the Advantage ReTurne system which was substantially exceeded. The installation went smoothly and the machine was running at full speed within five days. But the most exiting was that the energy recovery proved to be above guaranteed level," Jan Erikson, VP Sales, 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 to electrical power which supplies the sectional drives. The Advantage ReTurne do 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 most efficient installed in new or existing tissue machines.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108120
 30.10.2014

Valmet to supply new tissue line to Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing in China  (Company news)

One of China's leading paper and pulp producers, Lee & Man Manufacturing Ltd, has decided to invest in an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line from Valmet. The new tissue line will be installed at the company's Chongqing mill in Zhutuo Town, Yongchuan City, China. The line is designed for production of high quality tissue products and the start-up is planned to be in late 2015.
The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

Lee & Man employs the most effective technology and the new tissue line will fulfill their high demands on sustainability. Valmet's Advantage DCT concept is well established on the market and has proven to bring high flexibility, energy- and fiber efficient production as well as tissue products with high bulk and softness.
"We are excited to work with Lee & Man in this project, supporting their environmental targets. Our Advantage Visco Nip press is specially designed for very high linear loads which combined with a cast alloy Yankee cylinder makes it possible to increase the paper dryness after press and reach significant drying energy savings," says Svenerik Olsson, Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet China.

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. It 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 a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine. The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the well proven Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, a steam heated AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and a SoftReel P reel. Basic engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #108043
 23.10.2014

Valmet's new OptiBin innovation in use at Nordic Paper's Bäckhammar pulp mill  (Company news)

Valmet has developed a new chip bin, OptiBin, for pulp mills' digester chip feeding. Its task is to serve as a buffer before the digester and to remove air from the chips in an odorless manner. The new design is the result of years of development aimed at a cost-effective solution with as few moving parts as possible.

The first installation in the world
The first OptiBin was recently started up at the Nordic Paper Bäckhammar pulp and paper mill nearby Kristinehamn, Sweden. In spite of a very tight schedule, the installation and assembly of the new chip bin exceeded expectations at Nordic Paper - everything had to be completed during the regular eight-day mill shutdown.
"The startup was very successful. We started production according to our schedule. What's more, even the startup curve, with a gradual increase in output, followed our plans. A week after the shutdown, we reached full production," says Jonas Lindqvist, Deputy Director of Production and Project Manager at Nordic Paper. "There is still some residual points and, of course, some trimming to ensure that we achieve the goals we have set for the project," he adds.
"For us at Valmet, Bäckhammar was the perfect partner for taking our new development into practice. Partly because the mill is close to our development center in Karlstad, Sweden, and also because we've always had a very good relationship with Bäckhammar," says David Elfman, Sales Manager at Valmet.

OptiBin reduces fiber loss and environmental impact
Valmet's new OptiBin can be used in various cooking processes. The innovations in the OptiBin design bring several benefits. The design allows chips to flow smoothly and results in even pre-steaming and less runnability problems. Without good pre-steaming before cooking the cooking liquor will not penetrate the whole chip and results in uncooked chips.
The flow design allows a cold top to be used. This means that the bin itself will form a lid of chips that disables gases to flow to the atmosphere which results in less odors to the surroundings.
Thanks to the new chip bin, Nordic Paper estimates an increase in production of about 1,000 Adt/yr. In addition, the OptiBin has led to substantial fiber savings, and as a bonus for those living nearby the mill, it is expected to minimize malodorous emissions into the environment.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #107893
 07.10.2014

Valmet to supply equipment for evaporator train upgrade at Domtar's Ashdown mill in U.S.  (Company news)

Valmet will supply equipment and technical services required to upgrade an evaporator train at the Domtar Pulp & Paper Mill located in Ashdown, Arkansas. The key objectives of the upgrade are to significantly reduce energy consumption and fresh water usage in the mill as well as to improve reliability and performance of the evaporator train.
The upgraded evaporator train is scheduled to start operation in the fourth quarter of 2015. This order is included in Valmet's 3rd quarter orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"Domtar selected Valmet for this project because of the technology proposed for the upgrade, total cost of ownership considerations and the successful long-term relationship we have with Valmet," says Jimmy Evans, Strategic Contracts Manager for Domtar.
"We worked closely with Domtar to optimize the technical solution that would meet their project objectives, including providing a system that would be simpler and safer to operate," says Raymond Burelle, Regional Sales Manager for Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
The scope of the Valmet's delivery includes the supply of new evaporator vessels, the component needed to upgrade the existing concentrators as well as several other smaller vessels and other miscellaneous equipment.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #107718
 24.09.2014

Valmet's new BioTrac pilot plant for hydrolysis of biomass started up  (Company news)

Valmet has installed a new bio pilot plant in its research and development center in Sundsvall, Sweden. The equipment, called BioTrac, is a hydrolysis system which is used for process optimization and testing of raw materials based on biomass. This is part of Valmet's investment into developing new technologies for biorefinery applications, in order to deliver technology and process solutions to reduce CO2 emissions globally.
Valmet's BioTrac is flexible both when it comes to different raw materials and process alternatives, and can be adapted to several downstream process steps. Hydrolysis is often the first step in a biorefinery, and a step that has to be passed, regardless of subsequent process chosen. Further refining of the biomass can for example be production of bioethanol, bio based chemicals and biomaterial, such as bio based plastics.
"Many companies want to replace fossil fuels in favor of renewable raw materials. The product streams from our BioTrac system, and from the subsequent processes, can be used as bio based raw materials for production of for example plastics and chemicals. We are confident that our customers appreciate that they now can test their own ideas in our pilot plant, which in all essential parts correspond to the full scale equipment they are interested in," says Rickard Andersson, Vice President, Bio Technology and Environmental Systems, Valmet.
"In the new BioTrac system it is easy to handle a variety of biomasses and we can closely control and follow what is happening in the process. The system represents world class and is based on technology which was originally developed for the pulp and paper industry, where Valmet has extensive experience going over hundred years back," says Olof Melander, Manager, Valmet Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #107459
 29.08.2014

Lahti Energia and Valmet agree on further development of gasification technology   (Company news)

Picture: Kymijärvi II power plant (by Lahti Energia)

One of the Finnish environmental technology flagship projects gaining international attention is the new gasification based waste-to-energy plant solution, developed by Valmet. The development work started in Tampere in 2002, has proceeded to a commercial solution for Lahti Energia Oy's Kymijärvi II power plant, via various demonstration stages. Lahti Energia and Valmet will continue to develop the plant together even after the conclusion of the delivery.

Lahti Energia's effective power plant produces electricity and heat from recycled fuel. The electricity production capacity of the plant is 50 MW and heat production capacity 90 MW. It is among the most modern waste-to-energy combined heat and power facilities in Europe. The harmful components contained in waste can be safely removed before the gas is utilized in a conventional power plant process. This economically feasible method is also extremely efficient and cuts down on the use of fossil fuels.

The electricity generated in a traditional mass burn power plant only amounts to approximately 20% to 25% of the energy content of the waste. Thanks to the gasification technology developed by Valmet, it is now possible to achieve efficiency rates exceeding 30% - in other words, the same amount of waste yields around 30% to 50% more electricity. Efficiency in electricity generation is a major advantage and increases the competiveness of Valmet's gasification technology in the international markets, as in many countries the heat generated in the production process cannot be utilized for district heating.

Encouraging operational experiences
Lahti Energia's Kymijärvi II demonstration plant has been in operation for slightly over two years. Since it was the first operational power plant of its kind, the design was based on data obtained through pilot plants. By now it has already become clear that most of the design solutions are successful. Lahti Energia and Valmet have agreed on joint further development of the power plant.

All of the performance specifications required of the plant have been met. There are no symptoms of high-temperature corrosion, in other words, the most important design goal has been achieved.

According to Hemmo Takala, Production Manager of Lahti Energia, some surprises have emerged during long-term use: "Availability of the plant fell behind the desired level during the first year of operations. The plant has been improved during the maintenance shutdowns during this and previous summer. Already during spring this year, the availability was much better and came close to complying with the set targets."

Lahti Energia's Kymijärvi II power plant utilizes hot gas filtering technology that is virtually unique on a global level, resulting in many new insights into the technology. Modifications in the technology and changes in operating methods based on these experiences have improved the performance and reliability of the plant.

"We have learned a lot thanks to this plant, particularly regarding long-term operations, which are impossible to test in a small scale. The experiences obtained have clearly helped in further improving Lahti Energia's plant. This knowledge also helps us in designing future power plants," says Juhani Isaksson, Head of Valmet's gasification technology.

Valmet also develops biomass gasification
In addition to the waste gasification process in use at the Kymijärvi II power plant, Valmet also supplies biomass gasification plants. A large biomass gasification system delivered by Valmet to Vaskiluodon Voima's power plant, in Vaasa, was inaugurated in March 2013. In early 2014, Valmet additionally received the order for a large biomass gasification plant to be built at OKI Pulp and Paper mills' new pulp mill in Indonesia.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #107430
 26.08.2014

Valmet receives repeat tissue line order from Aktül Kagit Üretim Pazarlama in Turkey  (Company news)

Valmet will supply the second tissue production line to Aktül Kagit Üretim Pazarlama A.S., Turkey. The new Advantage DCT 200 tissue line (photo) will be installed at the company's mill in Pamukova, Sakarya Province, Turkey. The start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2016.
The order is included in Valmet's second quarter orders received 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
Valmet has previously supplied the same mill with an Advantage DCT 200TS tissue line which started up 2011.
"In order to be competitive, we want to operate with cutting edge technology. Valmet's Advantage DCT 200 concept combined with Advantage ViscoNip pressing technology has proven to meet our expectations and provides high quality tissue products appreciated by the Turkish consumers", says Erkan Tirnavali, General Manager, Aktül Kagit Üretim Pazarlama A.S.
"Aktül Kagit was an early adopter of the Advantage ViscoNip pressing technology, which has turned out to be an excellent contributor for improved bulk and softness combined with high press dryness. It is always a pleasure to cooperate with companies heading for the best and Aktül Kagit is an excellent example", says Jan Erikson, VP Sales Manager, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #107418
 22.08.2014

Valmet: Strong development in orders received continued – profitability improvement proceeding ...  (Company news)

... according to plan

Photo: President and CEO Pasi Laine

Valmet has formed a separate legal group as of December 31, 2013. The financial information presented in this Interim Review is based on actual figures as an independent group after the consummation of the
demerger and carve-out figures prior to the consummation of the demerger. The carve-out financial information presented in this Interim Review reflects the performance and financial position of the entities that have historically formed the Pulp, Paper and Power segment within Metso Group.

April–June 2014: Profitability improved during the second quarter
-Orders received amounted to EUR 1,023 million (EUR 861 million).
-Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines.
-Net sales declined by 18 percent to EUR 588 million (EUR 714 million).
-Net sales remained on a par with Q2/2013 in Services, and Pulp and Energy business lines, and declined in Paper business line.
-Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 22 million (EUR 22 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 3.7 percent (3.1%).
-Profitability improved compared with both Q2/2013 and Q1/2014.
-Full impact of savings program visible in selling, general and administrative expenses.
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.07 (EUR 0.01).
-Non-recurring items amounted to EUR 0 million (EUR -11 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 46 million (EUR -12
million).

January–June 2014: Strong development in orders received
-Orders received amounted to EUR 2,124 million (EUR 1,372 million).
-Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy and Paper business lines.
-Net sales declined 18 percent to EUR 1,107 million (EUR 1,345 million).
-Net sales declined in capital business, and remained at the previous year’s level in services business.
-Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 26 million (EUR 48 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 2.3 percent (3.4 %).
-Earnings per share were EUR 0.03 (EUR 0.09).
-Non-recurring items amounted to EUR -6 million (EUR -11 million).
-Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 89 million (EUR -
17 million).

Valmet reiterates its guidance for 2014
Valmet is reiterating its guidance presented on February 6, 2014 in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2014 will decline from the
2013 level and EBITA before non-recurring items will increase in comparison with 2013.

General economic outlook
The global growth projection for 2014 has been marked down by 0.3 percent to 3.4 percent, reflecting both the legacy of the weak first quarter, particularly in the United States, and a less optimistic outlook for several emerging markets. With somewhat stronger growth expected in some advanced economies next year, the global growth projection for 2015 remains at 4 percent. (International Monetary Fund, July 24, 2014)

Short-term market outlook
Based on Valmet’s improved utilization of adjusted capacity and expectations for customer activity, the short-term market outlook for
board and paper has improved to a good level (previously satisfactory level). Valmet reiterates the satisfactory short-term market outlook for services, pulp, energy, and tissue, as presented on February 6, 2014.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Focus remains on improving profitability
Customer activity revived in the first quarter of 2014 and continued
on the same level in the second quarter.
During the first half of 2014, we have received almost as much orders as during the full year of 2013.
In addition to a few major orders, we have continued to receive orders from different customer industries and geographical areas. Particularly the orders received by the Paper business line and Energy
business increased strongly in the second quarter, while the orders
continued to be on a good level in Pulp.
The development of the Services business line was stable during the second quarter.
Our profitability improved in the second quarter compared with both
Q2/2013 and the first quarter of 2014.
We have proceeded well with our savings program, which was initiated in 2013, and the full impact of the savings program is visible in selling, general and administrative expenses.
However, the profitability is still below our target level. Therefore, Valmet’s key focus remains on improving profitability. In addition to the implementation of the savings program, we are also focusing on improving our processes, for example reducing quality costs and saving on procurement, to reach the targeted level. A stronger order backlog combined with the executed cost savings gives us a good starting point for the rest of 2014.
We have upgraded the short-term market outlook in board and paper to a good level, based on our expectations for customer activity and improved utilization of our adjusted capacity.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #107357
 20.08.2014

Valmet to supply first OptiConcept M board production line in North America to Pratt Industries  (Company news)

Valmet has made a contract with Pratt Paper (IN), LLC for the supply of the paper machine for Pratt's new greenfield paper mill in Valparaiso area, Indiana, USA. The mill will utilize recovered paper in the production of recycled linerboard and corrugated medium. The start-up of the new paper machine, PM16, is scheduled for 2015.
The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.
"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 first OptiConcept M installation in North America and we are all proud to work with Pratt on this project," says Mike Gray, SVP Sales, Valmet North America.
The new machine will have a wire width of 6.25 meters and a design speed of 1,200 m/min. Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete OptiConcept M board production line from headbox to winder.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #107348
 19.08.2014

Valmet to supply a paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Thai Paper to produce ...  (Company news)

... glassine paper in Thailand

Valmet will rebuild a paper machine (PM5) at the paper mill of Thai Paper Company Limited in Bang Pong, Thailand. The PM5, currently producing printing and writing papers with 100,000 tpy capacity, will be modified for high quality glassine paper production. Valmet's delivery will include modernization of key sections of the paper machine. The rebuild targets the highest end product quality and efficient production. The rebuilt production line will start-up during the fourth quarter of 2015.

