Metso Paper supplies Kruger with On-Line OptiConcept LWC paper line

Published Jan 29, 2002 18.17.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper supplies Kruger Wayagamack, Inc. of Quebec, Canada, with a large On-Line OptiConcept LWC papermaking line. The 200,000 tpy line will start up at the Trois-Rivières mill in late 2003. Kruger selected Metso Paper's latest, well-proven OptiConcept technology based on the very successful references, and orders booked recently. Total value of the project, including mill upgrades, is approx. CAD 400 million.

Using groundwood furnish, the line will produce LWC grade #5, mostly in a basis weight range of 41 to 60 g/m2. Production is targeted at the domestic market.

The new PM 4 will have a wire width of 8.0 meters and a design speed of 1500 m/min. The Metso Paper delivery package consists of OptiFlo headbox, OptiFormer forming section, SymPress B, SymRun dryer section, OptiHard SlimLine machine calender, OptiSizer, On-Line OptiLoad calender, and OptiReel Plus. Paper machine ventilation, process air systems and runnability components are also included, as well as machine pulpers and a WinBelt winder.

The Wayagamack mill in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, is located on the St. Lawrence River, some 150 km northeast of Montreal. Kruger Wayagamack Inc. is part of the newsprint, coated paper and specialty grade division of Kruger Inc. and is one of the few privately-owned companies in the Canadian pulp and paper industry. The company’s annual paper production currently exceeds 1.6 million metric tonnes. Kruger Inc. and the Kruger Family interests employ some 10,500 people.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. The corporation's fiber and paper technology business area, Metso Paper, is the world's leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp, paper, converting and panelboard industries. Metso's other core businesses are divided between Metso Minerals (rock and mineral processing) and Metso Automation (automation and control technology). In 2000, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.9 billion, and the personnel totaled approximately 22,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges. Metso completed its offer for Svedala Industri AB on September 14, 2001. Svedala is a global supplier of products and services for rock and mineral processes. Metso's and Svedala's combined net sales are approximately EUR 5,400 million (in 2000) and the amount of personnel is approximately 32,000.

More information: Ilkka Kauranen Senior Sales Manager Paper Making Machines Tel. +358 40 502 4012