The world is changing fast; the consumption of newsprint and printing/writing papers is decreasing. The consumption of containerboards or cartonboards are rapidly increasing due to the e-commerce. An old paper machine can be updated with a grade conversion rebuild to produce more profitable products like containerboards, cartonboards or special papers.
Together, we can find a solution for your purpose. Valmet is the trusted partner for you. Check the consumption forecasts for paper and board grades to see if you should consider a paper machine conversion for your paper or board making line:
Source: RISI 2021
Valmet Paper Technology Centers provides the world's most comprehensive offering of testing and piloting services to paper and board manufacturers worldwide. Our pilot facilities have the entire process covered, providing customers with excellent service and reliable results to support grade conversion investment decisions.
Stora Enso’s Varkaus mill in Finland converted their existing paper machine PM 3 into a board machine to produce linerboard to better meet the market need for renewable packaging. They chose Valmet as their partner for this challenging rebuild. Check the video to learn what they tell about their journey.
In 2015, Stora Enso converted their existing paper machine In Varkaus Mill to produce linerboard to better meet the market need for renewable packaging. PM 3 is almost like a new machine now; a combination of brand new and good, well maintained trusted technology.
Sappi recently took on an ambitious project to convert its one remaining graphic paper machine at Alfeld - PM 2 - into what is probably the largest, most innovative, automated, and versatile specialty paper machine on the planet, with a capacity of 135,000 tonnes/yr. Sappi chose Valmet as a partner to help it achieve its goal.
When a papermaking line is rebuilt into a boardmaking line, the rebuild task is very seldom a simple and straightforward project. This was the case also when the papermaking line at Blue Paper was converted to turn out liner and fluting from recycled waste paper.