Image: Customer and Valmet representatives at the signing ceremony in Thailand. From left Mr. Surasak Amawat, Managing Director, Siam Cellulose Co., Ltd., Mr. Panthep Supachaiyakit, Managing Director, Thai Paper Co., Ltd., Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President of SCG Paper and from Valmet Mr. Hannu T Pietilä, Area President, Asia Pacific, Mr. Timo Dufva, Vice President Projects and Mr. Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Head of South East Asia.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 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 20 million.
"Thai Paper and our partner, Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., selected Valmet based on their innovative technology and proven track record on successful rebuilds which align well with our target to produce high-value added products such as high quality glassine paper to cater the growing demand for label in the domestic and regional markets," says Mr. Panthep Supachaiyakit, Managing Director, Thai Paper Company Limited.
"We are pleased to continue our long term cooperation with SCG Paper and its subsidiary Thai Paper in this project. Our aim is to bring our strong experience with special papers to the project to ensure smooth and successful project converting PM5 to glassine grades. This order further strengthens Valmet's position as a market leader in high speed special paper technology provider," says Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Head of South East Asia.

Technical details of Valmet's delivery
Valmet's solution for this grade conversion and modernization of the 3.9 meter-wire wide PM 5 consists of a new off-line multinip calendar and new air dryers as well as a re-reeler rebuild with new moisturizers. There will also be modifications in the stock preparation, headbox, and drying section with alterations in the sizer area including contactless web turn device.
Valmet's new OptiFiner Pro refiners, which are part of the stock preparation, ensure energy efficient refining result of long fibers, to meet the high demands set by glassine paper production. These modifications at paper machine ensure the base paper to be dense, thin and strong. The rebuild re-reeler moisturizes the base paper efficiently for improved smoothness and the best possible calendering result. The OptiCalender Multinip off-line calender improves further the surface properties of glassine paper grades.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #107227
 05.08.2014

Valmet to supply first Advantage NTT line in the USA to von Drehle Corporation  (Company news)

von Drehle Corporation will be the first tissue maker in the USA to produce tissue with Valmet's flexible Advantage NTT technology. The new line will be installed at the company's facility in Natchez, Mississippi, USA. Startup of the new line is planned to be in late 2015.
The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

von Drehle is currently operating two Advantage DCT tissue machines in their Cordova, North Carolina operation. The Advantage NTT technology is designed for maximum flexibility as well as enhanced product quality and can easily swing between productions of conventional tissue to textured tissue in just a few hours. It has been well received by the market and this will be the fourth NTT machine in production. The first Advantage NTT line was started up in Mexico in 2013 and two more lines are planned to be in production in Chile and Abu Dhabi in 2014 and 2015.
"Valmet is one of our long time trusted suppliers. As we studied different tissue machine technologies, energy efficiency, flexibility, and potential for optimizing use of our recycled fiber furnish were critical. Process and operation review made the Valmet NTT technology the obvious choice for production of tissue and towel products at our Natchez, MS Facility," says Joe Pankratz, V.P. of Manufacturing, von Drehle Corporation.
"This will be the first Valmet's Advantage NTT installation in USA and we are all delighted to work with von Drehle in yet another project. We will deliver this project as a showcase in the industry," says Soren Eriksson, Account Sales Manager, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Technical information
The new tissue machine will have a width of 2.6m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. The raw material for the new line will be 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 will comprise a complete tissue production line including an Advantage NTT 100HS tissue machine. The tissue 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, an AirCap hood and a SoftReel. Basic mill engineering, process equipment and process ventilation are also included in the scope. Furthermore, the delivery will include an automation package from Metso Automation with process control system. Installation supervision, training and commissioning as well as product development support are part of the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106964
 10.07.2014

Valmet to supply a new wood chipping plant to Södra Cell Mörrum in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a new wood chipping plant to Södra Cell's Mörrum pulp mill in Sweden. The delivery is part of Södra Cell's project to increase the pulp production at the Mörrum pulp mill. The order is included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 orders received and is valued at around EUR 20 million.

Picture: Valmet GentleFeed system in operation

Valmet's delivery will consist of a complete woodroom including two wood debarking and chipping lines, bark handling and chip conveying systems. The start-up of the new wood chipping plant is scheduled for spring of 2016.
Valmet's delivery is part of Södra Cell's about 70 million euro investment to increase the pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum, where Södra currently operates two parallel pulp lines for the production of softwood pulp and textile pulp (dissolving pulp). The investment includes a new wood chipping plant and one of the mill's two pulp lines will be upgraded. The investment is expected to increase production from 380,000 to about 425,000 tons annually.
Already in June Valmet announced it will supply the major rebuild and new equipment to Södra Cell's Värö pulp mill, where Södra Cell in making an over 400 million euro investment to increase the Värö mill's pulp production capacity from 425,000 tons to 700,000 tons per year.
"We look forward to cooperating with Valmet in this project," says Gunilla Saltin, CEO, Södra Cell.
"Good cooperation with Södra Cell continues in the Mörrum pulp mill upgrade. Valmet is the world's leading supplier of woodhandling systems. The new wood chipping plant will be utilizing industry leading technology and includes Valmet's patented log feeding system GentleFeed," says Jyrki Holmala, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106884
 03.07.2014

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

The long term relationship between Valmet and Hayat Kimya was recently further strengthened when the Turkish tissue producer ordered its fifth Advantage DCT 200 tissue line from Valmet. The line will add 70.000 tons of high quality tissue to Hayat Kimya's current production of facial, toilet and towel tissue. The start-up of the new tissue line is planned for 2016.
The order is included in Valmet's second quarter, 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
The order is part of Hayat Kimya's expansion plan in the Middle East. The first two of the Valmet delivered Advantage DCT 200 tissue lines were started up in 2010 and 2013 and two will start up in 2014 and 2015.
"We have developed an efficient cooperation with Valmet, which is built on mutual trust and common understanding. Our people are familiar with Valmet's Advantage tissue technology which has resulted in very fast start-ups and high production efficiency," says Lütfi Aydin, Director, Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.
"Our excellent and long term relationship with Hayat Kimya has resulted in another joint project and we are looking forward to continued good cooperation. The development of our tissue making technologies in cooperation with our customers has made the Advantage DCT technology the benchmark for the industry with close to 70 lines sold. We are dedicated to our customers' success and the tissue industry," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

Technical information
The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber and the 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 an 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 hood prepared for co-generation, WetDust dust system, sheet transfer system and a SoftReel L reel. The stock preparation line will consist of OptiSlush pulpers, OptiFiner conical refiners and OptiScreen machine screens.
Furthermore, the delivery will include an extensive automation package from Metso with Metso DNA machine and process controls and Metso IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106856
 30.06.2014

Valmet received a repeat tissue line order from First Quality Tissue in USA  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete Advantage ThruAir (TAD) tissue line to First Quality Tissue in their existing Anderson, South Carolina USA site. The new production line is planned to be started-up in the second half of 2015 and will add 70,000 tons of ultra premium quality tissue to the company's annual production.

The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was included in Valmet's first quarter (Q1) 2014 orders received.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106801
 26.06.2014

Valmet to supply new sizing technology for Papierfabrik Niederauer Mühle GmbH in Germany  (Company news)

Valmet will supply Papierfabrik Niederauer Mühle GmbH with a sizer and auxiliaries for its PM3 containerboard machine located in the company's Kreuzau mill in Germany. The target of the project is to improve the strength properties of the white top liner grades. This high quality paper is used for instance as printed cover layer for cardboards and as headliner. The sizer is scheduled to start up during the first quarter of 2015.
The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Valmet's innovative sizing technology will boost the quality of white top linerboard
In addition to the new sizer, Valmet's delivery will include a calender rebuild, an air dryer, starch preparation and starch supply systems as well as ropeless tail threading equipment.
"The new sizer will combine the best features of both spray application and film application, and improve the strength properties of the white top liner grades. The main advantages of the back side spray application technology compared to conventional starch application method are drying energy reduction, fast and accurate starch amount control as well as elimination of wearing parts. The top side film application ensures excellent properties of the white top liner surface," says Ilkka Naatti, Product Manager of coaters and sizers in Valmet.
"Niederauer Mühle will also be the first paper mill in the Central Europe to benefit from the advantages of safe, reliable and fully ropeless tail threading technology in the size press area. After the rebuild the tail threading process of PM3 will be totally ropeless for all machine parts."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106791
 25.06.2014

Valmet to supply part of a pulp mill capacity upgrade at Portucel Soporcel's Cacia mill in Portugal  (Company news)

Valmet will supply Portucel Soporcel with upgrades for its Cacia mill in Portugal. Valmet's delivery will secure high pulp quality at the new increased production level. The start-up of the renewed plant is planned for the summer 2015. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received and the value of the order will not be disclosed.
"This order is a continuation of a long-lasting relationship between Portucel and Valmet. The new lime kiln will support the increased demand for lime, as Cacia mill increases its pulp production," says Stefan Mattsson, Vice President, Fiber Processing Business Unit, from Valmet.

Technical details of Valmet's delivery
Valmet's delivery includes batch cooking, screening, bleaching and a new lime kiln with a capacity of 110 metric tons per day (MTPD). The bleach plant rebuild includes a new TwinRoll press, which replaces two drum filters. The new lime kiln with flash dryer and electro static precipitator (ESP) will be able to burn both heavy fuel oil (HFO) and natural gas.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106765
 24.06.2014

Valmet's SealFlo cuts suction roll lubrication water use by up to 50%  (Company news)

There is a continuous need for paper manufacturers to reduce their environmental impact. Valmet is contributing to this need by introducing SealFlo, an easy upgrade for suction roll lubrication showers.

"Valmet's new SealFlo technology reduces water consumption by as much as 50%, while maintaining or improving lubrication results," says Pekka Kivioja, director of Roll Maintenance at Valmet.

Worn, aged and outdated showers and nozzles lead to substandard lubrication results and consume excessive amounts of water. The new SealFlo axial seal lubrication shower from Valmet features a design which improves the lubrication process, as well as reducing the roll's environmental impact through significantly reduced water consumption.

Significant savings
In addition to improved lubrication results, many applications show an improved moisture profile and reduced costs of shower water preparation. Kivioja gives an example: "On a paper or board machine, this could mean savings of as much as 2,500 to 5,000 euros per roll meter per year, resulting in average savings of 100,000 to 200,000 euros a year on a ten-meter wide machine that has four suction rolls." The improved shower functionality also has a positive effect on the lifespan of the axial seal and on the suction roll shell.

This modification is now available with suction roll maintenance through Valmet's extensive roll service network.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106722
 13.06.2014

Valmet's iRoll technology improves paper quality and machine runnability  (Company news)

Valmet's iRoll product family is a complete set of tools for controlling paper tension and nip profiles. iRolls are now available for all main processes and positions in pulp, paper, board and tissue machines with the latest Valmet roll covers.
Thanks to good market feedback, Valmet is now expanding its iRoll manufacturing capability. By the end of June 2014, iRoll manufacturing will expand to cover Finland, France, the United States, Thailand and China. Valmet has also developed local field service competencies through an iRoll academy training program.
"After installing an iRoll, our customers have thanked us for 50% fewer wet end breaks per day, improved runnability, 100% longer grinding intervals and a 40% improvement in the coat weight 2-sigma value, just to name a few of the results iRoll has achieved," says Samppa Ahmaniemi, director of Roll Covers at Valmet.

Accurate online measurements
The main benefit of the iRoll technology is its accurate online profile measurement and process control opportunity in press, sizer, coater, reel and winder applications. Valmet's iRoll is the fastest and most sensitive online profile measurement tool in the industry.
In addition to nip load profile, iRoll also measures applicator rod load profile (sizer) and parent roll hardness profile (reel), as well as paper, board or tissue tension profiles in selected positions. iRoll can even be connected to the machine automation system for closed loop process control.
iRoll Portable is a quick, cost-effective process analysis and tuning tool that is based on dynamic nip profile or paper/fabric tension profile measurements. iRoll Portable provides rapid results as Valmet's experts can carry out an iRoll Portable analysis during shutdowns.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106616
 06.06.2014

Valmet selected as the main supplier for Södra Cell's major pulp mill rebuild in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet has received a major rebuild and new equipment order from Södra Cell for the Värö pulp mill in Sweden. The order is part of Södra Cell's over 400 million euro investment to increase the Värö mill's pulp production capacity from 425,000 tons to 700,000 tons per year.
The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received and is valued at around EUR 200 million.
Valmet's delivery will contribute to Södra's performance by significantly increasing the Värö mill's pulp production capacity and energy efficiency. The order consists of a new continuous cooking plant and upgrades of wood handling, fiber line, evaporation plant, recovery boiler, recausticizing, flash dryer, pulp dryer and baling. On completion of the project, Värö will be one of the world's largest softwood sulphate pulp mills. The start-up of the renewed pulp mill is scheduled in the third quarter of 2016.
"We have good experiences of Valmet and feel confident that this project will be a success. We have worked closely together with Valmet in planning the project and it gives us a good start. This investment increases our pulp production, makes the mill more energy efficient and increases its bioenergy supply potential", says Gunilla Saltin, CEO, Södra Cell.
"We are very pleased that Södra Cell trusted us with this significant order. It is a strong token of our technological leadership and competitiveness in the pulp technology market. Investments in pulp production are active at the moment and Valmet is strongly involved with many major on-going projects", says Jyrki Holmala, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.

