Valmet to supply a new kind of on-line coating line to Metsa-Serla

Published May 29, 2000 13.00.00 +2 GMT

Valmet will supply a new type of on-line paper coating line to Metsä-Serla’s Kangas Paper Mill in Jyväskylä, Finland. No similar method of integrating blade coating and multi-nip calendering with the papermaking line is currently operational anywhere in the world. The production line to be started up in March 2001 will produce coated fine paper.

The delivery includes an OptiCoater coating machine equipped with two OptiCoat Jet blade coating stations, an on-line OptiLoad calender and OptiReel. In addition, the delivery includes a paper machine shoe press, dryer section rebuild parts, a coating color kitchen and a Stream Line roll wrapping line featuring the TopPack wrapping method. Neles Automation will supply renewed process automation based on its nelesDNA solution. The speed of the new line will be 1,200 m/min and paper width on reel 5,720 mm.

The Kangas Paper Mill currently produces 245,000 tpy of uncoated and coated fine paper and specialty papers. Following the delivery of the new on-line coating line, the PM 4 will transfer from copy paper to coated fine paper grades.

Valmet 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.

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

For additional information, please contact: Pertti Soikkanen, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Paper Making Lines, Valmet, tel. +358 40 546 0002 Jyrki Strengell, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Paper Finishing, Valmet, tel. +358 40 590 9167