Successful start-up for Metso's new ValFormer technology on M-real Kemiart Liners’ PM 1

Published Sept 4, 2006 13.00.00 +2 GMT

M-real Kemiart Liners’ PM 1 linerboard machine in Kemi, Finland has been brought back online with great success. PM 1 was rebuilt for better product quality and increased production capacity. This is the first time that ValFormer forming technology is used for the production of board.

The ValFormer forming section supplied by Metso facilitates the improvement of end product quality and printability, and the addition of forming capacity. The investment is very cost-effective. The efficient dewatering capacity of ValFormer’s shoe blade former supports faster operating speeds and better formation than before.

”We can already notice that the formation and printability of Kemiart Liners’ board products have clearly improved. The ValFormer forming section is operating reliably with our various products and across a broad range of basis weights”, according to mill manager Hannu Komokallio and production manager Erkki Kähkölä.

Kemi PM 1 makes premium-grade coated and uncoated white linerboard for branded products and other retail and consumer packaging applications. The basis weight range produced is 110…250 g/m². The current rebuild increases the annual capacity of the 6.8 m wide board line.

Kemiart Liners is a subsidiary of M-real Corporation. The Kemi mill employs 145 persons. M-real is a European-based paper and paperboard company with over 15,000 employees in more than 70 countries. The company provides wood fiber-based solutions for consumer packaging, communications and advertising end-uses. M-real's turnover in 2005 was EUR 5.2 billion. The company is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

Metso is a global engineering and technology concern with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Metso’s 22,000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry, and select other industries.

For more information, please contact: Marko Vestola, Project Manager, Metso Paper Tel. +358 40 517 6920