Significant employment impact
The estimated employment impact of the order is about 650 man years mainly in Sweden. A large part of the order will be delivered from Valmet's operations in Sweden: the cooking plant and recausticizing from Karlstad, fiber line, flash dryer and baling from Sundsvall, and evaporation and recovery boiler from Gothenburg. The wood handling and pulp dryer delivery will come from Finland.
A prerequisite for construction start is the receipt of a permit from the Environmental Court of Appeal.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106612
 05.06.2014

PulPaper 2014 - Day 3  (Company news)

Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, Finland
3-5 June, 2014

This happened on Wednesday at PulPaper 2014:
Number of visitors on Wednesday 4 June: 4088

Another day of satisfied participants and a lot of activities going on in the exhibition hall. Conference sessions, Paper Square presentations and Company and Products presentations continued to inspire and engage visitors and delegates.

PI 100th anniversary celebration - what an amazing evening!
In the fantastic warm Helsinki summer night, the PI 100th Anniversary Gala Evening treated its 1200 guests to a fabulous experience in the fantastic venue of the Helsinki Music Centre. The evening started off with welcoming words from Martti Savelainen, chairman of PI, followed by acknowledgement of new honorary members of PI. The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award was presented to Professor Per Engstrand from Mid Sweden University, in recognition of outstanding achievement in research and development of mechanical pulping technology.
Following this was a multiaudiovisual show taking the guests on a 100 year journey through the Paper Engineers' history. The past ten decades where brought alive by actors Nicke Lignell and and Karl-Kristian Rundman, the fantastic singers Sara Aalto and Pentti Hietanen and talented dancers Aleksi Seppänen and Sanna Hento all accompanied by Mikko Mäkinen and his band.
'After the performance, the guests were invited to a food buffé and drinks, followed by dessert and sister organisations from around the world taking to the stage to congratulate the centenarian.

Sneak peek at what happens today at PulPaper 2014
• Opening hours 9-16
• The Paper Square program kicks off at 10 am with Helen Pan, Manager at Stora Enso Global Responsibility and Kirsi Seppäläinen, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Stora Enso Biomaterials, talking about 'Rethinking Global Responsibility in China and Latin America'. The Paper Square day continues with presentations from top management
• The key note speaker, Harry Epstein, Growth and Innovation Strategist at Quadrant Management Consulting , LLC., USA will begin the Biofuture for Mankind Conference with his presentation on 'Drivers behind decistions in choosing materials for the future'.
• For anyone in the print industry, the Biofuture for Mankind conference afternoon session on 'Print Across Societies' is not to be missed. Sustainable media and preferences of media consumers are two of the topics as well as the interesting panel discussion on the hot topic 'Is there future for print?'
• The Thursday afternoon topic of IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference, is Mechanical Pulps in Paper and Board. At the final session, the best IMPC presentation by young researcher - ERGS Keith Kirkpatrick Award will be presented.
• The Company and Product Presentations Programme goes on all day. Do not miss out on the panel discussion at the Company and Product Presentations stage. At 1 pm the hot topic of "Bio-based economy - hype or real business?" will be dealt with, moderated by Mr Jan Erola, Finnish journalist and TV personality and featuring several debaters.

Two-day excursion to Jyväskylä to visit VTT and Valmet
This afternoon, VTT and Valmet, are taking a buss load of registered excursion participants to Jyväskylä for an overnight excursion. Starting off with a dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Päijänne on Thursday evening and company visits on the Friday. VTT will demonstrate the world's only fibre foam technology platform and at the Valmet Paper Technology Centre, the delegates will get a chance to see the most advanced pilot paper machine environment.
Signed up participants are asked to gather at 14:00 at the Northern Entrance of Messukeskus, departure is scheduled for 14:30.

Wishing you a great last day - see you at PulPaper 2018!
(Adforum AB)

Newsgrafik #106489
 26.05.2014

PulPaper 2014 Helsinki - Event News - Days until opening: 7  (Company news)

No time to waste - register today!
The PI 100th anniversary gala evening and the excursion to Jyväskylä to visit VTT and Valmet are all booked out. Now is the time to pre-register your visit to the exhibition and to sign up for the PulPaper Conferences!
To save time upon arrival at the exhibition, pre-register your visit free of charge and print your badge using this link. Pre-registered visitors will be in the draw to win a lunch for 2 persons at any of the Fazer Restaurants at the venue.
The Biofuture for Mankind conference and the IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference will be held in the Congress Wing adjacent to the exhibition hall.

Present at the stand of UPM: The Biofore Concept Car
The Biofore Concept Car showcases the use of UPM’s innovative biomaterials in the automotive industry. The majority of parts traditionally made from plastics are replaced with high quality, safe and durable biomaterials, UPM Formi and UPM Grada, which can significantly improve the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing. The Biofore Concept Car is designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. The project combines expertise and insights from several prominent organizations from the field of high technology.
Take a closer look at this car of the future and meet representatives from UPM in PulPaper stand 6f40.

PulPaper Award to be announced at the After Work get-together
The PulPaper award winner is to be announced from the Paper Square stage at 5 pm on 3 June, during the After Work get-together in hall 6. The award will be given to a person or a group of people, not a company or an organisation, who have added value and created trust in the industry as well as shown how the industry can be more diverse, by leading the way in an innovative and creative manner.
The award is funded by the Finnish Fair Foundation and the jury consists of the Biofuture for Mankind conference programme committee, chaired by former CEO of Metso, Mr Jorma Eloranta.

Exhibiting at PulPaper 2014: Nalco Finland Oy presenting numerous innovations
Nalco is an Ecolab company, global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, with sales over $13 billion and 45,000 employees in more than 170 countries. The company offers a comprehensive range of innovative sustainable solutions, including retention and drainage, deposit control, dry strength aids, and water treatment.
- We have participated in PulPaper several times. PulPaper is a great place to present recent innovations, create new contacts and refresh previous relationships, says Nalco District Manager Mrs Sirkku Hisinger. It is always good to meet friends in the industry.
- For PulPaper 2014 we are presenting several exciting innovations, she continues, for example the Flocmaster, a new piece of equipment specially designed for sludge dewatering applications, she continues. We will also be ready to present the Oxipro, FillerTek, Metrix, Purate and Hydrid chemicals and look forward to discuss the benefits of each technology with our customers.
- We hope to see as many people as possible at PulPaper 2014, welcome to visit us in stand 6b41 and try your skills at our Pinball-game!
(Adforum AB)

Newsgrafik #106445
 22.05.2014

Valmet to supply new equipment as part of major rebuild for Siam Cellulose Co., Ltd. in Thailand  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a part of a major rebuild and some new equipment to a pulp mill of Siam Cellulose Co., Ltd. (SCL) in Thailand. The mill is located in Wangsala, Kanchanaburi province. The value of the order is around EUR 30 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received.
The order includes an upgrade of the cooking plant and a fiber line rebuild. The new equipment delivery includes an evaporation plant (photo), a recovery boiler, an ash leaching plant and a non-condensable gas treatment (CNCG) collection and burning system. The rebuilt plant is planned to be in operation in the beginning of 2016.
"We chose Valmet based on our earlier successful experience with the Phoenix Mill's recovery boiler performance and CompactCooking G2 technology," says Surasak Amawat, Managing Director of Siam Cellulose Co., Ltd.
"This order continues our successful cooperation with Siam Cellulose, and proves our commitment to move our customers' performance forward with fit-for-purpose and value-adding solutions", says Anil W. Purankar, Vice President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Asia Pacific, Valmet.

Details about the order
The existing cooking plant will be converted to Compact Cooking G2 by adding an ImpBinTM impregnation system, a decision based on the successful experience of improved pulp quality in Phoenix mill. The rebuild of the fiber line includes installation of Delta screens, wash presses, screw conveyors and medium consistency pumps.
The new evaporation plant will replace the existing plant and support the need for increased pulp production. The new RECOX recovery boiler is a repeat order from SCG Paper and will replace the existing boiler and increase the pulp production capacity. The new ash leaching system will help the mill to maintain low levels of potassium (K) and chloride (Cl).
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106436
 21.05.2014

Valmet to supply a complete boiler plant to Hamburger Hungaria Power in Hungary  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a complete boiler plant to Hamburger Hungaria Power in Dunaujvaros, Hungary. The new plant will provide more sustainable energy production by enabling the use of renewable resources. The value of the order is about EUR 50 million. The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received.
The new power plant will produce electricity and steam for Hamburger Hungaria's containerboard mill that operates two paper machines. It will replace the existing gas-fired boiler plant that produces steam only, and enable Hamburger Hungaria Power to use a wide range of solid fuels, biomass, coal as well as containerboard rejects and sludge, in energy production instead of natural gas. The new boiler plant will go on stream by the end of 2015.
"Hamburger Hungaria has a state-of-the-art paper production, but neither the co-generation potential, nor the energy content of its waste have been utilized so far. These deficits will be corrected by the EUR 150 million power plant project, which will bring the mill to the group of elite also in respect of energy efficiency and waste management. Based on earlier experience, Valmet - as the most important supplier - has a good fit to the challenges of our project," says Dr. Szikla, Managing Director of Hamburger Hungaria Power.
Valmet's delivery will include a complete boiler plant including a CYMIC boiler based on circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology and flue gas cleaning to ensure low emissions. The boiler will have a capacity of 158 megawatts (MW) of steam at 113 bar, 520 degrees Celcius. The power plant will produce 42 MW of electricity. Valmet's CYMIC boiler combines high-efficiency combustion of various solid fuels with low emissions, even when burning fuels with completely different calorific values at the same time.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106366
 15.05.2014

Valmet to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion rebuild for Stora Enso's Varkaus mill..  (Company news)

... in Finland

Valmet will supply Stora Enso with an extensive rebuild for converting the Varkaus mill's PM 3 fine paper machine to produce lightweight containerboard grades. The target of the paper-to-packaging rebuild is to produce lightweight virgin fibre based packaging materials on a paper machine that previously produced fine paper, a grade that is suffering from decline in demand.
The rebuilt containerboard machine is scheduled to start up during the fourth quarter of 2015. The value of the order is around EUR 30 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received.
"This delivery is an excellent and innovative response to the structural change the paper industry is facing. By rebuilding the existing fine paper machine with new key components Valmet can provide the customer with a value-adding solution that enables operations to continue in Varkaus," says Jari Vähäpesola, Paper Business Line President, Valmet.
The employment impact of Valmet's project is expected to be in total around 100 man years of which main part in Finland.

Valmet's technology will enable the production of high quality renewable packaging board
Valmet's delivery will include a new headbox, forming section rebuild including Fourdrinier extension with new top forming unit, press section rebuild with new SymBelt press nip as well as rebuilds of dryer section, calender, reel and winder. The delivery will also include related air system as well as equipment for stock preparation area.
Through the machine conversion, Stora Enso in taking advantage of the combination of two market forces: the decreasing global market for fine paper but increasing global market for renewable packaging board.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106353
 14.05.2014

Japrotek Vessels to deliver Digester, Impbin and Prefabricated tanks to Sweden  (Company news)

Japrotek Vessels has received a substantial order from Valmet AB in Sweden for the design, fabrication and site-assembly of Digester, Impbin and Prefabricated tanks. The delivery is part of Valmet’s new cooking plant supply to SCA’s Obbola containerboard mill in Sweden.

Design work starts immediately and the installation will be handed over in April 2015. The order will be processed at the Japrotek works in Pietarsaari and will greatly contribute to the employment situation in summer and autumn.
(Japrotek Oy Ab)

Newsgrafik #106311
 09.05.2014

PulPaper 2014 Helsinki - Event News - Countdown has started!  (Company news)

Countdown has started, it is no more than 26 days until the opening of the industry event of the year! We welcome you to Helsinki and an event packed with networking, knowledge, innovations and new ideas. Don't forget to pre-register your visit free of charge.

Release of the Paper Square programme
From the Paper Square, a large stage and exhibition area in the middle of the exhibition hall, top management of pulp, paper and board producing companies will take to the stage to update participants of the PulPaper event on trends and news in the industry and give their view and input on the industry’s future and development. Programme will run during the whole PulPaper event starting from mid day of Tuesday 3 June, right after the Event Opening Ceremony has been streamed live from the Congress Wing of Messukeskus to the big screen on the Paper Square for everyone to follow.

...and of the Company and Product Presentations programme
Participants of the PulPaper event have the opportunity to hear exhibiting companies present their latest research results, new products and technical/market innovations relating to the global pulp and paper industry.

Two-day excursion to Jyväskylä - VTT and Valmet
Take this unique opportunity to learn about the world’s most advanced fibre technology & foam forming research and piloting facilities. The excursion includes a dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Päijänne on the Thursday evening and visits to VTT and Valmet on the Friday. Bus transportation to and from Helsinki is arranged and a hotel night is included in the offer.

