A new coated board machine started-up successfully at JK Paper in India

Feb 3, 2022

The new 600 tpd coated board machine with complete mill-wide distributed control system (DCS) has been successfully started up at JK Paper Limited’s Fort Songadh Mill in India. The start-up was very smooth and successful, it took only 2.5 hours to get paper from stock on the wire to the reel, which will increase the company’s production capacity and enhance its market share in the growing Indian market.

“It is great pleasure to announce that board produced on Valmet board machine at JK Paper in Fort Songadh has been successfully reeled on August 26, 2021. It could not have been possible without the support of the Valmet team in Finland and India, along with the JK team. Despite the COVID challenges and travelling restrictions, we received good support from India and Finland,” says Mr. S.K. Jain, Head, Board Project, JK Paper.

“The start-up target for this board machine was very demanding due to the pandemic. However, the Valmet and JK Paper teams responded very well to achieve the challenging goal. The machine start-up was completed partially remotely. Thanks to the great teamwork between the JK and Valmet teams, the first reel of board was produced very fast. Having a complete automation package was clearly an advantage to establish good startup curve, and it eased the overall commissioning process,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

The delivered scope included a new coated board machine from the headboxes to reel with air dryers, chemical systems, heat recovery and other board making systems. The coating is applied in multiple coating stations including a technologically advanced Opti Coat Layer coating station, which applies two coating layers simultaneously. It also includes a mill wide Valmet DNA Distributed Control System with all the controls in one platform for ease access of data.


Information about the customer JK Paper Limited

JK Paper Limited was established in 1962 with an integrated pulp and paper plant. JK Paper Ltd. has two large integrated paper manufacturing units, JK Paper Mills, Rayagada, Odisha and Central Pulp Mills, Songadh, Gujarat, with a combined annual capacity of 455,000 tons. It is the market leader in Branded Copier paper segment and among the top two players in Coated Paper and high-end Packaging Boards in India. It offers a wide premium quality paper product range. Subsequent to commissioning of the new board machine and the Sirpur unit, the overall production shall increase to about 800,000 TPA.

For further information, please contact:

Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet, tel. +91 (96548) 13696