Valmet to deliver world's fastest linerboard machine to Propapier

Published Dec 21, 1999 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Valmet Corporation has received an order from Propapier GmbH of Burg, Germany to deliver a complete liner/fluting machine, valued at appr. EUR 55 million. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for early 2001.

The 6,300 mm wire width machine will have a mechanical design speed of 1500 m/min and a production speed of up to 1300 m/min, making it the world’s fastest linerboard machine. Production capacity will be 275,000 tpy. The machine is unique, being the first liner/fluting machine with two gap formers. The headbox on one of the formers will be equipped with dilution control for precise basis weight profile control.

The order will comprise the SymPressB, a closed three-nip press section and a dryer section mainly configured as a single-tier SymRun arrangement. Other features include a ropeless tail threading system, short circulation white water systems, broke pulpers, hood and paper machine room ventilation. A fully automatic WinDrum M winder, featuring Continuous Winding in operation, is also included in the Valmet delivery.

The automation system is comprised of a DCS/QCS system and Sensodec sensors.

On the auxiliary side, the central lubrication system, steam and condensate system and mechanical drives are included.

The delivery comprises a broad scope of equipment and many Valmet units will be involved in this project.

Valmet Corporation is the world's leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp, paper, converting and panelboard industries. It was formed in summer 1999 by merging Valmet Corporation's paper technology and Sunds Defibrator's fiber technology operations. In 1998, Valmet's pro forma net sales was FIM 11.6 billion (EUR 1.9 billion) and it had a personnel of 10,900. Valmet is part of Metso Corporation, the other business areas of which are automation and control technology (Neles Automation) and machinery (Nordberg, Santasalo, Valmet Automotive). The pro forma net sales of Metso Corporation was EUR 3.7 billion (FIM 22 billion) in 1998 and personnel totaled approximately 23,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki Exchanges and New York Stock Exchange.

Earlier this year, Valmet has booked orders for 3 paper making lines, 6 tissue machines, 2 board machines, 2 TMP lines, an OCC line, bleaching plant, pulp drying line, oxygen stage and 4 MDF lines.

For more information: Per Eiritz, President, Valmet-Karlstad AB Chief Executive, Board Making Lines Tel. + 46 54 171 000, + 46 70 517 14 94 (mobile)