A number of other good reasons to visit PulPaper 2014
• The qualitative programme of the three day long PulPaper conference on the main theme Biofuture for Mankind with the International Mechanical Pulping Conference running alongside.
• An exhibition floor jam packed with activities and exhibiting companies/suppliers from all over the world just waiting to show you their latest news and innovations.
• Activity areas in the exhibition hall; The Paper Square / Company and Product Presentations / PulPaper After Work / Media Partner Center / Tieto Business Center
• The 100th anniversary of the Paper Engineers' Association, click here to read more about the spectacular celebration and gala evening in the Helsinki Music Centre.
• Meet, mingle and network with colleagues, new and old, and experience early summer in the beautiful city of Helsinki
• The industry gathering of the year, last time featuring 625 exhibitors and attracting over 12000 visitors from 63 countries.
(Adforum AB)

Newsgrafik #106293
 08.05.2014

Valmet and Klabin S.A. finalized the order agreement for pulp dryers  (Company news)

Valmet and Klabin S.A. have signed the supply contract, according to which Valmet will supply two pulp drying lines to Klabin's new plant in Ortigueira in Paraná, Brazil. Valmet announced the letter of intent of the delivery on March 7, 2014.
The project is included in Valmet's orders received in the second quarter of 2014. A project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 150 - 200 million.
The pulp dryer investment is part of Klabin's Puma project. The annual production capacity of Klabin's new plant will be 1.5 million tons and consists of both softwood fluff pulp and eucalyptus hardwood market pulp. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled to be in the first half of 2016.
The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery to Klabin is expected to be in total around 500 man years mainly in Finland, Sweden and Brazil.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106283
 07.05.2014

Valmet to supply chemi-mechanical pulp and board production lines for Stora Enso's new mill ...  (Company news)

... in China

Image: Valmet liquid packaging board machine

Valmet will supply Stora Enso with a chemi-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) and a board production line for their new mill site in Beihai, Guangxi Province in China. The board machine will produce high-quality liquid packaging board and folding box board grades. The production lines are planned to be operational in early 2016.
The value of the order is around EUR 115 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received.
"We are glad that Stora Enso trusted us in this project and that we were able to provide solutions for both pulp and board production. Liquid packaging board is process-wise one of the most demanding board grades to produce and it is a growing market," says Jari Vähäpesola, Paper Business Line President, Valmet.

Valmet's technology will enable the production of high quality liquid packaging board from eucalyptus
One of the end products of the new mill will be liquid packaging board. Liquid packaging board is used for protecting and preserving its contents. High level printing properties make paperboard cartons ideal for carriers and brand builders.
The Valmet-supplied BCTMP line will be built for a production of 650 tons per day of high quality pulp for liquid packaging board and folding box board.
Valmet's board machine delivery will include a multi-fourdinier forming section with hybrid forming unit, press, drying and coating sections, a surface sizing unit, a calender, a reel, two winders and a wide mill engineering package. The delivery will also include related air systems, chemical systems as well as stock preparation and auxiliary systems. The annual production capacity will be approximately 450,000 tons of board.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #106159
 23.04.2014

New innovative Valmet headbox starts up at Dong Il Paper in South Korea  (Company news)

Dong Il Paper Manufacturing Co. Ltd has successfully started up its containerboard machine in its Wolsan mill in South Korea after a wet end rebuild in January 2014. Valmet's delivery covered the key components of the wet end rebuild: a new two-layer headbox and vacuum assisted forming board for middle ply. The rebuild increases the end product quality and enables the mill to produce four-ply containerboard with help of Valmet's new innovative headbox technology.

First implementation of Valmet's OptiFlo headbox with Aqua layering technology
"Valmet's new OptiFlo headbox with Aqua layering technology opens us new possibilities to develop our process and product. We have already seen the potential of the technology on how strength properties can be improved. Unlike with conventional technologies, a rapid starch feeding response can be measured when starch is fed through Aqua layer; in both cases 15% compression strength (RCT) improvement is achieved, but needed amount of starch is almost 30% lower with Aqua technology. Even in chemically challenging process conditions, the technology enables great results," Jin Doo Kim, Vice President, Dong Il Paper.
"Dong Il Paper Group is a forerunner in adopting new technologies, and they have been actively involved in developing new solutions for the paper industry with us. We are delighted to see Dong Il Paper realize the benefits of the new Aqua layering technology as the first in the industry," Hannu T. Pietilä, Area President, Asia Pacific, says.

Information about OptiFlo headbox with new Aqua layering technology
Valmet's new OptiFlo headbox with innovative Aqua layering technology makes it possible to produce a two-layer sheet with very good layer coverage using only one headbox and forming unit. The Aqua layering technology is developed for the most challenging stratified solutions where layer purity is a key feature. It produces a perfect, disturbance free purely layered structure that boosts strength properties.
In containerboard grades, this type of layering provides further possibilities to adjust the quality and strength properties. It enables the use of different furnish qualities, cheaper raw materials and functional additives between layers while giving flexibility to develop improved end products.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105969
 03.04.2014

Valmet to supply Advantage tissue production line to Ipek Kagit Tissue Paper in Turkey  (Company news)

Ipek Kagit Tissue Paper has chosen Valmet as supplier for their new tissue line which will be installed at the company's Manisa Plant in Turkey. The new Valmet Advantage DCT 200TS line will play a crucial role in the company's rapid growth in global tissue paper markets. The start-up is scheduled to the second half of 2015.
The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
"We are convinced that Valmet has the best available technology on the market today. The new Advantage DCT line will support our vision to become a regional powerhouse, by extending our existing leadership in Kazakhstan and the Caucasus to over 20 markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Central Asia," says Mr. Sertaç Nisli, General Manager, Ipek Kagit Tissue Paper.
"Ipek Kagit is an experienced tissue producer with long history in the tissue business. We have had a long and fruitful relationship since the installation of their first tissue machine in 1978. We are looking forward to continuing our cooperation, making this a successful project," explains Jan Erikson, Vice President Sales, Valmet. "The Advantage DCT200 machine is our best selling model which is proven by 34 installations worldwide. It is a safe, reliable and highly efficient technology for production of high quality tissue."

Technical information
The delivery will comprise of a complete tissue production line featuring Valmet stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machine. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox, Advantage ViscoNip press and Yankee cylinder with Advantage AirCap hood. Complete engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
The tissue machine will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The new line will provide high-quality facial, napkin, toilet and towel grades for consumer and commercial use. The raw material of the new line will be virgin fiber. The production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105945
 01.04.2014

Valmet introduces industry-leading online service for spare and wear parts  (Company news)

Valmet introduces an online spare and wear parts service for pulp, paper and energy customers. Visit eServices at eservices.valmet.com.

The industry-leading eService application gives easy access to spare and wear parts information and a new channel to contact technical assistance or local spare part specialists. Through eServices, customers can also make inquiries about technical product data, lead times, prices and availability of products.
Valmet currently serves over 2,000 mills and plants in 85 countries around the world, making over 150,000 parts deliveries per year. Pulp, paper and energy producers focus on retaining cost competitiveness through increasing productivity in their daily production and maintenance operations. Therefore, it is vital to have the right parts on hand at the right time, particularly for maintenance work in major shutdowns and for uninterrupted production.

A new channel based on customer needs
Customers have already expressed their interest in online self-service channels. "In a recent survey, almost 80% of our customers said they would welcome new, easy solutions for finding the spare parts they need and for checking their price and delivery times. Now, we are giving our customers easy online access to more than 400,000 product items," says Ismo Katila, Director of Spare Parts Services at Valmet.
With eServices, customers can search for parts, make inquiries and get information on general availability of the products. Searches can be based on product category, a specific part ID, item description and other parameters. "For more specific information, customers will need to register with eServices. A registered customer can get information about inventory availability, product lead times, pricing and make searches based on their own unique part numbering systems," Katila points out.

Easy access from mobile devices
Valmet's online parts service offers a new channel for spare parts management. For example, in fault situations help is usually needed quickly - and this is what eServices provides. "eServices gives customers a new, additional online tool for spare part information and for contacting Valmet day or night, regardless of time zone or area. It can be easily used on smartphones and other mobile devices, too," summarizes Michael D. Nelson, head of Spare Parts Services for Valmet in North America.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105901
 28.03.2014

Valmet to supply new cooking plant to SCA's Obbola mill in Sweden  (Company news)

Valmet will supply SCA with a new CompactCooking G2 plant for its pulp and paper mill in Obbola, Sweden. The start-up of the cooking plant is planned for October 2015. The value of the order is about 30 MEUR. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received.
Valmet's scope of supply includes a cooking plant, chip feeding system, auxiliary equipment, complete installation and start-up. The cooking plant is the first stage in a chemical pulping line where lignin is separated from the fiber.
"The CompactCooking G2 possesses a simplified system compared to conventional cooking processes. Among other advantages it enables lower operation cost and flexibility, and improves productivity and availability," says Patrik Lidbäck, Sales Manager from Valmet. "Valmet and SCA Obbola have cooperated in several projects during the years, and we recently also agreed on the delivery of a mist eliminator for one of the evaporation units in the Obbola mill," Lidbäck continues.

CompactCooking G2 cooking system
CompactCooking G2 is Valmet's 2-vessel continuous cooking system mainly consisting of an ImpBin chip impregnation system and a digester for cooking of chips.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105806
 25.03.2014

Valmet to supply Advantage tissue production line to Absormex CMPC Tissue in Mexico  (Company news)

Valmet has been chosen as supplier of a complete tissue production line by CMPC Tissue S.A. of Santiago, Chile. The tissue line will be installed at the mill of its subsidiary Absormex CMPC Tissue S.A. de CV in Mexico.
The new production line is planned to be started up mid 2015, and it will add 60,000 tons of high quality toilet and towel grades to the company's annual production. Valmet has previously delivered an Advantage DCT200 tissue line to CMPC Tissue's Talagante mill in Chile.
The value of the order will not be disclosed. This kind of production line is typically valued at EUR 20-40 million, depending on the scope of the delivery and the production output. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received.
"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 Jan Erikson, Vice President of Sales, 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 an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap hood, an Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. 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 #105836
 24.03.2014

Pulpaper 2014 Helsinki - Event News   (Company news)

On 3-5 June we open the doors to the 8th edition of one of the world's premier and most influential events for the global pulp, paper, board, converting and bio based industries. This is your chance to visit the industry gathering of the year, last time featuring 625 exhibitors and attracting over 12000 visitors from 63 countries. Influencing the whole event is the 100th anniversary of the Paper Engineers' Association, click here to read more about the spectacular celebration and gala evening in the Helsinki Music Centre. Several new features can be found on the exhibition floor, one of them being the PulPaper After Work . Contact Adforum if you are interested in one of the last attractive exhibition stands.

Current burning issues discussed during the top level PulPaper international conference
PulPaper is incomparable with other events when it comes to the outstanding quality of the conference programme, Biofuture for Mankind and the 2014 IMPC International Mechanical Pulping Conference.
During the three days of the Biofuture for Mankind conference, the most burning issues of today's industry will be discussed. The Thursday sessions offer interesting talks on Biobased materials and print across societies, where the future for paper and print as well as future packaging material will be dealt with and concluded with a panel discussion on the theme 'Is there future for print?'. The scientific conference of IMPC circulates between the different continents and is this year conveniently running parallel to the main PulPaper conference.

Two-day excursion to Jyväskylä - VTT and Valmet
Take this uniquie opportunity to learn about the world’s most advanced fibre technology & foam forming research and piloting facilities. The excursion includes a dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Päijänne on the Thursday evening and visits to VTT and Valmet on the Friday. Bus transportation to and from Helsinki is arranged and a hotel night is included in the offer.

Exhibiting at PulPaper 2014: MoveRoll Oy to launch a revolutionary kicker and receiver
Being a global supplier of roll handling equipment with the main focus to develop new innovative solutions for the pulp and paper industry, MoveRoll has designed a unique concept that makes roll handling in paper mills easier, safer and more cost effective.
- During the last two years MoveRoll Oy has been developing a new kicker and receiver which are absolutely revolutionary for the market, saving energy up to 75% comparing to the traditional units, says MoveRoll CEO Mikko Rantanen. MoveRoll units will offer more safety and other features which will be revealed during the product launch at PulPaper 2014. At the event, we expect to extend our network and receive feedback helping us to continue develop new innovative solutions fulfilling our customers needs, Rantanen concludes.
(Adforum AB)

Newsgrafik #105755
 18.03.2014

Valmet to supply a containerboard line for Cheng Yang Paper Mill Co., Ltd. in Vietnam  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for Cheng Yang Paper Mill Co.,Ltd. in Vietnam. 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 2015.
The value of the order will not be disclosed. The main part of the order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received.
"The line ordered by Cheng Yang Paper Mill will be Valmet's fifth OptiConcept M production line to be supplied to Asia. The first delivered line was successfully started up in China in December 2012," says Kari Räisänen, Sales Director of Valmet. "The advantage of our OptiConcept M technology is in its modular approach which enables short delivery times, quick startup and low project costs."
Valmet's novel OptiConcept M production line stands for economy of total investment, personnel safety and machine usability as well as reduction of environmental load. The production line optimizes the machine investment in line with the mill's capacity needs and ensures optimized productivity at minimal operational cost. The production capacity of the new machine will be approximately 1,450 tonnes per day and the design speed is 1,300 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105733
 14.03.2014

Valmet and Pesmel deepen cooperation in roll handling technology  (Company news)

