Valmet rebuilds Madison Paper PM 3

Published Mar 15, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Madison Paper Industries of Madison, Maine, has selected Valmet to supply the technology for the rebuild of their no. 3 paper machine. The Madison order will concentrate on the modernization of the machine's wet end. The rebuilt machine will come on stream in the second quarter of 2001. The total value of the Madison mill capital investment program is USD 52 million.

The target of the rebuild is to establish market leadership in terms of SC-A paper quality, and also to increase production capacity. Madison PM 3 was originally supplied by Valmet and produces Symmetry© brand supercalandered paper.

The Valmet delivery is composed of pulpers for stock preparation, a new dilution controlled OptiFlo headbox, OptiFormer and SymPress B press section and a machine ventilation system. Neles Automation delivers Sensodec condition and runnability monitoring system, and an upgrade of the Damatic XDi machine controls.

In recent years, Valmet has supplied Madison Paper with several papermaking and finishing technology upgrades, among them an OptiReel and supercalender modernizations.

Madison's Symmetry, a high-quality, uncoated, supercalendered paper is renowned in the North American marketplace for its superior runnability and printability in high-speed web offset and rotogravure printing applications.

A partnership of Myllykoski Corporation, Finland and the New York Times Company, Madison Paper Industries has its headquarters and production facilities in Madison, Maine. Madison Paper Industries is the only fully dedicated supercalendered papers manufacturer in Maine producing approximately 200,000 tons per year.

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, and Machinery. In 1999, the net sales of Metso amounted to EUR 3.4 billion. The combined number of employees was approximately 23,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

For more information: Mr. Ilkka Kauranen, Senior Sales Manager, tel. +358 20 482 150.

Symmetry is a registered trademark of Madison Paper Industries.