Metso Paper rebuilds a pulp drying line at Munksjö Aspa, Sweden

Published Jan 13, 2006 16.00.00 +2 GMT

Munksjö Aspa pulp mill has placed an order with Metso Paper to increase the capacity of their pulp drying line TM2 to 670 adt/d. The order includes upgrades in the press section and after the dryer, as well as installing a new cutter. The delivery also includes erection, start-up and training. The rebuilt line is scheduled to start-up in the spring 2007.

In the press section, the existing roll press at the third nip will be replaced by a shoe press which increases the dryness after the press section and saves energy in drying. The existing press will be moved to the second nip. Additionally, a new pulper will be installed to the press section.

The trim width is 3500 mm, and the new cutter enables a higher maximum speed. Adjustable conveyor speed makes it is possible to choose whether to run with or without overlapping. Also, a new pulper will be installed under the cutter.

The baling line will be rebuilt to handle a new bale size. The conveyors in front of the bale press will be modified. Two new conveyors and a lifting table will be installed to transport reject to the pulper.

Munksjö Aspa Bruk AB is an independent market pulp producer. The mill is relatively small but it is one of the most cost-efficient in the industry. Currently, the mill has an annual production capacity of 180,000 tons. The turnover in 2005 was EUR 81 million and the mill generated 17% of the total turnover of the Munksjö Group. Munksjö is owned by the Swedish risk capital company EQT.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2004 net sales of approximately EUR 4 billion. Its 22 000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.

For additional information, please contact: Antti Suoknuuti, Vice President, Sales, Pulp Drying Tel. +358 204 82 9934,

Mats Arnberg, General Sales Manager, Pulp Drying Tel. +46 60 16 56 08,