Valmet deepens its over 20 year's cooperation with Pesmel along its latest business reorganization. According to the signed cooperation agreement, Pesmel will act in the future as Valmet's exclusive contract supplier in roll handling, packing, and storing technology. Pesmel will take full responsibility of Valmet's roll handling and packing systems, R&D, manufacturing, and system deliveries. Valmet will continue roll handling and packing systems sales as part of its project sales under the Valmet brand; and Pesmel will start the sales of Valmet products as part of its project sales through its own sales channels under the Pesmel brand.
Pesmel's organization and current product portfolio matches well with Valmet's roll handling business. Pesmel's strong engineering resources will set a good basis for the development of Valmet OptiWrap product family in the future. "Pesmel's first roll handling deliveries with Valmet technology are already going on," says Valmet's Paper Mills Business Unit President Kari Nettamo. Along with the responsibilities, key resources have been transferred to Pesmel's payroll.
According to Pesmel's President and CEO Tony Leikas, both parties see the deepened cooperation as a unique chance to improve their market position. "Together these companies form the strongest player in roll handling business with a wide product portfolio. Contract supplying is expected to increase the paper segment business and to also create new prospects for the TransRoll® high rise storage concept."
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105695
 12.03.2014

The first spool with lignin multifilaments  (Company news)

Innventia has successfully produced its first spool of lignin multifilaments for further converting to carbon fibres. The filaments are based on 100% softwood kraft lignin and were produced without additives. Innventia is now investing in new equipment for multifilament spinning and thus enhances the establishment of a Swedish test bed for lignin-based carbon fibre.
One year ago, Innventia's Hannah Schweinebarth awarded the Skills Prize by the Gunnar Sundblad Research Foundation. The prize of SEK 500,000, together with funding from Innventia and Valmet, enabled Hannah to spend six months at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee in USA, in order to develop new knowledge and competence on the production of carbon fibre from kraft lignin, a by-product from the pulp mill. Innventia has, thanks to the collaboration, gained access to equipment in larger scale, deeper connections, prominent research environment and opportunities to try new ideas. All this has brought results. In November, 2013, the first spool with lignin multifilaments from 100 percent softwood was produced with an average diameter of just over 10 micrometre.
"This is truly a milestone in the development. The fact that we can spin multifilament opens for better research and development, and for possibilities to develop demonstrators prior to industrial implementation," says Per Tomani, Team Leader Lignin & Carbon Fibres at Innventia.
Innventia is now investing in a new extruder for multifilament spinning of lignin. The new equipment will be installed in the beginning of summer 2014 in connection to the carbon fibre laboratory, which was inaugurated in October 2013. The laboratory has already been equipped with new equipment for monofilament spinning and a stabilisation unit. The new extruder will be accompanied with a specially designed oven for carbonisation, with funding from Vinnova. Thanks to these new investments, the possibilities for industrial implementation will be strengthened.
Innventia is also coordinating a project that has recently been granted funding to establish a test bed for the development of carbon fibre from lignin and to produce criteria for construction of a pilot facility. Innventia has been working with lignin-based carbon fibre since 2005. The LignoBoost process, which was developed in cooperation with Chalmers, made high-quality lignin available, and Innventia is currently coordinating a number of research and development projects in the lignin field. LignoBoost is now owned by Valmet, a supplier of technology and services to the process industries. The first industrial plant at Domtar's pulp mill in Plymouth, USA, started operations in 2013, and an investment decision has also been made regarding an installation at Stora Enso's pulp mill in Sunila, Finland.
"Carbon fibre from lignin is an expanding area for us. We are very pleased to now be able to move forward in our long-term investment to establish lignin as a raw material for industrial production of carbon fibres and carbon fibres composites in Sweden," says Peter Axegård, Director of the Biorefining business area.
(Innventia AB)

Newsgrafik #105702
 12.03.2014

Valmet signs a letter of intent with Klabin S.A. for a large pulp dryer delivery in Brazil  (Company news)

Valmet and Klabin S.A. have signed a letter of intent according to which Valmet will deliver two pulp drying lines to Klabin's new plant in Ortigueira in Paraná, Brazil. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled to be in the first half of 2016.
The pulp dryer investment is part of Klabin's Puma project, the largest investment in the company's history, which will double the company's production in three years. The annual production capacity of the new plant will be 1.5 million tons and consists of both softwood fluff pulp and eucalyptus hardwood market pulp.
The value of the Valmet's anticipated delivery will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 150-200 million.

Significant employment impact
"This pulp dryer delivery to Klabin is already the second big pulp technology project agreement for Valmet this year. Valmet is a leading supplier of key pulp mill technology and the two new projects, Klabin in Brazil and the earlier announced OKI Pulp and Paper Mills in Indonesia, are a clear and positive token of our customers' trust on us globally", says Jyrki Holmala, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.
Both of these Valmet's new pulp technology deliveries will have a significant employment impact to Valmet and its subcontractors. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery to Klabin is expected to be in total around 500 man years mainly in Finland, Sweden and Brazil. Respectively the employment impact of Valmet's project delivery to the OKI pulp mill project, announced 7 February 2014, will be around 1000 man years mainly in Finland, Sweden and China.

Details about the pulp dryer delivery to Klabin
The hardwood pulp drying line will have a capacity of 3,500 tons/d consisting of approach system with screening, wet end, dryer, cutter and three baling lines. The softwood fluff pulp drying line will have a capacity of 1,300 tons/d consisting of approach system, screening, wet end, dryer, calender, reeler, winders and roll handling system. There will be a cutter and baling line included as well as the softwood line will have the ability to produce market pulp. The order includes the machinery, civil works, erection, commissioning, training and start-up.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105462
 19.02.2014

Valmet to supply bleach plant rebuild to Caima mill in Portugal  (Company news)

Valmet will supply pulping equipment to Caima Industria de Celulose S.A. in Portugal for a rebuild of the existing bleach plant. Combining Valmet's experience and know-how of pulp, the new equipment will enable Caima to produce high quality dissolving pulp for the growing global market. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.
The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.
The bleach plant rebuild is one part of a larger rebuild project at the mill. Valmet's delivery includes the design, supply and erection of the main and auxiliary equipment. The main machinery in the delivery consists of two TwinRoll wash presses. After completion of the project, the mill will be producing 105,000 tons of high quality Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) dissolving pulp per year.
"The TwinRoll wash press is proven, state-of-the-art, technology which will ensure an environmentally friendly and efficient production. I am confident this will be a good solution for the Caima mill and I am happy that they chose Valmet as the supplier," says Mikael Gustafsson, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.
"After evaluating several options we have chosen Valmet as supplier for this challenging project. Previous successful experiences and Valmet's proven technologies played an important role in this decision," says Gualter Vasco, Mill Manager, Caima.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105386
 12.02.2014

Valmet to supply a paper machine rebuild for Sappi's mill in Austria  (Company news)

Valmet will rebuild a paper machine at the Gratkorn mill of Sappi Austria Produktions GmbH in Austria. Valmet's large rebuild delivery will include the modernization of all the main sections of the paper machine and targets to improve end product quality. The rebuilt production line will start-up during the last quarter of 2014.
The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of paper machine rebuilds depends on the scope of the delivery. This kind of line level rebuild is typically valued above EUR 20 million.
"Continuous improvement in both, cost and quality is always top of mind for us. We have a strong relationship with our customers and make a point of understanding their needs; this investment will ensure that we continue to meet them," says Max Oberhumer, Mill Director at Sappi Gratkorn Mill.

Valmet's solution for improving the papermaking capabilities
The modernization of the 9.25-m-wide (wire) PM 11 consists of headbox modification, gap former rebuild as well as press section and drying section rebuild. The forming section rebuild with new shoe and blade forming technology will improve the end product quality of coated woodfree paper grades. The modifications in the press section area will boost the runnability and give possibilities to widen the end product basis weight range.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105377
 11.02.2014

Valmet has received an order from OKI Pulp & Paper Mills for supplying key pulp mill technology   (Company news)

... to Indonesia

Valmet has signed a contract with OKI Pulp & Paper Mills of supplying key technology for a pulp mill project in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Valmet supplies a part of pulp mill equipment and systems with a value of approximately EUR 340 million. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received.

Commercial production expected to begin in 2016
The new mill is expected to produce approximately 2 million ADT (air dry tonne) of pulp annually. The commercial production is expected to begin in 2016. Valmet's delivery includes the following parts of the pulp mill: two biomass gasifiers, two biomass boilers, an evaporation system, two lime kilns and two pulp dryers.

A leading supplier of key pulp mill technology
"This a good start for the new Valmet and for year 2014", says Pasi Laine, CEO and President of Valmet Corporation. "Valmet is a leading supplier of key pulp mill technology. This order is unique by the scale of the parts to be supplied. The evaporation system and pulp dryers to be supplied will be the largest in the world."
"In Asia Pacific area we have a good market share which is further strengthened by this project.
Local presence is essential and we have a strong supplier network close to customer. We will also set up a local project organization which is supported by business teams located in Finland and Sweden", says Hannu T. Pietilä, Area President, Asia Pacific.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105293
 05.02.2014

Valmet to upgrade two boilers at Mondi Group's mills in Sweden and Bulgaria  (Company news)

Valmet will upgrade a recovery boiler at Mondi Group's Dynäs paper mill in Sweden and a power boiler at Mondi's Stambolijski mill in Bulgaria.
The purpose of the upgrades is to increase the capacity and availability of the boilers. Both boiler rebuilds are planned to be ready in the fall of 2014. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
"Mondi has been very active to develop their mills, and we, at Valmet, are very happy that Mondi has selected us for these important rebuilds. Upgrades are an area that is becoming more and more important for the industry in Europe as it relatively quickly increases production in existing plants," says Markus Bolhàr-Nordenkampf, Director Central and Eastern Europe, Valmet.
The scope and selection of solutions in a Valmet boiler upgrade depend on the needs and technology at the mill or in the boiler plant. An upgrade normally provides increased capacity and improved boiler performance. It can also increase the service life of the boiler by as much as 10-15 years, depending on the circumstances.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105248
 30.01.2014

WavStar boosts filter bag capacity  (Company news)

Valmet keeps you... Up & Running!

Valmet, with its decades of experience, is the global market leader in disc filter bags. Valmet’s offering covers all thickener applications in mechanical pulping and recycling operations, as well as save-alls. You will be able to find the perfect match for all kinds of disc filter sectors, whether you need a bag for easy applications or more demanding ones. Let’s take a closer look at WavStar, the corrugated filter bag.

The secret of WavStar lies in its unique fabric corrugation. “This increases the sector surface area by 29%, enhancing capacity by 10-25%,” says Antti Mäkinen, Product Sales Manager at Valmet. The corrugation also facilitates filter cake removal.

Heat-resistant fabrics for top performance
The fabrics are made of heat-resistant materials, which feature excellent breaking strength and chemical resistance properties. They ensure high runnability and performance, even in tough conditions, such as in TMP/CTMP and groundwood processes. The bags are fitted with acid-proof or Kynar (PVDF) zippers and sewn with Teflon yarn.

Mixed polyester for easy conditions
WavStar bags are also available in mixed polyester when the bags do not need to be resistant to high temperature and strong chemicals, such as in save-alls and DIP processes. Mixed polyester bags ensure the same high capacity and performance properties as heat-resistant bags.

For new disc filters and upgrading
WavStar bags are suitable for new filters and upgrading. "They suit all filter sectors on the market," Mäkinen says. Depending on the desired capacity increase, either a single sector or several sectors with WavStar bags can be combined with conventional flat-surface segments in a disc filter. A good alternative to installing an entirely new filter in a process line is to retrofit existing sectors with WavStar bags.

Targets are achieved
WavStar disc filter bags have been used as the standard bag in many mills in Europe and East and South East Asia. “The results speak for themselves, capacity increase has been as targeted and maintenance has been as easy as promised,” concludes Mäkinen.

Key benefits of WavStar:
- High capacity
- High pulp discharge consistency
- Good filtrate quality
- Cost-effective retrofit
- Easy maintenance and service
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105217
 27.01.2014

Valmet to supply multi-fuel boiler for Sappi's Kirkniemi paper mill in Finland  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a complete multi-fuel boiler to Sappi Ltd's Kirkniemi Mill in Lohja, Finland. The startup of the plant is scheduled for summer 2015. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.
"Competitive solutions for multi-fuel based energy production are one of Valmet's key competences and we are a leader in this field. The agreement with Sappi is an excellent start for our energy business for the new year," says Jyrki Holmala, Pulp and Energy Business Line President, Valmet.
The new boiler can flexibly use solid fuels such as bark from the mill's debarking process, other wood-based fuels and coal. Together with the mill's current biofuel boiler and Valmet's new boiler it is possible to produce biomass-based energy up to 100%.
"With this investment we will be able to improve our cost competitiveness and profitability as well as secure energy supply at our Kirkniemi Mill. In line with Sappi's commitment to sustainable development, the processes will be based on BAT - Best Available Technology, and the use of effective flue gas cleaning equipment will minimize any environmental impact," says Martti Savelainen, Mill Director of Sappi Kirkniemi.
Valmet's delivery will include a complete circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler, and a Valmet baghouse filter. The contract also covers installation, training and commissioning for the equipment. The boiler plant will have a steam capacity of 88 MW. The boiler combines high-efficiency combustion of various solid fuels with low emissions, even when burning fuels with completely different calorific values at the same time.
"Commissioning a boiler plant of this size in 1.5 years is a challenging timetable. This tight delivery schedule is possible thanks to Valmet's standardized CFB boiler design, proper pre-engineering and experienced project team," points out Juha Särkijärvi, Project Manager, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105083
 16.01.2014

Advantage DCT tissue line supplied by Valmet successfully started up at Wuhan Chenming's mill ...  (Company news)

