Valmet receives MUSD 115 worth of orders from China

Published Nov 08, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Valmet has received orders for two extensive papermaking lines and additional components for customers in China. The combined total value of the deliveries is approx. USD 115 million. The machines will produce high-quality printing paper grades and their start-ups are scheduled for late 2001 to late 2002.

The delivery to Jilin Shixian Paper Co., Ltd. comprises a complete papermaking line for the production of color offset newsprint, telephone book paper and SC-B printing paper. The design capacity will be approx. 620 to 640 t/d, depending on the paper grade.

The Valmet line consists of a wet end chemical handling system, stock preparation system, OptiConcept paper machine, air systems, reel, winder, and process and quality control systems. Also included in the Valmet delivery package are spare parts, installation supervision, start-up services and training, and mill engineering.

The Shixian paper machine, scheduled to start up in late 2002, is the 6th OptiConcept paper machine ordered from Valmet. It consists of an OptiFlo headbox, OptiFormer, OptiPress, SymRun HS dryer section, OptiLoad-6 calender and OptiReel Plus. The winder will be a WinBelt-M. The paper machine will have a wire width of 6,900 mm and a design speed of 1600 m/min.

Neles Automation will supply nelesDNA machine automation and process automation systems, a Valmet PaperIQ quality management system, and a Parsytec web inspection system.

The new machine will be located in Shixian, Tumen City, Jilin Province, in northeastern China.

The delivery to Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Ltd. will consist of a stock preparation system, wet end chemical handling system, coating color preparation and supply system, paper machine, 2 winders, rereeler, roll cart, and a broke roll splitter. The line's design capacity is 647 t/d max, of high-quality art base paper and high-quality LWC paper. The paper machine, Shouguang PM 2, will contain a SymFlo D headbox, SymFormer MB, SymPress B + 4th press, SymRun dryer section, on-machine OptiCoater section with simultaneous two-sided OptiSizer coating station, an after-dryer section, an OptiHard calender, and ValReel reel and rereeler. The two winders are WinBelt belt-bed winders. The paper machine's wire width is 5,100 mm and design speed is 1300 m/min.

Also included in the extensive package are air systems, a nelesDNA machine control system, a spare parts package, installation supervision, start-up services and training, and mill engineering.

The production line will come on stream in May 2002, in the eastern coastal province of Shandong.

This is a repeat order following the 395 t/d Valmet-supplied Shandong Chenming PM 1 started up in December 1998.

The agreement with Wuhan Chenming Hanyang Paper Co. Ltd. supplements the Wuhan PM 1 contracted from Valmet-Xian in July this year. The delivery is now extended to also cover a SymFlo D headbox, OptiSoft calender, a nelesDNA headbox control system, spare parts, installation supervision, start-up services and training.

The paper machine, planned to start up in late 2001, will produce approx. 360 t/d of high-quality printing papers. It has a design speed of 1300 m/min and a wire width of 5,300 mm.

The Valmet and Neles Automation units at Jyväskylä, Järvenpää, Turku, Tampere, Valkeakoski and Hollola in Finland will participate in the deliveries. Selected parts of the deliveries will be handled domestically by Valmet-Xian.

Concerning business in China this year, Valmet has booked orders for 5 major production lines/machines, and has started up 6 new production lines/machines and half a dozen major rebuilds. Valmet's deliveries to China began in the late 1950's, and in recent years the country has emerged as one of Valmet's key market areas. Up to now, some 20 full-scale high-technology paper, board and tissue production lines and approx. 100 other major projects have been delivered.

In August this year, Valmet laid the foundation stone of the Valmet Technology Center in Wuxi, about 100 kilometers west of Shanghai. Such a major strengthening of local service operations is a vital part of Valmet's commitment to the development of the Chinese pulp and paper industry. The Center's mission is to help and support Chinese pulp and papermakers by providing them with high value services for the whole lifecycle of their machinery. The center will also provide extensive backup for Valmet deliveries.

Valmet Corporation is today established in Xian and Beijing in China. The joint venture company, Valmet Xian Paper Machinery Co. Ltd., has been operating for 10 years serving both Chinese and international customers. In Beijing, Valmet runs a sales office. Additionally, Metso Corporation's automation and control technology business area operates in Shanghai.

Valmet, the fiber and paper business area of Metso 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 were EUR 1.7 billion and it had a personnel of 10,600.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. Metso’s business areas are fiber and paper technology, automation and control technology, and machinery. In 1999, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.4 billion, and the personnel totaled approximately 23,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

Further information: Ilpo Ollila, Vice President, Sales, Valmet Corporation, Paper Making Lines Tel. + 358 20 482 150, or + 358 40 502 4013