LEIPA Schwedt orders extensive rebuild of testliner machine from Valmet

Published Apr 03, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Valmet has received the order for an extensive rebuild of a testliner machine from the German board and paper maker LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH of Schwedt, Germany. The value of the Valmet order is close to EUR 30 million, whereas the LEIPA Schwedt investment totals to EUR 59 million.

After the rebuild, the Schwedt mill PM 3 will be able to produce white top testliner at a speed of 1000 m/min, making it one of the fastest machines on the market. The capacity of the production line will increse to 200 000 tons/y and the start-up will take place in the beginning of year 2001.

The main parts of this rebuild comprises a new bottom fourdrinier with top fourdrinier, hydraulic SymFlo headboxes, rebuild of the press section, extensive rebuild of the dryer section with a new hood, a new SymSizer size press and a new AutoBlade coating station. There will also be a new automation system, which includes nelesDNA and Valmet PaperIQ process and quality control systems, profiling actuators and modifications of various auxiliary systems.

In 1994 Valmet supplied an extensive rebuild of the Schwedt mill fine paper machine PM 1. The mill is located on the river Oder in the northeastern part of the country, close to the Polish border.

Valmet Corporation is the world's leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp, paper, converting and panelboard industries. In 1999, Valmet's net sales was EUR 1.7 billion and it had a personnel of 10,600.

Valmet is a part of Metso Corporation, which was created through the merger of Valmet and Rauma on July 1, 1999 and comprises three business areas: Fiber and Paper Technology (Valmet), Automation and Control Technology (Neles Automation), and Machinery. In 1999, the net sales of Metso amounted to EUR 3.4 billion. The number of employees was approximately 23,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.