... in China

A new tissue line delivered by Valmet (previous Metso Pulp, Paper and Power) successfully came on stream at Wuhan Chenming Hanyang Paper Co. Ltd's mill in Wuhan, China, in November 2013. This is the customer's first tissue line.
The new Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line started up ten days before the estimated time and is now producing high quality tissue at high speed. With a width of 5.6 m and an operating speed of 1,900 m/min, the new production line will produce 60,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades. The raw material for the new line is virgin pulp.
"Demand for tissue is growing and advanced tissue production technologies are one of our strengths. In 2013, in total eight tissue machines supplied by us were started up. Valmet's Advantage DCT technology has been very well received by our customers", says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper business Line.
"Valmet met our expectations for a fast delivery, smooth installation, commissioning and start-up, and we are looking forward to further expand our co-operation", says Mr. Liu Junhua, project responsible of Wuhan Chenming TM1.
"The installation work has been characterized by very good collaboration and team spirit between Valmet and the mill team which has facilitated the successful start-up. The Advantage DCT concept enables fast start-up, easy operations and high efficiency", says Stefan Ziegel, project manager, Valmet.
The delivery comprised a complete production line with stock preparation equipment and an Advantage DCT 200 HS tissue machine including an OptiFlo II TIS multi-layer headbox, a cast alloy Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap hood, an Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. The delivery also featured Valmet's patented Advantage ViscoNip pressing technology. The production line is optimized to enhance final product quality and save energy.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105024
 09.01.2014

One of the world's largest pulp mills supplied by Valmet successfully started up in Brazil  (Company news)

Suzano Papel e Celulose's new pulp mill located in Imperatriz, Maranhão, Brazil was started up at the end of December 2013. The mill is the first complete pulp mill supplied by Valmet in South America.
The project was started in April 2011. Valmet delivered the main parts of a green field pulp mill comprising wood handling, cooking plant and fiber line, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, power boiler, recovery boiler, causticizing and lime kiln. The delivery also included Metso's automation solution for all process areas. The new mill will produce 1.5 million tons of bleached eucalyptus market pulp per year.
"Providing competitive technologies and solutions for pulp production is one of Valmet's strategic focus areas. We have been working with Suzano, one of the leading pulp producers in Latin America, since 1970's. This project has been significant both for Valmet and Suzano and has been done in good cooperation between professionals from both companies", says Pasi Laine, President and CEO, Valmet.
"Maranhão pulp production unit is one of the largest pulp lines in the world. The project demonstrates our strong capabilities as full-scope supplier for the global pulp industry. We have a competent team of experts both from Brazil and the Nordics and our focus in now on securing successful ramp-up of the production", comments Celso Tacla, Area President, South America, Valmet.
Suzano Papel e Celulose is one of the largest vertically integrated producers of pulp and paper in Latin America. The company's main products, sold on the domestic and international markets, are eucalyptus pulp, printing and writing paper and paperboard.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #105182
 02.01.2014

Trading in Valmet Corporation's shares on the official list of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd begins today  (Company news)

Trading in Valmet Corporation's ("Valmet") shares on the official list of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd begins today, January 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Finnish time. The trading code of the shares is VALMT.
On October 1, 2013, the Extraordinary General Meeting of Metso Corporation ("Metso") decided that Metso will demerge through a partial demerger in such a manner that all of the assets, debts and liabilities relating to Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power businesses will transfer, without liquidation, from Metso to Valmet.
In connection with Metso's partial demerger, Metso's shareholders received as demerger consideration one (1) share in Valmet for each share in Metso owned. At the beginning of trading, the number of shares in Valmet subject to public trading is 149,864,619.
(Valmet Corporation)

Newsgrafik #104832
 12.12.2013

Advantage DCT tissue line rebuilt by future Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki successfully started up at...  (Company news)

... Ehime Paper's mill in Japan

In order to increase capacity, tissue quality and efficiency, Ehime Paper has rebuilt its PM 8 in Ehime prefecture in Japan. The tissue machine which has been redesigned in line with the Advantage DCT 135 Technology, smoothly came on stream at the end of August and is currently running at guaranteed design speed, 1900 m/min producing facial tissue of high quality and low basis weight.
The rebuild, jointly supplied by Kawanoe Zoki and Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, includes an Advantage DCT 135 forming section, press section, Advantage AirCap Yankee hood, and a Yankee dryer as well as an Advantage WetDust dust handling system.
Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business and Kawanoe Zoki have previously installed Ehime Paper's PM 11 at the same mill, which has been producing high quality tissue paper at guaranteed design speed since the start-up in 2003.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #104805
 11.12.2013

Future Valmet to supply a tissue production line for Tezol Tütün Kagit in Turkey  (Company news)

Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a complete tissue production line to Tezol Tütün Kagit in Turkey. The new tissue machine will be installed at the company’s new mill site in the city of Mersin. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2015.
“The new tissue line will fulfill Tezol’s ambition to produce environmentally friendly products of highest quality in a cost-efficient way,” says Ersin Tezol, CEO of Tezol Tütün ve Kağıt San ve Tic A.Ş.
“The Advantage DCT tissue making concept enables the production of most types of conventional tissue products with the highest quality in a cost-effective way. We are very delighted that Tezol trusted us as the supplier of their new tissue making line, and are looking forward to a long-term partnership which will be of benefit for both companies,” says Björn Magnus, Sales Manager, Paper business line, future Valmet.
The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Technical information
The delivery will comprise a complete high-speed tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100+ tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, a cast iron Yankee cylinder, an Advantage ViscoNip press and an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood. The delivery will also include part of the stock preparation equipment.
The new line will have a width of 2.85 m and will increase the company's existing production for the Turkish market by another 30,000 tonnes per year of bathroom tissue, towel grades and diaper tissue. The raw material for the new production line will be virgin fiber and recycled fiber.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #104771
 06.12.2013

Future Valmet to supply a complete Advantage NTT tissue line to Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill  (Company news)

Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a complete Advantage NTT tissue line to Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill (ADNPM) in the United Arab Emirates. The Advantage NTT solution represents the latest state-of-the-art tissue making technology in the industry. The future Valmet has previously sold two solutions of this kind. The first Advantage NTT machine started up in Mexico earlier this year.
In addition to the tissue machine, the order includes automation solutions for machine, process and quality controls. The new line will be installed at ADNPM’s tissue mill in Abu Dhabi and is planned to start up in the second quarter of 2015.
The tissue line order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received and the automation package in Metso’s Automation segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
“The flexibility of the Advantage NTT technology provides us the means we need to develop new products with unique qualities with either conventional or texture tissue, in order to meet the constantly changing market needs. The tailored automation solutions will enhance total performance and keep production in peak condition. This is a significant milestone for local tissue production in the UAE,” says Helmut Berger, General Manger, ADNPM.
“The Advantage NTT technology provides unique flexibility as it produces both conventional tissue as well as textured products with premium-quality softness and bulk, and absorbency capability. We are delighted to see that the functionalities enabled by this technology are valued in the market and the reception has been very positive. We are very proud to support ADNPM in their expansion into the premium quality segment,” says Jan Erikson,Vice President Sales, Paper business line, future Valmet.

Technical information
The delivery will comprise one complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems, an Advantage NTT 100 tissue machine as well as project execution services. The machine is equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood, an Advantage WetDust dust system and an Advantage SoftReel L reel. The stock preparation line consists of an OptiSlush pulper, OptiFiner conical refiners and an OptiScreen screen.
The delivery also includes an automation package with MetsoDNA machine, Drive and Process controls as well as Metso IQ Quality Controls with a Metso Scanner and Metso steam profiler. Metso consistency measurements and Neles control valves are also included.
Complete installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also part of the delivery. The supply is based on total Mill Engineering.
The new tissue line will boost ADNPM’s current production capacity of 63,000 tons to 93,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades. The raw material for the new lines will be virgin fiber.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #104606
 21.11.2013

World's first Advantage NTT tissue line supplied by future Valmet successfully started up at ...  (Company news)

...Fabrica De Papel San Francisco in Mexico

The world’s first Advantage NTT tissue line has been succesfully started up in Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s mill in Mexicali, Mexico. The new line is Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s third tissue machine supplied by Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet. After the first months the machine is already operating at high speed producing premium quality tissue with high bulk and softness.
“We are very excited about the successful start-up, and the Advantage NTT technology has indeed met our high expectations. We strongly believe that this flexible concept will change the way tissue will be produced in the future. So far we have tested a large amount of different grades and basis weights, in both plain and textured mode, all with good result. We have actually set some production records with the new NTT concept,” says Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Director of Operations, Fabrica de Papel San Francisco.
“Our Advantage NTT concept gives a new more flexible option for producing premium quality tissue using less energy and fiber compared to traditional technology. We are very satisfied with our first start-up, efficiency and the quality of the products. This is a great milestone in our company’s history. The collaboration between the mill’s team and our team has been excellent and we are proud to support Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s ambition to supply premium products,” says Jan Erikson, Vice President, Sales, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.
The Advantage NTT concept is Metso's technology for producing premium quality textured tissue with high bulk and softness using less energy and fiber. Its unique flexibility makes it possible to easily switch from production of conventional to textured tissue. It can be operated by virgin or recycled fiber.

Technical information
The scope of supply comprised a complete 2.6-m-wide Advantage NTT tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a Metso Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap yankee hood, sheet control, tail threading equipment, an Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel.
The new tissue line will add another 30,000 tonnes per year of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades to Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s existing production.
Fabrica De Papel San Francisco already operates two Advantage DCT tissue machines at their Mexicali facility, one of which started up in 2006 and the other in 2009. The company’s PM 4 set a then world speed record of 2,160 m/min in 2009 and their PM 5 achieved a record-breaking rapid start-up in 2009, reaching a production speed of 2,100 m/min only 12 days after start-up.
Fabrica de Papel San Francisco now operates five tissue production lines and converting facilities delivering tissue products for the Mexican and US market.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #104487
 14.11.2013

Future Valmet to supply a complete tissue line for Faderco in Algeria  (Company news)

Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, supplies a complete tissue line for the Algerian company Faderco. The order also includes an automation solution for machine, process and quality controls. The tissue line will be installed on Faderco’s new site at Setif, Algeria. The start-up of the tissue machine is planned for the second quarter of 2015. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A part of the order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received, and the automation package in Automation segment's fourth quarter 2013 orders received.
The order is a result of a long and thorough planning and market evaluation process done by Faderco. "After thorough investigations and evaluation we came to the conclusion that Metso is the right partner for Faderco for such an important project which will establish high quality tissue paper production on the Algerian market,” says Amor Habes, owner of Faderco.
“We are very impressed with the well founded investment and technical analysis done for the project. The detailed preparation done already in an early stage will certainly contribute to the success of this project. We are proud to be part of the growth of the Faderco company,” says Jan Erikson, Vice President Sales, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.

Technical information
The tissue production line will have a design capacity of around 30,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades. The raw material for the new lines will be virgin fiber.
Metso’s scope of delivery will comprise of one complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT 100+ tissue machine. The machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, a Metso Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap, an Advantage WetDust dust system and an Advantage SoftReel A reel. The stock preparation line consists of OptiSlush pulper, OptiFiner conical refiners and deflaker and OptiScreen screens. Also an advanced MC20T rewinder with calender as well as roll transporting and wrapping equipment is included in the delivery. In addition to the paper making process Metso supplies complete electrical systems and effluent treatment of the waste water coming from the process.
The delivery also includes an automation package with Metso DNA machine and process controls and Metso IQ quality controls. Complete installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also part of the delivery. The supply is based on total Mill Engineering by Metso. A smooth and successful start-up of the tissue production line is ensured through a one year on-site support, by Metso.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #104438
 07.11.2013

Future Valmet to deliver recovery boiler single-drum conversion for Stora Enso's Veitsiluoto Mill ..  (Company news)

... in Finland

Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, and Stora Enso have signed an agreement on the single-drum conversion of Stora Enso Veitsiluoto Mill’s recovery boiler. The conversion will be completed in the fall of 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The order is included in Pulp, Paper and Power’s third quarter 2013 orders received.
The recovery boiler was built in 1977 and its current capacity is roughly 2,000 metric tons of dry solids per day. The upper and lower drum of the recovery boiler and the steam generating bank between them will be replaced by a new drum and separate boiler bank elements needed for heat recovery.
“The conversion will significantly extend the boiler’s lifetime, improve the boiler’s availability, secure safe operation and reduce maintenance costs. Further advantages offered by a single-drum conversion compared to replacing the existing design with a similar one are a shorter down-time and the reliability of the solution,” says Olli Ypyä, Sales Manager, Boiler Conversions, from Metso.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #104386
 01.11.2013

Future Valmet to supply a LignoBoost plant for the new biorefinery at the Stora Enso Sunila mill ...  (Company news)

... in Finland

Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a LignoBoost lignin separation plant to Stora Enso’s Sunila mill near Kotka in the south east of Finland. The order is one part of Stora Enso’s EUR 32 million biorefinery project. The start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power fourth quarter 2013 orders received.
The LignoBoost plant is to be integrated with the pulp mill to separate and collect Lignin from the black liquor. The new biorefinery will reduce the CO2 emissions of the mill by replacing a significant amount of natural gas with dried lignin fired in the lime kilns. This is also the first step towards the creation of a new business to sell lignin to external customers.
“This investment is a significant step in the transformation of the Sunila mill towards an innovative and customer focused biorefinery. It will improve the mill’s environmental performance and enable Stora Enso Biomaterials Division to step into new markets with renewable solutions based on lignin,” says Sakari Eloranta, Senior Vice President, Operations and Investment Projects, Stora Enso Biomaterials.
“LignoBoost is one of our biotechnology solutions that responds to the growing interest in utilizing bio-based raw materials. The technology was originally developed by Innventia and the Chalmers University of Technology. Metso acquired the technology in 2008 in its entirety and has developed it further. We are happy that we have been able to take this technology to commercial scale in our customer projects”, explains Anders Larsson, Director, Bio Materials, from Metso’s Pulp and Energy business line.
The order consists of a LignoBoost plant which will produce 50,000 metric tons of dried lignin per year. This will be the second commercial LignoBoost in the world. The first plant started- up this year at the Domtar Plymouth mill North Carolina, USA.
Stora Enso Biomaterials offers a variety of pulp grades to meet the demands of paper, board and tissue producers. The mission is to develop higher value added bio-based products that contribute positively to our customers by helping them reduce their environmental footprint. The Sunila mill has an annual capacity of 370,000 tonnes of softwood pulp. The mill employs approximately 160 people.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #104376
 31.10.2013

