Valmet to supply a pulp drying line modernisation to Metsä-Botnia's Joutseno Pulp Mill

Published Feb 28, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab Joutseno Pulp has started a project to build up a new fiber line which will enable the mill to raise its capacity in stages up to 600 000 t/a of softwood reinforcement pulp.

The pulp drying line for the project was ordered from Valmet and includes modification of the existing line to increase capacity from 1350 t/d up to 2200 t/d. This is the highest design level for a single drying line in the world. The existing pulp drying line, with a trim width of 6700 mm, was also delivered by Valmet and started up in 1991. The modification includes a wire section rebuild with MB-former, a new SymBelt shoe press for the press section, major expansion to the airborne dryer, a new pulp cooler and a rebuild of the cutter layboy.

The pulp will mainly be used in the group's own paper mills in Finland.

The order comprises all major equipment, erection, start-up and training assistance and is worth close to 12 MEUR. Start-up of the new drying line is scheduled for spring 2001.

Valmet Corporation is the world's leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp, paper, converting and panelboard industries. In 1998, Valmet's pro forma net sales was EUR 1.9 billion and it had a personnel of 10,900.

For further information, please contact: Alpo Tuomi Vice President, Marketing Valmet Chemical Pulping Lines Tel. +358 204 82 9813