Valmet to supply a linerboard machine to China

Published Aug 05, 1999 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Valmet will supply an advanced linerboard machine to Dong Guan Nine Dragons Paper Industries Co., Ltd. of Dong Guan, Guangdong, China. With a capacity of 1,000 tons per day of brown kraft linerboard and white top kraft linerboard, it will be the largest linerboard machine in China. Start-up is scheduled for May-June 2000. The value of the order is appr. EUR 30 million.

The machine will have a wire width of 5,950 mm (234.3 in.) and an electric drive speed of 1,000 m/min (3,281 fpm). The raw material will mainly be recycled AOCC (American old corrugated containers).

The total Valmet delivery will comprise a stock preparation system, a complete linerboard machine equipped with a three-ply fourdrinier forming section with three hydraulic headboxes (one of which is equipped with dilution control), a press section with long-nip press and SymBeltTM shoe press, a dryer section, an OptiSoft calender and a ValReel. Also included are mechanical drives and systems for steam, condensate and air handling, shower waters, lubrication and machine automation.

The complete stock preparation system includes a 400 tpd UKP/BKP (unbleached/bleached kraft pulp) line, a 1,100 tpd AOCC line, a complete broke handling system, a board machine save-all system and complete short circulation systems. The AOCC line will be the largest and most advanced in China.

Valmet units in Sweden, Finland and China will participate in the delivery.

The main investor in the project is the U.S.-based company, Chung Nam, Inc. of Pomona, California. The company is the largest exporter of waste paper in the United States, providing some 70 to 80 % of the recycled paper needed in China. Nine Dragons Paper, one of its production factories, was established in 1996. Now supplying some 200,000 tpy of kraft linerboard, its target is a capacity of one million tons by the year 2002. Thanks to the products' superior quality, demand has been consistently high.