Future Valmet to deliver power boiler upgrade and repair to Arauco in Chile  (Company news)

Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, and Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. have signed an agreement to upgrade and repair a power boiler at Constitución mill in Chile.
The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business segment’s orders received in the third quarter of 2013. The order will be supplied by Metso´s units in Finland and Brazil. The project will be completed by the end of 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
This project will be a major repair and upgrade of the existing power boiler. The intent of the project is not only to bring the boiler back into reliable and serviceable condition, but also to improve its operation. The delivery will include the following main parts: replacement of the secondary superheater, conversion of the boiler to a modern single drum design, replacement of tubular flue gas air heater, new biomass feeding system, new and improved combustion air supply system and new heavy fuel oil fired load burners.
“The upgrade and repair of the boiler will significantly extend the boiler’s lifetime and secure its safe operation. This project will also improve the availability and controllability of the boiler, and reduce operational costs as well,” explains Jouni Koskinen, Sales Manager, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.
“We have been working together with Metso for many years and in general we think the cooperation has been successful for both parties,” says Patricio Henriquez, Director of Arauco´s Engineering and Construction Division. “Other determining factors for choosing Metso as a supplier were technical solutions and know-how, project execution competence and delivery time,” continues Henriquez.
“This co-operation project with Metso´s Finnish and Brazilian teams is in line with our strategic target to continue further globalization of our capabilities to be closer to customers and to excel in serving our customers,” says Jouko Kylänpää, Director, Services, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #103704
 26.08.2013

Metso Corporation's demerger process proceeding – Markku Honkasalo appointed ...  (Company news)

... Chief Financial Officer of the future Valmet Corporation

Mr Markku Honkasalo, LL.M., eMBA, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Valmet Corporation. He will start in his new position on September 2, 2013 and will report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.
Markku Honkasalo has previously worked as CFO, Rautaruukki Corporation and Director, Administration, Legal & HR at Myllykoski Corporation. Prior to his career in industry, Honkasalo held a variety of positions in the banking sector.
Metso’s pulp, paper and power professionals specialize in processes, machinery, equipment, services, paper machine clothing and filter fabrics. Our offering and experience cover the entire process life cycle including new production lines, rebuilds and services.
As of January 2014, Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business will serve its customers with an even more focused and competitive approach as an independent, listed company, Valmet Corporation.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #103553
 09.08.2013

Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business continues its cost reduction program to improve...  (Company news)

... competitiveness

Picture: Pasi Laine (President, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso’s EVP and Deputy to the CEO)

Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business will continue its global cost competitiveness program launched in April 2013 (stock exchange release April 24, 2013) to adapt to changes in the marketplace. As part of the global program – which targets an annual cost reduction of approximately EUR 100 million by 2016 – the business will begin statutory negotiations on personnel reductions in several of its units serving especially the paper industry, but also the pulp industry.
The Metso locations affected will be determined during the negotiation process. Negotiations will be commenced immediately, and will affect all personnel groups. In total the estimated amount of necessary headcount reductions are 750 positions primarily in Finland. Reduction measures will include e.g. redundancies, internal transfers, early retirement options, terminations of temporary contracts and temporary layoffs, closing of office and/or production locations, if so decided as part of the negotiation process. The reduction measures are expected to be implemented during the third quarter 2013.
The target is to achieve savings of approximately EUR 50 million in annual operational costs as a result of the negotiations. It is estimated that the savings will be realized in full as of the third quarter 2014.
The aim of the reduction measures is to bring production capabilities in line with current and expected demand, and secure the businesses’ global competitiveness over the longer term. A lighter operational cost structure and greater flexibility is essential.
“We have already implemented some measures and need to continue with the cost savings to improve our competitiveness and profitability. Significant, permanent structural changes in our paper machinery business’ operating environment have impacted our operations and undermined our competitiveness and profitability. The demand for paper machinery is low and moving towards cheaper technology solutions”, says Pasi Laine, President of Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business.
“The paper industry continues to be important to us as a business, despite the slowdown in the printing paper machinery market. Board and tissue consumption is continuing to grow moderately, and Metso’s large installed base will offer us opportunities to further develop our services business. A lighter cost structure will enable us to compete more effectively in the marketplace.”
In Metso’s Fiber business line, that serves the pulp industry, measures are taken to improve competitiveness and profitability. More efficient use of common resources, connected to a move closer to major customers is therefore necessary.
“Because of these reasons we unfortunately must take such strong measures affecting our employees”, Pasi Laine says.
As part of the 100-million-euro cost competitiveness program the business carried out statutory negotiations on personnel reductions in its Power and Fabrics units globally earlier this year, resulting in annual cost savings of approximately EUR 25 million.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #102667
 29.04.2013

Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business to initiate a cost reduction program to improve ...  (Company news)

... its competitiveness

Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business is to initiate a global cost competitiveness program to adapt to changes in the marketplace and improve profitability. The program will target an annual cost reduction of approximately EUR 100 million by 2016.
“The program is aimed at improving our cost competitiveness in a market that is continuing to experience major structural changes,” says Pasi Laine, President of Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business. “We are also aiming to improve our profitability with the help of the program.”
Permanent structural changes in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business’ operating environment have impacted its operations and undermined its competitiveness and profitability. The underlying reasons for the situation lie in the continuing downturn in demand for paper machinery and the growing trend towards cheaper technology solutions.
“New communications technologies are continuing to weaken the consumption of printing and writing paper grades and have been reflected in a slow-down in the market for new paper machines. A lighter cost structure and greater flexibility will be essential to competing more effectively as we move forward,” Pasi Laine says.
“In the power generating sector, we are also experiencing a slower investment cycle in Europe and a significant decrease in demand in North America due to low energy prices resulting from the increased use of shale gas. We must take action to reduce our overall costs if we are to be able to reach our targeted profitability level on new orders,” he adds.
Planning of the program will now begin in all of Metso Pulp, Paper and Power's organisations, at all locations. As planning continues and becomes more concrete, information will be made available to employees and stakeholders in due course.
(Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)

Newsgrafik #100586
 06.09.2012

Metso signs global agreement with Swedish Huhnseal for supplying Metso-branded mechanical seals   (Company news)

Metso and the Swedish seal manufacturer Huhnseal have signed an agreement regarding mechanical seals for the global pulp and paper industry. The seals will be sold under the Metso brand with the product name SealMax. The agreement includes mechanical seals both for Metso equipment and for all standard applications.

Introducing SealMax is in line with Metso’s ambition to expand its scope of supply. The two companies have initiated the development of tailor-made mechanical seals for Metso equipment, such as MC pumps, mixers, agitators, pulpers, screens and LC refiners. These sealing solutions will be available for new projects and also as upgrades for existing equipment. Huhnseal already have solutions for most standard applications in the pulp and paper industry. These solutions will now be sold and marketed globally through Metso.

Mechanical seals are critical components in many types of rotating equipment and are therefore often given a high priority in the maintenance strategy. “Adding SealMax seals to our offering gives us in Metso the opportunity to work even closer with our customers. By combining the product and application know-how of Metso and Huhnseal, we can offer solutions with improved overall performance and thus save money for our customers,” says Björn Kempe, Business Manager, Service Agreements, Metso.

“Huhnseal and Metso have cooperated for more than 10 years. Huhnseal has a vast experience of supplying Metso with standard and special sealing solutions for its heavy-duty applications,” says Per Hellman, CEO of Huhnseal. “This partnership is in line with our strategy to grow on a global scale. Huhnseal will provide product and service support to Metso via both our central as well as local resources around the world and continue with our ambition to supply the optimal sealing solution for each application.”

Huhnseal is a global supplier of mechanical seals for the process industry and is headquartered in Landskrona, Sweden. The company has R&D, product development, manufacturing and sales functions, all under one roof. Huhnseal is part of the Italian Meccanotecnica Umbra Group.
(Metso Paper Inc.)

Newsgrafik #100555
 03.09.2012

Metso-supplied spray sizing unit successfully started up at Papierfabrik Schoellershammer in ...  (Company news)

... Germany

Metso and Papierfabrik Schoellershammer have together succesfully started up Europe’s first spray sizing unit for the mill’s swing testliner and recycled fluting machine, PM 5, located in Düren, Germany. The new two-sided spraying unit was installed in an existing pond size press, originally delivered by Metso in 2005. After the start-up on May 12, 2012, the production line has produced sellable paper from day one and has since been able to successfully produce its full product range with the new equipment.

“This is a big step forward in terms of runnability. Thanks to higher solids we can now also use increased starch amounts without compromising production capacity. We foresee considerable savings in steam consumption as well,” says Konrad Franken, Production Manager at Papierfabrik Schoellershammer.

The 5-m-wide PM 5 produces testliner and fluting grades in the basis weight range of 90-170 g/m2 at the maximum production speed of 1,100 m/min.

Metso has been developing the spray sizing technology for several years, and the work has its foundations in Metso’s long tradition with film sizing, water sprays and earlier spray coating developments. The technology is protected by several international patents and applications. In 2008 Metso started up the first one-sided prototype unit of spray sizing for fluting in Korea. Since then the company has delivered five spray sizing projects in total in Asia, three of them with two-sided spray. “We see that spray sizing is clearly the future method for surface sizing of containerboards and it has potential benefits in other applications as well,” says Topi Tynkkynen, RTD Project Manager at Metso. Spray sizing has a major role in Metso’s new OptiSizer family, to be launched to the market in 2012.

Papierfabrik Schoellershammer, located in Düren, Germany, produces testliner and fluting board grades from 100 % recycled paper 220,000 tonnes a year and high-quality specialty papers 6,000 tonnes a year. The company has a good market position in their main market area in Europe. The family-owned company employs a total of 230 persons.
(Metso Paper Inc.)

Newsgrafik #99797
 07.06.2012

Metso supplies board machine rebuild for SCA for increase of value-added production   (Company news)

Metso will rebuild the white top kraftliner machine at the Piteå mill of SCA Packaging Munksund AB in Sweden. The rebuilt production line will be fully operational during 2013. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The main target of the rebuild is to increase the share of the production of value-added white top kraftliner products. As a result of the rebuild, SCA Packaging Munksund will be able to increase its total annual white top kraftliner production from the current level of 110,000 tonnes to 165,000 tonnes and the total kraftliner production from today’s 360,000 tonnes to 415,000 tonnes.

“The investment in the rebuild facilitates increased production of white top kraftliner, a strong specialty paper for the corrugated board industry which is experiencing a high growth rate. The investment is in line with the company’s strategy, which is to increase production and sales of products and services with a higher degree of refinement that add value to our customers,” said Jan Johansson, President and CEO of SCA, in a press release after the investment decision.

Metso’s delivery will comprise a rebuild of the approach flow system, headbox, forming, press and dryer sections as well as of the board machine ventilation system.

The 7.01-m-wide (wire) PM 1 produces white top kraftliner in the basis weight range of 115-200 g/m2 and unbleached kraftliner in the range of 170-440 g/m2 at the design speed of 1,100 m/min.

The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power first quarter 2012 orders received.

SCA is a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products. The company’s sales in 2011 amounted to EUR 11.7 billion and it has approximately 44,000 employees.
(Metso Paper Inc.)

Newsgrafik #96971
 06.01.2012

Metso Paper Oy sells its Valkeakoski workshop to MSP Engineering Oy and Hanlog Oy   (Company news)

Metso Paper Oy has sold its Valkeakoski, Finland-based workshop and the related equipment and screen basket manufacturing to MSP Engineering Oy and Hanlog Oy. The value of the deal (a transfer of undertaking) will not be disclosed. The deal will have no significant impact on Metso’s results.
The personnel of the operations being sold, 76 people in all, are transferring to the new employer as existing employees. A total of more than 300 people are employed at Metso’s entire Valkeakoski unit.
The deal includes the workshop and maintenance hall real estate, the related manufacturing machinery and equipment, the related office premises, and the areas of land associated with the operations being sold. The buyer will continue as a contract manufacturer for Metso.
The sale is part of Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment's work to develop its production structure in order to improve customer service amid the toughening global competition.
(Metso Paper Inc.)

Newsgrafik #93423
 18.11.2011

Metso strengthens service with new partner in Czech Republic   (Company news)

Metso has entered into a partnership agreement with ZANAP, a service provider for the pulp and paper industry based in Frýdek-Mistek, Czech Republic. The agreement strengthens Metso’s position as a leading service and technology provider in Europe. ZANAP provides maintenance, repair and retrofit services for the pulp and paper industry in Central Europe and will thus complement Metso’s existing service capability in the area.

ZANAP has extensive experience of working with Metso. As an authorized service partner, ZANAP’s trained and competent team of service experts will work exclusively for Metso in the pulp, paper and fiberboard industry.

“Our objective is to enhance customer satisfaction by offering customers access to a knowledgeable and well-trained service team capable of meeting their requirements for the knowledge and skills necessary for boosting their overall operational availability, says Robert Mohr, head of Metso’s Paper and Fiber Technology, Central Europe North Region.
(Metso Paper Inc.)

Newsgrafik #81271
 15.06.2011

Jari Koikkalainen appointed President, Metso Paper and Fiber Technology, China region  (Company news)

Jari Koikkalainen has been appointed President of Metso Paper and Fiber Technology, China region as of August 1, 2011. He is currently Senior Vice President, Sales, Metso’s Paper business line and head of the company’s Paper and Fiber Technology sales function.
In his new position, Koikkalainen’s main focus will be to further strengthen Metso Paper and Fiber Technology’s market position by developing their sales and service in China to meet local customer expectations even better. He will also head the local management team to ensure excellent cooperation between all parts of the Metso organization.
Koikkalainen will be located in Beijing and he will report to Pasi Laine, President, Paper and Fiber Technology.
Koikkalainen succeeds Ari Harmaala, who has served Metso for 25 years, of which 18 years in Asia. He leaves Metso to be employed by Metsä-Botnia. Harmaala's role has been crucial in building Metso’s position as the key supplier in the entire Asia-Pacific area. During the past decade he has played an important role in developing Metso’s Chinese operations, from a number of varied companies into one strong corporation. (Metso Paper Inc.)

Newsgrafik #77593
 21.04.2011

Metso to rebuild a relocated paper machine for Grupo Unipak in Mexico  (Company news)

Metso will rebuild a relocated fine paper machine for the Mexican Grupo Unipak, S.A. de C.V. PT. at their new mill site Grupak Hidalgo in the municipality of Emiliano Zapata in Mexico. The start-up of the relocated and rebuilt machine is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013. The value of the order is approximately EUR 5 million. The relocated machine originally comes from the USA. The order is included in Paper and Fiber Technology’s Q1 2011 orders received.
The relocated fine paper machine will be reconditioned and modified to manufacture recycled containerboard grades. Metso’s delivery will comprise a modernization of the forming section. Metso will also modify the dryer section, air systems, steam and condensate system as well as stock preparation system with a new dry end pulper. (Metso Paper Inc.)




Newsgrafik #77441
 19.04.2011

Metso concludes an agreement to supply pulp mill key technology to Suzano in Brazil   (Company news)

Metso has concluded an agreement to supply all main technology for the 1.5 million tonnes greenfield pulp mill of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A., to be built in the state of Maranhão in the northeastern part of Brazil. Start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2013. A stock exchange release regarding the advanced negotiations between Metso and Suzano was published on March 1, 2011.
The value of the order is not disclosed. However, a typical value of an order of this size and scope is EUR 800-900 million. About 60 percent of this is made up by Metso-supplied equipment and systems and they will be recorded as Metso’s new orders and consequently in net sales during the delivery period. The rest covers equipment and related services from other suppliers and partners, which are also within Metso’s responsibility but is invoiced directly from Suzano by the subcontractors.
Metso’s scope of supply covers the main parts of a green field pulp mill comprising wood handling, cooking plant and fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, power boiler, recovery boiler, causticizing and lime kiln, including an integrated automation solution for all process areas. The new mill will produce 1.5 million tonnes of bleached eucalyptus market pulp per year.
“The order from Suzano emphasizes Metso's strong capabilities as a full-scope supplier for the global pulp industry. It is a result of the hard work our dedicated and knowledgeable employees have done in developing and providing leading-edge technologies”, says Pasi Laine, President of Metso’s Paper and Fiber Technology. (Metso Paper Inc.)


Newsgrafik #73221
 02.03.2011

Pasi Laine starts as the new President of Metso Paper and Fiber Technology  (Company news)

“Continuous development work will further strengthen our position”

Pasi Laine will succeed retiring Bertel Langenskiöld as the new President of Metso Paper and Fiber Technology as of March 1, 2011. He has had a long and versatile career in Metso and most recently was the President of Metso Energy and Environmental Technology. Laine believes the company is in a good position to further improve its customer service and efficiency within the pulp and paper industry.
Matti Kähkönen, Metso’s new President & CEO and Chairman of the Executive Team as of March 1, 2011, says: “Pasi Laine has expertise in the pulp and paper, power and automation businesses, i.e. good knowledge of the sector and a solid track record in operative management”.
Laine (b. 1963) began his career in Metso as a project engineer in Canada in 1988. After graduating from the Helsinki University of Technology, he got an opportunity to work at Valmet’s (currently part of Metso) Toronto unit.
“Since then I have lived in Finland, Germany and the UK. My jobs have been mainly international in character, with responsibilities in service, energy automation, pulp and paper automation, power, and the valves business.”
Laine served as President of Metso Automation since 2006 and President of Metso Energy and Environmental Technology since December 1, 2008. “Now I am returning to pulp and paper technology, where I began my career,” he says.
Perttu Louhiluoto will follow Laine as the President of Metso Energy and Environmental Technology, also starting on March 1, 2011. Previously he was Senior Vice President, EMEA market area, in Metso Mining and Construction Technology.

“Expect results”
Pasi Laine says that he is approaching his new task with humility: “We have had the pleasure of working with excellent customers all around the world, covering all fields of pulp and papermaking. Although Metso Paper and Fiber Technology is well-respected in the market, and has first-class personnel, excellent products and fine references around the world, I want to position us as the challenger. With the resources and capabilities we have in this company, I’m confident we can still improve in practically every sector - technology, service, quality and the efficiency of our processes - whether internal or customer-related. Naturally, I also believe that these improvements will be positively reflected in our financial performance as part of Metso Group.”
“Regarding our market and customers, our main aim is to take care of our customers’ processes so that they can concentrate on their own areas of core competence. We must be able to produce processes, products and services that best assist our customers in achieving that goal. And by combining all the forces in Metso’s various sectors, we can offer our customers even better solutions,” he adds.
He is also well aware of the very competitive market situation in the industry. “I highly respect our competition and feel that we at Metso must be even more active in keeping the wheels of development turning in order to keep abreast of all the changes and challenges in the market.”
“In short, my ambitions can be summarized with Metso’s customer promise: ‘Expect results’.”

Growth potential
One key area of development is service. “It is a very important part of our operations, and its growth potential is considerable. This is particularly so in the paper and fiber technology business, where service can greatly influence customer satisfaction. Therefore, we will focus on further developing this area in the future.”
“With regard to our global presence, we must act where our customers are. We have already made good progress towards this goal, but we still need to strengthen our local presence. However, we must also bear in mind the needs of our current customers and must ensure their satisfaction with Metso through service means.”
“Metso’s acquisition and merger with Tamfelt Corp. as our new Fabrics business line was a major development step in our strategy and we can already see that it is bearing fruit. Being able to develop and combine paper machines and clothing in an integrated way is a definite new competitive factor for us.” (Metso Paper Inc.)


Newsgrafik #65863
 26.11.2010

New DrivePro machine integrated drive  (Company news)

Due to its compact structure, the DrivePro machine integrated drive is a good choice for paper machine rebuilds.
Thanks to development work, a direct drive implemented with the permanent-magnet motor technique is nowadays a very significant alternative for paper machine drives. Gears are not required in the permanent-magnet motor technique because the motor produces the required torque at the roll’s rotation speed.
Metso provides drive solutions for various paper machine concepts and roll constructions. Drive solutions traditionally include electric and mechanical drives. Mechanical drives are implemented with different gear solutions, depending on the structure of the roll or the cylinder. The gears reduce the electric motor’s rotation speed to one suitable for the rolls and cylinders. These gears are placed either outside the machine on a separate foundation or in the machine mounted on the frame structures or the roll structure.
A direct drive implemented with a permanent-magnet motor can be used to replace a traditional separate gear solution. The DrivePro machine integrated drive saves space, and the number of maintenance items is reduced since there are no mechanical drive components. (Metso Paper Inc.)

 

Neles RotaryGlobe expands Metso’s iCV offering to include high-pressure classes  (Wochenblatt für Papierfabrikation)

Metso has expanded its iCV (intelligent control valve) offering to include high-pressure classes and small sizes. The Neles RotaryGlobe high-pressure offering now consists of valves in ASME #900 - #1500 pressure classes in sizes from 1” to 4”.
Metso introduced its revolutionary new control valve - Neles RotaryGlobe - in 2007 and since then it has been used in a variety of applications by our customers. It has created a lot of interest within the process industry and has won the Best Innovation 2007award at the Process and Automation exhibition in Norway. With these latest additions, the coverage of all Metso valves in the intelligent high-pressure control valve offering is significantly improved and expands Metso’s ability to serve customers in a wider range of flow control applications.
The high-pressure Neles RotaryGlobe is designed for accurate control with full pressure-drop capability. The valve design also enables excellent packing tightness, which helps to minimize control-valve fugitive emissions. The wide selection of interchangeable trims includes linear, equal percentage, anti-cavitation and noise abatement trims, which makes valve selection easier for different process requirements. With the on-line diagnostics provided by the intelligent valve controller, the intelligent control valve helps to increase plant productivity and supports maintenance optimization through seamless integration to the process control system.

Newsgrafik #50583
 08.06.2010

Metso to supply pulping technology for Ilim Group in Russia   (Company news)

Metso will supply the main technology for Ilim Group’s new kraft pulp mill, to be built in Bratsk, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia. The value of the order is approximately EUR 180 million.

Metso’s scope of supply will cover a complete fiber line comprising a digester, a screen room, an oxygen delignification system, brown stock washing and bleaching plants with wash presses and a drying line with a Fourdrinier wet end and two baling lines. Integral to the Bratsk reconstruction program are a new Metso recovery boiler and an upgrade of the evaporation plant. Furthermore, Metso will deliver an automation system for all process areas, and necessary analyzers and special equipment for quality and runnability management. The order received emphasizes Metso's strong capabilities as a full-scope supplier for the pulp industry. The new pulp mill is scheduled to start up during 2012.
About 60% of the value of the order is included in Paper and Fiber Technology's Q2 orders received and about 10% in Energy and Environmental Technology's Q2 orders received. About 30% of the value of the order was included already in the new orders of Energy and Environmental Technology in Q4/2009.
The new pulp mill will produce 720,000 tonnes of bleached softwood market pulp a year, bringing the overall annual pulp production at Bratsk to over 1 million tonnes. When in operation, the Bratsk mill will be one of the world’s largest and most modern softwood pulp production facilities. Ilim Group’s overall investments in the project are about EUR 570 million (nearly USD 700 million). (Metso Paper Inc.)

 

Metso to supply containerboard making technology to Amcor in Australia  (Company news)

Metso has received an add-on order for containerboard making technology from Amcor Packaging (Australia) Pty Ltd as part of its new machine project for a containerboard line at its Botany Mill in Sydney, Australia. The main order for a containerboard line scheduled to start up during the second half of 2011 was received from Amcor in 2008 and published on September 17, 2008. The value of the add-on order will not be disclosed. The most part of the order is included in Paper and Fiber Technology´s Q1 orders received and the automation package in Energy and Environmental Technology’s Q1 orders received.
Metso’s delivery for the Botany Mill testliner machine will now extend to include all main process equipment and control systems for the Mill. The add-on order contains, among others, control valves and instrumentation as well as complete mill engineering and electrification with Metso drive controls. This extended scope of supply and project implementation method will benefit Amcor significantly. The machine will deliver Amcor and its customers high-quality testliner, the ability to produce liner at lighter weights to allow innovation and deliver significant environmental benefits with lower usage of energy and water. (Metso Paper Inc.)

Newsgrafik #44833
 19.04.2010

Metso to supply tissue line to China to Max Fortune Industrial Ltd.   (Company news)

Metso will supply a complete tissue production line to the Hong Kong-based Max Fortune Industrial Ltd. The tissue line will be installed in the company’s green field mill near Fuzhou city, Fujian province, China. The line will be started up in March 2011. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The market value of a tissue production line of this type is in the range of EUR 15-20 million depending on the scope of the delivery and the production output. The order is included in Paper and Fiber Technology and Energy and Environmental Technology’s Q1 orders received.
Metso’s delivery will comprise a complete production line with stock preparation equipment and a tissue machine including a multi-layer head box, a Yankee cylinder, a hood, a dust management system and a reel. The delivery also features Metso’s patented pressing technology. The production line will be optimized to enhance final product quality and save energy.
The delivery will also comprise an extensive Metso automation package including
machine, process and integrated drive controls, as well as a quality control system.
The new production line will produce 60,000 tonnes a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades. The raw material for the new line will be virgin pulp.
Max Fortune Industrial is a leading manufacturer and exporter of paper products based in Hong Kong. Its range of products of gift bags, greeting cards, gift wraps and tissue wrapping papers are produced by its plants in China and Vietnam. It employs over 5,000 people, serving the needs of customers in North America, Europe and the Far East. (Metso Paper Inc.)

 

Metso to supply tissue line to AK GIDA SAN ve TİC A.Ş in Turkey  (Company news)

Metso will supply a complete tissue production line to AK GIDA SAN ve TİC A.Ş, Turkey. The tissue line will be installed in the company’s new mill in Pamukova, which is located in Sakarya province. Start-up is planned for the second quarter of 2011. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The market value of a tissue production line of this type ranges from EUR 15 million to 20 million, depending on the scope of delivery and production output.
Metso’s scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line including a stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200 TS tissue machine. The tissue machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, an Advantage ViscoNip press, a Metso Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap hood adapted for co-generation, an Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. The stock preparation system will comprise OptiSlush pulpers, OptiFiner conical refiners and OptiScreen machine screens.
Furthermore, the delivery will include an extensive automation package with metsoDNA machine and process controls, a PaperIQ Plus scanner and quality controls. Complete engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning will also be included in the delivery.
With a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min, the new line will produce 60,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, handkerchief, toilet and towel grades. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber. The production line will be optimized to save energy and enhance final product quality.
AK GIDA SAN ve TİC A.Ş aims to expand its operations into the field of tissue products by building a new tissue mill in Pamukova, Turkey. With 140,000 m2 of production area, AK GIDA SAN ve TİC A.Ş currently produces some 400 different dairy products at the Pamukova facilities. (Metso Paper Inc.)